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December 15, 2022

CDF’s 2019/20 and 2020/21 Annual Report

CDF Annual Report for the years 2019/20 and 2020/21

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is pleased to release our Annual Report for 2019/20 and 2020/2021.

December 15, 2022

The biennial report reflects on the challenges related to the urgent and disproportionate effects of the pandemic on our most vulnerable communities and the hope that comes from a collaborative response in the areas of housing, the environment, and civic engagement.

“CDF strives to respect and trust our partners, open ourselves up to their wisdom and work proactively with them to collaborate around solutions,” says Claire Barcik, Executive Director of the Foundation.

Between fiscal 2019 and 2021, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation granted over $4.5 million to more than 80 organizations across Canada and surpassed $20 million in total giving since our first grants in 2005.

The report highlights the Foundation’s efforts to be more intentional about collaborating with Black and Indigenous communities and communities of Colour and features our recent BIPOC grants, as well as our $1 million gift, shared among nine Indigenous-led organizations across the country to support Indigenous Peoples and communities as they heal from intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools.

“Promoting joint action and networking with organizations that mobilize for justice and peace will encourage lasting systems change,” says Anne-Marie Jackson, CDF Board Chair. “It is easier to transform our world if we all work together – across communities, sectors, and philosophies – to identify common problems and find solutions that benefit everyone.”

The report also describes CDF’s commitment to using our endowment to drive social and environmental progress through shareholder activism and impact investments.

Download our Annual Report for 2019/20 and 2020/2021 here.

For more information on any content in the report, please contact Steve Brearton at