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15 Canadian companies that donate to non-profit organizations

Donating to charity as an individual can result in a very satisfying feeling and can offer considerable tax advantages. However, one person can only do so much. On the other hand, when a gift is joined by others in a coordinated effort, a long-lasting positive impact in a focused area can be made. And, this concept is not limited to individuals alone.

Many Canadian companies donate to non-profit organizations, which, not only makes a difference for the charity, it can also be good for the company’s public relations, reputation amongst consumers, and engagement of employees.

Whether seeking corporate funding, an individual looking to donate to a company initiative, or an advisor assisting a client who is exploring their options, understanding which companies donate to non-profit organizations is a good place to start. In Canada, there are many companies that donate to a variety of causes, making a positive impact across the country and around the world. We’ve curated a list of 15 Canadian companies to keep on your charitable radar.

Air Canada

Focusing on organizations working to improve the lives of Canada’s youth as well as those conducting disease research, Air Canada consider requests for cash donations and sometimes will even donate promotional flight tickets.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart

This national charitable organization is dedicated to helping kids in financial need, aged four through 18, participate in organized sports and recreation such as hockey, dance, soccer and swimming with the aim to develop important life skills, self esteem and confidence. Canadian Tire’s charitable activities also extend into community initiatives including a community crisis program and regional disaster recovery program.

Cascades

The packaging and tissue company provides donations and sponsorships to community organizations and organizations working in the fields of education, the environment, health, culture, and sports.

Corus Entertainment

This media and entertainment company’s primary philanthropy focus is on improving the lives of Canadian children by supporting programs that encourage play and development through arts and entertainment. Their funding is also directed to improving the lives of Canadian women and their families by supporting programs and initiatives that offer training, skills development, and tools that enhance the economic and personal independence of women.

Hewlett Packard (HP)

Philanthropy and education programs focus on developing and supporting programs and partnerships that showcase HP technology while promoting educational opportunities and e-inclusion for people in underserved communities in Canada and around the world.

Indigo

The Indigo Love of Reading Fund provides new books and learning materials to high-needs elementary schools, enhancing the literacy and self-esteem of students. Indigo Books & Music Inc. commits more than $1.5 million annually to schools across the country.

Loblaw

Loblaw provides several forms of community investment, including administering the President’s Choice Children’s Charity Foundation. The company’s granting priorities include healthy kids, green communities, and the support of local food banks. Loblaw also offer local store donations and grants, an after-school program grant, and a colleague volunteer grant program.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE)

The MLSE Foundation is a combination of local sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors. The foundation funds projects focusing on at-risk youth in Ontario, including projects that involve hockey, basketball, soccer, or other physical education initiatives, as well as community and social services programs.

Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC)

MEC focuses their community funding and support on wilderness conservation and environmental education. They also support people in achieving the benefits of self-propelled wilderness-oriented recreation in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation provides help and support to children in need. The foundation approves and supports projects that are aimed at underprivileged youth with a focus on physical activity, healthy eating habits, and personal development through educational recreational activities.

Oracle

Oracle Giving is an initiative that responds directly to the financial needs of medical research, endangered animal protection, environmental protection, and K-12 math, science and technology education.

Unilever

Unilever Canada has a community vitality initiative which focuses on helping the healthy development of children between the ages of 0-5 and protecting Canada’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.

Whistler Blackcomb

The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation provides financial support to registered non-profit organizations whose activities provide benefit to residents of the Sea to Sky Corridor in the areas of health, human services, education, recreation, arts and culture, and the environment.

Winnipeg Jets

The Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation is the charitable arm of the Winnipeg Jets, and the charity of choice for the MTS Centre. The foundation allows players and their partners, coaches, board members, and True North staff to contribute to the community of Manitoba in a concerted and centralized manner.

Xerox

Xerox Canada supports registered charities that focus on information technology literacy through scholarships, matching gifts, and other donation programs.

For more ideas and professional advice, read more about giving to charity.