History of the Foundation

The Donner Canadian Foundation was established in 1950 by William H. Donner. In the mid-1960s, the Foundation began to focus on specific program interests, among these, research on public policy. The Donner family chose Canada's centennial year, 1967, to embark on a course of professional grantmaking that has contributed well over $100 million to more than 1,000 projects across Canada and around the world.

In addition to ongoing funding of public policy research, the Foundation supports environmental, international development, and social service projects. Every year, the Donner Book Prize honours the best book on Canadian public policy, and the Donner Canadian Foundation Awards recognize excellence in the delivery of social service. The Foundation is guided by a Board of Governors composed of representatives of the Donner family and prominent Canadians from a variety of fields.

 

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News

> April 2, 2014
16th ANNUAL DONNER PRIZE SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

Five books on diverse policy issues compete for $50,000 prize . . .
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> February 19, 2014
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE DCF AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES

The Donner Awards is Canada's largest and most prestigious awards program for non-profit organizations. A total of $60,000 is available in prize money, with nine awards granted. The deadline for applications is May 30, 2014 . . .
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