Philanthropic Contest

iA employee favourites!

Vote for your favorite charities among the finalists in the philanthropic contest!

Announcement of the winners: Week of December 6, 2021

4 grand prize donations of $100,000
8 donations of $10,000

Our fifth annual philanthropic contest is honouring Canadian charities in the health, education, environment or social services sectors focused on helping children (0-18 years old).

To be eligible, your charity must have one of the following:

  • 1 – A focus on helping children directly.
  • 2 –A component of your mission focused on helping children.
  • 3 –A program focused on helping children.

Enter by submitting your project!

12 charities will be chosen and submitted for the public to vote on.

Selection Criteria

To be eligible, your organization must:

  • Be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency
  • Operate in the health, education, environment or social services sectors
  • Aim to improve Canadians’ quality of life
  • Demonstrate that your organization focuses on helping children directly, has a component of your mission focused on helping children or has a program focused on helping children
  • Demonstrate that the donation will directly support the cause or project presented
  • Provide assistance to individuals – we are not looking for organizations that help other organizations
  • An innovative project would be considered an asset
  • Demonstrate that the donation would be used for concrete initiatives starting in 2022 at the latest.

We will not give donations to the following causes and activities:

  • Religious
  • Political
  • Advocacy
  • Student travel and internships
  • Graduate yearbooks
  • Amateur or professional sports
  • Retiree, social or sporting clubs
  • Organizations operating outside Canada
Read the contest rules

Important dates

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Submission period

September 15 to October 18

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Selection of the 12 finalists by the jury

October 19 to October 30

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Announcement of the 12 finalists and public vote

November 4 to 30

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Announcement of the winners

Week of December 6

The finalists!

1 - Your personal information

Please use your iA email address.


2 - Your favourites

Vote for your favourite charities. A donation of $100,000 will be given to an organization in each of the four markets presented. Note that you have the choice of voting for one market, for two markets, for three markets or for all four markets.

Quebec

Please make at least one choice for one province

La Bouchée généreuse

Provide food and clothes

For the past 15 years, we have provided 210 children with new winter clothes. With the ever-increasing demand, we would like to provide adequate winter clothing to more children in need, so that will be done with a portion of the donation. Also, every Thursday, we distribute food baskets to more than 600 families in the greater Quebec City area. This distribution reaches over 700 children per week. The other part of the donation will help us improve the food baskets for families with children, including nutritious snacks and prepared meals for school. 

Charity’s mission

La Bouchée généreuse contributes to community improvement by meeting the needs of the underprivileged in Quebec City and the surrounding area. Our services include food distribution, a low-cost clothing and furniture counter, a community grocery shop, the services of a lawyer, an optician on Thursdays, summer camps, distribution of winter clothes to 210 children and unconditional listening.

Maison Le Prélude

Growing in confidence

The children of abused mothers experience a variety of issues, are victims themselves and suffer the consequences. Control deprives them of freedom, violence can escalate and a climate of tension prevails. We will create a companion guide, A FIRST, to support these children. It will help them develop coping mechanisms while being aware of the issues surrounding all stages of the relationship, particularly separation, to promote safety. This guide, translated into several languages and distributed to all partners, could be accompanied by explanatory video clips.

The objective is to reduce the impact of domestic violence on children. In our own way, we want to contribute to the safety and protection of children whose mothers are victims of domestic violence.

Charity’s mission

Offer short-term help and shelter services in a safe, confidential environment for women (with or without children) who are victims of domestic violence. Promote women’s empowerment using a feminist approach. Prevent and counter domestic violence as a social issue through public awareness, legal defense and collaboration with various partners. 

https://www.maisonleprelude.com/

Pathways to Education

Closing the gap

Students dropping out of school affects all of us in Quebec. The social and economic cost is huge, but every dollar invested in Pathways to Education  has a $24 impact on the community.

Our program provides the support youth living in low-income communities need to help them graduate from high school and reach their full potential.
Pathways supports high school youth (ages 13-17) living in low-income communities in Canada. In the communities where Pathways is present, there is often a high concentration of newly arrived youth, Indigenous youth and youth living in generational poverty. 

A donation of $100,000 would contribute to the expansion of the Passeport program in Quebec, which will allow us to support high school youth (ages 13-17) in low-income communities across the province.

Our goal is to double the number of Quebec communities served by our program and have 3,000 students enrolled by the end of 2022.

Charity’s mission

Pathways to Education is a national organization working to break the cycle of poverty through education.
Our award-winning program is creating positive social change by offering youth living in low-income communities resources and a support network to help them graduate from high school and build a foundation for a successful future.

https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/

Ontario

Please make at least one choice for one province

Autism in Mind Children’s Charity

School Readiness Program

This program is designed for children with autism, ages 3 to 6 years of age, who are preparing to enter school for the first time. Our aim is to help kids transition smoothly to a public-school environment. This program will be run by behaviour therapists, supported by occupational therapist and speech therapist in a 1:2 or 1:3 low teacher: student ratio to provide opportunities for children to learn basic group readiness skills.

The short-term outcome is to help the children to learn basic skills required in a group learning environment. This will help reduce the anxiety and behaviour when going to public school system for the first time. It will ultimately give the children at an early age the ability and confident to function in a group setting so that they have same opportunity to learn and participate in their community.

Charity’s mission

Raise awareness and acceptance in our communities, challenge the social stigmas of autism. Help others to understand that children with autism deserve equal opportunity to live up to their full potential. Enhance the lives of children with autism through our programs and support their participation in the community.

https://www.autisminmind.org

Teach For Canada

Make Education More Equal

Teach For Canada exists because in remote First Nations, there is an undersupply of local certified teachers and teachers are tough to recruit and retain. Students are left to bear the consequences of a revolving door of teachers. Teach For Canada works with First Nations to recruit, prepare, and retain committed educators to help students succeed. We know that when teachers succeed, students succeed, and we are investing in the next generation of inspired Indigenous educators and leaders. A donation of $100,000 would help us work with 25 remote First Nations to directly impact 3,000 + students K-12.

Charity’s mission

Teach For Canada partners with remote First Nations to realize a country in which every child has access to high-quality education in their community. We recruit, prepare, and retain committed educators to help students succeed. Since 2015, nearly 300 Teach For Canada teachers have impacted 6,000+ students across 21 remote First Nations. Results to date have shown high rates of teacher retention and improvements in student outcomes, including attendance and engagement.

https://teachforcanada.ca/en/

Lung Health Foundation

Quash Program

The Lung Health Foundation works hard to provide support and education to ensure that future generations don't suffer the debilitating effects of lung disease caused by tobacco, cannabis, or vape products. Quash is a multifaceted program aimed at providing 14-18 year old's with the tools and supports needed to help them quit smoking and vaping. Between 2014 and 2018 vaping rates increased by 238% among students making this a critical issue. Supports and partners are urgently needed to expand our support offerings and help ensure our youth are protected from the potential long-term lung health impacts they may face.

The primary clientele for the Quash program are Canadian youth between the ages of 14-18 years old who are interested in quitting smoking, vaping or both. There is a secondary target aimed at recruiting adult allies to support youth in their local communities.

Charity’s mission

Lung Health Foundation is the leading health charity dedicated to improving the lung health of Canadians. The Lung Health Foundation is dedicated to ending gaps in the prevention, diagnosis, and care of lung disease in Canada. We invest in the future by driving ground-breaking research, and we give patients and their families the programs and support they need today.

https://lunghealth.ca/

Western Provinces

Please make at least one choice for one province

CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

STAR Initiative

This grant of $100,000 would support us in participating in a new initiative to support children with Sickle Cell disease under 10 years of age.  Collaboration is important to analyze a larger set of data to confirm this hypothesis and make this the standard Sickle Cell treatment for young children in the future.

It will support CancerCare Manitoba's participation in a clinical trial to determine if an early stem cell transplant from a young sibling donor is a safe and more effective method for transplantation.

Charity’s mission

CancerCare Manitoba's mission is to reduce and, where possible, eliminate the burden of cancer on the people of Manitoba and their pediatric oncology department is committed to reducing the rates of childhood cancer and blood disorders and increase childhood survival rates.

https://www.cancercarefdn.mb.ca/

Mealshare

Ending Youth Hunger in Canada

Mealshare partners with restaurants and places our logo next to a few menu items. When a customer orders a 'Mealshare Item', they get their meal, just like normal, and we provide one simple, healthy meal to a child in need on their behalf.

Meals are shared directly with children through our network of 385+ established local charity partners in communities across the country.

A $100,000 donation would be used to expand our program nationally. We will be able to share an additional 1.8 million meals in 2022 with children who need those meals more than ever before. By 2025, we will be known as 'Canada's Restaurant Charity', sharing meals with millions of children every year, in perpetuity.

Children struggling with food insecurity often face life-long challenges that extend beyond the immediate need for food. Prolonged food insecurity impacts children's mental & physical health, as well as performance at school. Addressing children's immediate and essential need for food is our primary focus.

Charity’s mission

Mealshare is an innovative 'Buy One, Give One' program that brings Canadians together to help end youth hunger, simply by dining out.
Our dream is to sit in a rocking chair one day and explain to our grandkids that youth hunger used to be a major problem in our world but isn't anymore.

https://www.mealshare.ca

Environmental Youth Alliance

Nature Stewards

The Nature Stewards Program engages children facing barriers in free 10-week land-based education programs that support connection to nature, skill development, and mental health. Each program engages eight participants in weekly 4-hour sessions centred on three themes: Native plant horticulture, habitat restoration, and Indigenous foodscapes. 

A $100,000 donation would allow us to hire two additional full-time educators who identify as Indigenous or racialized youth and expand the number of programs delivered annually to meet community needs.

This program will serve 200 vulnerable children ages 14-18. Many participants also experience trauma, unstable homes, and social isolation.

Charity’s mission

Founded in 1989, EYA supports youth facing barriers to connect with nature and develop the skills and confidence to become environmental stewards and community leaders. We provide free trauma-informed, land-based education and paid employment training programs engaging youth in hands-on projects to restore urban wildlife habitat and improve access to nature in Vancouver's lower-income eastside communities. EYA programs braid ecological science with Indigenous cultural knowledge through visits from Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. 

https://www.eya.ca

Atlantic Canada and Northern Canada

Please make at least one choice for one province

No Time for That

No Time for Bullying

NTFT envisions a future where Canadians have no time for bullying, no time for stigma, and no time for the negative. We celebrate diversity and equality and honour the inherent worth of youth. The world can be tough on kids who are 'different' which leads to increased low self-esteem and self-worth. Receiving $100,000 would help NTFT impact more youth across the country through our school program as well as diversify our reach through educational and motivational videos on TikTok and other social platforms in order to continue the conversation and continue to spread the no time for bullying message.

The main target audience for NTFT are youth between the ages of 6-18 who are either experiencing some form of bullying or low self esteem or are interested in learning how to stop bullying among their peers. NTFT's primary focus are schools located in more rural areas where access to this type of education is not as easily available. 

Charity’s mission

No Time for That (NTFT) is a Canadian charity that works with performers and motivational speakers to develop and deliver powerful presentations to school-age youth with a focus on bullying prevention, mental health awareness, and youth empowerment. To date, we have delivered over 650 presentations to schools across Canada and impacted over 154,000 kids. Presentations are delivered free of charge to eliminate any barriers to access.

https://www.ntft.ca

Frontier College

Championing NB Literacy

Frontier College provides learning, support, resources, and tutoring for children who are experiencing low literacy, especially newcomers who may also face language barriers. Through our network of volunteers and community partners, we work with under-served children who have little or no access to free extracurricular educational opportunities, or who need extra support. This project will help students in Grades 2 - 5 who are behind in their reading skills and need additional help. This project allows students who might not otherwise have access to extracurricular learning supports to receive free one-to-one tutoring to improve reading skills, building confidence as lifelong learners.

The primary beneficiaries of the project are children from lower income families living in Fredericton. Literacy development is widely recognized as an effective and essential poverty reduction and health strategy that has far-reaching benefits for both individuals and communities, across many dimensions of private and public life. 

Charity’s mission

Frontier College is a national literacy charity with a regional head office in Fredericton. We believe literacy is a right. We work with volunteers and community partners to give people the reading, writing, and math skills - as well as the self-confidence - they need to reach their goals through literacy. We run diverse programs in New Brunswick to ensure that we provide children, youth, and adults with impactful literacy and numeracy programming.

https://www.frontiercollege.ca/

Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador

Kids Eat Smart

$100,000 = 100,000 Breakfasts. Kids Eat Smart Foundation NL serves 5.3 million meals every school and on average $1 is a breakfast for a child.  There are many reasons why children come to school hungry.  In Canada, 1 in 3 children go to school hungry. Sadly, our province has the largest proportion of students who do not eat breakfast at home.  

We support school age children - kindergarten to grade 12 and protect those most vulnerable who may not have food at home.We are the only school feeding program in NL that ensures every child has access to food at school.

Charity’s mission

Our vision is that every school age child in Newfoundland and Labrador has access to food at school, at no cost to families. Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is a registered charity that partners with schools, communities, volunteers, and sponsors to support the education, health, and well-being of school age children through Kids Eat Smart Clubs. Run by volunteers in schools and community centres throughout NL, we serve 31,000 meals every school day.

https://www.kidseatsmart.ca/

3 - Summary of your favourite charities.

Quebec :

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Ontario :

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Western Provinces :

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Atlantic Canada and Northern Canada :

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