Description of the organization
The Foundation of Greater Montréal is here to serve and listen to its community. In collaboration with its partners, it mobilizes philanthropic resources, disseminates knowledge, sparks initiatives and supports its community, all with a view to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Greater Montreal. FGM has a vision of a community that is free of poverty and discrimination, where all can realize their potential and live in a healthy environment, now and in the future.
FGM was created in 1999 and went into active service in 2000 At that point, most major North American cities already had a community foundation. The idea of creating such a foundation in Montreal started to percolate in the philanthropic sector and the business sector. Leaders from many backgrounds ─ Francophones and Anglophones alike ─ came together, via their respective foundations, major businesses and prominent organizations, to create this new foundation.
Our founders championed the idea of a new foundation for Montreal. Their belief was anchored in the special role the Foundation of Greater Montréal could play in the community and philanthropic ecosystems of the city, because its funds would be maintained in perpetuity for the exclusive benefit of the community. For more than 20 years now, that is exactly how FGM has been offering its support to the entire Greater Montreal community.
Partnership with PhiLab
This research project aims at evaluating the role and actions of Canadian grant-making foundations toward social inequalities and environmental challenges. These issues are central for our community foundation, and participating in this process will be even more important if our knowledge and points of view are mobilized and taken into consideration.