Major philanthropists choose Centraide to contribute to the social development of Greater Montreal and provide a safety net for vulnerable members of the population. Their enthusiasm and generosity are a great source of strength.
Major Donors contribute to Centraide with personal donations of $10,000 or more. They form a network of more than 760 donors in the Major Donors’ Circle, which is overseen by the Major Donors Cabinet, a group of influential volunteers who personally solicit donations from their peers.
Although the year was difficult for so many, it was also a period marked by great commitment and generosity. It is our hope and determination to do even more to alleviate the social impacts of this crisis that will propel the Circle forward this year. Vulnerable families, seniors, single people, and youths all need the essential support of Centraide’s network of agencies. It is an honour to team up as co-chairs of the Circle and to see the tremendous difference that new and loyal Major Donors can make in Greater Montreal by contributing to the fight against poverty and social exclusion, together.”Eric La Flèche, Chair of the Major Donors’ Circle
As a member of the Major Donors’ Circle, you’ll receive :
- A recognition cocktail on behalf of Lino Saputo Jr., honorary chair of the Major Donors’ Circle.
- A luncheon and presentation on Centraide’s investments, offered by the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
- A personal meeting with a Centraide representative about community issues and philanthropic objectives.
- Activities in organizations supported by Centraide, in groups or customized for the donor and their family.
- Networking opportunities with people from all walks of life in the Greater Montreal Community.
The greatest legacy our father, David Azrieli, left us is our ability to make positive change in the world through philanthropy. Part of the mission of the Azrieli Foundation is to create opportunities for marginalized and vulnerable people. So, when we want to empower people in their own neighbourhoods, we fund organizations that are leaders in those communities.”
When I moved to Saint-Henri in Montreal, I was struck by the level of poverty, particularly the poverty that hits many brave people who, despite having a job, simply can’t get by. I feel lucky, as I have not had many setbacks and I know that life can turn upside down in a heartbeat.”
We have been in business since 1949, and we are very fortunate in our personal lives and in our careers. Helping those in need has been rooted in our family culture and values from generation to generation. It is a part of our parents’ legacy to give back to the community.”
Before calling Canada home, my career took me to many different places around the world where I witnessed extreme poverty and social injustice. Although I have been involved with charities abroad, I also believe it is of upmost importance to give back to the community where I live, and where SNC-Lavalin is headquartered.”
My grandmother told me that, for every dollar I made, I had to give 10 cents to people in need. That’s how she taught us the importance of giving to others. And that’s where my philanthropic instincts come from. This vision has stayed with me, and I’m now trying to pass it on to my sons.”
At an early age, my parents and teachers taught me how important it was to give back. At home, we talked about tzedakah, the Hebrew word for charity, and our religious and civic obligations to give to the most vulnerable. For every birth, wedding or funeral, we would send a gift to charity in honour of our family and friends. When I moved to Montreal six years ago, I started to give locally to support my new community.”
Although I grew up in a disadvantaged environment, I was encouraged to pursue higher education, which led me to a wonderful career and a great quality of life. I have been very fortunate, so I feel that it’s my duty to give back to those in great need, to give them the same opportunities I had and was able to give my daughters.”
THANKS TO MAJOR DONORS
This directory presents all the Major donors who have contributed to Centraide over the past year. Find out by filtering your search by name or by donor category.