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 $150 million to almost 2,500 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 Foundation's lecture series features some of the world's most influential speakers. 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 11, 2017
PRESENTING THE SHORTLIST FOR THE 19TH ANNUAL DONNER PRIZE

The shortlist for the 2016/2017 Donner Prize, the award recognizing the best public policy book by a Canadian, was announced today by Kenneth Whyte, Chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation.
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