Donations policy

This policy outlines the framework that guides the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation in allocating donations and sponsorships in compliance with its objectives.

Types of actions

Category 1: Actions initiated by the Foundation

The Foundation board of directors and members initiate projects that are consistent with their mission. Most funding is allocated to projects developed with outstanding partners and organizations that share the same values as the Foundation.

For the causes it cares about, the Foundation goes over and above a mere financial contribution. Through its extensive business expertise, an entrepreneurial philanthropy approach, and personal participation, the Foundation takes the lead, recruits and selects key partners, and facilitates consultation and participation so as to ensure sustainable results.

Category 2: Projects supported by the Foundation

Every year, the Foundation collaborates with individuals and organizations who genuinely seek to help their communities. It supports external projects that align with its goals and require financial assistance of $10,000 or less.

The Foundation favours projects that promote long-term improvements coupled with an innovative approach targeted to specific social issues. Projects must have measurable results and be amenable to revision according to results obtained along the way.

Any project supported by the Foundation must fit into one of three areas:

Families in business

Through training and forums for the exchange of ideas, the Foundation offers families in business the necessary tools to better manage the challenges they face in their business and personal lives.

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Health and governance

To improve our public healthcare system, it is essential to invest not only in equipment, but especially in human resources. The Foundation has created a new venture philanthropy approach structured around the concept of social catalyst. The Foundation partners with different groups of employees to develop projects that could improve the way the system works. It then invests in promising projects and gets involved in their implementation to ensure that staff is committed and able to measure progress.

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Water conservation

Freshwater, which is essential to life and to the well-being of communities, is a worldwide concern. The fourth generation of the de Gaspé Beaubien family has made this issue their priority. Their mission is to raise awareness of the importance of taking action and championing the cause of water for future generations. Local action projects will be designed to have a global impact.

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Category 2 applicants must submit applications and necessary documents by September 30th of the current year to the following address:

By email :

By regular mail : De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
999 Maisonneuve West, Room 1000
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3L4

To be considered by the board, a project in either category must, in its description:

  • Target a given community
  • Illustrate how the Foundation will be involved
  • Show specific positive outcomes for the community in the mid to long term
  • Provide indicators of success
  • Specify beginning and ending dates
  • Provide for a progress assessment upon request by the Foundation
  • Include a visibility plan for the Foundation

The initial application must also include the following information:

  • A detailed profile of the organization or agency, including a mission statement
  • Applicant’s contact information
  • Project goals
  • A description of the project and rationale for its implementation
  • How the project fits into one of the Foundation’s three areas
  • Target audience
  • Project budget and fund allocation
  • Project schedule
  • Project participants and their respective roles
  • A visibility strategy for the project and the Foundation, including consent to announce the project and its progress on the Foundation website


No donation or grant will be given to:

  • Projects with no positive effects on the community
  • Projects outside the Foundation’s areas of interest
  • Projects whose sole purpose is generating a profit
  • Projects benefiting a religious community, pressure group, philanthropic association, political party, or fraternity

Visibility plan (sponsored projects)

The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation wants partners to help publicize its actions and the causes it supports, and therefore places great importance on the visibility each project may provide. When the Foundation awards a grant to a project, the value of the visibility offered by the recipient must be equal to the value of the grant.

A project visibility plan should include the following:

  • Mention of the partnership in a newsletter
  • Mention of the partnership on a website
  • Mention of the project and its progress on social media
  • Press conference upon project launch
  • Press conference upon project conclusion
  • Authorization for the Foundation to speak at press conferences
  • Use of the Foundation logo in all documents relating to the project
  • Authorization for the Foundation to be present at all events, with its name clearly identified

Selection process

Category 2 applicants must submit applications and necessary documents by September 30th of the current year to the following address:

By email :

By regular mail : De Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
999 Maisonneuve West, Room 1000
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3L4

The Foundation board of directors meets twice a year to select projects and donation recipients. The board members are:

  • Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien
  • Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien
  • Philippe III de Gaspé Beaubien
  • Nanon de Gaspé Beaubien
  • Nannette de Gaspé Beaubien

Projects are reviewed in accordance with the criteria specified in the present policy, in particular with regard to potential benefits to communities, and considering the ratio between such benefits and the amount required to complete the project.

At any time during the processing of an application, the Foundation may contact applicants for additional information. In the event such information is not provided, the project application will be rejected.

The Foundation will notify applicants of all decisions regarding their projects. Project processing and selection may take up to three months, whether proposals originate from a Foundation member or the general public.

Before accepted projects can get underway, they will be the subject of an official signed agreement between the applicant and the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation.

Listening: the way to efficient action

By listening to members of our communities, taking time to talk about issues, and exchanging views and personal experiences, we can become agents of social progress and build strong partnerships. Contact us!