Monday, May 19, 2014

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Not to be confused with The Weston Foundation.

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a Canadian charitable foundation committed to making grants in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.

The foundation was created with donations from both W. Garfield Weston and his wife Reta Lila Weston (née, Howard) and from all of their 9 children: Grainger Weston, Miriam Burnett, Barbara Mitchell, Garry Weston, Wendy Rebanks, Camilla Dalglish, Gretchen Bauta, Galen Weston and Nancy Baron. It is named for W. Garfield Weston, who established bakery and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. Today, these businesses include George Weston Limited and Loblaw group of food retailing, processing and distribution companies.

The Foundation is supported by an endowment from the extended Weston family, with the majority of the funds being directed to specific organizations in the fields of education and environment. In 2012, the Foundation initiated the Weston Family Parks Challenge, announcing $5 million, in aggregate over 3 years, to enhance Toronto's green spaces while encouraging private-public partnership for their long-term sustainability.[1]

In addition to its principal ongoing commitments, the Foundation makes a number of trustee-initiated grants each year.