General Foundation FAQs
The Weston Family Foundation (formerly The W. Garfield Weston Foundation) is the private foundation of the Weston family, started by W. Garfield Weston and his wife Reta Howard Weston in the late 1950s. For three generations, the Weston family has maintained a tradition of helping charitable organizations to improve the well-being of Canadians. In the spirit of its founders, the Foundation continues to give grants in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
The Weston family’s charitable giving programs were first established with a donation of shares from the family company, George Weston Limited. Today this business has grown into Canada’s largest private employer with more than 200,000 employees. The group of food retailing and baking companies includes not only the original baking division, Weston Foods, but also ACE Bakery and Loblaw Companies Limited. It is the success of these companies, the dedication of their employees and the loyalty of their customers that ultimately enables the Foundation to fulfill its charitable mandate.
The Foundation is proactive and focused in its grant making and therefore does not accept unsolicited proposals. This allows for more impact and innovation within the charitable organizations that are supported. Please follow us on Twitter @westonfamilyfdn for announcements about open grant calls.
Please refer to our Grant Calls page for any open grants that are accepting letters of intent or proposals.
By law, the Foundation is only able to support Canadian charities that are registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency. These charities must have a CRA charitable number and offer programs benefiting Canadians in Canada.
In addition to the major commitments to Healthy Aging and Healthy Ecosystems, the Foundation makes a number of grants which the Directors seek out themselves.
Due to the focused and individualized nature of this grant-making, the Foundation does not accept applications for Director Grants.
The majority of the Board of the Weston Family Foundation is comprised of descendants of Garfield and Reta Weston.