Giving back is central to our values and our culture
For us, charitable giving is at the core of who we are: It is our mission and the very reason we exist. This is because, giving back is central to our values and our culture.
We’re deeply involved in our communities through partnerships, sponsorships and employee volunteer initiatives that help improve the lives of people in need.
Good corporate citizenship is embedded into all that we do. We demonstrate a deep and lasting commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and work, to helping people in need and contributing to the greater good.
As part of our corporate partnership program, on a rotating basis, we select a national charity that we support, providing funding, volunteering our time, raising awareness and participating at events.
In 2020, we launched a special two-year funding partnership with the Alzheimer Society. As part of this partnership, Ecclesiastical will provide funding for a variety of programs delivered by Alzheimer societies across the country––in Toronto, Preventing Social Isolation through Social Recreation Programs; in Calgary, The Family Caregiver Education Series; in Nova Scotia, Public Education; and in British Columbia, The Climb for Alzheimer’s.
We support a wide range of initiatives through our Community Impact Grant
Our Community Impact Grant program is our signature Canadian giving program. Grants are awarded to specific projects that make a positive and sustained impact on the community, by benefiting youth, vulnerable and under-represented people or by supporting the preservation of Canadian heritage. We administer the grants under the auspices of our charitable trust owner, Allchurches Trust Ltd.
Regional & sector sponsorships & donations
With regional offices across the country it is important for us to support charitable organizations in Canada’s diverse cities and provinces. In Nova Scotia, for example, we have supported Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, an organization that provides a wide range of services including subsidized housing, hot meals and emergency services. In Ontario we have supported The Yonge Street Mission and The Scott Mission, providing meals and shelter to those in need.
In Alberta we support The Mustard Seed, where for over 35 years has helped individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness. In British Columbia, we proudly support the renowned theatre company Bard on the Beach by providing funding for their Bard in Your Neighborhood program. The program works with community partners to bring workshops to under served children and youth at no cost.
Our employees regularly volunteer within their communities and are provided with paid days each year to participate in local charitable events of their choice as well as those that are company sponsored. We match staff charitable donations, and we double the maximum limit of the matching contribution if they regularly volunteer at the charity.
As an integral part of our Business Associate Program, associates lend their time and business skills to the local community. They are placed with a non-profit organization for a minimum one-month period, providing no-cost support to the charity by helping them with a project or initiative.
We are proud that Ecclesiastical strives for its employees to collectively volunteer a minimum of 500 hours to charitable causes each year.
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We are a proud sponsor of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Museums: History Alive!, which is a partnership between the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and Canada’s History Society (CHS).
We support the National Trust for Canada by sponsoring the Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards, which brings national attention to exemplary projects and places that contribute to quality of life and sense of place, and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for traditional or new uses. We have proudly sponsored the Cornerstone Awards since their inception in 2013.