The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

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The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The logo of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
Named afterW. Garfield Weston
Formation1950s (1950s)
FounderWeston family
TypeCharitable organization
PurposeHelping charitable organizations make a difference and enhance the quality of life for Canadians.
HeadquartersToronto, Canada
FieldsEducation, Land Conservation, Science in Canada’s North, Neuroscience and Microbiome Science [1]
Disbursements~$24.2 million (2016) [2]
Endowment (2016)$324 million [2]

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a Canadian charitable foundation committed to making grants in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. [3] At the end of 2016, the Foundation had over $324 million in assets. [2]


The Foundation was created in the 1950s with donations from W. Garfield Weston (1898–1978) and his wife Reta Lila Howard (1897–1967), and from all of their nine children: Miriam Burnett, Grainger Weston, Nancy Baron, Barbara Mitchell, Garry Weston, Wendy Rebanks, Gretchen Bauta, Camilla Dalglish and Galen Weston. It is named for W. Garfield Weston, who established bakery and other successful enterprises throughout Canada and in other parts of the world. Today, these businesses include George Weston Limited and the 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 the 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 partnerships for their long-term sustainability. [4][5] The Foundation also supports the Weston Youth Innovation Award at the Ontario Science Centre, with past recipients including Adam Noble and Alex Deans.

In addition to its principal ongoing commitments, the Foundation makes a number of trustee-initiated grants each year. [1]

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  1. ^ a b "Our Mandate". The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "W. Garfield Weston Foundation". Chimp Technology. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
  3. ^ "History of Giving". The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Land Conservation". The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  5. ^ "City parks get $5 million boost from Garfield Weston Foundation". Inside Toronto. Retrieved 9 April 2013.

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