The Foundation

A Canadian institution with a national purpose, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity. It was established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. In 2002, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with a donation of $125 million with the unanimous support of the House of Commons. In addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in support of specific initiatives. Through its Scholarship, Fellowship, Mentorship and Public Interaction Programs, the Foundation supports outstanding individuals who make meaningful contributions to critical public issues.

The Foundation is registered as a Canadian charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. Its charitable registration number is 895438919RR0001.

Give to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation

Give to support great thinkers who share ideas that matter and help the Foundation fulfill its mission.

Your gift to the Foundation will support the Scholarship Program, the Fellowship Program, and the Mentorship Program. It will facilitate knowledge acquisition and transfer and the exchange of ideas between researchers, decision-makers, and the general public about crucial social questions affecting Canadians.

Each gift is important. Thank you for your support!

Four ways to contribute:

  1. Donate online: simple, quick, and safe via
  2. Donate by cheque, accompanied by a completed donation form
  3. For planned giving, download the brochure to learn more
  4. To donate in person, see the coordonnées and bring in your gift

A receipt for tax purpose is issued for donations of $20 or more.

For more information about the Foundation, a specific project or your gift, please contact us.

Thank you to our donors of 2014

  • Ms. Susan Cartwright

Thank you to our donors of 2013

  • Ms. Sara Angel
  • Mr. Michel Bastarache
  • BMO Bank of Montreal
  • Mr. Michel Bonhomme
  • Ms. Pat Bovey
  • Mr. Timothy Brodhead
  • Mr. André Bureau
  • Mr. Simon Coakeley
  • COPIBEC - Société québécoise de gestion collective des droits de reproduction
  • Mr. Nicola Di Lorio
  • The Honourable René Dussault
  • Ms. Carolina Gallo-La Flèche
  • Mr. Roy L. Heenan
  • Heenan Blaikie LLP
  • The Honourable Justice Eileen Gillese
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation 
  • Mr. Ron Graham
  • Dr. Chaviva Hošek
  • Inspirit Foundation
  • Mr. Stephen Jarislowki
  • Mr. J. Edward Johnson
  • McCall MacBain Foundation
  • The Honourable Marc Lalonde
  • Mr. L Jacques Ménard
  • Prof. Linda Miller
  • Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum
  • The Honourable Justice Geraldine Sparrow
  • Tides Canada Foundation, at the request of Mr. Patrick Pichette

Thank you to our donors of 2012

  • Anonymous donors
  • The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada
  • In Honour of Erika Arban
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Dr. Daniel Barer
  • Ms. Margaret Bloodworth
  • Canadian Energy Pipeline Association
  • Capital Power Corporation
  • Mr. Simon Coakeley
  • Copibec
  • Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest
  • Mr. Paul Kariya
  • Mr. Jean-Pierre Kingsley
  • The Macdonald Stewart Foundation
  • Professor Barbara Neis
  • Ms. Marina Sharpe
  • Mr. Alexandre Trudeau
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • University of Alberta

Their story

The University of Alberta recently interviewed 2010 Trudeau Fellow Janine Brodie and 2010 Trudeau Scholar Libe Garcia Zarranz about their respective research. The two women and their colleagues shared their views on the importance of the issues they are addressing, the relevance of their work, and how the support provided by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has affected their careers. 

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Their work

Professor Ann Dale, 2004 Trudeau fellow, is an expert on sustainable development and an environmental activist. She chairs the Canadian Consortium for Sustainable Development Research (CCSDR) and is a Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University. Professor Dale recently launched HEADtalks, the channel of CRC Research on You Tube, and added a video about her vision of what sustainable community development could look like in the near future if communities everywhere acted now.

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