The Foundation

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation is an independent and non-partisan charity established in 2001 as a living memorial to the former prime minister by his family, friends, and colleagues. By granting doctoral scholarships, awarding fellowships, appointing mentors, and holding public events, the Foundation encourages critical reflection and action in four areas important to Canadians: human rights and dignity, responsible citizenship, Canada’s role in the world, and people and their natural environment.

In 2002, with the unanimous support of the House of Commons, the Government of Canada endowed the Foundation with the Advanced Research in the Humanities and Human Sciences Fund. In addition, the Foundation benefits from private sector donations in support of specific initiatives.

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


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