Since 1857, James Richardson & Sons, Limited has maintained a strong belief in giving back to the communities in which they serve, and that belief continues today. It’s a commitment borne of respect and appreciation for the places our employees call home and for the moments that make up life beyond the workplace.

In 1957, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of James Richardson & Sons, Limited, corporate philanthropy was initiated through the Richardson Century Fund. In 2000, this entity was renamed the Richardson Foundation and a new vision and mission statement was introduced, focused on helping create sustainable futures for registered Canadian charitable organizations in the Visual and Performing Arts, Education, Youth Initiatives and Environmental Issues.

Through the Richardson Foundation, Richardson International and its various divisions support many different community initiatives, such as:

  • Splash parks
  • Playgrounds
  • Sports fields
  • Arenas
  • Community halls
  • Volunteer Fire Departments

For a complete list of all the Community Projects we supported in 2018, click here.

The Richardson Foundation does not support health care/health care initiatives, religious or sectarian organizations and conferences/seminars. Under Canada Revenue guidelines, support from this source cannot be directed to an individual under any circumstances.

Applying for Funds

If you have a great idea on how to improve your community, let us know! For more information on how you can apply for funding, contact your local Richardson location. They will then be able to guide you through the application steps. You will be required to provide them with a detailed project proposal, including:

  • Scope of project, timeline, budget, who will benefit, etc.
  • Contact information
  • Specific recognition Richardson would receive for the donation
  • A commitment from the community in terms of both community support and funding as we want to ensure the community is also doing their part to raise funds

Once the project has been submitted, it is reviewed by a committee who then puts forward recommendations to the Richardson Foundation Board of Trustees. Once you are notified that your project has been approved, you are required to confirm that it is still proceeding as planned, as well as which name the cheque should be made payable to. For every donation, we require an official tax receipt made payable to: Richardson Foundation Inc.