Our mission is to assist children, youth and women to overcome poverty, abuse and neglect and gain an equal opportunity to safety, health and education.
We provide one-time and multi-year grants to Canadian charitable organizations whose aims and programmes help us fulfill our mission.
We receive and evaluate project proposals from registered Canadian charities and not-for-profit organizations each year, and provide grants each spring and fall to selected organizations.
The Board of Directors of the Traquair Family Foundation is comprised of the family of Brian and Janis Traquair. The directors are:
Ellen has experience in the insurance industry and has her MBA from DePaul University. Ellen is married to Robert Castro, and they live in Chicago. Ellen is president of the foundation.
Hugh is an internal medicine physician at Hamilton Health Services and is married to Celina Baines, PhD. Hugh is vice president of the foundation. They live in Hamilton, Ontario
Janis is active in our Toronto neighbourhood and church community, and is secretary of the foundation. Janis and Brian live in Toronto.
Brian retired from a career in the software industry in 2016, and is now advising fintech start-ups. He is active in a number of charities and provides pro-bono consulting to the not-for-profit sector. Brian is treasurer of the foundation.
Established in 2009, the Traquair Family Foundation is committed to equity of opportunity for everyone. Our mandate is to support Canadian initiatives of Canadian non-profit and charitable organisations that are aligned to our mission.
We have provided basic information here on our website. This includes background on our mandate as well as financial reports. If you would like to know more, please contact us via the form or via email.
Please submit a proposal in writing, either by letter to our mailing address or by email to our email address. We will confirm receipt and may reply with questions. We do not have an application form. Please be as specific as possible on the requested grant amount and the intended use of the funds.
We review grant proposals in the spring and early fall. We make decisions and issue grant cheques in Q2 and Q4 of each year. We choose the initiatives most closely aligned to our mandate, and based on the relative impact to the applicant organization.
Our grants typically range between $1,000 and $10,000. We have both a one-time grant program and a three-year grant program. It is our practice to generally rotate grant recipients after three years.
We ask to receive your normal annual report, as well as a letter describing the ways in which our funds were used and the impact they created.
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