In an especially difficult year for many, Meridian employees rallied round for their communities with a Holiday Food & Toy Drive and doubled down to give more time and money through its Employees Corporate Giving Program. Senior leaders made a surprise donation of $67,000, which is being shared with three charities. Employees unlocked nearly $800,000. In 2022 through Meridian’s award-winning employee giving program, My Commitment to Communities, Meridian employees logged $486,000 in donations unlocking an additional $310,000 in donation matching for a total impact of nearly $800,000. Meridian capped off our impact with our annual Year End Giving Campaign launched on Giving Tuesday, November 29th. During the campaign, employee donations were double matched and annual matching allowances increased to $2,000 per employee, up from $1,000. The Year End Giving Campaign drove $312,000 of total impact.
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CIBC announced today that $6 million was raised for children’s charities globally during the 38th annual CIBC Miracle Day. Every year CIBC Capital Markets traders and CIBC Wood Gundy investment advisors donate their fees and commissions to help kids access vital support programs and services that help them thrive. This year’s CIBC Miracle Day brought together celebrities, athletes, musicians, singers, charities and CIBC team members — all with the goal of raising funds to improve the lives of children around the world. Longstanding supporters Scott McGillivray, Tessa Virtue, Pinball Clemons, Mira Sorvino, Simple Plan, Charles Oakley and Bruce Croxon, were among the special guests who brought their energy and enthusiasm to highlight the incredible and inspiring work of children’s charities. CIBC Miracle Day is an annual event that supports invaluable work done by children’s charities around the world. CIBC began this giving tradition in 1984, and has since raised more than $272 million globally, helping to transform the lives of children and communities worldwide. The new CIBC Foundation, which serves to advance social and economic equity, administers the funds raised on CIBC Miracle Day. Funds are distributed throughout the year and play an instrumental role in helping children access vital support services and programs.
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BMO employees have pledged more than $31 million to the United Way and thousands of other community organizations across North America, setting a new BMO record and exceeding the bank’s annual Employee Giving Campaign target by $5 million. Since kicking off their annual campaign, 88 per cent of BMO employees across North America came together to reach beyond and Boldly Grow the Good in business and life, by making donations to thousands of organizations. These donations will help address the disproportionate impacts felt more acutely by the most vulnerable in our society, and drive progress in a year which saw higher costs for basic life essentials. Over the last decade, the BMO employee-driven campaign, has raised more than $200 million delivering on its aim to be a Purpose-driven organization with a culture of giving back.
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McDonald’s Canada and 4-H Canada launched of the National Youth Scholarship program as a part of the next iteration of a longstanding relationship between the two organizations. As part of this partnership, sixteen scholarships totaling $80,000 will be awarded over two years to senior youth leaders from coast to coast to coast and will be aimed at advancing important work in sustainability and educational pursuits in agriculture. 4-H Canada is empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that affect positive change in the world around them. The Leadership Development Pillars of 4-H Canada -Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security, Science & Technology, the Environment & Healthy Living, Community Engagement & Communications – are all areas that are incredibly relevant and important to the current generation of youth, and which align with the concerns of Canada’s government, global community, and McDonald’s Canada.