Working with charities for more than 70 years

Since its founding in 1953, The Muttart Foundation has worked with Canadian charities to serve people across the country and around the world.
About Us

We currently focus our work on helping charities in many ways:

We make grants to help ensure the voices of charities are heard at policy tables, nationally and regionally.

We help charities address policy issues in the field of early childhood education and care.

We make grants to charities that are finding new ways of working together.

We provide bursaries to allow charities to send their staff or key volunteers to courses and programs that will help the charities become more effective.

We make grants to assist charities to get specialized training.

We commission research on issues involving the charitable sector in general and early childhood education and care specifically.

We publish or distribute material that may be useful to charities in their governance work – helping boards organize themselves and suggestions of good practices.

We carry out our own activities focusing on charity regulation and early childhood education and care.

We can sometimes make available loans or lines of credit to registered charities.

We can sometimes facilitate discussions, and one of our staff members has been trained in mediation and arbitration (for matters other than employment situations).

We invite you to explore our website and to contact us if you think we might be able to help.

Charitable Activities

Strengthening the Charitable Sector

The Muttart Foundation believes that Canada is best served through a strong, independent and interconnected voluntary sector. It also believes that foundations and other funders can help ensure the sector maintains and gains strength.

Early Childhood Education and Care

The early years of a child’s life provide the foundation for development. A healthy birth, a nurturing home environment, and caring and supportive communities are critical in helping every child reach their full potential.


Restructuring Program Ends

The Foundation has discontinued its Restructuring program, effective immediately. There had been minimal interest in the program and, in most cases, applications for our help should have been directed to…

Insurance Survey Summary

The Muttart Foundation recently provided funding for Imagine Canada to use its Sector Monitor tool to survey Canadian charities on their experience with various forms of research. Anecdotally, a significant…