OpenRoad Foundation continues to support the development of resilient communities with an additional $100,000 combined donation this year to four Canadian charities in British Columbia and Ontario.
These charities are Aunt Leah’s Place, Foundry Langley, Knights Table, and Take a Hike. This brings OpenRoad Foundation’s 2023 giving total to more than $225,000.
“2023 was OpenRoad Foundation’s founding year, and the roadmap our stellar team has put in place is already working to help more than 10 non-profits achieve their goals,” explains Christian Chia, CEO of OpenRoad Group and OpenRoad Foundation’s Board Chair. “This is just the beginning. We look forward to providing even more grant opportunities to local charities in 2024.”
OpenRoad Foundation’s inaugural team currently shortlists charity partners based on three key pillars: Environment, Community, and Education. The shortlisted organizations are then contacted to complete a grant application form for potential support. The team, led by OpenRoad Foundation Manager, Shea Studler, includes a board and advisory committee.
Between January and July, the first four grants were presented to Vancouver Food Runners, Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society, City Dream Centre’s Summer Food Hampers Program, and Urban Bounty by Richmond Food Security Society.
OpenRoad Foundation also donated $20,000 to Club OpenRoad’s Pet Photos with Santa initiative, which benefited The Happy Herd Farm Sanctuary, Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS), and Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS).
The additional $100,000 will be evenly distributed between Aunt Leah’s Place, Foundry Langley, Knights Table and Take a Hike.
“The selected organizations are doing great things for our community, and truly embody our three key pillars,” adds Studler. “We thank them for their continued tireless work, and look forward to seeing the gifts from OpenRoad Foundation make an impact.”
For more information, visit openroadfoundation.ca.