Category: Community giving

BMO’s community giving strategy is built on three pillars – collaboration, learning and innovation – that are supported by our 200-year commitment to helping improve the quality of life in our communities.


A group of people gathered in front a glass with sticky notes BMO donates $2.5 million to support the future of education at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business

 

Community giving

At BMO, we know winning performance is contingent on being highly efficient, digitally enabled and future ready. Aligned with our focus on transformational change, we’re investing in the future of education with a $2.5 million donation to help build the McLean Centre for Collaborative Discovery (MCCD) – a new purpose-built, 9-storey, 125,000 square ft. addition […]

A colourful graduation cap stands out in a sea of black graduation caps Reducing barriers to education for Indigenous students at Thompson Rivers University

 

Community giving, Diversity and inclusion

To support our commitment to the education, employment and economic empowerment of Indigenous communities, BMO is donating $750,000 to Thompson Rivers University (TRU) over eight years. The donation will fund awards and support the undergraduate research of Indigenous students, which represent 10 percent of TRU’s student population at their Kamploops B.C. main campus and 30 […]

Members from the CNIB and BMO teams stand together beside a large Phone It Forward Banner. In the foreground are boxes full of donated iPads. From left to right, Suzanne Decary, Executive Director, Ontario South for CNIB, Tanya Thung and Rosemary Torelli from BMO Financial Group, Gary Nenson, Vice President, Philanthropy for CNIB and John M. Rafferty, President and CEO for CNIB. Each person holds a few iPads in their arms. BMO reduces barriers for people with sight loss with iPad donation

 

Community giving

Driving to zero barriers for our colleagues, customers and communities is a critical priority for BMO and a key part of our Purpose-aligned Bold Commitment to a more inclusive society. With a donation of 2,000 reconditioned iPads to CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), Canada’s largest non-profit serving people with sight loss, BMO is […]

A mother and daughter looking at a laptop BMO Capital Markets to Donate C$1.6M Following Equity Through Education Trading Day

 

Community giving, Diversity and inclusion

BMO Capital Markets’ 2020 Equity Through Education trading day raised C$1.6 million toward educational assistance for students in North America and the UK. Every year, BMO Capital Markets donates a day of institutional equity trading commissions from the U.S., Canada and the UK to charities helping under-privileged students through scholarships, bursaries and other academic programs. […]

Food bank at Instituto del Progreso Latino Instituto del Progreso Latino pivots to keep their community safe

 

Community giving, Diversity and inclusion, Response

“What folks need right now is different than last month, and next month it will change again. So we keep listening and learning to understand how we can help,” says Karina Ayala-Bermejo, CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino. “When we can respond right away to the needs of our community, that’s where we can really […]

Dave Casper stands in front of the mural with three school children Chicago Public School students create mural calling for change

 

Community giving, Corporate social responsibility, Diversity and inclusion

“Art can tell stories and change narratives,” says Suzette Bross, Executive Director of CPS Lives. “This mural is an expression of giving back to the community and showing the good in humanity.” In June 2020, a group of Chicago students transformed the temporary plywood used to cover BMO Harris Bank’s main branch during protests into […]