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BMO Gives. Good grows here.

Our Purpose: To Boldly Grow the Good in business and life drives our commitment to make a positive societal impact in everything we do.

Our Purpose: To Boldly Grow the Good in business and life drives our commitment to make a
positive societal impact in everything we do.

Strong communities and the organizations supporting them are essential for building a thriving economy, ensuring a sustainable future, and fostering an inclusive society.

Whether we’re giving to community organizations across North America, investing in partnerships to address societal needs, or supporting the giving and volunteer activities of our 55,000 employees, we pride ourselves on our 200-year-plus legacy of growing the good in the communities we serve.

BMO Giving at-a-glance

  • In 2023, BMO gave $84 million to more than 1,000 nonprofits and charities across our footprint.
  • Over the past five years, BMO employees donated over $130* million to charities across North America.
  • In 2023, our employees gave over $31 million to charitable organizations across North America, including $13 million to the United Way and spent over 62,000 hours volunteering.

* All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted

Our giving priorities

BMO’s employee and community giving focuses on three areas.

1. Communities: We believe economies thrive when communities thrive.
We empower communities by funding the development of tools and resources such as mentorship programs, financial literacy workshops and increasing access to arts and culture. Giving areas include:

  • cultural enrichment
  • health and wellbeing
  • health equity
  • education and skills-building
  • disaster relief
  • economic development

2. Sustainability: We are working towards a more sustainable future for our customers, colleagues and communities.
Sustainability is at the heart of BMO’s Climate Ambition to be our clients’ lead partner in transitioning to a net-zero world. By supporting sustainability projects and eco-conscious endeavours, we contribute to a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come. Giving areas include:

  • biodiversity
  • climate change and justice
  • environmental protection

3. Inclusivity: We’re building a more inclusive society by removing barriers for our customers, colleagues and communities.
We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion within BMO and our communities to foster a society that embraces individual differences. Giving areas include:

  • allyship and education
  • equity-deserving groups
  • history and culture
 

How to request a donation or event sponsorship

BMO has a long history of supporting registered charities and non-profit organizations across our footprint. Funding applications are accepted online and are considered if you have a program or project that aligns with our focus areas and meets our eligibility criteria. Currently, we are not accepting new applications. Please check back in August when our online application portal will reopen.

We know you might have some questions about how to apply for funding from BMO. Check out our FAQ section for answers to common queries.

1. What are your giving areas of focus?
2. What are your eligibility criteria?
3. When do you accept donation requests?
4. How long does it take to review a proposal?
5. How do I submit a proposal?