Community giving


A student paints the mural

At BMO, we have a proud 200 year legacy of making tomorrow better. The BMO community giving philosophy is anchored in this rich history of success. With a focus on collaboration, learning, and innovation, we work with our community partners to achieve sustainable solutions and shape the future together.


BMO donates to Humber College to benefit future entrepreneurs and drive inclusion

BMO donates to Humber College to benefit future entrepreneurs and drive inclusion

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BMO’s 17th annual Equity Through Education Trading Day raises C$1.6 million to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

BMO’s 17th annual Equity Through Education Trading Day raises C$1.6 million to promote diversity, equity and inclusion

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BMO donates $500,000 to organizations responding to tragic events in Afghanistan

BMO donates $500,000 to organizations responding to tragic events in Afghanistan

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BMO commits $100,000 to Haiti earthquake relief efforts

BMO commits $100,000 to Haiti earthquake relief efforts

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BMO announces $1 million donation to fund BUILD Chicago’s new youth hub in Austin neighborhood

BMO announces $1 million donation to fund BUILD Chicago’s new youth hub in Austin neighborhood

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BMO announces donation and relief program to support communities affected by wildfires in BC

BMO announces donation and relief program to support communities affected by wildfires in BC

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BMO and Rush University System for Health join forces to make healthcare more equitable

BMO and Rush University System for Health join forces to make healthcare more equitable

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BMO announces $250,000 donation to organizations supporting global emergency COVID-19 relief efforts

BMO announces $250,000 donation to organizations supporting global emergency COVID-19 relief efforts

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BMO announces donation and relief program to support communities affected by wildfires in BC

BMO announces donation and relief program to support communities affected by wildfires in BC

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BMO donates to support mental health in the Muslim community in response to tragic event in London, ON

BMO donates to support mental health in the Muslim community in response to tragic event in London, ON

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BMO donation helps Yukon University establish new Permafrost Institute

BMO donation helps Yukon University establish new Permafrost Institute

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BMO donates $1 million to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

BMO donates $1 million to the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

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BMO gift to University of Calgary enables energy transition and sustainable finance research

BMO gift to University of Calgary enables energy transition and sustainable finance research

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BMO invites Chicago student artists to create mural on unity and hope

BMO invites Chicago student artists to create mural on unity and hope

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This is not a time to be silent

This is not a time to be silent

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Chicago public school students create mural calling for change

Chicago public school students create mural calling for change

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Donation of $5M to support innovative pediatric centre project initiated by Indigenous communities

Donation of $5M to support innovative pediatric centre project initiated by Indigenous communities

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Sunnybrook COVID-19 treatment clinical trial supported by donors including BMO

Sunnybrook COVID-19 treatment clinical trial supported by donors including BMO

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#BMOUnitedWay Inclusive economic opportunity in GTA

#BMOUnitedWay Inclusive economic opportunity in GTA

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BMO pledges $1M to support crisis relief

BMO pledges $1M to support crisis relief

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BMO donates $100,000 in support of Nova Scotia

BMO donates $100,000 in support of Nova Scotia

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Innovative Joint Venture Program brings jobs to Golden Mile

Innovative Joint Venture Program brings jobs to Golden Mile

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Small business catalyzer to accelerate emerging local businesses

Small business catalyzer to accelerate emerging local businesses

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Championing economic opportunity

Championing economic opportunity

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Community giving highlights

Community giving highlights

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Our History of Giving

Our History of Giving

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About Community Giving

About Community Giving

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Stronger Neighbourhoods: United Way and BMO

Stronger Neighbourhoods: United Way and BMO

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Reducing barriers to education for Indigenous students at Thompson Rivers University

Reducing barriers to education for Indigenous students at Thompson Rivers University

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BMO donates $2.5 million to Concordia University in honour of L. Jacques Ménard

BMO donates $2.5 million to Concordia University in honour of L. Jacques Ménard

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BMO donates $2.5 million to support the future of education at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business

BMO donates $2.5 million to support the future of education at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business

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BMO announces $75,000 donation and relief options for communities affected by severe weather in British Columbia

BMO announces $75,000 donation and relief options for communities affected by severe weather in British Columbia

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Balancing consistency and change while building resilience

The BMO community giving strategy is about continuous learning and understanding the broader impact of everything we do. We have a deep sense of pride in our responsibility and ensure that we, and our community partners, are agile and well-prepared to address any opportunities and challenges that the future holds.

Our commitment to act responsibly and think about the broader impact of everything we do is aligned with our sustainability principles and our values. Our core values of integrity, empathy, diversity and responsibility, as well as our guiding principles around social change, financial resilience, community building and economic impact, are integral aspects of the way we work with our community partners to develop forward-thinking solutions that benefit society as a whole.


Accelerating social progress

As part of an ongoing renewal process to integrate new knowledge, amplify impact and accelerate social change, we are continuously reengineering our activities, processes and relationships to work more strategically along specific criteria, setting new targets and embarking on new areas of emphasis, as well as discontinuing projects that have run their course.


Our giving priorities

With a focus on collaboration, learning and innovation, we work with community partners to develop forward-thinking solutions that benefit society as a whole.

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How we fund and measure

We have embedded an impact approach throughout our donations work because we are driven to improve people’s lives in tangible ways and to demonstrate change.

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