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.

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.

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. You can submit a funding application using the link below if you have a program or project that aligns with our focus areas and meets our eligibility criteria. We only accept applications submitted through our online form. Please note that due to the high volume of requests we receive, it can take up to 90 days to review and respond to your application.

Have questions?

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?