The Samuel Family Foundation is dedicated to helping people improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to family, community and society. We focus our efforts on building and developing successful communities by increasing access to education, health and employment opportunities for everyone through:
- Increased awareness and understanding
- Supporting and learning from community-based strategies
- Demonstrating innovative processes
- Supporting actions leading to sustained solutions that build and deepen social connectedness
About The Foundation
From the earliest days of the Samuel family business, social responsibility has directly shaped every aspect of our enterprise. Based on his philosophy of giving back and improving our community, third-generation owner Sigmund Samuel was responsible for developing the Canadiana Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum and the undergraduate library at the University of Toronto. Building on this tradition, the Samuel Family Foundation was established by fourth-generation owners Ernest and Elizabeth Samuel in 1993, with a focus on the arts, education, and healthcare, which included support for the Royal Ontario Museum and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Under the current leadership of President and Chair, Kim Samuel, the Foundation’s mandate has expanded to include poverty eradication, human rights, climate change, youth and older people’s empowerment, and universal design. The Samuel Family Foundation also works closely with several key partners and collaborators on its Social Connectedness Program. Designed to overcome social isolation and create a greater sense of community, this core Samuel Family Foundation initiative focuses on grassroots knowledge and programs to build caring communities and advocate for inclusive policy change.
As part of the Social Connectedness Program, the Foundation has convened three Global Symposia on Overcoming Social Isolation and Deepening Social Connectedness in partnership with the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness. The most recent 2019 Global Symposium was held in Toronto, Canada, and brought together 150 community activists, policymakers, researchers and youth from across Canada, and the world. Together, participants outlined new strategies for building belonging, and explored how organizations and individuals can work to strengthen human connections and build resilient communities of the future - ones in which we all belong.
The Samuel Family Foundation is a proud partner of the following organizations: