Montreal-based financial services cooperative Desjardins has launched a $150 million fund to support educational, environmental, and employment initiatives in Ontario communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Desjardins’ GoodSpark Fund is aimed at supporting both grassroots volunteer organizations and established non-profits alike, focusing on causes ranging from early childhood development to entrepreneurial development to the environment. Youth-focused projects are a major priority. But regardless of a particular project’s scope, Desjardins is looking for those that support the long-term socio-economic recovery for Ontario’s communities — and they’re looking to approve them quickly.
“Community initiatives are often the best plan of action against difficult situations like the COVID-19 crisis,” wrote Guy Cormier, Desjardins Group CEO and president,
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