The Foundation of Greater Montreal donates two million dollars in grants in 2007

    MONTREAL, Dec. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Foundation of Greater Montreal's
(FGM) Grant program is growing. More and more Montrealers are creating
permanent endowment funds devoted to improving the well-being of their fellow
citizens through the FGM. As a result, the FGM is granting two million dollars
this year to support registered charitable organizations in and around
Montreal. "Thanks to our donors, we now have sufficient funds to be able to
play a significant philanthropic role and have a real influence on the quality
of life of Montrealers," declared Kathleen Weil, President and CEO, FGM.
    Once again this year, the FGM has demonstrated its commitment to
supporting innovative and effective programs and projects that respond to the
needs of those who are most vulnerable, and that are active in all sectors
which contribute to the region's quality of life: notably, health and
wellness, social development, education, environment, and arts and culture.
    Greater Montreal's Vital Signs, an annual check-up on the health of our
city and region that measures and monitors key issue areas that affect our
region's quality of life, is an important reference point for the FGM's Grant
program. For instance, this year, the FGM supported programs to help keep kids
in school, promote physical activity and health among young people, integrate
immigrants into the workplace and break isolation for seniors.
    The FGM continues to support the arts and culture, with a focus on
expanding access in the community for artists and audiences, namely by
promoting arts in schools and among people who do not regularly attend
cultural events. Determined to give a new push to Montreal's arts and culture
sector, the FGM recently participated in the Rendez-vous de la culture 2007.

    Community foundations such as the Foundation of Greater Montreal are
created by and for citizens of a region. The foundation pools the charitable
gifts of many donors to create permanent, income-earning endowment funds. The
income earned is granted to a wide range of community groups; the original
investment is left to grow over time.

For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Weil, president and CEO, Foundation of
Greater Montreal, (514) 866-0808 (numbersign)101,

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