About Our Funders
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation. The Foundation was first established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta, with their shares in the family company, George Weston Limited. Today this business includes not only the original baking company, but also Loblaw Companies Limited, a group of food retailing, processing and distribution companies. It is the success of these companies, the dedication of their employees and the loyalty of their customers that ultimately enables the Foundation to fulfill its charitable mandate.
Donations from the Foundation are directed to specific organizations in the fields of neuroscience, education, land conservation, and science in Canada’s North. In addition to its ongoing commitments, the Foundation makes a number of unsolicited, Trustee Initiated Grants each year. The Founders believed that as the funds were generated through the hard work and success of Canadian businesses, the grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of helping charitable organizations to make a difference and enhance the quality of life for all Canadians.
For more information on The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, please visit www.westonfoundation.org
The Selfridges Group Foundation
The Selfridges Group Foundation was recently set up by Selfridges Group Chairman, W. Galen Weston, to coordinate charitable and philanthropic activities within Selfridges Group. Selfridges Group consists of Brown Thomas and Arnotts in Ireland, Holt Renfrew in Canada, Selfridges in the UK and de Bijenkorf in the Netherlands. As part of its philanthropic work, The Selfridges Group Foundation provides funds through the Weston Brain Institute to support medical research into treatments for brain disorders in the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Selfridges Group Foundation is a company limited by guarantee that is currently in the process of becoming a registered charity.