BMO’s culture was founded on our commitment to giving back to our communities and to the causes that matter to them. Our Community Giving, Sponsorships and Employee Giving groups work to improve lives every day, driven by a passion for helping and a desire to build a better future together.
BMO’s employees share our belief in creating positive, sustainable change. They have a keen desire to contribute through their own engagement in campaigns and volunteer opportunities. Remarkably, more than 90% of BMO’s employees consistently donate to our annual Employee Giving Campaign, joining together across North America to lend financial support to United Way partners and other charitable organizations.
Volunteering is at the heart of our culture; our employees enthusiastically share their time and energy to help build healthy, sustainable communities. Every June, we hold our annual BMO Volunteer Day, when employees deepen our community roots by working in teams on a variety of initiatives at hundreds of charitable organizations. In the fall, in partnership with United Way agencies, BMO’s Days of Caring activities provide employees with a unique opportunity to interact with each other while learning about the needs of people in the communities we serve across North America.
We give back in other ways, too; through our Equity Through Education program, BMO Capital Markets donates all institutional equity trading commissions from one day every year to organizations dedicated to providing greater access to education for less advantaged students.
The BMO culture of giving extends to fundraising for non-profits as well. Our employees rally around local fundraisers and Walk so Kids Can Talk, a major fundraising event presented by BMO for Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7 national support service for youth.
As an organization, our community giving strategy is built on three pillars – collaboration, learning and innovation – that are supported by our 200-year commitment to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work. We are proud of our long tradition of giving to a wide range of charities and not-for-profit organizations in the fields of health, education, arts and culture, community and civic engagement and through federated appeals, in hundreds of towns and cities across North America. We believe strongly that we can bring the most value to our community partners by seeking out opportunities to work alongside them – all in the service of achieving sustainable solutions and shaping the future together.
Similarly, our community sponsorship strategy is focused on organizations that support our priority of helping to strengthen communities. From events celebrating arts, culture and youth such as imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, and our support for more than 100 youth soccer clubs, to those that promote social betterment such as the Pride and Remembrance Run in Toronto and numerous functions for BMO Celebrating Women, sponsorships provide valuable opportunities for BMO to demonstrate our values by associating our brand – and our passionate employees – with organizations that work to drive social change.
$63.5 million in donations to registered charities and not-for-profit organizations in Canada and the United States in 2018.
BMO gave grants to more than 1,500 non-profits in Canada and the United States. (2017)
$10 million committed to United Way Greater Toronto to help catalyse inclusive local economic opportunity in priority GTA neighbourhoods.*
* Over five years beginning in 2019