Community giving


At BMO, we have a proud 200 year legacy of making tomorrow better. The BMO community giving philosophy is anchored in this rich history of success. With a focus on collaboration, learning, and innovation, we work with our community partners to achieve sustainable solutions and shape the future together.


Community giving highlights

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Our History of Giving

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About Community Giving

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Stronger Neighbourhoods: United Way and BMO

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Balancing consistency and change while building resilience

The BMO community giving strategy is about continuous learning and understanding the broader impact of everything we do. We have a deep sense of pride in our responsibility and ensure that we, and our community partners, are agile and well-prepared to address any opportunities and challenges that the future holds.
Our commitment to act responsibly and think about the broader impact of everything we do is aligned with our sustainability principles and our values. Our core values of integrity, empathy, diversity and responsibility, as well as our guiding principles around social change, financial resilience, community building and economic impact, are integral aspects of the way we work with our community partners to develop forward-thinking solutions that benefit society as a whole.


Accelerating social progress

As part of an ongoing renewal process to integrate new knowledge, amplify impact and accelerate social change, we are continuously reengineering our activities, processes and relationships to work more strategically along specific criteria, setting new targets and embarking on new areas of emphasis, as well as discontinuing projects that have run their course.


Our giving priorities

With a focus on collaboration, learning and innovation, we work with community partners to develop forward-thinking solutions that benefit society as a whole.

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How we fund and measure

We have embedded an impact approach throughout our donations work because we are driven to improve people’s lives in tangible ways and to demonstrate change.

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Application guidelines

Learn more about application requirements in Canada and the U.S.

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