Laidlaw Foundation supports young people impacted by the justice, education, and child-welfare systems to become healthy and engaged by investing in innovative ideas, convening interested parties, advocating for systems change, and sharing learning across the sector.
A society in which all young people have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Engagement & Empowerment. We commit to engaging and empowering young people in decision-making and governance.
Responsive. We consult, engage, and work with youth on issues that matter to them, from idea to implementation.
Equity. We embed equity in all of our policies, practices, processes, and interactions.
Reconciliation. Our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada is reﬂected in our operations, granting, and investment portfolios.
Accountability. We are accountable to our grantees, our Foundation, and the larger communities of which we are a member.
2019-2024 Strategic Plan
Following a year-long process, the Laidlaw Foundation’s 2019-2024 Strategic Plan was approved in March 2019. The five-year plan will focus our efforts on youth who are adversely impacted by, underserved and overrepresented in the justice, education and care systems.
The plan includes three clear strategic goals:
Elevate the priorities and voices of youth with lived experiences in the justice, education and child welfare systems
Promote equitable and accountable institutions and systems
Advocate for evidence-based policy
Click here to learn more about the Laidlaw Foundations 2019-2024 Strategic Plan.
Board of Directors
Finance and Audit
Family Fund Committee
Governance and Recruitment
The Laidlaw Foundation has officially taken up residence at Foundation House – a new hub for philanthropic collaboration, learning and sharing in Toronto. As one of three founding partners, along with the Lawson Foundation and the Counselling Foundation of Canada, the Laidlaw Foundation is excited by the potential of Foundation House to spark greater collaboration in the philanthropic and charitable sector.
And the idea is taking off with a stellar group of organizations joining us at Foundation House including the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC), the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CEGN). Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, and GrantBook also have a presence at Foundation House. We recently published a case study about the making of Foundation House. Part of this was to catalogue how we came together and what we were trying to achieve; in addition, there are some suggestions about the kinds of things we might look for as signs of success over time.