Gratitude for our 2014 partners

© 2009 Sacca, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio
© 2009 Sacca, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio

As 2014 winds to a close, we are grateful for the many charities we have been able to partner with over the course of this year.

A total of 48 new grants valued at $373,908 were awarded in five funds throughout 2014, and 49 payments were made totalling $973,908, including an annual grant to Tyndale University College & Seminary for $600,000 which continues to fulfill a pledge made in the past.

Cambridge Fund


Family Fund


General Fund


Innovation Fund


Stronger Together Fund




Noteworthy are grants we made in partnership through Stronger Together 2014.  Thanks to collaboration with John & Rebecca Horwood, D.H. Falle Family Foundation, and JVE Fund, Bridgeway’s investment of $170,000 was multiplied several times to impact 10 organizations for $500,000.

17 of Bridgeway’s members also led the way in giving through our Family Fund.  Members invested their own time and energy at various levels and abilities.  Coping Centre, The Roundtable, Kutoa, Save the Mothers, Muskoka Woods, New Direction Ministries, Opportunity International Canada, St Stephen’s University, and Ontario Pioneer Camp were all beneficiaries of member-sponsored grants and volunteer time.

A full list of grants made can be found in summaries provided in June and December.


Year-end grants announced on #GivingTuesday

One of today's grants is destined for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra's growing work.  Congratulations!
One of today’s grants is destined for the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s growing work. Congratulations!

Bridgeway Foundation is pleased to announce that $150,250 in grants have been awarded to 11 organizations.  Successful applicants were those who (1) had a community development focus for the city of Cambridge, or (2) were Christian charities developing innovative initiatives in Canada or Cambodia.

We were pleased to discover that our grant announcement has coincided with Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back all over the world.  We are joining thousands of Canadians today in giving time or finances with generosity and to better the lives of others.

Organization Name City Province Amount Awarded Project Name Purpose of Investment
Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Cambridge ON                  10,000 Making Our Symphony Sound To support the local symphony orchestra and assist it in achieving its financial targets and a 10% increase in attendance next year.
Cardus Hamilton ON                  15,000 Cambridge City Soul Continued To continue a project that will do research and facilitate ongoing conversations in the City of Cambridge between faith leaders and city planners.
Chab Dai Coalition Phnom Penh, Cambodia                  20,000 Charter-Doorsteps Project To build capacity of a program to reduce human trafficking in Cambodia through training, mentoring policy development, and collaboration for over 30 Cambodian NGOs.
Context with Lorna Dueck Toronto ON                  20,000 Increasing and strengthening secular engagement To markedly increase audience by 20,000 viewers each month in the 2014/2015 season through a ten-month print and online advertising campaign.
FH Canada Abbotsford BC                  15,000 Five Steps of Hope for Boeung Mealea, Cambodia To introduce an opportunity for wholistic community development to the six villages of Boeung Mealea, Cambodia through partnership, leadership training, savings and loan groups, and training of mothers.
Lisaard House Cambridge ON                  10,000 Innisfree House To assist in launching a new 10,000 square foot palliative care facility serving approximately 250 more residents annually in Waterloo Region through the donation of furniture.
Mennonite Central Committee Ontario Kitchener ON                  10,000 Helping Men Recover Fifty men will receive assistance reintegrating into the community through four groups operating in Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener-Waterloo.
Opportunity International Canada Toronto ON                  20,000 Corporate Sponsor Expansion To develop a toolkit, marketing strategy and the means by which small and mid-sized Canadian companies can partner to advance microfinance expansion in Latin America.
Ratanak International Burnaby BC                  20,000 Cambodia Office Capacity Building To build the capacity of a growing Cambodia-focused charity through hiring key personnel for administrative backup in Phnom Penh.
Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre Puslinch ON                    5,000 Sunrise Driving Program To begin a “therapeutic driving” program by offering equipment and training for staff to use horses and carts in the therapy of special needs children.
Women’s Crisis Services – Haven House Cambridge ON                    5,250 Rebuild Haven House To assist with the development of a new 45-bed shelter for women and children facing abuse in Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Total                150,250


Stronger Together 2014 grants announced

Wellspring Foundation’s creative and strategic work in leadership development for teachers in Central Africa benefited from a Stronger Together grant this year.

Bridgeway’s collaborative grantmaking initiative, Stronger Together 2014,  is pleased to announce that $503,000 has been awarded to twelve Christian charities from across Canada in this year’s round of grants.  Grants were awarded after a rigorous process of due diligence that saw over 70 letters of inquiry received in January.  The finalists represent projects which are focused on impact for beneficiaries and innovation for the organization, and we congratulate them on their success.

The complete list of grants and amounts awarded can be found on the Stronger Together website.  We are pleased to be able to work in partnership with three other funders: D.H. Falle Family Foundation, JVE Fund – Legacy Foundation of Canada, and John and Rebecca Horwood.

Bridgeway Foundation is pleased to contribute $175,000 toward the following charities:

Organization Name City Prov Amount Awarded Project Name Project Description
Teen Challenge Canada London ON $40,000 Addiction Counselling Accreditation To provide 270 hours of certified training and 100 hours clinical supervision for ten staff to be accredited as alcohol and drug counsellors leading to a 10% increase in student retention rate.
Redeemer University College Ancaster ON $27,000 The Centre for Applied Christian Scholarship To establish an applied scholarship centre to provide research grants to Christian academics and host an annual conference leading to a 10% increase in public exposure for scholars.
The Wellspring Foundation for Education Langley BC $25,000 Abundant Leadership Institute for Central Africa To launch a leadership institute for 20 selected educators and an annual summit for 200 sector leaders in Kigali, Rwanda.
Partners International Canada Brampton ON $22,140 Freedom Pakistan To offer holistic programming for 6,500 Pakistanis in four communities, with a focus on food security for 1,267 and liberation from bonded labour for 286.
Asian Outreach International Canada Mississauga ON $20,000 Transformational Training Centre, Stung Treng To build a 700 square metre multipurpose training centre and begin programming for agricultural training for inhabitants of Stung Treng province in NE Cambodia.
The Gideons International In Canada Guelph ON $11,000 Bibles through Business – Changing a Nation! To provide 10,000 Bibles to Chinese Christians in Shandong province and offer training on integrity to 1,000 business owners in the first year.
Ontario Christian Gleaners Cambridge ON $8,860 Office and Meeting Room Facility Enhancement To expand an existing warehouse and office facility to free up space for private meetings, administration, and equipment storage in a crowded and innovative food aid organization.
Prison Fellowship Canada Toronto ON $8,000 Youth Restorative Justice Program To create a 12 week youth restorative justice program, identify and train six mentors for the piloting of the program in a Kitchener young offender facility, and link released offenders to youth workers in the community.
WorldServe Ministries White Rock BC $6,000 China Factory Evangelism To train 100 Chinese Christian students to be factory evangelists, provide musical instruments for a music store, and cover salaries for 15 church planters for one year.
Imago Toronto ON $5,000 Breathe Film Project To create a film based on a theatre production to tell the story of God’s love for all for dissemination to over 20,000 in Salvation Army Australia and Canada facilities, with additional partners to be added.
Kinbrace Community Society Vancouver BC $2,000 Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee Claimants To adapt a Vancouver refugee hearing preparation guide for use in Toronto and Montreal, to translate the guide into six languages, and to disseminate it to 10,000 claimants.
Total $175,000

Stronger Together 2014 now open

Bridgeway Foundation is partnering with three other grantmakers to offer grants to Canadian Christian charities through Stronger Together 2014.   Projects that make the shortlist will be those which have developed a strategic and innovative plan to tangibly impact the communities they serve.  You can submit your LOI from now until January 31 via the Stronger Together website.

EduDeo partners for education in countries like Nicaragua.  They were recipients of a ST grant in 2012.
EduDeo partners for education in countries like Nicaragua. They were recipients of a Stronger Together grant in 2012.

A new round of grants through Stronger Together in 2014

Bridgeway supported the work of this inner city charity, Sanctuary, in 2013 through a Stronger Together grant which started up a bike shop on Queen Street East.
Bridgeway supported the work of this inner city charity, Sanctuary, in 2013 through a Stronger Together grant which started up a bike shop on Queen Street East.

Bridgeway Foundation is pleased to join with three other granting partners in our annual Stronger Together initiative – an attempt at leveraging funds for greater social impact through working in tandem with others.  This will be the fifth year of this program.

We will receive grant applications for this initiative through the shared Stronger Together application process in January 2014.  More information can be found on the Stronger Together site.