The David Suzuki Foundation endowment fund — fossil fuel free!


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As a registered charity, the David Suzuki Foundation depends on the generosity of donors. Contributing to our endowment fund is one way to create a long-term legacy that's good for the planet.

What's an endowment fund?

Think of an endowment fund as a savings account that can't be touched. The principal is maintained in perpetuity. Investment returns create a source of income or may be reinvested to grow the principal.

Our investment decisions are guided by our mission, with strict standards that match our organizational values. Our financial managers screen investments in publicly traded companies based on both social and environmental criteria. Certain types of businesses, such as weapons, tobacco or pornography, are always excluded. Only the highest-ranking corporations are included in our portfolio. And our explicit stand on climate change means we do not invest in companies involved in the extraction, processing or transportation of fossil fuels.

Income from the endowment fund gives DSF the long-term stability that helps us tackle systemic environmental problems. It also allows us to respond quickly to unexpected environmental crises and have assured access to emergency funding when needed. Last year, our endowment fund contributed more than $650,000 to our programs.

How to contribute

Canadians have contributed to the David Suzuki Foundation endowment fund through donations, bequests — even gifts of assets such as houses, insurance and stocks. You can also set up a named fund to honour your family or a loved one.

If you want to set up a plan or learn how you can contribute to the Foundation's endowment fund, please contact us at or 1-800-453-1533 ext. 1500. We will stay in touch with you to let you know the impact of your gift. Depending on your preferences, you will also be honoured in our Annual Report.