The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute
Donner Canadian Foundation

Donner Canadian Foundation

January 18, 2006 06:00 ET

The Fraser Institute-Media Release; Donner Awards Now Accepting Applications from Outstanding Non-Profit Organizations: $70,000 in Annual Awards Promote Excellence in the Sector

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 18, 2006) - Applications are now being accepted for the 9th Annual Donner Canadian Foundation Awards for Excellence in the Delivery of Social Services (Donner Awards). The Donner Awards are Canada's largest non-profit recognition program.

Administered by The Fraser Institute on behalf of the Donner Canadian Foundation, the Donner Awards were established in 1998 to recognize and encourage best practices in non-profit management and to increase public confidence and support for Canada's non-profit sector.

A total of $70,000 in awards is presented annually to Canada's highest performing non-profit organizations in each of nine categories of social service delivery.The top non-profit organization is recognized with the prestigious $20,000 William H. Donner Award for Excellence. The Peter F. Drucker Award for Non-Profit Management is also presented to a non-profit organization with a consistent record of excellence and innovation in management and service delivery.

Applications for the 2006 Donner Awards are available at, or by emailing The application deadline is May 1, 2006.

Award recipients are selected based on a ranking of their performance in ten key areas, including management and governance, the use of staff and volunteers, innovation, program cost, and outcome monitoring.

In 2005, 842 non-profits in 317 different communities in all 10 provinces and 2 territories applied for the awards. With total revenues of $1.4 billion, these organizations enlisted the help of 20,962 FTE (full-time equivalent) staff and 52,883 FTE volunteers to deliver services to over 2.6 million clients last year.

The evaluation protocol for the Donner Awards was established with input from the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, the Canadian Cancer Society (BC & Yukon Division), the Trillium Foundation, and Family Services Canada.

The Donner Canadian Foundation is dedicated to supporting projects that emphasize self-reliance, individual initiative, and independence. For more information, visit

Established in 1974, The Fraser Institute is an independent public policy organization with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto. For more information, visit

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