The Helderleigh Foundation is a member of Philanthropic Foundations Canada. As a member, we believe that public trust in our performance and behavior is reinforced through the integrity, transparency and honesty we demonstrate in all of our relationships, dealings and transactions. Our philanthropy is guided by the following values and principles:

  • Commitment to the public good

  • Commitment to accountability and good governance

  • Respect for grantees, partners and colleagues

  • Responsible stewardship of resources

  • Commitment to excellence

  • Embracing diversity, equity & inclusion

Market Strategy

The Helderleigh Foundation is at the centre of supporting  food literacy. Read here to learn of our populations of interest, pathways to nutrition literacy, current partners, indicators of success, projects and initiatives.

Investment Strategy

The Helderleigh Foundation holds a conservative, diversified portfolio. It has taken steps to align its investments with its vision and mission.


Its ethical investing screen prohibits positions in food enterprises that predominantly manufacture, distribute or sell foods considered to be of low nutrient value. For example, most snack food companies and fast food restaurant chains.


It invests for change, as a Limited Partner in venture capital funds such as Renewal Funds. These firms primarily invest in North American food and environmentally based companies that promote health and sustainability.


It seeks opportunities to deploy social capital by loaning money to enterprises who are in the business of enhancing food literacy, targeted to our Canadian populations of interest.

Charity Efficiency

The Helderleigh Foundation does not run any programs directly. Approximately 90% of its donations received are passed on to the registered charities it supports. It operates without full time staff.

Fund Raising Costs

The Helderleigh Foundation does not undertake any fundraising for its income generation nor does it raise money for others.

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