LIFT Philanthropy Partners is a national non-profit organization that believes vulnerable and at-risk Canadians deserve access to the tools and opportunities they need to thrive in society. Once a provincial enterprise, LIFT is now a national impact organization. Through our partnerships with social purpose organizations (SPOs), we are giving more underserved Canadians access to the foundations of a prosperous life: education, skills leading to meaningful employment; and health and well-being. This benefits everyone by creating a stronger economy and community.

LIFT works with a social purpose organization for up to three years to develop and implement a strategic LIFT plan to improve accountability, establish performance metrics, and increase capacity to deliver social impact. The LIFT model incorporates concepts of venture philanthropy approach, where its team works closely with the social purpose organization, and engages partners who are leading businesses, service providers and other experts to build the organization’s capacity.

LIFT invests in organizations whose programs help remove barriers to health, education, skills development and employment for vulnerable and at-risk Canadians. We believe these are the fundamental factors for social and economic prosperity, for individuals and our country as a whole. These organizations have a proven track record and unrealized potential for growth in helping Canadians access the skills and support they need to make positive and lasting contributions to the social and economic success of the country.

At LIFT, we make our investments in society work harder, deliver greater impact on a larger scale, and help vulnerable and at-risk populations in more significant numbers. Our unique value is that we apply business discipline to SPOs that are already doing good work, helping to build their capacity so they can do even more. We do this by leveraging financial investments with hands-on management and support from our team and partner network to maximize the value of dollars invested and provide an effective package of support. By providing SPOs with expertise, leadership, and strategic support focused on capacity-building, we are helping them be more effective and sustainable.

LIFT evolved from 2010 Legacies Now, where it leveraged the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to create social impact in British Columbia. Since inception in 2000, 2010 Legacies Now has earned an international reputation as a leader in advancing lasting social change, and has shared its social innovation model with cities and events throughout the world.


9 Jan

Ten Canadian immigrant-serving organizations selected for unique growth initiative

LIFT’s “Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact” to help newcomer organizations expand capacity, reach and impact Vancouver,…

4 Sep

A message to Canadian Newcomer Serving Organizations from our CEO about Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact – Deadline to apply is September 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Lift Philanthropy Partners launched a new initiative called Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact,…

28 May

LIFT Philanthropy Partners Launches Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact

An initiative to grow immigrant-serving organizations who deliver real change to newcomers Vancouver, BC (May…

21 Apr

TD becomes Founding Partner of LIFT’s Education Impact Fund with $500,000-gift

Toronto, ON (April 21, 2016): LIFT Philanthropy Partners is pleased to announce TD Bank Group…

3 Mar

A lesson from Goodwill: Run a charity like a business

LIFT CEO Bruce Dewar offers three lessons for charities in The Globe and Mail.

24 Dec

To be effective, charities need to invest in themselves

LIFT CEO Bruce Dewar and Scott Cameron, principal at McKinsey & Co, co-author an editorial on the important of investing in charities’ operations.

9 Nov

Smarter giving transforms more lives

What if your charitable contribution could have a bigger impact on the world around you?

21 Jul

LIFT launches #MakeGoodBetter campaign

LIFT launches a national awareness and fundraising campaign today to ask Canadians to join the venture philanthropy organization in making “good” better.

19 Jul

Non-profits work together to grow Indigenous and corporate partnerships in Canada

LIFT partners with the Aboriginal Human Resource Council to improve how companies engage with Canada’s Indigenous community.

12 May

Furniture Bank to Benefit from LIFT Philanthropy Partners’ Investment

Venture Philanthropy approach will help grow social enterprise Furniture Bank today announced that it has…

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