When His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, was installed in 2010, he spoke of a vision for a smart and caring nation—where all Canadians can grow, succeed and contribute. The Rideau Hall Foundation’s goal is to widen the circle of giving by reinforcing giving as a fundamental Canadian value.  
Patterns of generosity are changing in Canada and beyond–with crowd sourcing, micro-lending, global volunteerism, social enterprise and more–and yet little is known about how to modify the values and behaviours required to increase Canadians’ support of charitable and not for profit causes. The Rideau Hall Foundation is committed to working with non-profit and corporate partners to strengthen giving in Canada – of time, talent and treasure.

My Giving Moment

Every Canadian has something to give, whether it’s big or small. Opportunities to give are all around us, every day. The more we act on them, the better and more caring Canada will become. The My Giving Moment campaign, which launched in 2013, has helped Canadians discover what they have to give. For more information, including a full list of partners, visit

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Giving Behaviours Project

Building on the existing momentum created by the My Giving Moment campaign, the RHF is seeking to understand the current giving landscape, the propensity of Canadians to give, and what works to turn this propensity into action. As a legacy project to My Giving Moment, the RHF is spearheading in Spring 2017 the Giving Behaviour Project: a multi-tool resource that will be available to all organizations and sectors who have an interest in encouraging giving behaviour.

Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. The RHF is on its way to raising $5M towards the SMV endowment, ensuring that Rideau Hall will have the ability to distribute 1,000 medals per year, in communities across the country, by 2018.