We believe that, as a company, being successful also means supporting our people, our customers, and our communities.
Our Northbridge Cares™ focus reflects our long standing history of giving and what we’re passionate about — creating greater success for Canadian youth, supporting the charitable endeavours of our employees, and promoting environmental responsibility while looking for ways to minimize the impact of our operations on the environment.
We invest in our country’s tomorrow through our partnerships with three national youth-focused organizations: Pathways to Education, DAREarts Foundation, and SickKids Foundation. We’re also proud to support Tree Canada, a leading non-profit charitable organization that promotes the planting and nurturing of trees in Canada.
Providing positive alternatives for youth facing life challenges
As a platinum sponsor, we work with DAREarts Foundation to help expose 10,000 children and youth to diverse cultural opportunities and arts education that they might not otherwise get—helping to empower them and unlock their potential.
Working to help make Canada a Graduation Nation
Pathways to Education is helping to make Canada the Graduation Nation with a program proven to lower dropout rates. Working alongside the school system, the Pathways to Education program makes a multi-year commitment to youth and their families. Through a force of volunteers, the program delivers after-school tutoring, mentoring, and financial assistance to overcome the barriers that can stand in the way of education.
Committed to innovative and ongoing efforts to cure and help children across Canada
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the country’s largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health. SickKids leads child health innovation by integrating care, research, and teaching.
Northbridge is committed to supporting SickKids research by funding endowments in support of a Chair in Pediatric Research, a Chair in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Fellowship in Leukemia Research, and the new Catalyst Scholar for Healthy Active Kids to combat childhood obesity in Canada.
In 2014, we’ve committed to restoring George Lane Park, an important landmark and recreational area along the Highwood River, in Alberta, that was devastated following severe flooding in 2013.
We are also supporting Tree Canada’s Greening Canada’s School Grounds Program, and in 2014-2015, we’ll be supporting the greening of 5 schools across Canada.
We proudly support the 152 Jack chapters across Canada who work hard to help ensure our youth can ask for and offer help more freely. Each year, over 80 trained Jack Talk speakers, a national Jack Summit, and nearly 20 Jack Regional Summits are helping to reduce the youth suicide rate and lift the mental wellbeing of all young Canadians to new heights.
Supporting our employees’ passion for their communities
Northbridge is committed to supporting the charitable endeavours of our people through their financial and time contributions. Our employee programs include:
- Donation matching
Matching our employees’ charitable donations dollar-for-dollar means double the support for the causes that are close to their hearts.
- Volunteer grants
For every 40 hours our employees donate in volunteer time, we’ll match it with $500 towards their organization of choice.
- Team volunteer days
We think being socially responsible is an important part of our job, so we give our teams one day each year to volunteer in their communities.