Applications must be received by 5 pm on the date shown. For more information about the Foundation and our grant types, please see Guidelines.

2020 Application Deadline is March 16, 2020


We’re a small family-run foundation with members young and old, hailing from all walks of life. We have disbursed over $6,000,000 since inception.

We support Arts, Community and Sustainable practices.

Our geographic area of interest lies in Ontario, including remote locations where funding can be difficult to secure.

We do not contribute to research, seminars or workshops. We generally do not support organizations with revenues over $5,000,000 and do not support operating costs. Only applications from registered charitable organizations will be accepted.


Our grants are typically multi-year commitments, not exceeding $100,000, and are designed to assist applicants to introduce new services, or elevate existing operations to a new plateau to meet the changing environment.


Click on the link for the on-line Application.


(Portrait by J. Ivey Mazzoleni)

Charles H. Ivey ("C.H.") was born in London, Ontario in 1889. He graduated in Electrical Engineering at McGill University before joining Emco Ltd. (then Empire Brass Manufacturing Ltd.) in 1911. C.H. served as an army Lieutenant in WWI, where he was awarded the Military Cross for his action at Vimy Ridge.

Before going overseas for the war, he married Ethel Jamieson in 1916. Together, they had three children. Peter, born in 1919, worked with his father at Emco and later became President and then Chairman of the company. Robert, born in 1922, also worked at Emco, expanding foundry operations in England. Bob was the co-founder of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (now Cystic Fibrosis Canada). Joanne was born in 1923 and became an opera singer. She married Ettore Mazzoleni, who was the principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music and later a principal conductor of the Canadian Opera Company.

After the war, C.H. returned to Emco and eventually became President in 1946, then Chairman until he retired in 1962. Under his leadership, Emco became a public company and expanded its operations, more than tripling its whole outlets across Canada, as well as opening offices in England and West Germany.

In 1957, he established the Charles H. Ivey Foundation, with his three offspring as its original directors.

The Foundation's first disbursement and longest continuous support has been to Cystic Fibrosis research. Other significant donations include The Royal Conservatory of Music, The Royal Canadian Regiment and National Service Dogs.

Today, the Foundation consists of three generations of family-only members who are active participants in all granting decisions.


  • President – Gina McDonnell
  • V.P. – Erinn Piller
  • Secretary – Susan Rowbottom


  • Gina McDonnell
  • Erinn Piller
  • Barbara B. Ivey
  • Charles L. Ivey
  • Kyle McDonnell


  • Alex Ivey
  • Austin Ivey
  • Charles L. Ivey
  • Gillian Ivey
  • James E. Ivey
  • J. Cam Ivey
  • R. Todd Ivey
  • Taylor Ivey
  • Barbara B. Ivey
  • Gina McDonnell
  • Kyle McDonnell
  • Steven McDonnell
  • Christiaan Piller
  • Erinn Piller

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