Catherine Donnelly Foundation Takes New Approach with Innovative Funding:  Support for the environment timed with Canada’s birthday
Toronto, ON – In time for July 1st, as a birthday present for all Canadians, the Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) is delighted to announce its support of Environmental Defence in its campaign to harness increasing awareness of the link between toxins and cancer to push for policy change to reduce pollutants in our environment.
“Big change requires big thinking and the foundation suggests that environmental groups and environmental funders consider devoting more of their resources to a few ideas that can deliver real results,” said David Love, chair of the environment committee, CDF.  “For Environmental Defence – working with cancer survivors in the cause of policy change is one of those big ideas and one in which we are pleased to support.”
“Through Catherine Donnelly Foundation support, we will be able to take our already groundbreaking toxics work to a new place,” said Dr. Rick Smith, executive director, Environmental Defence.  “The Foundation’s commitment enables us to do something we could not otherwise do – go deep with a community that has first-hand experience with the impacts of toxic exposures in order to press for change.”
About The Catherine Donnelly Foundation ( The Catherine Donnelly Foundation established in 2003, is the financial and human legacy of the tireless efforts of a remarkable community of religious women, The Sisters of Service, and a testament to their work in communities across Canada. The CDF seek radical and creative ways of responding to the needs of society through transitional housing, adult education and environmental sustainability initiatives.  
About Environmental Defence (  Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization.  We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell)
David Love, chair of the environment committee, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, 416-667-6291or Valerie Lemieux, grants manager, Catherine Donnelly Foundation, 416-461-2996