Our Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, and we wanted to let our communities know that we’ve changed over the years.
We recently switched gears shifting from a program that was transactional to one that is transformational. That is, we want to do more than just hand out cheques in the community. We want to actively participate and collaborate in building sustainable communities.
So when we celebrated our anniversary we didn’t want a typical cake and candles fete. Instead, we brought together non-profit leaders and super-smart thinkers to discuss the question - Can a corporate funder bring together and empower non-profit partners, funders, forward thinkers and innovators to be part of real change?
We think the answer is yes. And we think that by working together we can find long-term solutions to some of our community’s toughest social challenges and make lasting change.
The way we invest our resources and engage in our community is different today than it was two years ago. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our partners and community members are saying about our community investment approach.
“SEF has a robust framework for investment that reflects a number of important priorities, yet encourages and supports communities to be very creative in how they address these priorities. They also act as embedded – rather than distant - investors: working closely with local volunteers and organizations to develop and evaluate ways to strengthen their community.”
- Mark Cabaj, founding principal of Tamarack, an organization focused on assisting people build strong communities through local action.
“Suncor’s collaborative and pro-active investment approach has advanced Actua’s ability to be responsive to local communities and to grow each year to meet local demand. Their leadership in connecting our work to the work of others who are also working on Aboriginal youth engagement across Canada, will create national, systemic impact.”
- Jennifer Flanagan, President, Actua
“The work that is being done through the Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo project, supported by Suncor, is fundamentally changing the industry-nonprofit-community dynamic and how they can effectively work together.”
- Russell Thomas, Councilor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo