The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation
The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation spearheaded the AquaHacking initiative. Founded in 1990, the Montreal-based Foundation is a family-run philanthropic organisation that employs an approach known as entrepreneurial philanthropy in its aim to support individuals, enterprising families, and organisations in becoming responsible agents of positive and sustainable change within their communities.
The Foundation designs and creates its own projects, then brings on board the best experts and partners available. Its contribution is rarely limited to financial support. Instead, the Foundation works with its partners to help optimize their systems in order to promote project development and implementation.
This entrepreneurial approach follows two crucial steps to ensure sustainable results: listen to and understand the needs of the community, and mobilize champions to support solutions and become agents of change.
Believing that family values are powerful levers for social change, the de Gaspé Beaubien grandparents mentored their grandchildren to find their voices as future philanthropists.
- In 2012, the fourth generation of this family chose freshwater conservation as their primary cause because they felt freshwater had been under protected by past generations.
- Together, they launched AquaHacking to mobilize the rising generation to develop tech solutions to protect freshwater in North America.