Founded in 1990 by Nan-B and Philippe II de Gaspé Beaubien, the Montreal-based de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation is a family-run philanthropic organization dedicated to water conservation and to supporting family businesses.
The Foundation’s approach, known as “entrepreneurial philanthropy,” aims to support individuals, families in business, and organizations 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.