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Corporate giving

BMO proudly supports charitable initiatives in the communities where we operate through donations and sponsorship programs. We embrace the diversity of people’s social needs, ideas and interests, and therefore we distribute our contributions over a broad range of initiatives, including education, health, arts and culture, community development and sports and athletics.


In Canada, BMO donates only to non-profit organizations that are designated as registered charities by Canada Customs & Revenue Agency. Funding requests are reviewed by our Corporate Donations Committee, which meets on a quarterly basis. The Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, BMO Financial Group is the most senior position with responsibility for donations in Canada.

In the U.S., BMO Harris Bank has dedicated Community Affairs teams that coordinate corporate giving with local community organizations in the various geographical areas it serves. The Senior Vice-President, Community Affairs and Economic Development, BMO Harris Bank is the most senior position with responsibility for donations in the U.S.

How to apply for a donation in Canada

How to apply for a donation in the U.S.

View a current list of donations made in North America.

BMO Harris Bank also provides capital and financial expertise for communities through the BMO Harris Bank Community Investments Group. To learn more about partnering with the Community Investments Group or to present a qualified investment for consideration, go to Community Development.

Disaster Relief

BMO provides support to the victims of natural disasters through corporate giving and employee-matched donations. We also support customer donations by waiving fees or charges for sending drafts or fund transfers for a specified period, and accepting donations at all of our branches. To ensure our donations will have the most impact, we support fundraising appeals by organizations such as the Red Cross Red Cross, which coordinates with local, national and international responders.

BMO Financial Group 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition
Launched in January 2003, 1st Art! celebrates the creativity of art school students from more than 100 post-secondary institutions across Canada. Deans and instructors of certificate, diploma and degree programs in visual art are invited to select from their graduating classes three students whose ability and imagination place them 1st among their peers.

Community Reinvestment Act:
As part of our commitment to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), BMO Harris Bank gave community development loans totalling US$947.3 million in 2015. The CRA provides a framework for financial institutions, state and local governments and community organizations to promote banking services to all members of a community, including residents of low- and moderate-income neighbourhoods.

Community Account:
BMO provides low-cost and free banking services to almost 60,000 local not-for-profit associations and groups, including societies, lodges, church groups, Scouts and Guides, sports and business clubs and local chapters of national non-profit organizations.

BMO Harris Bank’s Tutoring Programs
For many years, BMO Harris Bank has been a partner in the City of Chicago’s Working in the Schools (WITS) program, a tutoring and mentoring program that supports the education and development of children in Chicago Public Schools.

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