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We are a private family foundation that funds charitable organizations in the Ottawa and Southern New Brunswick regions.


For a History of the Crabtree Foundation (formerly known as the Harold Crabtree Foundation), please click on the arrow below.

The Crabtree Foundation is pleased to announce their donation of $2,000,000 to Carleton University to be used towards its new performance centre at Dominion-Chalmers church:



The Crabtree Foundation's endowment was created by Capital Contributions from family members, beginning with Harold Crabtree's initial contribution and including contributions by those family members currently managing the Foundation.

The endowment income is used to make grants to a variety of Registered Canadian Charities, in accordance with established criteria.


The Crabtree Foundation does not solicit nor accept donations by non-family members.

The Crabtree Foundation has given $18,114,609 to Education since 1952. That's $32,277,405 in 2019 Dollars.

A selection of our Higher Education grants:

Mount Allison University $3,698,641 to-date ($9,137,121 in 2018 Dollars)

uOttawa $1.087,500 plus $2,330,000 to the Ottawa Heart Institute to-date

For more past grants, as well as a general overview of our giving, please click the arrow below.

"During my lifetime it has been my great privilege to have been able to provide through the Harold Crabtree Foundation a contribution to the needs of worthy causes, which I leave in your hands to direct by allocating annually such amounts as you may desire to each. I can but express the hope that as the years go on the Foundations' revenue may grow and become a more powerful instrument for good"  -Harold Crabtree, in a letter he wrote to his wife Louisa, and children Roy and Dorothy, shortly before his death on February 18, 1956. 

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