Families Count 2024: new resource on family structure now available


Families Count 2024 is now available


Support our work

The Vanier Institute of the Family is a registered charity and can provide
you with a tax receipt for your gift.

Why donate

The Vanier Institute of the Family operates primarily on the revenues of an endowment fund started when the Institute was created. However, to ensure long-term sustainability of the endowment, the annual draws are limited. Additional gifts made by donors—individuals, foundations, and businesses—allow us to extend our work beyond the limits of our endowment draws and increase our impact.

Invest in the family

Your donation to the Vanier Institute of the Family contributes to evidence-based policy development and sharing of emerging knowledge about family life in Canada.

Accurate knowledge

The Institute publishes credible and reliable information in plain language.

Doing more

Our administration costs are covered by our endowment. Your support goes directly to increasing impact!

Special projects

Your gift can support timely interventions and responses to current events.

Frequently asked questions

To ensure the security of our donors, the Vanier Institute partners with Canada Helps for processing of online donations. This partnership also keeps our administration costs low. Canada Helps is an independently registered Charity that specializes in donations management. Your donation will be processed through their secure forms, and receipted by them as a gift to Canada Helps. They then transfer your donation to the Vanier Institute, retaining 5% of the donation to cover their costs.

Yes. The Institute continues to welcome donations of $1,000 or more to be directed to our perpetual endowment. Contributing to the endowment helps to ensure the long-term impact of the Vanier Institute in supporting the wellbeing of families in Canada, in all of their broad and evolving diversities.

To designate your gift to the endowment, please include a note to that effect when you make the donation. The Institute cannot redirect donations after they have been received.

Yes. We can facilitate your support in a multitude of ways. If you wish to speak to us about planned giving or the transfer of securities, please contact [email protected]. All communications shall be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Donations by cheque or money order may be sent to The Vanier Institute of the Family, 94 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON  K2G 6B1.

The Vanier Institute is open to discussions about memorial gifts and directed support that contributes to our charitable purpose. These conversations will be guided by our Donation Acceptance Policy. Please contact [email protected] if you wish to discuss your giving intentions.