Initiatives

• Ongoing - BBFF continues to be a lead actor in the Peace Network for Social Harmony (formerly the Peace Grantmakers Network), in partnership with an increasing number of philanthropic and corporate members.

• Ongoing – BBFF provides support to Tools of Peace, an initiative in which a dozen Montreal-based NGOs work together to create a more powerful collective voice and to increase their own effectiveness in preventing violence.

• Ongoing – BBFF has a central presence at the YMCA du Québec Peace Medal event, the most significant annual event for peace in the province. The Foundation acts as a sponsor for the event, and Brian Bronfman acts as its co-President and chair of the Selection Committee.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues its support of ICAN, the International Community Action Network, which is based at McGill and teaches social advocacy skills to students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Syria, while building relationships of understanding, respect, peace and collaboration among them. Brian Bronfman a member of ICAN's Advisory Committee.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues its multi-year commitment to Institut Pacifique’s development of an English-language version of its Ma culture dans le resPAIX program.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues its close relationship with Equitas through the BBFF IHRTP bursary, under which one participant at the organization’s International Human Rights Training Program has their tuition and expenses covered for the summer. The recipient is selected based on the link between their work back in their home country and the BBFF’s peace mandate.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues its close relationship with PREVNet (the country’s leading bullying and violence prevention organization), acting as both a partner organization and a significant funder. See the BBFF partner profile on PREVNet’s website.

• Ongoing – BBFF supports activities geared to the integration of immigrants undertaken by the Montreal City Mission, including Camp Cosmos, an inner-city camp geared to children from diverse communities, among them Syrian refugees.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues its multi-year commitment to the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, with a special emphasis on bottom-up prevention within threatened communities.

• Ongoing – BBFF provides a Peace Prize for the Festival du nouveau cinema.

• Ongoing – BBFF continues to support core organizations Ensemble for the Respect of Diversity, LOVE (Leave Out Violence), Centre de services de justice réparatrice, Centre de formation sociale Marie-Gérin-Lajoie, Centre de ressources sur la non-violence, Kids Help Phone, the Montreal Holocaust Museum, Diversité Artistique Montréal, Initiatives et changement, Fédération des maisons d’hébergement pour femmes, and the Hagar School (Jewish-Arab education for equality in Beer Sheva).

• January 2019 – BBFF funds the creation of an online educational guide to accompany a forthcoming documentary on Jewish-Canadians, with teachings around racism and anti-semitism.

• 2018 – BBFF expands its efforts to end violence against women and girls through grants to the Regroupement des maisons pour femmes victimes de violence conjugale, Auberge Shalom and Maison d’Haïti.

• 2018 – BBFF expands its efforts to support the Black community through grants to Pour 3 Points, Montreal Community Cares, and Bout du Monde.

• November, 2018 – BBFF provides seed money for the newly-established Institute for Social and Emotional Education, an effort to expand the reach of SEL (social-emotional learning) to multiple communities around the world.

• November, 2018 – BBFF creates a scholarship at Pearson College for a Quebec student working on aspects of peacebuilding.

• June, 2018 – BBFF provides funding to Head & Hands for its PATHS (Promoting Autonomy Through Holistic Support) program, intended to re-integrate young offenders.

• June, 2018 – BBFF provides its first-ever grant to Givat Haviva, an effort to create positive, lasting relationships among Jewish and Arab/Muslim Israelis through programs including joint early childhood education.

• June 2018 – BBFF pays for the creation of the video, "D’ici et d’ailleurs: l’identité québécoise en question," developed by Ensemble pour le respect de la diversité.

• March 28, 2018 – BBFF endorses the Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth initiated by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

• February 2018 – BBFF is a key sponsor and active partner in the Power of the Arts conference organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, whose theme for the year is “the Arts as Tools for Peace.”

• 2017 – BBFF provides funding for the creation of an educational guide to be used in tandem with the documentary feature “In Pursuit of Peace,” allowing schools to teach the conflict resolution tools and ideas presented in the film.

• 2017 – BBFF partners with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in its peace-related activities.

• June 2017 - BBFF makes its 7th and final contribution to the Zone de paix program at École Buissonnière in Montreal. The program uses the principles of non-violent communication as a basis for developing emotional intelligence, empathy, and conflict resolution abilities among primary school aged children.

• June 2017 – BBFF provides funding needed for the Y des femmes to present the “Do You NO the Limit” virtual reality educational tool (on matters of consent) to 205 youth.

• 2016 – BBFF funds the “Conversations Across World Religions” and “World Religions and the Cultures They Create” courses at McGill University’s School of Religious Studies. These courses are geared to promoting interfaith dialogue.

• November 2016 – BBFF provides funding for Collective Community Services’ video project intended to decrease the gap between society’s teens and elders.

• October 2016 – BBFF covers the cost of the participatory activities related to Teesri Duniya Theatre’s showing of “The Refugee Hotel.”

• September 19, 2016 – BBFF co-organizes and pays for the “Syrian Refugee Response: Your Questions Answered” event at Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom.

• November 2015 – BBFF is a lead sponsor of Aime comme Montréal, a book and photo exhibition celebrating loving relationships between Montrealers of different religious and cultural backgrounds.

• August 2015 – BBFF provides seed funding for the PLATFORME project, a collaborative initiative of the University of Sherbrooke, the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution, and the Quebec Human Rights Commission focused on developing a group of specialized intercultural mediators and dialogue facilitators.

• 2015 & 2016 – BBFF funds the expansion, translation into English, and creation of an educational guide for QuébecoisEs, musulmanEs…et après?, a photo exhibit intended to demystify the province’s Muslim community by displaying ordinary people leading their lives, with accompanying explanatory text.

• December 2012 - BBFF provides seed funding to Dawson College that leads to the creation of Dawson’s Peace Centre.

• October 21, 2012 - Brian Bronfman receives the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to the betterment of our society through the BBFF and the Peace Network for Social Harmony.

• December 9, 2010 - Brian Bronfman provides the keynote address at the graduation ceremony for students in the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution's Third Party Neutral program. At the event, he is awarded CICR's Award of Merit for his "Outstanding contribution to the conflict resolution field."

• August 2009 - BBFF supports the Dalai Lama's visit to Montreal through a stand-alone contribution to the planning and organizing of the visit. The BBFF was especially interested in the central theme of the visit, "ethics through education." This visit included both a public talk at the Bell Centre entitled "Educating the Heart: The Power of Compassion," and, most significantly, an event at which the Dalai Lama met with over 500 teachers-in-training, who will be instituting Quebec's new Ethics and Religious Culture program in the coming years.

• July 2006 - The Brian Bronfman Family Foundation, in conjunction with David Bronfman, helps to complete the final philanthropic project of the Edward Bronfman Family Foundation, predecessor to the BBFF. Through this endeavour, the Post Partum Unit of the Jewish General Hospital is restored, renovated, and renamed in loving memory of Edward Bronfman.