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All Montrealers benefit from Centraide’s efforts

The charitable organization has made a difference for five decades
November 6, 2023

Three woman standing in an interior space, behind a table filled with baked goods, and wearing aprons that say, "Centraide." Concordia's Centraide 2023 Campaign has a goal of $200,000 and runs until November 17.

In a perfect world, charitable organizations like Centraide of Greater Montreal wouldn’t be necessary. In the real world, of course, Centraide’s work is more crucial than ever for the most needy in the community — and for all of us.

As its website states, Centraide directly helps one out of every five Montrealers — and five out of five benefit as a result.

“Centraide’s far-reaching work positively affects all Greater Montreal communities, businesses, institutions and philanthropic organizations,” says Annie Gérin, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and co-chair of Concordia’s Centraide campaign.

“It invests the money it raises in local community-driven agencies and has a direct impact on the living conditions of the most vulnerable members of society. That, in turn, serves all Montrealers.”

Concordia’s contribution

Founded in 1974 and now in its 50th year, Centraide raises funds that today support 800,000 people on the Island of Montreal, in Laval and on the South Shore, and 375 local agencies and projects.

Concordia launched its first Centraide Campaign the following year, and it has been going strong with its vital contribution ever since. The university’s Centraide 2023 Campaign has a goal of $200,000 and runs until November 17.

“When the economy is unsteady, as it is now, those already in a precarious situation feel it most,” says Philippe Beauregard, Concordia’s chief communications officer and other campaign co-chair. “That’s why we urge Concordia community members to step up, as we always have, to add their support to Centraide or to dig a bit deeper this year.”

Ways to participate

Centraide Pet Photo Contest

November 8: Loyola Campus pasta lunch

  • Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre (RF), 7141 Sherbrooke St. W., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • $17, includes a plate of pasta with meat or vegan sauce, salad, a roll, beverage and dessert

November 30: Comedy for a Cause

  • Headliner: John Roy, who’s appeared on The Tonight Show, Conan and The Late Late Show
  • The Comedy Nest, 2313 Ste. Catherine St. W. (Pepsi Forum), 3rd floor, 8 p.m.
  • $15, open to those 18 or older from the Concordia community along with their friends and family

Other events are being organized through departments and faculties. Visit the Concordia Centraide 2023 Campaign website for news and event updates.

Of course, it’s still important to consider making a tax-deductible contribution or increasing your previous campaign donation.

Pledge your gift to Centraide today. Online giving is secure and easy. Look for the giving link in your email inbox from every Thursday until November 16.

For more information or to volunteer, contact

See the impact of giving through payroll deduction.



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