Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation (CPCF) was created in 1967 in an effort to establish a lasting legacy for its’ members that would endure over time. It would show our members and the public our Canadian pride and our resolve to assist those in need. The foundation was registered as a Non Profit Corporation for charitable purposes in 1968 to support the charitable objectives and purposes of the Canadian Progress Club (CPC). In keeping with regulatory changes, it’s bylaws were updated in 2014 and now the foundation operates as an independent body with the full support and involvement of it’s membership.
It is recognized by CRA as a “charitable organization” pursuant to the Income Tax Act (Canada).
Since the establishment of CPCF, a number of organizations have benefited from support received through the Foundation. These include Camp Warwa (Edmonton), Canadian House of Progress (Regina) and Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (Toronto), to name but a few. We continue to look for new initiatives to promote the ideals of the Canadian Progress Club and support those causes that aid the disadvantaged and strengthens the fabric that is Canada.
In 1986, the members of CPC, looking to find common ground and a uniting focus for all clubs across Canada decided to use the resources of CPCF to support Special Olympics. A goal was set to raise $1 million to be kept in an endowment fund for that purpose. From that fund periodic (now annual) donations to SOC have been and will continue to be made. Monies donated have assisted the Canadian Special Olympians to attend the International Games by helping purchase uniforms and offsetting travel costs. The $1 million pool was reached in 2005 at the CPC National Convention in Saskatoon – a very proud moment for all Progressians. CPC, through CPCF, is now not just a sponsor but has become a partner with Special Olympics. Currently, Special Olympics Canada holds training camps for athletes, coaches and support staff that are funded by the donation received from CPCF. A second goal was agreed upon in 2004, to raise an additional $1 million in a second endowment fund in support of Special Olympics, and we are now half way at meeting this goal.
The resources of CPCF are available to assist those in need in all communities across this great country where there is a CPC presence. CPCF charitable purposes place a strong focus on persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, as evidenced by our past activities but other purposes are also well recognized and supported. You can be a part of all of this by contributing to Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation (CPCF).
The resources of CPCF are generated from funds raised by the chartered Canadian Progress Clubs located across Canada, and their members and sponsors. Money is also raised by individual and corporate donations.
For more information on the Canadian Progress Charitable Foundation, or to make a donation by more traditional means, please contact CPCF National Office at Progressclub@rogers.com.