Our Approach

Our work is focused on the healthy development of children and youth.


We invest in three interconnected impact areas that we believe have a lasting positive effect on their development:

Early Child Development

Early Child Development

Promoting and enhancing early child development for the benefit of children, families and Canadian society.


Healthy Active Children & Youth 

Increasing opportunities for all children and youth to be active and make healthy choices to ensure their full potential, including a focus on diabetes prevention, treatment and management.

Children, Youth and the Environment

Youth and the Environment

Promoting the value of outdoor spaces and providing opportunities for youth to connect with, value and become stewards of their natural environment.

We support the work of Canadians charities working in our areas of interest in three ways:


We grant

We provide grants to charities for a variety of activities including community action, knowledge mobilization, monitoring, leadership, public policy, knowledge development, capacity building, evaluation and learning.


We convene

We act as a convenor and connector to create bridges and conversations by bringing leaders and organizations together to share knowledge and learn from one another.


We invest

We seek to use our broader financial resources to achieve both a social and a financial return and to support initiatives in an innovative and complementary way.

Learn more about our desired impact and what is guiding our work in our Strategic Direction.

The Lawson Foundation is always interested in hearing about new ideas. If you have carefully read our Strategic Direction and believe that your work is closely aligned to it, we invite you to put your innovative ideas forward for potential funding support via our Ideas Portal.

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