Boston Pizza Foundation
Giving Kids More Time With Role Models
For over 25 years, our guests have helped us raise funds that help support children and families in need, creating stronger and healthier communities across Canada. To date, the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised and donated over $24 million to charities in communities from coast to coast and around the world.
Boston Pizza believes that strong role models inspire kids to be great. This is why we created Future Prospects – because things start to look up when you have someone to look up to. Through our five charity partners, we help connect kids with role models in their communities to ensure they have the guidance necessary to support their bright futures. Our five amazing not-for-profit partners Big Brothers Big Sisters, JDRF, Kids Help Phone, Live Different and Rick Hansen Foundation have helped us provide positive and meaningful mentorship to children and youth right across Canada. Every child has the ability to make a difference in the world, and at Boston Pizza we value how important positive role models and mentors are in supporting and inspiring youth to reach their dreams. Through Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects and our partnering organizations, we will work together to ensure ALL kids have the opportunity to have a positive mentor or role model to help support, guide and empower them to become all that they can be.
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects
100 – 10760 Shellbridge Way
Richmond, BC V6X 3H1
Phone: 604 270 1108
Fax: 604 270 4168
Local and In-Kind Donation and Sponsorship Requests
Looking for a gift card for your silent auction or charitable event? Or sponsorship for your school, community group or sports team? Simply contact your local Boston Pizza with your request and one of our franchisees, general managers or community relations coordinators will be happy to see what they can do to help you help others.
Boston Pizza Foundation Invitational Charity Golf Tournament
The Boston Pizza Foundation Invitational is Boston Pizza Foundation’s annual golf tournament fundraiser. 2017 marked the 24th year of the Boston Pizza Foundation Invitational, hosted by CIBC Wood Gundy BPS Wealth Management in support of Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, JDRF, Kids Help Phone and Social Venture Partners Vancouver.
Our goal has always been to provide a great time for all while raising money for some well deserving charities. Over the past 24 years, this tournament has raised over $5 million for children and families in need. 2017 marked a record setting year, raising 1 million dollars. We are so grateful and appreciative of all the support we receive for our tournament.
Our 25th annual tournament will be held in June 2018. For more information on our tournament, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects partners with five national charities. They are Big Brothers Big Sisters, JDRF, Kids Help Phone, Live Different and the Rick Hansen Foundation.
Nationally, Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects supports:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the leading youth mentoring organization in Canada. Since 1912, the charity has been investing in Canada’s future by helping our nation’s youth reach their full potential. Research has shown that girls who have a mentor are four times less likely to engage in risky behaviours, such as bullying and lying, and boys who have a mentor are two times more likely to enjoy school and believe that doing well academically is important.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentors to over 40,000 children in over 1,100 communities. This donation is enabling Big Brothers Big Sisters to develop and implement mentoring programs in communities not previously reached. This support brings Big Brothers Big Sisters closer to their vision of ensuring that every child in Canada who needs a mentor has a mentor.
JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The goal of JDRF is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, treating and preventing this disease. Since its founding in 1970 (1974 in Canada), JDRF has awarded nearly $2 billion globally to T1D research, funding more research than any other charity in the world. Over three million Canadians have some form of diabetes, and JDRF strives to help people of all ages and at all stages of the disease to live better, longer, healthier lives.
Early in our partnership, funds donated from Boston Pizza Foundation helped support clinical trials of islet transplants at the University of Alberta in Edmonton with a treatment that became known as the Edmonton Protocol. This treatment is now used around the world at a number of hospitals and is showing great promise.
Over the last five years, the Boston Pizza Foundation has contributed to the support of clinical trials related to the development of the Artificial Pancreas Project (APP). By automating detection of blood sugar levels and delivery of insulin in response to those levels, an artificial pancreas has the potential to transform the lives of people with T1D. Currently in the human clinical trial stage, the artificial pancreas will truly be a revolutionary approach to managing T1D and significantly reduce the complications that arise.
These are exciting times to be involved with JDRF. With the dedication and enthusiasm of employees, franchisees, suppliers and guests, we are confident that we can help find a cure. jdrf.ca
Kids Help Phone
Boston Pizza Foundation has been a corporate partner of Kids Help Phone and its counselling services since 1995. This program provides youth and families with mentorship support on any topic. It also offers adult role models leading-edge information through its world-renowned website. Children and youth can connect with a caring professional counsellor who can provide immediate kid-friendly insight, help and direction on a wide variety of issues relevant to youth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Over the past 21 years, Boston Pizza Foundation has donated over $3.1 million to Kids Help Phone. Our commitment is help young people to have a safe place in any moment of crisis or need.
Boston Pizza Foundation has helped support Live Different motivational presentations in high schools across Canada. As one of the largest organizations that speaks to youth in Canada face to face, Live Different offers programs that empower hundreds of thousands of young people every year with the idea that each life has value and that they can make a difference in the world.
When students grasp this idea, many strive to become role models themselves and become more involved locally and globally, thriving in a lifestyle that cares for people, not things. Through its commitment to donate $1 million between 2009 and 2016, BPF Future Prospects has helped to keep Live Different on the road, enabling valuable mentorship opportunities with interns and students to help make a positive change in the world. In addition, Boston Pizza employees from across Canada volunteer annually for the Live Different Build in the Dominican Republic, helping to build sustainable and safe housing. Boston Pizza Foundation has also supported a school in Haiti through the purchase of a water tank, helping to ensure the students have clean, safe drinking water.
Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program (RHFSP) engages young leaders across Canada, empowering them to learn more about disability and take action to improve accessibility in their schools and communities. Boston Pizza Foundation is helping RHFSP deliver free, bilingual elementary and secondary resources to thousands of teachers and students across Canada.
By investing in RHFSP, Boston Pizza Foundation is part of a movement to improve accessibility for people of all abilities and create a more inclusive Canada for years to come.
For more information, visit www.rickhansen.com/schools
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact my local Boston Pizza restaurant for a donation, event or team sponsorship, or to hold a fundraiser?
All but three Boston Pizza restaurants in Canada are independently owned and operated. This means the final decision to make a donation or underwrite a sponsorship at the local level is at the discretion of the franchisee or restaurant owner.
Contact information for all of our locations can be found here.
All our franchisees have their own passions for the missions of various charities and sponsorship preferences. On a regional level, many join forces with other like-minded BP owners in their area to support charitable organizations. Our individual BP locations can also provide suggestions and opportunities that leverage our restaurants’ resources to help you fundraise. If you are a local or regional charity or service group interested in learning how we can help you help others, please contact a community relations coordinator or general manager, or a local franchisee.
What is the difference between a donation and a sponsorship?
A donation is a monetary or in-kind contribution to a registered charity or not-for-profit organization.
A sponsorship is a monetary or in-kind contribution to an organization or initiative that delivers a defined set of marketing benefits to Boston Pizza International or its franchised restaurants. Examples include sports teams, golf tournaments, galas and events.
Boston Pizza does not provide donations to the following:
Film, television or video productions
When was the Boston Pizza Foundation established?
In 1990, Boston Pizza International Inc. established the Boston Pizza Foundation. In 2014, with the establishment of Boston Pizza Foundation Future Prospects, we are excited to concentrate our efforts on the mentorship of children and youth and helping them reach their full potential and realize their dreams
How much has the Boston Pizza Foundation raised and donated to date?
To date, the Boston Pizza Foundation has raised and donated more than $24 million to charities across Canada and around the world.