•  Provide donations with a lasting social impact  
•  Sponsor key community initiatives  
•  Enable employees to contribute  
2008 Highlights  
  •  Contributed more than $99 million to community causes worldwide through donations of more than $51.5 million and an additional $47.5 million to the sponsorship of community events and national organizations  
  •  Launched leadership and community action grants as part of the RBC Blue Water Project, a $50 million philanthropic commitment over 10 years to support programs to enhance access to clean drinking water, watershed management and water conservation  

The RBC Community Blueprint™ contains a broad suite of programs and initiatives to help build stronger, more sustainable and prosperous communities around the world. Our employees and pensioners also make enormous contributions financially and as volunteers, sharing their financial and business knowledge, time and enthusiasm with thousands of community groups worldwide.


Donations are a cornerstone of our community programs, which have a tradition of philanthropy dating back to our roots. In fact, we have donations on record as far back as 1891. We are one of Canada’s largest corporate donors. We contribute to communities across North America and around the world. We are committed to making a lasting social impact through inspired, responsible giving and by building strong partnerships with the charitable sector. Our priority areas for funding include:

Supporting freshwater initiatives
Helping keep children in school
Supporting community healthcare through children’s mental health programs
Providing for emerging artist programs.

Community sponsorships

Sponsorships are an important component of a company’s promotional and marketing activities, and RBC sponsors events and initiatives that are important to our clients and our communities. Through strategic partnerships at the Canadian and international level, as well as locally in regions where we do business, we intend to differentiate RBC as a leading company committed to enabling the success of our clients and our communities.

For example, we support the development of amateur athletes through sponsorship of grassroots events in local communities and national sport associations. We are the longest standing supporter of Canada’s Olympic Team, dating back to 1947, and a Premier National Partner of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. RBC is also co-sponsoring the Olympic Torch Relay, which will touch communities all across Canada.

We believe that investments in creative vision and artistic talent will result in healthy, vibrant communities. We support community events, art exhibitions and theatre performances. For example, RBC is the official bank and major sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival. As part of our sponsorship, we will lend further assistance to the cultural growth of Canada through the RBC Emerging Artist Bursary Program. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the RBC Canadian Painting Competition recognizes the talent of emerging professional visual artists in Canada

Employee contributions
Our Employee Volunteer Grants Program was launched in 1999 to support and encourage community involvement. Employees and pensioners who volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a year to a registered charity are eligible for a $500 grant to the organization in their honour. Since 1999, RBC has made over 14,500 grants and donated more than $7.2 million to celebrate our employees’ volunteer efforts. In 2008, we expanded the program to RBC employees globally, celebrating the community work of dedicated RBC employee volunteers around the world.

Employee giving
Not only is RBC one of the largest private sector contributors to the United Way in Canada, we also have one of the largest private sector employee giving campaigns in Canada. In North America, our employees donated more than $12.6 million in 2008, facilitated through payroll deduction, in addition to direct giving and employee-driven fundraising events.

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