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Cultural Heritage

Cultural Heritage

At American Express, we believe that serving our communities is not only integral to running a successful business it is part of our responsibility as citizens of the world. Our mission is to bring to life the American Express value of good corporate citizenship by supporting diverse communities in ways that enhance the company's reputation with employees, customers, merchants, business partners and other stakeholders.

We do this by supporting not-for-profit organizations that are:

     Preserving and enriching our diverse cultural heritage
     Developing new leaders for tomorrow
     Encouraging community service where our employees and customers live and

Cultural heritage forms our individual, local and national identities. It shapes relationships with our neighbours and with other communities around the world. At American Express, we believe that respect for and celebration of our diverse cultural heritage promotes human understanding and economic development in an increasingly interdependent world.

Over the years, the American Express Foundation in Canada has supported projects and organizations that preserve or rediscover important cultural works in order to provide ongoing access and enjoyment for current and future audiences. The programs we support include a broad range of arts and culture, and throughout the years, we have developed relationships with organizations like the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Some of our most recent sponsorships include:

  • Signature Partner of the Contemporary Collection Program - Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
    (2008 - 2011)

    American Express has partnered with the AGO on an exciting three-year sponsorship agreement as the Signature Partner of the Contemporary Collection Program. The Contemporary Collection includes 200 works, spanning the 1960s through to today. The installation invites visitors to experience artwork in fresh and exciting contexts, engage with the important issues of our time and consider the impact and relevance of contemporary art in both society and our own lives.
  • Winterlude
    (2005 - 2009)

    American Express has been the official partner of Winterlude for four consecutive years. It is one of North America's largest winter celebrations featuring three fun-filled weekends of excitement and activity, including skating on the Rideau Canal Skateway, ice and snow carvings, a giant snow playground and the American Express Snowbowl, an outdoor stage featuring performers from across Canada
Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tomorrow

At American Express, we appreciate the impact that talented leaders can have on business and we dedicate significant resources to attract, develop and retain talented employees.

Through this giving theme, we are extending our commitment to leadership development to the broader community by supporting programs and partners that provide current and future not-for-profit leaders with practical opportunities to learn and build leadership skills.
Community Service

Community Service

Whether it's feeding the hungry, cleaning up local parks or painting community shelters, employees of American Express in Canada are always eager to serve their communities through volunteerism and personal financial contributions. We view this activity as an extension of the service ethic that lies at the heart of our business.

In addition to company-driven programs, our employees take their own initiative to collect monetary donations, as well as a variety of goods such as food and clothing items in response to community needs. And, many of them are committed volunteers at a variety of Canadian charities.

Our senior leaders also donate their time and expertise by volunteering on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including United Way of York Region, Junior Achievement Canada and the Toronto Children's Breakfast Club

Our ongoing philanthropic initiatives include:

  • Amex Cares Fundraising Campaign
    For more than eight years, our employees have participated in our annual fundraising campaign, which supports the United Way and many other charities across Canada. The 2008 campaign raised more than $590,000 -our biggest fundraiser ever.

  • Amex Cares Events
    For over 14 years, employees of American Express in Canada have been going into the community to volunteer their time and effort. As part of this program, employees help charities across Canada with projects such as painting community shelters, planting trees or providing food for those in need. We are open to new volunteer opportunities that positively impact the community, so if you have an upcoming event that requires volunteers, please contact us.

  • Global Volunteer Action Fund (GVAF)
    We believe in supporting the worthwhile causes our employees are dedicated to and we demonstrate this through GVAF, a program that gives employees the opportunity to apply for a grant from the company to benefit the organizations they regularly volunteer with. In 2008, US$14,900 was awarded to 20 Canadian organizations.

  • Toronto Children's Breakfast Club (TCBC)
    Since its inception in 1984, American Express in Canada has been supporting the TCBC, an organization that provides thousands of children with a healthy breakfast and the energy they need to succeed in school. During these years, we've provided office space and technical assistance to the club free-of-charge, allowing the charity to focus their time and resources on meeting the needs of their community.