Frequently asked questions

Q.1 What is the mission of the Chagnon Foundation?
Q.2 What is the procedure for submitting an application?
Q.3 What are the values that underlie the Chagnon Foundation's vision?
Q.4 What do you mean by "preventing" poverty?
Q.5 What do you mean by "educational success"?
Q.6 How is the Chagnon Foundation's philanthropic support different from government support?
Q.7 On what basis do you make your decisions?
Q.8 Why does the Chagnon Foundation insist that various partners working in the same community or network join forces to submit a joint application for funding?
Q.9 What do you mean by "supporting your capacity for action"?
Q.10 What do you mean by "long-term support"?
Q.11 How does the Chagnon Foundation plan to evaluate the outcomes of its support and its partners' initiatives? 


Q.1   What is the mission of the Chagnon Foundation?

To prevent poverty by contributing to the educational success of all young Quebecers.  


Q.2   What is the procedure for submitting an application?

We recommend that you start by consulting our funding policy to find out exactly what the Foundation intends to support in the coming years. Then, if you think the Foundation could be one of your partners, send your application for funding or support for a specific project to Include a short document providing information on your intention or project, as well as the type of support you are requesting. Your application will be carefully studied based on our orientations, and you should receive a response within six to eight weeks.


Q.3    What are the values that underlie the Chagnon Foundation's vision?

Our core values are solidarity, social justice and inclusion. We express our vision as follows: "To help make Quebec a supportive, equitable and inclusive society that enables every child and every family to realize their full potential and play an active role in that society."

We want to give every child and every young person the chance to develop their full potential, regardless of their social or personal situation.


Q.4    What do you mean by "preventing" poverty?

Our mission of "prevention" is embodied in our choice to focus on educational success, one of the main factors associated with preventing poverty. 

"Preventing" also entails supporting initiatives that are aimed at reducing the obstacles faced by so many children, parents, families and communities. Our goal is not to try to solve the individual problems of certain children through direct services, but to act on the systemic causes in order to generate sustainable social transformation.

Finally, "preventing" means acting early, starting at conception, pregnancy and early childhood, and continuing to support an integrated, ongoing approach until adulthood.


Q.5   What do you mean by "educational success"? 

We agree with the vast majority of Quebec actors that the concept of educational success encompasses much more than just academic success. Educational success refers to the overall development of children and young people in every sphere: physical, intellectual, emotional and social. It values their well-being, self-actualization and the achievement of their full potential. Educational success is the result of the contribution of many actors in every sector of society who are working to create conditions that are favourable to the success of all children by adopting a variety of behaviours, practices, collective measures and public policies.

We see no interest in drawing up a list of imposed conditions or selection criteria. We believe that it is the actors working at every level in different communities who are best qualified to identify the key factors and conditions affecting children, youth, parents and families as well as education and community environments, living environments or society as a whole.



Q.6    How is the Chagnon Foundation's philanthropic support different from government support?

In order to meet its responsibilities, the Quebec government has the legitimacy to act on behalf of the entire population and all regions of the province. The government is, and must remain, responsible for establishing and enforcing legislation, financing public services, infrastructures, taxation, and redistributing a substantial portion of the core funding of community organizations.

The Chagnon Foundation has absolutely no intention of taking the place of the government.



Q.7    On what basis do you make your decisions?

We can only support a limited number of communities for a predetermined period of time. Since our goal is to offer support adapted to the context and diversity of each situation, we have to make choices. Our financial resources do not allow us to provide funding for every initiative that reflects our mission.

For that reason, and in order to offer an approach that complements the efforts of other philanthropic organizations without replacing the role of the government, we pledge to:

  • provide long-term support
  • for organizations and partnership coalitions groups that are working together
  • to develop their capacity
  • to improve the educational success of all children
  • especially in disadvantaged areas 
  • and encourage dialogue on public policy
  • with the goal of creating sustainable conditions.

 This also explains why the Chagnon Foundation does not provide funding for the following:

  • Direct/clinical services offered by individual organizations to children, youth, parents or families 
  • Base funding for organizational operating costs or to supplement government funding
  • Individual grants
  • Emergency funds
  • Equipment
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Fundraising activities
  • Projects outside of the province of Quebec
  • For-profit projects
  • For-profit enterprises
  • Individual projects or projects on behalf of an individual

The Chagnon Foundation does not support partisan political activities. 


Q.8    Why does the Chagnon Foundation insist that various partners working in the same community or network join forces to submit a joint application for funding?

Preventing poverty and fostering educational success are complex issues that require the involvement of a large number of actors in an intersectoral approach. By pooling their knowledge and skills and deploying different types of actions, these actors demonstrate shared leadership, acting together to have an impact on collective measures that they could never achieve on their own.

That is why we prefer not to support isolated, short-term projects proposed by a single organization. 


Q.9    What do you mean by "supporting the capacity for action"? 

The Chagnon Foundation's support for developing the capacity for action is intended for:

  • initiatives that actors in a given community or network would like to undertake (or have already undertaken) to mobilize and agree on a shared vision for improving living conditions in their community and the educational success of young people in particular. Such initiatives do not have to be focused exclusively on educational success, however, or limited to children and youth from conception to adulthood.
    • This does not imply that all partnerships have to be in place and ready to go. If everything were perfect, you wouldn't need our support!
    • What we need to see is a desire to work towards creating sustainable conditions, focusing on collaborative effort and mobilizing legitimate, recognized actors in the community (including actors in less traditional sectors) as well as including citizen participation.
  • Initiatives more directly linked to the prevention of poverty through educational success included in the shared vision.
  • Providing access to networks or resources (tools, data, expertise, support, opportunities for dialogue and citizen participation) that further skills development, innovation and achieving the vision (such as changing practices, collaborative efforts, communication and influence/advocacy, innovation, succession, lessons learned and evaluation, etc.). 


Q.10    What do you mean by "long-term support"?

We have learned that in order to preserve the independence and maintain the long-term autonomy of the groups we support, it is preferable that our support be of limited duration. The ideal timeframe is 5 to 10 years for community coalitions and 3 to 5 years for networks of stakeholders and actors working in a province-wide context. Moreover, the support provided by the Chagnon Foundation must account for only a relative portion of the overall budget of the project or initiative.



Q.11   How does the Chagnon Foundation plan to evaluate the outcomes of its support and its partners' initiatives?

We do not believe that our financial contribution alone can have a significant impact on such complex objectives as preventing poverty, reducing inequality or improving educational success. The initiatives we support are therefore not required to demonstrate an impact on this type of indicator.

What we are interested in knowing is the extent to which our support helps organizations and coalitions to be better equipped, mobilized, engaged, skilled and effective in innovating, implementing their initiatives and reaching their objectives.

We place more value on the lessons learned from experience, including failure, than providing accounts for specific results simply to justify our contribution.



* Visit the website of the Committee on Culture and Education of the Quebec National Assembly to consult the papers submitted by numerous organizations during the consultations on the Policy of Educational Success.

We believe

"We believe" is a short video that uses images to illustrate our constantly renewed desire to prevent poverty for the good of future generations in Quebec.


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