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Desjardins is committed to making a difference in the lives of young people

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As Canada’s leading cooperative financial group, Desjardins is committed to building stronger communities by investing in the health and well-being of young people — including through its long-time partnership with Kids Help Phone, which now spans more than 30 years.

In addition to supporting a wide range of programs, events and initiatives over the years, in 2020 Desjardins came forward as the Presenting Sponsor of Kids Help Phone’s special back-to-school program — a multi-faceted campaign offering online resources for young people, caring adults and educators about the stresses of returning to school.

Through Desjardins Foundation, Desjardins continued its support for the initiative in 2021, and recently made a transformational pledge of $1 million to support the highest priority needs across Kids Help Phone’s ecosystem of services while remaining as Presenting Sponsor of the special back-to-school program through to 2024. The commitment represents the largest gift the Desjardins Foundation has ever made in support of a national initiative.

We’re deeply grateful to Desjardins for its steadfast partnership, and for helping young people across Canada feel safe, supported and heard during these unprecedented times.

“Youth are at the heart of the Desjardins Foundation’s priorities. We’re convinced that by partnering with Kids Help Phone, an organization that provides innovative services, we’ll be able to make a bigger difference for the many kids and families who find themselves in need.”

— Nancy Lee, Senior Director, Desjardins Foundation, Corporate History and Identity