The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation.
A Foundation was first established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta, with their shares in the family company, George Weston Limited. Today this business includes not only the original baking company, but also Loblaw Companies Limited, a group of food retailing, processing and distribution companies. It is the success of these companies, the dedication of their employees and the loyalty of their customers that ultimately enables the Foundation to fulfill its charitable mandate.
Donations from the Foundation are directed to specific organizations in the fields of education, land conservation, and science in Canada’s North. In addition to its ongoing commitments, the Foundation makes a number of unsolicited, Trustee Initiated Grants each year.
The Founders believed that as the funds were generated through the hard work and success of Canadian businesses, the grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.
For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of helping charitable organizations to make a difference and enhance the quality of life for all Canadians.
The Neuroscience Initiative is a new grant-making arm of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation aiming to accelerate development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases through a venture philanthropy model. The Initiative is run like a business: fast-paced, performance-oriented and to a very high quality level.
Reporting to the Executive Director, Neuroscience, the Grants Administrator will manage grants and provide administrative support to the Initiative.
- Tracks grants and grant processes using grant management software.
- Works with grantees on administrative issues.
- Contributes to the development of report prototypes and generates reports as required.
- Processes requests for funding.
- Prepares funding requisitions then tracks cheques / transfers.
- Obtains approval and signatures.
- Initiates background checks on new organizations (e.g. CRA#, financial statements, etc.).
- Tracks and records tax receipts.Assists in current implementation and design of grants management system.
- Prepares templates, routine letters and other communication (e.g., thank you notes, meeting minutes).
- Handles routine telephone inquiries.
- Photocopying, faxing, scanning.
- Organizes meetings, teleconferences, etc.
- Orders office supplies.
- Prepares expense reports.
- Assists with travel arrangements for ED, Board and Foundation guests.
- Updates the Foundation’s planning calendar.
- Tracks deadlines including committee work, RSVPs, invitations etc.
- Assists in preparing materials for Board and Committee meetings.
Other special projects as required
- Post-secondary education and 2-3 years relevant experience.
- Mature, adaptable and flexible individual with a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities.
- Organized, efficient, detail-oriented, quick learner.
- Professional and articulate.
- Detailed oriented.
- Excellent written and oral communication.
- Must have excellent computer skills; proficient in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; familiar with html or Word Press an asset.
- Entrepreneurial approach; proactive and action-oriented personality; strong sense of pace and urgency.
- Familiarity and comfort with numbers and numerical analysis.
- Experience with one or more neurodegenerative diseases of aging, ideally including Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, an asset.
We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No agencies or telephone calls please.