About Ardene Foundation

The Ardene Foundation is Ardene’s dedicated charity organization, committed to community initiatives and social responsibility. Our mission is to incite meaningful change in the realms of empowerment, sustainability, global poverty, education, and health by leveraging the strength of the Ardene community. Giving back is a hands-on part of our culture.

Our involvement with non-profits started back in 1982, but we’ve made leaps and bounds since then. In 2012, the Foundation began taking a more collaborative approach to fundraising; today, we partner with local and international organizations, and encourage our team members to participate in their many charity programs. In 2017, the Ardene Foundation began supporting more female-driven initiatives, aiming to send an overall message that women should build each other up through empathy and respect.

Ardene stores, customers, and head office staff all play a big part in supporting the Ardene Foundation – from dollar donation initiatives and in-store events, to group volunteering – everybody on our team is given the platform to make a difference.

With the help of all our generous supporters, we’re proud to say we’ve surpassed our goal of donating $2M within 5 years across all our charity initiatives. Going forward, we hope to meet – and increase – our donation goals every year.

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MISSION: To incite meaningful change in the realms of empowerment, sustainability, global poverty, education, and health by leveraging the strength of the Ardene community

VISION: To make a positive local and global impact that improves lives and fuels the dreams of future generations.

4 Pillars

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    SUSTAINABILITY

    SUSTAINABILITY

    We give back to the planet whenever we can, and have taken great strides in upholding environmental standards. Our sustainability efforts touch various parts of our business, all the way from partnerships with suppliers to the programs we participate in at the head office.

     

    Here are a few ways we take responsibility for our environmental impact:

    Partner with FSC certified suppliers for a high percentage of our product packaging.

    Maintain dedicated warehouses for overstock storage.

    Install energy efficient LED lights in our new projects.

    Collaborate with sustainable charities, like Earth Day Canada, to give back to the planet.

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    POVERTY

    POVERTY

    The Ardene Foundation supports initiatives to end global poverty. The Foundation works closely with non-profit organizations, and has created partnerships with local and international charities to drive positive change in developing nations. Statistics show that when women are economically empowered, they empower whole communities along with them. With the support of your generous donations, the Ardene Foundation will continue to help girls and women around the world break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.

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    AWARENESS

    AWARENESS

    We stand up for what we believe in. A big part of endorsing any cause starts with raising awareness, which is why we do everything we can for our partners. Along with your help, the Ardene Foundation can positively impact the lives of millions of people around the world. From anti-bullying education, cancer research, environmental protection, women’s empowerment and more, we know that advocating for the right charity is always a good place to start.

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    EDUCATION

    EDUCATION

    We believe education is everybody’s right. In many places, however, girls do not receive the same access to education as their fathers, uncles, brothers, and sons. The Ardene Foundation wants to help harness the power of education as a way to build brighter futures for girls all across the globe. Education, literacy, and access to higher learning are the cornerstones of healthy communities. By providing resources to organizations with boots on the ground, the Ardene Foundation hopes to empower young women in developing nations to become future leaders and changemakers in their own neighborhoods.

OUR PRIMARY PARTNERS

Ardene Foundation supports many local and international organizations, from home-grown charities to global initiatives.

PLAN CANADA | BECAUSE I AM A GIRL
Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl movement aims to unleash the power of girls and women, helping them claim a brighter future. Girls have a unique power to positively influence the lives of those around them; if they are healthy, educated and empowered, they will pull themselves out of poverty, and bring their children, communities and nations along with them.
PLAN CANADA | BECAUSE I AM A GIRL
Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl movement aims to unleash the power of girls and women, helping them claim a brighter future. Girls have a unique power to positively influence the lives of those around them; if they are healthy, educated and empowered, they will pull themselves out of poverty, and bring their children, communities and nations along with them.
G(irls)20
G(irls)20 is a Canadian-based globally active social enterprise that cultivates a new generation of female leaders through education, entrepreneurial training, leadership, and global experiences – with one ultimate goal:
Increase female labor force participation around the world.
G(irls)20
G(irls)20 is a Canadian-based globally active social enterprise that cultivates a new generation of female leaders through education, entrepreneurial training, leadership, and global experiences – with one ultimate goal:
Increase female labor force participation around the world.
RETHINK BREAST CANCER
Rethink is the young woman’s breast cancer movement. They are the first ever Canadian charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the 40s and under crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young women going through it. Their mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer.
RETHINK BREAST CANCER
Rethink is the young woman’s breast cancer movement. They are the first ever Canadian charity to bring bold, relevant awareness to the 40s and under crowd; foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and, most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young women going through it. Their mission is to empower young people worldwide who are concerned about and affected by breast cancer.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight Children's Foundation Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing smiles, laughter, joy and hope back into the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. For over 25 years, they have partnered with some of the most respected hospitals, medical professionals and healthcare workers all around Canada.
STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
Starlight Children's Foundation Canada is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing smiles, laughter, joy and hope back into the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. For over 25 years, they have partnered with some of the most respected hospitals, medical professionals and healthcare workers all around Canada.