BlackNorth Initiative

The BlackNorth Initiative Receives $1 Million Donation From Fairfax Financial

The BlackNorth Initiative Receives $1 Million Donation From Fairfax Financial April 14, 2021

TORONTO ON, April 14, 2021 – The BlackNorth Initiative is proud to announce a $1 million donation from Fairfax Financial. This contribution, which will support organizational growth, educational programming and community projects, represents a sustained commitment to empower communities in which they work.

“On behalf of The BlackNorth Initiative, I would like to thank Prem Watsa and Fairfax Financial for their contribution. It is another example of their belief in our mandate – to combat anti-Black systemic racism in Canada,” said Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, Executive Director, The BlackNorth Initiative.

“At Fairfax, we recognize the important work being done by The BlackNorth Initiative and are pleased to support their efforts through both our pledge and our personal commitments,” said Prem Watsa, CEO and Chair of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, Co-chair of The BlackNorth Initiative.

“Since its launch last year, The BlackNorth Initiative has made great strides as a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organization with over 400 organizations having committed to the pledge of dismantling anti-Black systemic racism” said Ahmed-Omer. “A report by the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities and Carleton University’s Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership program revealed that Black charities are chronically underfunded in Canada. Specifically, for every 100 dollars donated to a charitable organization in Canada, as little as seven cents go toward supporting Black charities. We can and must do better. Fairfax’s donation is an example of what corporate Canada can do to support Black charities.”

About the BlackNorth Initiative

The BlackNorth Initiative was created by The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism to combat anti-Black systemic racism in Corporate Canada. The initiative challenges senior Canadian business leaders to commit their companies to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for all of those in the underrepresented BIPOC community.

About Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company whose corporate objective is to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long term shareholder value.  The company has been under present management since September 1985.


Heather Ritzer
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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