In 2015, WE Charity celebrated its 20th anniversary and two decades of transformative local and global impacts. As part of this exciting milestone, we have articulated a bold vision for the future: we seek to empower an entire generation of young people and transform education both locally and globally.

Our 20th anniversary vision would not be possible without the generous support, time and collaboration of incredible partners.

We are deeply grateful for the support from the following champions for their help in charting the course for our next 20 years.

A Landmark Gift

Celebrating over 20 years of empowering young people to make a difference locally and globally,
WE is opening the WE Global Learning Centre in Toronto in September 2017.

The establishment of the WE Global Learning Centre was made with an initial landmark gift of $15 million from long-time supporters Hartley Richardson, The Richardson Foundation and David Aisenstat. Their actions were the spark that inspired a remarkable community of like-minded change-makers to come together to bring this vision to life. Their collective generosity has allowed WE to expand its service-learning programs for young people, educators, families and more, and to build an international hub for people who want to change the world. We are grateful to all those who have provided their tremendous support for this important project. A full list of additional supporters who have made this project possible can be found below.

Located in the Corktown community in Toronto, Ontario, the WE Global Learning Centre will welcome local community members and schools, and be a place where change-makers can connect worldwide.

More Than a Headquarters

The WE Global Learning Centre is more than just the new headquarters for the WE movement, it’s the destination for any world-changer who wants to learn about the world. It is the ultimate field-trip for schools that want to learn about global issues, and the place for businesses to hold their staff retreats to learn about socially conscious leadership.

The best part is that schools and groups don’t need to be located in Toronto to take part in WE’s cutting-edge programming—they can participate via digital classrooms, using technology that supports the delivery of leadership training and professional development, no matter where they are in the world.

The WE Global Learning Centre will feature:

  • Technology that supports our delivery of cutting-edge leadership training and professional development to rural and marginalized communities, including Indigenous and underserved youth and educators
  • Digital classrooms with built-in functionality to connect WE Schools across Canada, the United States and the UK, and around the world, allowing interactive learning experiences with shared educational content
  • Best-of-class content will be curated and incorporated into digital and print curricular resources, crowd-sourced from coast to coast
  • Expert resources for educators to support teachers around the world and faculty in residence, embedded within the in-house curriculum team, to bring expertise in connecting service-learning with educational outcomes, particularly with Canada’s diverse communities in mind (including new Canadian youth, at-risk and Indigenous youth)

As one of the world’s largest organizations serving youth, WE works with over 15,000 schools and groups internationally through our WE Schools educational program, which each year engages 3.4 million young people.

The WE Global Learning Centre will transform service-learning opportunities for millions of students coast to coast and around the world, enhancing their skills and knowledge so they can create positive change in their local and global communities. The WE Global Learning Centre’s state-of-the art technology will connect schools throughout Canada, including those in rural and Indigenous communities, and link to youth around the world. The WE Global Learning Centre will create and support a new generation of young leaders.

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Thank You To Our Generous Donors!

WE Charity would like to thank the following Founding Visionaries, who helped establish the concept of a permanent home for the organization and have made this dream possible.

  • Hartley, Heather, Aidan, Thor and Celine Richardson   |
  • The Richardson Foundation   |
  • David Aisenstat   |
  • The Gilgan Family   |
  • The Modesto and Filomena Romano Family   |
  • The Rumi Foundation   |
  • The Losani Family

WE would also like to thank its Founding Corporate Champions for their tremendous support for this world-changing project.


  • Royal Bank of Canada   |
  • TELUS   |
  • Microsoft   |
  • Siemens Canada   |
  • Cisco


  • TriAxis Construction Ltd   |
  • Teknion   |
  • SMART Technologies   |
  • Ryerson University   |
  • Office Source   |
  • k2 designworks Inc.   |
  • Downing Street   |
  • BIG Digital Corp   |
  • Applied Electronics

WE also gratefully acknowledges the following Founding Family Champions for their support in bringing this space for change-makers to life.

  • Craig Burkinshaw   |
  • Jennifer Tory   |
  • The Rothney Family   |
  • Longo’s Family Charitable Foundation
Global Learning Centre

“We are so grateful for leaders like Hartley and David who believe in the ability young people have
to create and lead meaningful change through service-learning opportunities,” said WE Charity
Executive Director Scott Baker. “The WE Global Learning Centre marks a major milestone
in our 20-year history of empowering young people to become active agents of change.”

Fondation René Malo
The Guatto Family
The McKillen Family
The Merrifield Family
The Rousseau Family
The Silver Family
The Slaight Foundation

CHG Healthcare Services
Jolene McCaw Family Foundation
Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation
Modesto and Filomean Romano Family
The Barnello Family
The Barnes Family
The Beck Family
The Caldwell Family
The Cordy Family
The Feltch Family
The Green Family
The Henry Family
The Jones Family
The Klamar Family
The Losani Family
The Morrison Family
The Narayen Family
The Priestner Family
The Richardson Family
The Rotman Family
The Sandberg-Goldberg Family
The Sprott Family
The Tory Family