Committed to the cities in which we serve, Sifton has a long history of community involvement. Sifton supports projects that preserve as well as enhance the environment, while enriching the lives of people living in those communities.
Giving back to our communities is such an important part of who we are that Doris and Mowbray Sifton founded The Sifton Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation is a vehicle through which Sifton supports our communities and provides grants in the categories of families, youth and children, seniors and persons with disabilities, with a special interest in teen pregnancy. The foundation also matches donations made by our employees to various charities and causes important to them.
With donations of over $2.5 million to more than 550 charities, as you look at the list below of just a sampling of the positive contributions we have made over the years – you will understand why we proudly call ourselves community builders.
- Donated over 200 acres of parkland to the people of London, Brantford and Guelph
- Gifted the Sifton Botanical Bog – deemed a significant biological preserve – to the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and the people of London, in the early 1960s
- Preserved and protected Kains Woods, an environmentally sensitive area in conjunction with the City of London
- Implemented a corporate philosophy of planting more trees than removed and donating more park space than provincially-required
- The annual Pack the Park event where Sifton and the London Majors team up to ‘pack’ Labatt Memorial Park to the rafters with baseball fans
- Sifton employees, with matching funds from the Sifton Family Foundation, have raised over half a million dollars for the United Way over the past 10 years
- Supported community-based initiatives in honour of our milestone anniversaries, including:
- Creating outdoor reading areas at local area schools
- Sending 13 children to YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth
- Canadian Blood Services Partners for Life 12 month blood donor drive
- Donating books to schools in the Cities of Brantford and Guelph
- Volunteered more than 8,500 hours over 12 months to various causes
- Offered the use of One London Place - the tallest office building in London and built by Sifton - for the annual United Way stair climb, Easter Seals Drop Zone, annual blood donor clinics, the ongoing Peregrine Falcon watch and to showcase the work of local artists
- Supported the London Public Library with funding for the new downtown branch
- Supported local health care with numerous donations to London hospitals
- Supported more than 70 youth hockey, baseball and soccer teams over the past five years
- Served as a founding member of the London Home Builders Association