Building a Better World
For over two decades, The Giustra Foundation has supported innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian and economic challenges. When a crisis hits, we strive for immediate action, but we also believe in trying to prevent a crisis before it happens through donations to charities in British Columbia and elsewhere in Canada. We assist and develop initiatives focused on women and children, health and education, homelessness, and refugee resettlement.
We believe that successfully tackling critical problems demands new thinking, new approaches, and the ability to move with speed and compassion. The Foundation actively supports organizations and individuals that share this worldview, and that are focused on working efficiently to measurably improve people’s lives. Among the organizations that we have funded are the Boys Club Network, Streetohome Foundation, the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (including its efforts to accelerate refugee sponsorship through the BVOR program), and the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Giustra Foundation has been cooperating closely with government, the private sector, and other non-profits in Vancouver to establish an emergency feeding program that provides healthy meals to low-income women and children, vulnerable seniors, and others in need in our community.
About the Founder: Frank Giustra
Mr. Giustra is CEO of the Fiore Group, which manages a broad portfolio of private equity investments in private and public companies, specializing in food and lifestyle, art and entertainment, technology, and natural resources. Mr. Giustra's entrepreneurial success includes founding Lionsgate Entertainment, now one of the world's largest independent film companies, and being an investor in Thunderbird Entertainment, a company focused on content and distribution in the television and film sector. In 2014, he founded Fiore Music and Westsonic Music Inc., and he actively composes lyrics for songs in all genres.
Mr. Giustra brings his entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to pilot new ideas and innovations that can be scaled and shared to prevent conflict, alleviate poverty and help people in humanitarian crises. He devotes time to a variety of causes on a local and global level. Most recently, his family foundation (formerly called the Radcliffe Foundation) has become actively involved in the refugee crisis by providing humanitarian aid in Greece and Turkey. The Giustra Foundation is also a founding partner in the Global Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.
In 2007, Mr. Giustra and former President Bill Clinton launched the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership. Now called Acceso, it brings entrepreneurial solutions to global poverty and operates charitable enterprises in Colombia, El Salvador and Haiti.
In March 2020, Mr. Giustra was named co-chair of the International Crisis Group and has been an active Board Trustee since 2005. International Crisis Group is a widely recognized independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice for policymakers on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict.
Mr. Giustra sits on a variety of private and public boards.