About Us

For what’s possible

At MakeWay, we’re building momentum for change.

Mission

MakeWay builds partnerships and solutions to help nature and communities thrive together.

Our story

In 2000, a small group of changemakers and philanthropists asked: how can we foster a healthy planet and a just Canadian society?

Inspired by the model of the US-based Tides Foundation they set up Tides Canada to provide tools to support philanthropy, and created a unique shared platform that powers social change initiatives across the country.

Our journey started out in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, by supporting historic First Nations-led conservation agreements. Since then, we have achieved a regional presence in Manitoba, Northern Canada, Western Canada, and Ontario, with programs, funder collaboratives, over 60 community-led projects in-house, and host to 150 donor-advised funds all environmentally and socially invested.

Today we are MakeWay. With a robust swiss army knife of expertise, we offer many different things to our partners: Our shared platform. Our donor-advised funds. Our collaboratives. Our dedication to work simultaneously for social equity, economic prosperity, and a healthy environment.

Throughout our partnerships with community leaders, philanthropists, foundations, and governments we have provided momentum and helped amplify impact.

Two decades on, it is clear that our purpose is to build partnerships and solutions that help nature and communities thrive together.

Welcome to MakeWay.

Vision

A world where nature and communities thrive together.

MakeWay Values

Our five values form the foundation of MakeWay, guiding our team.

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We are Partners

We are stronger when we work together. Because we believe that we are all connected, we build trust through reciprocity and transparency, seeking opportunities to share and learn from our partners.

We Listen

Listening and being open helps us find the best solutions. Hearing out different perspectives helps us build empathy and makes us better colleagues, partners, and collaborators.

We Take Action

We are committed to helping our partners solve problems and achieve their visions for change. We think innovatively and efficiently, work hard to fill gaps and find creative solutions.

We Are Courageous

We are not afraid to do things differently—to experiment to accelerate change. We take on complex challenges with courage and compassion. Rather than fall prey to fear and polarization, we choose optimism and perseverance.

We Support Equity

Social, environmental, and economic equity is the essence of lasting positive change. We recognize that many people and communities face injustice and we believe that a healthy environment is a matter of social justice. We are committed to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).