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A note on Helios fundraising

Since its inception in 1996, the Helios Centre has been dedicated to conducting independent research on critical energy-related issues, with a view to aligning economic, social and environmental imperatives.

In 2001, this public interest mandate was formally recognized by Revenue Canada, which provided the Helios Centre with the ability to offer tax deductible receipts to donor organizations or individuals.

Based on this ability to conduct fundraising, the Helios Centre plans to expand its activities. While continuing to serve clients on a project-by-project basis, the Centre endeavours to broaden the scope of its activities by launching projects on its own initiative. Put simply, the Centre will capitalize on its existing abilities and reputation to more proactively foster the knowledge base required for a sustainable energy future.


The Helios Centre's status as a charitable organization for tax purposes is very recent. Nonetheless, a number of our mandates, prior to receiving this status, were funded indirectly by donor organizations such as the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Since obtaining its status, the Centre has received generous funding from the Fonds d'action québécois pour le développement durable, and the Fonds de lutte contre la pauvreté, as well as from a number of individual donors. In the coming months and years, the Centre will bolster its efforts at raising funds to secure the financial capacity to contribute meaningfully and independently to energy and environmental decision-making.