Past Funders

The Natural Step Canada is an entrepreneurial non-profit and registered charitable organization. To deliver our sustainability work, we rely on a mix of revenue streams including grants and sponsorships from foundations, corporations, and government.

We are incredibly grateful to our generous past funders who have helped make our programs possible:

ATB Financial

We've been doing it for more than 70 years. In that time, we've grown from one small Treasury Branch to become the largest Alberta-based financial institution, with assets of $31.0 billion. Today, more than 5,300 associates help more than 635,000 customers in 242 Alberta communities make their dreams come true.

Eco Canada

ECO Canada was established in 1992 as part of Canada's sector council initiative. With a solid reputation in the field of human resource management, ECO Canada's services reach all participants of the environmental sector including employers, practitioners, educators, and students.

Edmonton Community Foundation

Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), part of a comprehensive network of Canadian community foundations, acts as a bridge between donors and greater Edmonton charities to help create and maintain a strong, vibrant community for generations to come.


Through the combination of a unique thermochemical technology platform and community-based advanced facilities, Enerkem addresses the challenges of oil dependence and waste disposal.


ENMAX Coporation (ENMAX), through its subsidiaries, provides electricity, natural gas, fibre-optic, and value-added services.



Green Living Enterprises

Green Living Enterprises is Canada's leading causes-marketing agency focused on social and environmental program development.

Golder Associates

Golder Associates is a respected, employee-owned, global company providing consulting, design, and construction services in earth, environment, and related areas of energy. Our purpose, "Engineering Earth's Development, Preserving Earth's Integrity", demonstrates our commitment to service and technical excellence and sustainability.

Halifax Regional Municipality

Imagine the vivacity of city living, the charms of small town life and the pristine beauty of nature - all in one place!

HB Lanarc

HB Lanarc is a leading planning and design firm helping to create complete, attractive, ecologically resilient, and prosperous communities in British Columbia and across North America. Our mission is to produce planning and design solutions for a sustainable future.


IBM is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, from its operations to the design of its products and use of its technology. IBM's corporate policy on environmental affairs, first issued in 1971, is supported by the company's global environmental management system, which is the key element of the company's efforts to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations worldwide.

Mountain Equipment Co-op

We exist to inspire and enable people to live active lifestyles. As an outdoor retail co-operative, Mountain Equipment Co-op makes and sells great gear at prices that don't break the budget, to support our members in being active outdoors. We do this in a way that does the least harm and the most good—environmentally, socially, and economically—today and in the future. We've been told that we're "different." And we like it that way.

Rio Tinto Alcan

The Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund is committed to providing support for community-building initiatives which integrate environmental, economic and social considerations, and which meet the needs of the present while safeguarding our legacy for future generations.

Servus Credit Union

Servus Credit Union, Alberta's largest credit union, is a member-owned, community-based financial institution with roots dating back to 1938.

Starbucks Foundation Shared Planet Youth Action Grant

We believe in the power of young people to change the world for the better. Starbucks has a culture of innovation and entrepreneurialism. With the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants, we use this spirit of innovation to inspire young people to take action to create positive solutions to real local needs they see in their neighborhoods.

The City of Edmonton

In partnership with its citizens, businesses and institutions, Edmonton is the nation's leader in setting and achieving the highest standards of environmental preservation and sustainability, both in its own practices and by encouraging and enabling the practices of its partners.

The Real Estate Foundation

The Real Estate Foundation will be a pivotal connection in making land use knowledge and practice in BC a model for the world. Respect for the land and what it sustains is key to the work of the Real Estate Foundation of BC.

The Salamander Foundation

The Salamander Foundation seeks to promote continuity and discovery in the arts and in culture, and to recognize the forms, functions and interactions of natural systems in the environment. 


Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Vale's Base Metals business sets standards of excellence in mining, processing and the marketing of metal products. Vale is committed to the pursuit of sustainable growth by maximizing the potential of existing operations, realizing the promise of growth projects, operating with respect for the natural environment, and being an ethically and socially responsible company.


At Vancity our vision is to redefine wealth. It calls on us to measure success in terms of how, as a financial cooperative we contribute to the financial, environmental and social well-being of the communities where our members live and work. It reaffirms that we exist in service of people who create the real wealth in our communities. It guides us to find ways to use all our resources, people and capital to strengthen members’ wealth and well-being and to create large-scale positive impacts.


The YMCA in Canada is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body, and to their sense of responsiblity to each other and to the global community.

Please check out our generous current funders and a list of current funding opportunities.