Grants to support social and economic opportunities for all complements of CIBC Foundation

New initiative with The Walrus to support Black digitally-focused journalists announced as part of commitment

The CIBC Foundation is now accepting applications for funding from charitable organizations.

Aimed at removing limits to ambition and creating greater access to opportunities, the CIBC Foundation will place an emphasis on applications from organizations that increase access to education and employment outcomes for underserved communities, with a specific focus on reskilling, upskilling, and addressing the digital divide.

The CIBC Foundation will assess each organization’s request based on its alignment to these focus areas, and their plan to make a meaningful impact in the communities they serve through the creation of social and economic opportunities.

“Through the CIBC Foundation we are demonstrating our purpose in action by supporting causes important to our clients and communities,” said Harry Culham, Group Head, Capital Markets, CIBC, and Co-Chair, CIBC Foundation. “We are excited by this new chapter and look forward to helping realize the purposeful objectives of organizations who share our collective

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ambition to increase access to education and employment outcomes across the country.”

Launched in November, the CIBC Foundation is built on the bank’s storied history of supporting its communities and demonstrates its commitment to help create a world without limits to ambition.

In 2021, CIBC made donations totalling $70 million towards the foundation, with

plans to grow to $155 million over time to further contribute to social impact initiatives as part of its broader ESG commitments.

As part of this commitment, the CIBC Foundation also announced a new one-year

Digital Fellowship for Emerging Black Journalists through The Walrus, one of Canada’s leading not-for-profit media organizations.

The initiative involves the creation of a new digitally-focused position at The Walrus for an early-career Black journalist, who will be trained by their talented

team on the skills and tools required to conceptualize, develop, and produce storytelling in a variety of digital media.

“We are thrilled to partner with the CIBC Foundation to launch this new fellowship,” said Jennifer Hollett, Executive Director of The Walrus. “This is the second program established by The

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Walrus in support of rising Black journalists in Canada. This fellowship is another step towards building a more inclusive media landscape in the country. We are excited to announce the call for applications, and soon welcome a new Digital Fellow to The Walrus team.”

“Supporting communities has been an integral part of our bank’s genuinely caring culture for the past 155 years and counting, and this is the next phase in that ongoing commitment,” said Sandy Sharman, Group Head, People, Culture and Brand, CIBC, and Co-Chair, CIBC Foundation. “As we progress towards our goal of collectively advancing social and economic equity for underserved communities, we’re proud to be supporting The Walrus and the next generation of

Black journalists through this unique fellowship program.”

Other recent commitments the bank has made through the CIBC Foundation include the new Black Entrepreneur Program (BEP) announced this January, in partnership with the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF). 

For further information: Josh Burleton, CIBC Communications & Public Affairs, 416-304-2712  or