IDLF Celebrates $10,000 Donation from RBC

IDLF Celebrates $10,000 Donation from RBC

On July 19th, 2022, the Ignite Learning Durham Foundation welcomed representatives from the Royal Bank of Canada to the Village Union Make a Difference Depot to accept a generous donation of $10,000 to help support Durham District School Board (DDSB) students who face financial barriers.

Donations to the IDLF provide food; cover field trip and school extra-curricular activity costs; purchase school supplies, clothing, and bus passes; support preschool success programs and graduating students applying to post-secondary education. RBC’s generous donation will help to remove financial barriers to create equitable opportunities for all our students across the District.

To learn more about the IDLF’s mission, impact, or how to donate, visit


– “Every gift the IDLF receives makes a difference and provides children and youth with the opportunity to reach their full potential. I want to thank RBC for their generous support addressing equity challenges within our communities. This foundation has already provided tangible benefits to DDSB students in its first year, and we are looking forward to building on this close partnership to reach IDLF’s goals. ” – Neil Joshi, Chair, Ignite Durham Learning Foundation.

– “On behalf of the Durham District School Board’s Board of Trustees, I would like to thank RBC for their generous contribution that will support the good work of the IDLF, removing barriers and creating equitable opportunities for students across the District.” -Carolyn Morton, Chair, Durham District School Board.

Quick Facts:

  • There are 137 schools within the Board, 36 of those schools are high priority. Of 75,00 students in the DDSB, 16,000 are living at or below the poverty line
  • The IDLF received official charitable status in May 2021, and since then has been working to ensure that every student has nutritious food at lunch and snacks, is dressed for the weather, has access to life-changing programs, and can find success in post-secondary education.


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