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Hon.

Margaret Norrie McCain

 Born October 1, 1934, in Quebec1
 83 years old
 Lives in Toronto’s Rosedale district2
 Late Husband, Wallace F. McCain
 4 Children
 Author of A Star in the East – 2004

Summary
 Passion in early education and child development3
 In 2012 she admitted to wanting to give all her money away before she

passed away4
 Comparable to the approximately 50 million her husband and herself

donated over their giving history, she wanted to give away 50 million

to charity by the end of 20125
 Has a large history of giving to the arts (TSO, Toronto Ballet, and ROM)

but has begun to champion women and child development6
 Her family foundation also champions early childhood education and is

committed to supporting organizations supporting children and their

development7

Career Highlights  Currently holds the title of Director Emeritus at the
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
o HQ Phone # - (416) 971-42518
 Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of New

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Brunswick (1994-1997)9
o First woman ever to hold this position
Biographical  Husband: Wallace F. McCain
Background o Married in 1955 - 56 years
o He passed away at age 81 on May 13, 201110
o He was the co-owner of McCain & Maple Leaf
Foods with his brother
 Has 4 grown children11
o Eleanor McCain
o Martha McCain
o Michael McCain
o Scott McCain
 For over 20 years her mentor was Fraser Mustard12
o Died, at age 84, on November 16, 2011
 She has a keen interest in early childhood
education as well as the empowerment of women
and children
 In 2012 publicly expressed that “she ball parks,
the better part of $200 million will be gone – if not
all before she dies, then eventually. In fact, that’s
exactly how she puts it: “Eventually, everything
will be gone.”13
Educational  Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History - Mount
Background Allison University
 Bachelor of Social Work - University of Toronto14
Family/Private  The McCain Family Foundation
Foundation  Registered charity since 198915
o Currently has assets of $28,205,343
o Current operating budget is $1,326,417
 Allocate funds through three grant programs:16
o The Early Childhood Centres
o Early Child Development Policy Initiative
o Early Child Development Partnership
Initiative
 Board members include (not limited to)17
o Margaret, and her children, Michael and
Scott, Martha and Eleanor.
 Mission18
o “To champion effective early childhood
programs across Canada that provide equal
opportunities for all children, align with the

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school system and operate within a
provincial or territorial framework.”
Non-profit Board  Founder and Chair of the McCain Family
Memberships Foundation (1989-present)19
 Founder and Life time member of the Muriel
McQueen Fergusson Foundation, INC20
Other Related  25,000+ donations given to similar charities such
Philanthropic as:21
Giving o Child Development Institute Foundation
o The George Hull Centre For Children and
Families
o The Learning Partnership Canada/Partenariat
Canadien En Education
o The Toronto Public Library Foundation
Political Donations  Total of 38,097 over 12 years to the Liberal Party
of Canada22
Wealth Indicators  The McCain family has a private compound in
Jamaica23
o Spend New Years there
 Cottage on Georgian Bay24
Awards and  15 Honorary Degrees and Doctorates including a
Honours Doctorate in Education from the Université de
Moncton25
• 16 Awards from places like the YWCA and the
Outstanding philanthropist of the year award from
AFP26

Charity and Project

Pathways to Education

Since 2001, Pathways to Education has been focused on helping youth

from low-income communities graduate from high school. They help these

students transition into post-secondary education, training, or employment.27

Pathways attempts to addresses the barriers that stand in the way of

students’ graduation and provides leadership, expertise, and a community-

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based programs that have been proven to lower dropout rates.28 The results

of their programing have improved graduation rates by an average of 85 per

cent across Pathways communities. As well, over 73 per cent of all students

who graduated from high school while in the Pathways Program have gone

on to post-secondary education or training.29

Pathways notes that nationally, students dropping out of school costs

our economy through a reduced employment pool and tax base, and an

enormous strain on public expenditures. “The barriers young people face are

insufficient financial means, lack of positive role models in the community,

absence of parental support, or integration into a new country and culture.

For youth experiencing these challenges, high school graduation [can be

unimaginable].”30

Affiliation with Organization

Margaret McCain has a long history with the charity Pathways to

Education. Since 2007 Margaret and her Husband Wallace have been

supporting Pathways with both annual donations as well as a campaign

pledge that they fulfilled over 2 years.31 The records show that over the 9

years the McCain’s have donated a minimum of $160,000 and an upward

max of $440,000. In 2013 the McCain’s donated a major gift of $50,000 –

$99,999 and since have made an annual gift $5,000 – $9,999 in 2014 and

2015.32 Due to the passing of her husband in 2011, we can infer that the gifts

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from 2013 onward are fueled by her passion for education and children’s

success in life.33

Pathways to Education has also built a relationship with Margaret’s

family foundation, the McCain Family Foundation. During the years of 2008

till 2011, Pathways was the recipient of a minimum of $120,000 from the

grants provided by the McCain Family Foundation.34 The initial grant in 2008

of $5,000 went towards Pathways’ ‘At-Risk Youth program.35

Due to Margaret’s history and relationship with Pathways to Education, I

believe that they are now in a good position to ask for another major gift.

Looking at Margaret’s giving history she is still interested in Pathways’

programs and mission and is willing to give a major gift to their charity. 2013

was Margaret’s last major gift and has since been donating annually for 3

years. Pathways have given Margaret her space and a resting period. I now

suggest that in 2017, Pathways should approach Margaret with another

proposal for another major donation in the $50,000 – 99,999 range. More

specifically I believe that given Margaret’s admitted attitude towards

philanthropy and her desire to give as much away as possible, I suggest that

Pathways should ask for a donation of $90,000. As the profile shows,

Margaret has a passion for education and also does have the capacity for this

gift amount.

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End Notes

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1 http://canadachannel.ca/canadianbirthdays/index.php/Margaret_McCain

2http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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3 http://mwmccain.ca/about-us/margaret-mccain/

4http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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5http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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6 https://pro.iwave.com/pro360#search:PowBundle_prospect_search:52363867

7 http://mwmccain.ca

8 https://pro.iwave.com/pro360#search:PowBundle_prospect_search:52363867

9http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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10http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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11 http://torontolife.com/city/love-and-war-in-the-house-of-mccain/

12http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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13http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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15 http://mwmccain.ca

16 http://fundtracker.ajah.ca/funder/12937/profile

17 http://fundtracker.ajah.ca/funder/12937/profile

18 http://mwmccain.ca

19 http://grantconnect.ca/Profile/Index/39858

20 http://www.bigdatabase.ca/scripts/dtSearch/dtisapi6.dll

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23http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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24http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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27 https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/about-us

28 https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/about-us

29 https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/about-us

30 https://www.pathwaystoeducation.ca/about-us

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33http://www.atlanticbusinessmagazine.net/article/abmthe-meaningful-
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35 http://grantconnect.ca/Profile/Index/39858