Graham C. Lount Family Foundation
The Graham C. Lount Family Foundation is a private charitable organization located in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty 1 Territory and the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Inninewak, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. Founded in 2001 by Graham Lount, its overall mission is to promote the healthy development and personal growth opportunities of vulnerable children and youth residing in the Greater Winnipeg area.
For the past 20 years, our family foundation has embraced the following values: partnering with organizations that involve children and youth in their program planning and ongoing development; the importance of long-term mentorship opportunities for youth embedded in programming; focusing on programs that improve youth self-esteem, confidence, and personal resources to succeed in life; and acknowledging that change takes time and success is not just measured in numbers.
In alignment with our family foundation’s values, trust-based philanthropy is being embraced by our foundation, to alleviate power imbalances between funders and grantees while fostering more productive and informative relationships. Driven by the central philosophy that funders should approach grantee relationships as learning partnerships, a trust-based approach encourages multi-year unrestricted funding, streamlined reporting, and transparent and responsive communication. Trust-based philanthropy allows for a more meaningful connection with our grantee partners and promotes a relationship with open conversations around successes and challenges.
The foundation is funded by Graham Lount and Lount Corporation. Since its inception, the foundation has distributed approximately $6.7 million to 64 charitable organizations in Winnipeg.
The family foundation is composed of a board of directors that communicates regularly to manage ongoing foundation business and meets annually to make decisions on the grant applications received. These annual meetings usually happen in May or June of each year, with April 1st grant application deadlines and grants distributed in June or July. Some exceptions are made for youth summer programming. Grants are made to charitable, non-profit organizations based in Greater Winnipeg.
Graham Conrad Lount was born in Winnipeg on June 30, 1921 and died peacefully on October 30, 2016. Graham graduated from Architecture at the University of Manitoba in 1945 and started building houses while in university. He and his father Charles formed C.T. Lount Construction in 1947, with total assets of a Studebaker pickup truck and 5 HP DeWalt saw. Their company grew from building single family homes to multi-unit developments to high rises, which mark Winnipeg’s skyline – 55 Nassau, Kiltarton Towers, Fountain House, Hillsborough House, 7/11 Evergreen, and Sussex House. Graham developed properties in both Canada and the United States. Conrad House on River Avenue was built by Lount Corporation and completed in 2016.
Although Graham spent the winter in Naples, Florida, he was strongly connected to Winnipeg his entire life and considered it home. He volunteered his time in many organizations over the years, including: president of the Winnipeg Homebuilders Association; first president of the Fort Garry Rotary Club; first president of the Red River Exhibition; president of the Kinsmen Club; president of the National Homebuilders Association; and a member of the National Building Code Board, the Canadian Institute of Public Real Estate Companies Board, Ladco Board and the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg.
Graham created the Graham C. Lount Family Foundation to support vulnerable children and youth of Greater Winnipeg in perpetuity. The foundation has supported over 60 organizations in Winnipeg since it was founded in 2001. Four generations of the Lount family are involved in its philanthropic work and are very grateful for his generosity and foresight.
Graham felt strongly about giving back to the community where he and his family grew up and prospered. He enjoyed sharing the experience of grant making with his children and grandchildren and instilling philanthropic values in the long term.
Board of Directors
- Susan Stovel, President
- Derek Lount, Vice-President
- Colin Lount, Treasurer
- Jennifer Lount-Taylor
- Helen Lount
- Laura Stovel
- Ali Lount
- Ben Lount
- Chrystal Neault Lount
- Nick Lount
- Sam Lount
- Matthew Lount
- Hannah Burman
- April Lavilla Lount
Staff & Volunteers
- Tamara Burman, Executive Director
- Ali Lount, Community Liaison
- Chrystal Neault Lount, Community Liaison