Donations and Sponsorship Funding Guidelines

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities - with a focus on Kids, Cures and Community. We aim to make a difference through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of our employees.

CIBC's funding focus


CIBC is committed to supporting organizations that:


Provide children and youth in-need with education and training, mentoring, self-esteem and leadership skills as well as healthy and active lifestyles.


Support those living with cancer through programs, services and equipment as well as research into prevention, early detection and treatment.


Assist Canadians in need through skills development, including financial literacy and employment opportunities; increased access to community services and promoting equality and diversity.


CIBC will consider funding for:

  • Canadian registered charities or non-profit organizations, for programs that use funds within Canada
  • Projects aligned to our commitment to Kids, Cures or Community
  • Organizations with a record of achievement or potential for success in line with our overall goals
  • Projects that address a community need and provide direct impact to the community served (CIBC prefers to fund programs and projects rather than bricks and mortar)
  • Projects that include planned outcomes, supported by a measurement and evaluation process
  • Organizations with audited financial statements, sound financial practices and a sustainable funding model

CIBC does not fund:

  • Multiple contributions to the same organization during one fiscal year (Nov. 1 to Oct. 31), which includes funding through both CIBC corporate and the CIBC Children's Foundation. This also applies to all organizations including those currently receiving funding through a major fundraising campaign or an amalgamated campaign.
  • Initiatives outside Canada
  • Religious organizations
  • Public, private or religious schools, including costs associated with student travel and playgrounds
  • Day cares, pre-kindergartens, pre-schools
  • Individual or team fundraising initiatives or events
  • Third-party flow-through organizations that allocate funds to charities such as community foundations, private or family foundations
  • Boards of Trade, Chambers of Commerce or service clubs such as Rotary
  • Business, industry or member-based associations
  • Golf tournaments
  • Conferences
  • Registration fees
  • Matching contributions
  • Endowments
  • Heritage organizations
  • Political organizations; advocacy and lobbying activities
  • Think tanks
  • For-profit organizations or other corporations' community initiatives
  • Statues, monuments, art work or beautification projects
  • Advertising or promotional initiatives
  • Publication or distribution of books or movie productions

Review process

Due to the overwhelming volume of funding requests received, CIBC will only consider online applications.

  • Our community investment professionals follow a rigorous process when evaluating proposals to ensure funds are invested with the utmost care and responsibility. The process includes an assessment of your charity's financial statements as well as its fiscal management and governance practices. We require our charitable partners to clearly demonstrate the social impact of our contribution. Our funding evaluation process may also include a review by regional and/or national committees.
  • Funding requests are reviewed regularly throughout the year. While a decision will generally be made within 8 weeks following your submission, it may take up to 16 weeks before a decision is made depending on the size and complexity of your request.