What is Best Buddies?

Best Buddies was founded in the United States by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, nephew of the late 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Best Buddies Canada was established in 1993 by Daniel Greenglass and Penny Shore and was incorporated as a registered Canadian charity in 1995.

Our long-term goal is to make every school and community across Canada more inclusive and accepting of people with intellectual disabilities.

Best Buddies does not receive any direct government funding for our programs or for operating costs. Our major source of funding is through our annual Gala, hosted in September during the Toronto International Film Festival. Over the years, the Gala has raised over $9.8 million. These funds are funneled directly into our program. In 2009, Best Buddies launched a $10 million endowment campaign. Our first lead gift was made by a good friend of Best Buddies and philanthropist, Mr. Raymond Cowling.

Best Buddies has developed strong corporate partnerships with Audi Canada, Fabricland, Cineplex Entertainment, Chapters Indigo, and the MLSE Team-Up Foundation, to name a few.

Please visit our Testimonials section section to see firsthand the great work that Best Buddies delivers.

There are Best Buddies international chapters operating in 50 different countries including: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Equador, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Phillipines, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, and Tanzania.

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Our Mission

To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Start a Chapter! Become a Buddy!

Best Buddies provides all participants with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a new friend. We have chapters in every province of Canada.

There are several ways that you can help Best Buddies Canada enhance our communities through one-to-one friendships between people with intellectual disabilities and students.

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