Philanthropy In Action

The Philanthropy in Action Award honours members of the Greater Fredericton region who have given of their time, talent and financial resources for the well-being of the community and surrounding areas.   

Held annually at The Fredericton Inn at the end of May, the event sees hundreds of citizens coming together to congratulate the recipients and to celebrate the importance of doing good work within our community. 


For the last ten years...

The Philanthropy in Action award has honoured and celebrated philanthropic efforts in our community. Philanthropy is often defined as the voluntary giving of time and financial resources to promote the well-being of human kind.  Philanthropy begins in the community through individuals, families, corporations and youth.

The recipients of the award are residents of the Greater Fredericton Area, and can be nominated at any time throughout the year by any individual, non-profit organization, company or staff/board member of the Fredericton Community Foundation. 

The success of this event has resulted in the creation of the Philanthropy in Action Grant, which awards the recipient $10,000 to donate to an organization of their choice, allowing the night to be a celebration of philanthropy in our community, and ensuring the fulfillment of our motto, For Good. Forever. 

2018 Recipients

The Fredericton Community Foundation and Stewart McKelvey are pleased to recognize the Waite Family with the 2018 Philanthropy in Action Award.

The Waite Family has been involved with many different organizations through various means, including the use of their hotel, a long-standing family business rooted in Fredericton. The Waite’s have volunteered in excess of over 100 hours a year for a variety of causes in our province, serving as Board members, Coaches, Committee members and Managers.

Their most widespread contribution has come from using their hotel as a silent vessel of their philanthropy and good work in the community. For many years, the Waite Family has provided substantial and tangible service at little to no cost to organizations such as The United Way, Miramichi Salmon Association, The Chalmers Foundation, Fredericton Living Beyond Cancer Support Group and a plethora of other organizations wanting to use the Fredericton Inn for meeting space or food services.

The Waite Family is consistently providing service to and collaborating with the community, to ensure the long-term success of many community projects. They remain committed to the welfare of our region, creating opportunities within Fredericton that have lasting impact. We are delighted to recognize them with the 2018 Philanthropy in Action Award.

Congratulations Walter, Wilfred, John, Dale & Family!

Want to be part of our Philanthropy In Action Award Dinner?

The public is invited to attend the Philanthropy in Action Awards dinner.  Tickets are $150 each or $1,200 for a table of 8.  

We welcome various forms of sponsorship! This event is made possible through the generous support of Stewart McKelvey and other community minded corporate citizens. If you would to be involved in sponsoring our Philanthropy in Action Dinner, please reach out.

For more details on sponsorship or to buy your tickets, please contact the Fredericton Community Foundation at 506-454-2262 or email us at