GDC Foundation

We want to make a mark

The GDC Foundation will help designers, educators, students and researchers.

The GDC Foundation is growing a fund to support design research and education, special projects, scholarships for students and professional designers, and a benevolent fund to offer short-term financial assistance to designers experiencing a career-challenging difficulty.

Read about what the GDC Foundation has been doing!
GDC Foundation Report 2016-2017

Since 2012, the GDC Foundation has awarded $5,000 in student awards.

The GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship
The scholarship, supported by Casey Hrynkow and donors, is awarded annually to a student entering the third or fourth year of an undergraduate communication/graphic design program in Canada. "Ray envisioned the scholarship supporting a candidate showing great promise as a 'next generation designer' — one who demonstrates an understanding of ethnography, sociology and anthropology in their work, using these tools to uncover truly innovative ideas – a thinking designer."

The GDC Foundation Marc Brisbourne Scholarship for Design Research.
This scholarship is for a graduate student pursuing research with a focus on the field or discipline of visual communication in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary institution at a Masters or Doctoral level. This scholarship was supported by GDC Alberta North and ended in 2017.

Help us grow this valuable asset for design in Canada by donating to the GDC Foundation, leaving a legacy bequest in your will, providing a named scholarship, research grant, or scholarship for professionals, or, by volunteering.

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Donate with PayPal or credit card


By mail > Send your cheque
(make it out to GDC and note that it is for the GDC Foundation)
to: GDC, Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2
By phone > with your credit card, call toll free 1-877-496-4453

To discuss bequests or special donations contact
Peggy Cady, GDC Foundation Committee Chair
Email:, phone: 250-386-6215