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 Ray Hrynkow scholarship, supported by Ray’s wife Casey and other generous 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 design as applied research, employing ethnography, sociology and anthropology and using these tools to uncover truly effective and resonant design.” These are the designers practicing design for social innovation and sustainability, using their skills to earn a seat at the table of major decision makers in our society.

The GDC Foundation
Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award

The GDC Foundation Cheryl Lynn Rutledge Northern Indigenous Student Award was created through a generous donation from Mark Rutledge CGD, to support a northern indigenous student pursuing an education in graphic/communication design in Canada at a Canadian post-secondary college/university. This scholarship is established in honour of Mark’s mother, Cheryl Lynn, who was his support and inspiration and who passed away in 2016.

A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to an individual applying in proper form to the GDC Scholarship program.

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