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GDC Foundation

Help us nurture the future of design

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. Our goal is to become a registered charity, to fulfil our mandate and expand our work.

Read about what the GDC Foundation has been doing!
2020-2021 GDC Foundation Annual Report

Since 2012, the GDC Foundation has awarded $16,000 in student scholarships.

The GDC Foundation Ray Hrynkow Scholarship
The Ray Hrynkow scholarship, supported by Casey Hrynkow 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. Support this scholarship with your donation.

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 $1,000 scholarship is established in honour of Mark’s mother, Cheryl Lynn, who was his support and inspiration and who passed away in 2016. Support this scholarship with your donation.

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

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Get Behind Design – Please Donate!

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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, leave a message and you will get a call back.
  • Please let us know if you wish to support a specific scholarship fund. Make a note when you donate or email foundation
  • Contributors are listed on the GDC site as well as in publications such as the Annual Report. If you wish your contribution to be attributed to someone (ie. In honour of...,  In appreciation of..., In memory of...) or if you would like it to be anonymous, please email
To discuss bequests, scholarships or special donations contact
Peggy Cady, GDC Foundation Chair
Email:, phone: 250-386-6215