Who we are

Our purpose 

To unite our collective ambitions in the present to maximize our impact on current and future generations. With passion and determination, we combine philanthropic dreams and pediatric advances at the CHU Sainte-Justine to create a better world. 


  • Commitment: We are dedicated to our cause and deeply invested in our mission. 
  • Solidarity: Together, imbued by a spirit of kindness, we strive to build a better future for our society. 
  • Authenticity: Our actions are ethical, transparent, and aligned with our purpose. 
  • Responsible leadership: We dare to innovate and inspire to elevate the impact of philanthropy in our community.  


With a strong sense of leadership, our family of donors reflects all our communities. Together, we strive for excellence and drive innovation at the CHU Sainte-Justine for the benefit of mothers-to-be, children, and their family. In doing so, we are fundamentally transforming the life of each child by joining forces to multiply our impact on their health and on society. 


How the Foundation came to be


Baby in a comfy hospital bed with a brace on his feet

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation came into being in 1987 with the merger of the Fondation Justine Lacoste-Beaubien and the Fondation Sainte-Justine. The dedication and pioneering vision of Sainte-Justine founders Justine Lacoste-Beaubien and Irma Levasseur remain the Foundation’s guiding principles to this day.


A mother and her baby in a hospital bed

The Foundation launched the Investir pour l’amour des enfants campaign in 1995, with the aime of raising $45 million over fiver years. That same year, Sainte-Justine Hospital became a full-fledged mother and child university health centre (CHU), making it the largest facility of its kind in Canada.


CHU Saint-Justine Hospital

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation launched the Growing Up Healthy campaign in 2002 with the goal of providing patients, their families and all the institution’s teams with state-of-the-art treatment and research facilities adapted to their needs. The campaign raised $125 million over four years.



The Picture Me Healthy initiative, building on the Growing Up Healthy campaign, enabled the Foundation to support medical excellence in perinatal care, cardiac sciences and neurodevelopment, areas where Sainte-Justine is now considred to be among the top 5 to 10 facilities in the world.



Empower Sainte-Justine to step up the pace of its research efforts and transform the care it provides: that was the ambitious goal of the Healing More Better campaign, launched in the late 2012. The goal: $150 million. Five years later, the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation accounced that it had raised $255 million to heal more mothers and children and to keep doing it better.


Playful little girl in the hospital with her father

Grow Beyond, launched in 2023, is the greatest fundraising campaign in Sainte-Justine’s history. Our ambition is to join forces to raise $500 million and fundamentally transform the life of every child within our reach, maximizing our impact on their health and on society.