Supporting thriving and caring communities is important to Blakes. It begins with respect and care for those who work at the Firm. Blakes lawyers and staff support over 150 charitable organizations, community agencies and volunteer boards through donations of time and money.

United Way

Through our partnership with United Way Centraide Canada, Blakes is helping to create positive social change and have an impact in neighbourhoods where we live and work. Each year, our offices across Canada support their local regions through participation in United Way activities. For the past eight years (2010-2017), Blakes has been honoured with the distinguished Thanks A Million Award by United Way Centraide Canada for raising more than C$1-million, acknowledging our commitment as a philanthropic leader among Canadian companies. These donations will provide vital stability to frontline United Way agencies, helping them to assist thousands of lives in communities where we do business.

CIBC Run for the Cure

The Firm participates annually in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. Through generous donations and participation by Firm members in various fundraising events, including the run itself, we had another successful fundraising campaign in 2017, raising over C$8,000 nationwide.

Terry Fox Run

Each year, Blakes participates in the Terry Fox Run to help raise funds and awareness for cancer research. In 2017, Blakes raised over C$28,000 nationally. Also known as the Marathon of Hope, the Run began in 1980 with the simple objective of informing Canadians of the importance of finding a cure for cancer. Terry Fox’s inspiring message, “I want to try the impossible to show that it can be done,” is one that Blakes is certainly proud to share.

Ronald McDonald House

Blakes is a proud supporter of Ronald McDonald House (RMH), which seeks to provide a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families to heal better together. Blakes has adopted one of the rooms at RMH in Toronto, the largest RMH in the world. In addition, Blakes lawyers in Toronto and Calgary serve on boards and committees, participate in various activities, such as hosting “Home for Dinner” for families staying at the house, and regularly provide pro bono services.


Since 2009, Blakes has donated C$15,000 annually to the Raise-a-Reader campaign in Vancouver. Blakes lawyers and staff also volunteer to sell papers on downtown street corners in exchange for donations. The Raise-a-Reader campaign exists to empower today’s children and families with tools to improve their reading skills. These skills are the foundation for lifelong learning that significantly affects the quality of life and the health and social economic well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Daily Bread Food Bank

For the past 13 years, Blakes has been spear-heading the Daily Bread Food Bank Law Firm Challenge to support Daily Bread's annual Holiday Food Drive. In 2017, 30 firms participated, raising over C$190,000 in cash donations and 2,500 pounds of food. Blakes was once again in first place overall — we raised more than C$42,000 and 400 pounds of food. Contributions to the Daily Bread Law Firm Challenge have exceeded C$2-million since it began. Blakes also volunteers at the food bank, assisting with the various needs of the organization, including food sorting and assisting those in need in the food bank grocery store.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Blakes is a long-time corporate member and proud supporter of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM). The mission of CMOM is to inspire children and their families to learn about themselves and the culturally diverse world in which they live, through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Each year, CMOM serves more than 35,000 children from at-risk communities through outreach programs offered at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. Blakes lawyers serve on the board of directors and event committees, and together with Blakes staff, have supported “Team CMOM” annually in the New York City marathon, which funds CMOM's Memorial Sloan Kettering Arts Outreach Program serving children and families in cancer care.

Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre

Blakes lawyers and students volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, which seeks to ensure the needs of people who are homeless and at risk are met in a respectful, comprehensive and safe way. In recent years, Blakes has provided financial support by purchasing gift cards to help clients of the Drop-In Centre outfit themselves with work boots and other work wear in order to be able to obtain paid employment. 

Family Services of Greater Vancouver

Since 2004, Blakes has supported Family Services of Greater Vancouver's Stopping the Violence program. The program provides counselling for women who have experienced abuse and empowers them to improve the lives of their children in order to break the cycle.

Other fundraising campaigns we support include:

  • The Arthritis Society (Ontario Division) – Blakes is a long-time sponsor of the All-In for Arthritis Poker Gala and Rock the Joint events, which help raise funds for ground-breaking work in diagnosis, treatment and the search for a cure.
  • AIDSbeat – Blakes sponsors Bay Street's annual rock 'n' roll benefit concert put on by CANFAR (Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research), which is the only agency in Canada dedicated to privately funding HIV/AIDS research.
  • Becel Ride for Heart – Each year, a Blakes team participates in this event to help raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
  • BC Children’s Hospital – Blakes annually donates C$250,000 to the BC Children’s Hospital.
  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter – Blakes is a long-time contributor to the Women’s Emergency Shelter, which provides refuge and ongoing support for women and children suffering from domestic abuse.
  • Law Challenge Blood Drive – Each year, our summer law students volunteer to donate blood in order to help Canadian Blood Services.
  • Heatwave and Icewave Volleyball Tournaments – Our summer and articling students participate in volleyball tournaments in support of SickKids Foundation, which raises money for children’s cancer research.
  • Lawyers Feed the Hungry – For two evenings every summer, Blakes summer students serve meals to those in need at the Law Society of Ontario’s cafeteria. This important year-round program provides more than 60,000 meals a year.
  • Moorelands Community Centre – We lend support through our participation in the Bay Street Volleyball tournament.
  • Pro Bono Going Public – Blakes lawyers provide free legal advice in the streets of Vancouver to raise awareness and funds for the pro bono programs. The free legal advice-a-thon helps facilitate access to justice for low and modest income individuals who may otherwise have limited access to traditional free legal advice clinics.
  • Camp Oochigeas – Blakes donates annually to the Sporting Life 10K Law Challenge, which raises money for Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with and affected by childhood cancer.
  • Minerva Foundation of BC Women – Blakes supports this organization through annual donations. The foundation offers unique programs for women to develop their leadership capacity and reach their full potential.
  • Bay Street Hoops – Since 1994, Blakes lawyers and law students have been participating in Bay Street Hoops, which helps raise funds for various charities focused on children.