[Guelph, Ontario – November 28, 2023]
Giving Tuesday, is a time for businesses and individuals to give back to their communities, and to reflect on how they can continue to make a positive social impact throughout the rest of the year.
That is the belief held by Skyline Group of Companies (Skyline), a real estate and clean energy asset acquisitions, management, development, and investment firm based in Guelph, Ontario. Skyline has garnered acclaim on a local, provincial, and national level for its company sustainability strategy—a major component of which is charitable giving and social sustainability. The company aims to set the standard in its industry for taking timely, meaningful, and effective action toward solving complex social issues such as homelessness, food insecurity, mental health challenges, and more.
This Giving Tuesday, Skyline is calling attention to the incredible impact that businesses can have when they leverage their resources, attain stakeholder buy-in, and collaborate with non-profit and government partners to invest in the communities in which they do business. Skyline has facilitated or participated in many initiatives of this nature within the past few months alone.
For example, through its 19th Annual Charity Golf Classic in September, Skyline raised $210,000 for Integrated Youth Services (IYS) networks in five provinces:
The funds will go toward programs and services supporting the physical, mental, emotional and social wellness of young Canadians. As part of this initiative, Skyline also gifted each IYS Network with its own professionally produced video to amplify their voice and share their message. Below is a short video summary of the campaign:
R. Jason Ashdown, Skyline’s Co-Founder and Chief Sustainability Officer, commented:
“We recognize that youth are Canada’s future. With the funds raised and the awareness generated around IYS, we hope to help these organizations create a meaningful, positive impact on the mental health and well-being of young people in our communities.”
Every year, Skyline’s much-anticipated Charity Golf Classic brings together many of Skyline’s Sustainability Partners: employees, Trustees, investors, and suppliers – all for the common cause of making a meaningful contribution to the community. In fact, the tournament has raised a grand total of approximately $1.7 million for non-profit organizations since 2004.
Additionally, in November, Skyline partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society and participated in its Help Hope Bloom initiative by hosting daffodil planting events for both staff and tenants at its residential properties across Canada. For every property that participated, Skyline made a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society on the property’s behalf. In addition, Skyline donated $10,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society in recognition of all employees who have been impacted by cancer.
Also in November, Skyline proudly supported Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington by way of a Community Bond on a 32-unit townhouse project at 465 Garafraxa Street West in Fergus, Ontario. To help the project overcome one of its final hurdles in moving forward with construction, Skyline invested $1.5 million in a two-year Habitat for Humanity Guelph Wellington community bond.
“Our roots may be in rental housing, but we have always sought creative and innovative ways to make a positive impact. . .we are proud to be investing directly in our own backyard to help create new homes where they are badly needed,” Ashdown remarked on the initiative.
These are just some of the most recent initiatives through which Skyline has made a positive impact leading up to Giving Tuesday 2023. Skyline hopes its actions will inspire its industry peers and other companies to begin their own social sustainability strategy.
“Financial support and donation is undoubtedly important, but businesses can also get creative when it comes to the type of resources they can leverage to effect positive change,” Ashdown remarked.
“This includes utilizing in-house services, expertise, time, partnerships, and influence to have the greatest possible impact.”
Skyline thanks each of its Sustainability Partners – staff, tenants, investors, suppliers, and community partners – for their ongoing support and enthusiasm for its sustainability initiatives. To learn more about how Skyline uses its resources to effect positive change, and read its 2023 Sustainability Report, visit SkylineGroupOfCompanies.ca/Sustainability.
Skyline Group of Companies (“Skyline”) is a fully integrated asset acquisition, management, development, and investment entity.
It is comprised of companies that provide services in real estate management and development, as well as clean energy management and development.
Skyline currently manages more than $8.23 billion across its real estate and clean energy platforms.
With more than 1,000 employees across Canada, Skyline works to provide safe, clean, and comfortable places for tenants to call home, great places to do business, sustainable solutions for a greener future, and an engaging experience for its investors.
View Skyline’s 20th Anniversary celebration video to see how Skyline is grounded in real estate, powered by people, and growing for the future.
For more information about Skyline Group of Companies, please visit SkylineGroupOfCompanies.ca.