Community Giving

Give Today for Tomorrow

As a long-serving member of BC’s maritime community, Seaspan has a proud history of giving in our communities. We believe that by investing today in the communities where we live and work, we can make a real difference tomorrow. Our charitable giving program is direct, hands-on, and local, empowering individuals, charitable organizations and our Seaspan team to put our core value of care into action for the benefit of future generations.

Our corporate giving priorities reflect our commitment to being a good corporate neighbour and finding solutions for the issues that matter most:

  • Improving quality of life for vulnerable individuals
  • Increasing the safety and prosperity of our communities
  • Safeguarding BC’s rivers and coastal waters.

2018 Charitable Giving Report

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Community Partners

Through our charitable giving program, we build partnerships, bring together diverse people and perspectives, and seek opportunities that have the greatest direct benefit to individuals and communities.

Featured Community Partners:

Coho Society of the North Shore
Fraser River Discovery Centre
Hollyburn Family Services Society
Honda Celebration of Light
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Pulling Together Canoe Journey
Sharing Abundance
The Harvest Project
United Way of Greater Victoria
United Way of the Lower Mainland
Washington Kids Foundation


Sponsorship and Donation requests

We would like to thank you for the opportunity to become involved with your organization. As Seaspan receives many donation and sponsorship requests every year, all requests will be reviewed to ensure it meets our corporate giving criteria.

Unfortunately, we sometimes have to decline participation in a great program or event because it is outside of our area of focus or because we have already committed our budget.

Please click here to submit a request for donations or sponsorships. 


Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation is the major philanthropic organization of the Washington Companies. Since its inception, the Foundation’s giving and the Washington family’s personal contributions to charitable causes have amounted to more than a third of a billion US dollars.

The Foundation has made significant contributions in Canada in conjunction with Seaspan. Since 2016, over $3.5 million dollars has been invested in programs in British Columbia. This includes over $1.5 million invested in educational programs at BCIT, Camosun College and the University of Victoria, a $1 million dollar donation to the Polygon Gallery in North Vancouver, and many grants to a range of organizations that contribute to the communities in which Seaspan employees live and work


Employee Programs

  • Scholarship Program

    In May, 2005 Seaspan announced the introduction of its new Scholarship Program. Now into its 14th year, the program continues to provide financial assistance for the children and grandchildren of employees. Seaspan annually pledges $15,000 in scholarships and over the years has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to help further the education of students pursing a post-secondary education at a public university, community college or institute of technology.

  • Youth Sports Program
    Seaspan donates $400 to a youth sports team that has a coach, assistant coach, team manager that is a Seaspan employee.