Ottawa Senators to seek proposals for charitable arm

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators hockey club today announced it will begin a request for proposal (RFP) process to explore alternative options to further its philanthropic endeavours. The Ottawa Senators Foundation, the charitable arm of the hockey club, has primarily focused on its work to empower children and youth and had contributed significantly to the community.

The current terms of the foundation’s licensing agreement, which provides the foundation the right to use the Ottawa Senators brand, will end on July 31, 2020.   The Ottawa Senators informed the current foundation leadership months ago that the club intends to open a fair and transparent request for proposals (RFP) process to ensure its charitable arm remains a vital part of the community. The foundation leadership protested and informed the Ottawa Senators they would not comply with an RFP process.

The Ottawa Senators will continue its support for child and youth empowerment, mental health, and paediatric and palliative care. The club also hopes to broaden and expand its reach to include the scope of aid the foundation provides to include, for example, assistance for victims of domestic abuse and organ transplant educational resources.

To that end, the club is announcing its intention to initiate an RFP process to solicit submissions for public bids. The final RFP will be available to the public shortly.

The Senators, the senior executive management, and leadership of the current foundation board have been in protracted discussions regarding the licensing agreement, which included a possible extension of the current arrangement for an additional four months, participation in the RFP, and how the hockey club can assist the foundation in responding. Furthermore, the foundation was furnished with an advance copy of the RFP in May. Today, senior executive management and the foundation’s board leadership formally declined the extension and the opportunity to participate in an RFP process.

The Ottawa Senators organization extends its gratitude and appreciation to the current board of the foundation for serving the charitable organization with distinction.

We are proud of the contributions made by the foundation to improve the lives of the people in our community. Together with its charitable organization, alumni, partners and fans, the Ottawa Senators have provided more than $110-million to community initiatives in the National Capital Region during the past 16 years. Among its many accomplishments is the construction of Roger’s House, a paediatric and palliative care facility located on the grounds of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The Ottawa Senators look forward to continuing to build on the legacy of success and expanding our philanthropic reach for years to come.

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