Fonds MS-588 - Muttart Foundation fonds

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Muttart Foundation fonds

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46 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

The Muttart Foundation was established in 1953 as the Gladys and Merrill Muttart Foundation by Merrill Muttart and Gladys (Bowling) Muttart, prominent residential construction and development professionals in Edmonton. As a philanthropic organization, the Muttart Foundation distributed grants to charitable organizations focused on education, medical research and care, social services, cultural associations, international development, and religious charities. Initially, the funding decisions reflected the personal interests of the Muttarts, particularly Gladys Muttart, who, as a diabetic, was especially supportive of diabetic research.

The funding areas of the Muttart Foundation have evolved over the years, particularly following the death of Gladys Muttart in 1969 and Merrill Muttart in 1970. Gradually, the interests of the Muttart Foundation were restructured to emphasize human services, poverty alleviation, and child and youth welfare services. Additionally, the geographical boundaries the Muttart Foundation served were reduced to national boundaries, and later Western Canadian agencies.

In 1994 there was a significant reduction in the funding guidelines to specific program areas, primarily supporting more effective program delivery through mergers and enhancing charitable governance. In the late 1990s, the Foundation’s interest shifted to the national forum of policy development around charitable law and accountability. The Muttart Foundation also initiated a number of special programs including Muttart Fellowships, to encourage charity executives to take study sabbaticals while supporting the charity to fund a temporary replacement; Youth Granting for Youth, to involve youth in youth-focused giving; and technology assistance, initially to support charities in the Y2K transition and later to enhance the use of technology in administration.

Today, the Muttart Foundation continues to support the creation of a strong, independent, and interconnected voluntary sector in Western Canada. Through its own charitable activities and its funding programs, the Foundation works with other funders and charitable organizations to improve the early education and care of young children, and to strengthen the charitable sector.

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Robert Wyatt is the Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation.

Scope and content

The fonds consists primarily of individual grant files relating to funding from the Muttart Foundation and its cooperating partners. Depending on the grant type, these files are generally related to bursaries, training grants, or discretionary and matching / special grants. There are also general files relating to the administration of the Muttart Foundation and some of its programs, individual grantees and funding issues, miscellaneous files, and objects relating to the Foundation. Also included are photographs of Foundation board members, staff, fellows, funding ceremonies, and various organizations that received grants.

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This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Robert Wyatt in 12 donations made between 1997 and 2023.


The records have been arranged alphabetically according to each accession's original order. The attached file list has been divided by accession number to reflect this original order.

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  • English

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All files are restricted. For access, please see the Reference Archivist.

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Copyright may apply.

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Finding aid available online.

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Further accruals are expected.

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Accession numbers: A97-42, A2000-56, A2002-91, A2003-60, A2003-117, A2008-13, A2010-52, A2011-14, A2011-54, A2014-85, A2019-12, A2023-20

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Includes 603 photographs, 1 VHS, 4 cassettes, 3 objects, 2.81 GB of electronic records.

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City of Edmonton Archives

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