Why Give?

Pourqoui donnerIn small doses, loneliness can be managed and overcome.
But when it takes over, it becomes unbearable.

You can make a difference: give now! 

Read what our Elder Friends have to say about Little Brothers

Most of our funding comes from you

We count on the generosity of the general public, corporate donors and foundations to fund our operations. Government grants account for less than 5% of our total revenues.

Your gifts help us develop and run programs that have been vital in bringing our mission to life for 60 years, reaching out to socially isolated, vulnerable individuals in the 75+ population and providing them a wide range of services with a uniquely personal touch. At Little Brothers, elderly men and women are welcomed with open arms into a warm, caring family – a family that will stay by their side throughout their remaining years, come rain or come shine.

For more information, be sure to read up on how we make a difference and peruse through our Elder Friends’ testimonials. You will find out how Little Brothers helps make loneliness a thing of the past for seniors in our community.

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With 2,900 volunteers spread out across the province, we are the only organization to create a true “forever family” for seniors who are otherwise alone in life. We are there for them, and will continue to be there for them, to hold their hand until their very last moments.


Numbers that speak volumes


30% of the senior population is at risk of social isolation.[1]

Social isolation is on the rise around the world. It is particularly prevalent among the elderly, as the risk of being alone increases with age. This represents an enormous challenge for our society, with nearly 600,000 Quebecers currently in the 75+ age group – a number that is expected to double within the next two decades.

That is why it is important to TAKE ACTION to alleviate the isolation of the seniors in our community by making a donation today. 


_MG_3394 - Copie Studies show that social isolation:

  • Is asdangerous as obesity, drinking and smoking in terms of adverse health outcomes[2]
  • Increases the risk of dementia and cognitive decline by 60%
  • Affects neuroendocrine activity, inflammation and immunity[3]
  • Increases the risk of mortality[4]
  • Is associated with elevated levels of depression and suicide.[5]

Having a social support network in place, on the other hand, has been proven to help prevent disease, dementia and cognitive decline, and contribute positively to overall quality of life.

Connection is essential to the human experience. That’s why Little Brothers has been bringing people together for 60 years.


We have more than 1,542 Elder Friends in our extended family, served by 15 local chapters in 11 administrative regions throughout the province. Here are a few telling statistics about their reality:

  • More than 80% of our Elder Friends receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
  • 56% are widowed, separated or divorced.
  • One in five have no family members or friends at all; in other cases, family members are estranged or live far away.
  • 23% suffer from cognitive impairment.


Through our programs, we provide comfort and consideration to socially isolated seniors – and make them feel like they’re a part of our family. Our approach is multifaceted and flexible to meet individual needs, all with a very warm and profoundly human touch.

We are members of Imagine Canada. We also adhere to the Donor Bill of Rights set forth by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

 Imagine Canada    

Imagine CanadaLittle Brothers is accredited under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program. More than 200 Canadian charities and nonprofits have earned this accreditation by demonstrating excellence in five areas, namely board governance, financial accountability and transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement.

[1] Janice Keefe, Melissa Andrew, Pamela Fancey & Madelyn Hall. Final Report: A Profile of Social Isolation in Canada, 2015.
[2] Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Timothy B. Smith, Mark Baker, Tyler Harris & David Stephenson. “Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality: A Meta-Analytic ReviewPerspectives on Psychological Science, 2015, Vol. 10, pp. 227237.
[3] John T. Cacioppo, Stephanie Cacioppo, John P. Capitanio & Steven W. Cole. “The Neuroendocrinology of Social Isolation Annu. Rev. Psychol., 2015, 66:9.1–9.35.
[4] Andrew Steptoe, Aparna Shankar, Panayotes Demakakos & Jane Wardle. “Social isolation, loneliness, and all-cause mortality in older men and women” PNAS, 2013, Vol. 110, No. 15, pp. 5797–5801.
[5] National Seniors Council. Report on the Social Isolation of Seniors (2013–2014).

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