Who We Are

“The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards bring a focus to the great work of the non-profit sector and all that we accomplish. There are no other awards like it. They not only recognize the individual, their agency and community, but provide the recipient with the opportunity to further their professional development.”

Betty MacDonald,
Society of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians
Collage of photos

About the Bhayana Family Foundation

The premier national awards program for excellence in the human services sector

Incorporated in 2006, the Bhayana Family Foundation partners with United Ways across Canada to close the recognition gap for the human service sector. Their contributions to our society’s well-being  – and to our economy – are well-documented and immense. Yet all too often, the sector and its dedicated professionals are overlooked and undervalued. Our focus is to strengthen the roots of the community-the Invisible Champions of Canadian Communities.

The United Way/Bhayana Family Foundation Awards are multi-dimensional, and honour staff in the areas of Leadership, Innovation, Dedication, Partnership, Community Building and Team Achievement.

*Photo top right: MPP Daisy Wai and MP Arif Virani with 2019 Greater Toronto Award Winners.

*Photo bottom right: Hon. Myra A. Freeman, former Lt. Governor of Nova Scotia, presents to a Halifax Award Winner, with Gary Burrill, Leader of the NDP, Tony Mancini, Deputy Mayor of Halifax and Susan LeBlanc, MLA.

Our Vision

National recognition of the value that the human service sector contributes to Canadian communities.

Our Mission

To ignite excellence and strengthen the roots of Canadian communities by celebrating the Invisible Champions of human services.

Philanthropy based on Partnerships

The United Way/Bhayana Family Foundation Awards have recognized close to:


exceptional individuals from

* Of these 200 organizations more than 100 organizations have received multiple Awards between 2008-2019 for the outstanding contributions of different staff.

Our Board of Directors

The Bhayana Family Foundation Board, 
counter-clockwise starting from the top right:

  • CEO and Co-Founder, Raksha M. Bhayana
  • Secretary and Co-Founder, Madan M. Bhayana
  • Treasurer, Samir M. Bhayana
  • Marketing and Communications, Ninotchka (Nina) M. Bhayana

External Advisors assist the Foundation in its work.

Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana Family Foundation

Recognizing the valuable contribution of front-line workers

They are extraordinary individuals – the front-line workers of social service organizations, who often go above and beyond what is expected and draw on imagination and problem-solving skills when funding falls short, says Raksha Bhayana, principal of Bhayana Management and co-founder of the Madan and Raksha M. Bhayana Family Foundation.

“When I came to Toronto, my first job was as a front-line therapist at a children’s mental health centre. There, I experienced an incessant demand on my mind and soul from the people who came with their complex problems,” Ms. Bhayana explains. “We often didn’t have adequate resources and had to rely on our creativity to make things happen for the children and their families.”…

National Philanthropy Day – Nov. 13, 2015

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We are calling for a Day of Recognition for the Invisible Champions in our communities.

It is time for the larger Canadian community to join in and be inspired by the passion, ingenuity and commitment of the human service sector.

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