Our Story


The Charis Foundation was established by Bob and Leslie Bernardo as a means of responding to the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental needs of people around the world. Incorporated as a non-profit charity on January 25, 1995, The Charis Foundation provides funds for worthy organizations, people and projects. It also provides a means for its board members to be more actively involved in various missions and related outreach efforts. The initial Board Meeting was held on November 29, 1995 at the Bernardo family cottage in Muskoka, ON.