The Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation was created in 2002, a charitable organization, shortly after Mr. Danyliw's passing in April 2002, as a memorial tribute to a man who devoted much of his time to the Ukrainian community. George Danyliw was an acknowledged Ukrainian philanthropist, patriot, lawyer and businessman. Throughout his entire life, Mr. Danyliw focused his energies on political, economic, social, cultural and legal issues facing the Ukrainian diaspora. The Foundation's mandate is to encourage research, teaching and study of contemporary issues facing Ukraine and Ukrainians. The foundation strives "to lead Ukraine and Ukrainians globally toward higher levels of excellence in academic achievement, and to promote international awareness of contemporary Ukraine."
The goals of the Wolodymyr George Danyliw Foundation are to:
educate the public about the social, economic, political and cultural history of the Ukraine and of Ukrainians worldwide by organizing and sponsoring conferences, seminars, workshops;
conduct research for the benefit of the public into the social, economic, political and cultural history of the Ukraine and of Ukrainians worldwide;
advance education by providing scholarships and bursaries to elementary, secondary and post-secondary students in the Ukraine and to Ukrainian students worldwide; and
advance education by providing research and teaching fellowships for the purpose of scholarly research into and teaching about the social, economic, political and cultural history of the Ukraine and of Ukrainians worldwide.
The Danyliw family at the 2005 Danyliw Seminar. From left to right: Peter Potichnyj, retired professor of Political Science and friend of the Danyliw family; Andrea Danyliw, Andrew Danyliw, and
Andrea Danyliw speaks on behalf of
the Foundation at the 2005 Danyliw Seminar.
Andrew Danyliw has personally attended all but two of the 15 editions of the Danyliw Seminar. He is shown here at the 2018 Seminar with participants involved with Holodomor research. Second row from left to right: Anastasia Leshchyshyn (Holodomor Research and Education Centre), Olga Ryabchenko (Kharkiv), Oleh Wolowyna (US), Natalia Levchuk (Kyïv), Dominique Arel, Daria Mattingly (UK), Bohdan Klid (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies). Front row: Stanislav Kulchytsky (Kyïv), Andrew Danyliw.
The Danyliw Foundation has over the years funded public lectures, university courses, research projects, summer schools and other activities related to Ukrainian studies. Since 2005, its major commitment has been to the Annual Danyliw Research Seminar on Ukraine at the University of Ottawa. The opening reception of the first Seminar in 2005 was attended by members of the Danyliw family.