The Ottawa Senators are set to launch a request for proposal (RFP) process to explore options to further its philanthropic endeavours after the Ottawa Senators Foundation announced a split between the two parties.
The hockey club says it informed the foundation's leadership months ago that it intended to open a fair and transparent RFP process, "to ensure its charitable arm remains a vital part of the community."
According to the Senators, the foundation protested and informed the club it would not comply with an RFP process.
The hockey club says it gave a copy of the RFP to the Sens foundation last month, and discussions had been ongoing between its executives and the foundation's leadership, but the foundation formally declined to participate in the RFP process on Thursday, June 4.
The team says it wants to continue to support child and youth empowerment, mental health, paediatric and palliative care, but also expand its reach to include things like assistance for victims of domestic abuse and organ transplant educational resources.
"We are proud of the contributions made by the foundation to improve the lives of the people in our community," says the Senators in a statement, Friday. "Together with its charitable organization, alumni, partners and fans, the Ottawa Senators have provided more than $110-million to community initiatives in the National Capital Region during the past 16 years. Among its many accomplishments is the construction of Roger’s House, a paediatric and palliative care facility located on the grounds of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario."
The final RFP is expected to be available to the public shortly.