Palix was established to receive gifts, to manage and administer funds and property for the purpose of disbursing funds & property exclusively to qualified donees, and to undertake charitable purposes including the advancement of education and learning, the advancement of religion & the relief of poverty, by such means as may seem expedient to its directors, including research, publication, education & establishment & maintenance of charitable activities. This was reaffirmed in the Articles of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (NFP Act) Certificate of Continuance dated October 16, 2014.
In 2007, the Palix Foundation created the Alberta Family Wellenss Initiative (AFWI). Based on a framework of epigenetic, developmental and behavioural neurosciences, the AFWI creates opportunities to better understand and apply scientific knowledge to factors influencing child development and its relationship to addiction and other mental-health outcomes. Its activities revolve around three core concepts: 1)There is a connection between early brain development and later adult health outcomes, such as addition; 2)Addiction is more than drugs, alcohol and gaming. It can also include food, sex, work, and other human behaviours; 3)Brains can change. The AFWI hosts symposia that bring leading researchers from across North America together with Alberta researchers, policy makers, and health-care professionals to facilitate knowledge translation across these communities. Additionally, AlbertaFamilyWellness.org offers web based tools and resources to help experts and lay readers alike share knowledge and make well-informed decisions in heir work and daily lives.