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WATERLOO — The changing of the guard at Research In Motion has not raised concerns about the company’s charitable giving.

News that RIM founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have stepped down from their co-chief executive roles has not set shock waves through the organizations whose existence is largely dependent on the generosity of Waterloo’s primary philanthropists.

“They are both very community-minded and I expect their philanthropy will continue,” said Rob Donelson, vice-president of development at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Their beneficiaries include the Perimeter Institute, which attracts world-leading scientists, and Grand River Hospital’s Balsillie Family Building, which gives hope to cancer patients. Balsillie...

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