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Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the #TorontoStrong Fund. The deadline to contribute to the April 23 Van Attack passed on August 31. The generous contributions made by corporations, individuals, and organizations will have disbursements allocated by September 30, 2018. We are continuing to accept donations towards the Danforth Shooting.

 

 

#TorontoStrong Fund

Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto partnered with Toronto Foundation to establish the #TorontoStrong Fund in response to the April 23 van attack on Yonge Street that left 10 dead, 16 injured and a city in shock. To-date, $3.5 million has been generously contributed by city residents, corporate sponsors and beyond to support those most directly impacted: the victims and their families. Serving as the Fund’s pro bono Fund Administrator, former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall is working to disburse the entirety of funds to the victims in a timely fashion. Generous contributions made by corporations, individuals, and organizations will have disbursements allocated by September 30, 2018. In recognition of the citywide impacts of this tragedy, #TorontoStrong Fund is also working actively with charitable organizations to develop a model to strengthen the capacity of the city to respond to mass acts of violence and to contribute to prevention.

On July 22 tragedy struck again, this time on Danforth Avenue where two people were killed by gunfire and 13 others injured. As a city we are absorbing the horror of this event while still grieving from the impact of April 23.

Both events have demonstrated the pain that can be inflicted on our city and our residents. But they also reveal Toronto’s strength, our compassion and our resilience. First responders fought to keep victims alive and protect bystanders from further violence. Civilians comforted and supported the victims even as they witnessed unspeakable horror. Medical practitioners and social workers are working around the clock to save lives and heal physical and emotional injuries.

There has also been an outpouring of support from across the city and around the world, as people come forward to show their compassion for our city and those directly affected.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation, working with the pro bono #TorontoStrong steering committee and Ms. Hall have established a second fund to provide direct support to the victims of the Danforth shooting. Working from the experience of April 23, Fund organizers are committed to a transparent, accountable and compassionate process to lend support to the victims.

Following the distribution of funds to the victims, the volunteer steering committee will offer recommendations for future philanthropic responses that take into account the need for strong central coordination and timely execution. The steering committee will also recommend long-term strategies related to city-wide impacts of mass acts of violence as well as prevention.

Donate by cheque
To donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to Toronto Foundation and reference #TorontoStrong Fund in the memo line. Donations of $25 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. Please mail the cheque to 33 Bloor St. E. Suite 1603, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3H1

Gifts of Securities
To donate securities, please fill out one of our Gifts of Securities Forms (Canadian Securities or US Securities).  If you have any questions, contact Sarah Muir, Manager of Fundholder Engagement at Toronto Foundation by email or phone 416-921-2035 x 220

Tax Receipting
If you did not get an email with your tax receipt or made an error on the donation form, please get in touch with Canada Helps. You can email them at info@canadahelps.org or contact their call centre at 416-628-6948

Contact

Online errors: For issues with the donation form, or questions about tax receipting, please call the Canada Helps call centre at 416-628-6948
In-kind contributions: For other involvement with the fund, please contact Peter Remedios at the City of Toronto by email.
Corporate donations: Please contact Nicole Lilauwala, Development Coordinator at Toronto Foundation by email or phone 416-921-2035 x 217
Media: Please contact Andrea Martinelli at City of Toronto by email or phone 416-799-5713
Victim & Family Liaison: Deana Shaw, by email or phone at 647-562-5517

Press Releases

#TorontoStrong Fund to co-ordinate donations for victims of Danforth shooting. July 27, 2018
#TorontoStrong Fund names former Mayor Barbara Hall as administrator. June 13, 2018
LCBO Donation Campaign Raises Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of #TorontoStrong Fund.
May 8, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund donate first $500,000 to support victims and families of Toronto attack
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May 4, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund surpasses $1 million mark.
April 27, 2018.
City of Toronto establishes #TorontoStrong Fund to support victims of tragic incident at Yonge and Finch. April 24, 2018.

 

This memorial message was run pro-bono by The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.