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But you don't just take.
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Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Learning events to inform and inspire your giving

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The Philanthropic Landscape
January 19, 2021 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Insights and inspiration on the evolving role of philanthropy in society. We will discuss our approach, the New Philanthropy, followed by a dialogue with a panel of experts exploring what matters now and how you can be part of it. We will also share some of the fundamentals of good granting.  

Featuring Panelists: 

  1. Anne Gloger, Principal, the Centre for Connected Communities and The Storefront 
  2. Paul Nazareth, Vice President, Education & Development at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners 
  3. Steve Ayer, Lead Researcher and Author, Toronto Foundation Fallout Report/2020 Nonprofit Survey 


Power Moves
25, 202(7:00 – 9:00 pm) & March 3, 2021 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Part 1: Insights on Power & Privilege – February 25, 2021 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Join Kofi Hope – CEO of Monumental, Adjunct Professor at U of T, Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute and Toronto Star columnist – for a presentation and guided session on how we all hold power and privilege in our lives – and how understanding these can help inform effective philanthropy.  

Following Dr. Hope’s session we will introduce you to two leaders who will share their experiences of navigating the complex and sensitive dynamics of power.  



Part 2: Shifting & Sharing Power – March 3, 2021, (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Meet Local Champions – a growing network of community leaders whose work is at the forefront of social change but remains in the background of traditional service delivery and support systems. Learn about long-standing and emerging hyper-local change-making efforts. What inspires grassroots leaders to do what they do? How do our conventional power structures hold them back? And what can be done to ensure that communities have what they need to lead their own recovery? 

Co-hosted by Gillian Perera, Coordinator Grassroots Networks, the Centre for Connected Communities and Toronto Foundation Fundholder, Zahra Ebrahim. 



All the Feels
April 8, 2021 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Philanthropy is about head and heart. It’s also highly personal. In this session our very own Nadien Godkewitsch, Senior Manager, Transformation, will lead a facilitated session to help you look inward to guide your giving. Here you will be invited to reflect on your personal values and come up with your philanthropic guiding principles. Working in small groups, you will leave this session with a framework for action. Think of it as your philanthropic guidepost.  

From Reconciliation to Reciprocity
May 6, 2021 (8:00 – 10:00 am) 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations are a foundational piece of our shared history. But they must live and breathe in order for us to become the country we all want and need. In this session we will get you in touch with the roots of Indigenous Peoples in Toronto, their history, diverse cultures and experiences, and how our city can shift from the consequences of colonization to the benefits of a new reciprocal relationship with First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. 

Participate in an engaging and motivating workshop led by Lindsay Kretschmer, executive director of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, where you will get grounded. Experience the magic of two exceptional Indigenous storytellers. Leave with your head and heart filled with the possibility of a better way forward together.   


Summer Social – June 17, 2021 (6:30 – 8:30 pm) 

When will we meet again? This is the question of the hour. Whether in the flesh or through virtual space we are determined to celebrate together. The arts will take centre stage at this gathering. Toronto is a hotbed of creativity and while the pandemic has taken its toll on our cultural institutions, artists are the lifeblood of our city and they need our support. Join us for an evening of creativity to fuel your passions and inform your giving too.  


Speed Dating for Changemakers
22, 2021 (4:00 – 6:00 pm) 

We believe magic happens when community leaders and donors unite. Sometimes all it takes is a spark. Piloted in 2019, this event is not to be missed. Our promise? A great group of people coming together with no other agenda but to meet and learn from one another, one lightning short conversation at a time. Who knows? Maybe you’ll walk away with a lifelong partner. Or maybe you’ll just leave feeling really, really inspired. 


Toronto’s Vital Signs Launch Event
5, 2021 (8:00 – 9:30 am) 

Founded in Toronto and now run in over 100 communities around the world, Vital Signs is the definitive check-up on quality of life. This is a must-attend, bi-annual event where we release the findings from our research on our growing inequities across 10 issue areas – it is the foundation of our work. Be the first to get the latest data, and hear from leaders on how their communities are experiencing life in Toronto and the solutions needed to become a city where everyone belongs and thrives.  


Going Beyond Granting
October 26, 2021 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) October 28, 2021 (8:00 – 9:30 am) 

Two back-to-back events exploring the emerging sphere of responsible investing and social finance. This is where charitable giving merges with traditional investing in a new, purpose-driven paradigm. Some refer to it as producing a triple bottom line where social, environmental and financial outcomes are equally valuedWe call it progress. 

Endowments are increasingly scrutinized for leaving money “on the table.” In response, community-minded leaders and investors are finding creative ways to come together to have a shared impact. If you believe in leaving a lasting legacy and want your money to produce outcomes today and tomorrow, this one’s for you. 

Part 1: Responsible Investing Fundamentals – October 26, 2021(7:00 – 8:30 pm) 

Part 2: Social Impact Investment at TF – October 28, 2021 (8:00 – 9:30 am) 


Year-end Check-up
December 1, 2021 (7:00 – 9:00 pm) 

Just in time for end-of-year giving, join us for our “best of” session where we’ll pull together the highlights of our learning year. You’ll hear from leaders and/or seasoned philanthropists on what’s worked for them – and even more important – what hasn’t. And we’ll send you on your way with a checklist and tip sheet to guide your giving plans.