Fundholders spring into action for COVID response


"This is a moment where anyone who has capacity to give should be listening, learning, and responding, even if it means giving or supporting in an entirely new way."  - Zahra Ebrahim, Toronto Foundation Fundholder

"Canada welcomed my parents when other countries were closing their borders to refugees. Now I'm paying it forward by helping Canadians as they helped my parents 40 years ago."  -Kevin Vuong, Toronto Foundation Fundholder

In these unprecedented times we are hearing stories of Torontonians making extraordinary contributions to support each other. Within the Toronto Foundation community, we are moved by how our Fundholders are stepping up with their granting, time, expertise, connections, and resources. Thank you for demonstrating the role of philanthropy in times like these to help address the greatest needs.

Learn about and support these Fundholder-led initiatives and share widely among your networks. And if we’ve missed any, please drop us a line!   

Art In the Time of COVID-19 by Artery

Artery lets anyone bring creative experiences to life in places you might not expect. Showcases are usually intimate in-person gatherings in people’s homes aiming to connect people to the real culture of a place.

While we are all physical distancing the Artery community will be sharing experiences over live-streams with the opportunity for audience members to support local artists during this difficult time.
They have also created Art in the time of Covid-19, a Facebook community where artists can come together and support each other.

Co-Founder Salimah Ebrahim is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation.


COVID-19 Resources (App + Google Spreadsheet) 

The App: In the spirit of sharing and community this app is a collaborative effort by Torontonians to help you search for the resources you need, and take part in community initiatives. 

Google Sheet: For a low tech version see this public Google Sheet that is being updated by Torontonians with resources and initiatives that you can access or take part in. 

Founder Zahra Ebrahim is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation.


Leadership Sharing Circles by EPIC Leadership 

EPIC xChange was created to give leaders a confidential space to share, learn, build networks, and develop skills amongst peers. 
Epic is offering free weekly non-profit executive directors & senior leaders sharing sessions on Zoom to share wins, challenges & practices that are working in response to COVID19. Sessions are being offered every Wednesday from 12:00pm-1:30pm. 

If you're interested in joining, you can email Mike directly at  

Founder Mike Prosserman is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation.


Goodnight Zoom

Goodnight Zoom is a colouring story book to educate children about coronavirus. The perfect free, at home read, kid-friendly story of COVID-19 available for download.

Creator Marissa Kassam is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation. 


Healthcare Heroes Fund 

The Healthcare Heroes Fund was created to support current efforts to source and supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. 

This charitable fund works with government, the healthcare system, clinical experts, and suppliers to secure (PPE) for healthcare heroes fighting on the frontlines. PPE includes face masks, protective gowns and gloves, face shields, and other medical grade equipment designed to keep these workers safe from infection from COVID-19.  

Healthcare Heroes Fund is a donor advised fund at Toronto Foundation.


Frontlines.Health by Klick Health 

The Frontlines.Health Foundation was created by Klick Health to support frontline and allied healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

So far, 300,000 masks have been donated to hospitals and healthcare systems in response to the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE). And by working closely with their partners, Klick has reduced price of an intubation box to $148CDN. 

But the demand for protective equipment on the frontlines is greater than Klick can serve on its own. When you make a donation to Frontlines.Health one hundred percent of  proceeds will go towards raw material and fabrication costs of intubation boxes and other critical PPE. All costs related to project design, project management, and partner coordination are entirely covered by Klick Health. 

Frontlines.Health Foundation is a donor advised fund at Toronto Foundation.


COVID Response Free Financial Consultations by Kind Wealth 

Kind Wealth offers a variety of tailored financial planning packages at different price points to help you map out for the life you want to lead and how to achieve it.  

With the economic impact that has come with the spread of Coronavirus the Kind Wealth wants to offer help. Their team of financial professionals has reserved time in their schedules to offer pro-bono personal finance consultations to anyone struggling with financial stress and anxiety at this timeincluding small non-profits. 

Founder David O'Leary is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation.


Matching Donations for the Homeless by the Serge Ibaka Foundation  

The Serge Ibaka Foundation wants to inspire children around the world to believe in themselves no matter how hard their circumstances are.  

In the wake of COVID-19 the Foundation is teaming up with Fred Victor, one of Toronto’s charities serving the homelessThe foundation is matching all donations up to $100K to Fred Victor’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund until April 30. 

The Serge Ibaka Foundation is a donor advised fund at Toronto Foundation. 


Take Care Supply 

A Canadian social enterprise that manufactures reusable masks intended for non-healthcare workers with essential jobs.  

To alleviate the pressure on demand for medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) this team of Ontario entrepreneurs worked in consultation with healthcare professionals to create evidence-based and locally produced reusable masks intended for non-healthcare workers with essential jobs. 

Read their feature in Elle Canada. 

Co-founders Kevin Vuong and Larry Lau are Fundholders at Toronto Foundation.


Tech 4 Learning by VentureX Foundation 

Venture X Canada Foundation was founded to contribute to the education of youth and technological development in Canada. 

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted the education of millions of students. With school boards moving to distance learning the Peel District School Board (PDSB) estimates there are at least 10,000 students in the region who lack a computing device and/or an internet connection. 

The Tech 4 Learning Campaign is aimed at helping these students and families by providing access to a computer, laptop or tablet, and a high speed internet connection so that student’s learning needs are met. Peel businesses and residents can donate money and devices to support online learning for all students in the region. 

VentureX Foundation is a donor advised fund at Toronto Foundation.


TOArtist COVID Response Fund Supported by HXOUSE

HXOUSE is a Toronto-based, globally focused think centre. It helps to foster innovation and opportunity for creative entrepreneurs.

HXOUSE along with Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation created the Covid-19 Artists Response Fund to provide grants to artists who are being affected at this time. Due to high demand, new applications to current Fund have been suspended but check back for updates.

HXOUSE Foundation is a donor advised fund at Toronto Foundation.


#MississaugaChallenge for the Mississauga Foodbank

This challenge has been spreading the "caremongering" spirit on social media with well known local personalities and other engaged residents are donating $1 for every RT on Twitter or in some cases likes on Instagram. Search #MississaugaChallenge on social media to see who is taking part.

The goal is to raise $840K for the foodbank system. More information about making a direct donation to the challenge here.

Inspired in part by Mohamad Fakih who is a Fundholder at Toronto Foundation.


If you are a Toronto Foundation Fundholder leading a COVID response initiative please drop us a line so we can include you in this list. Thank you for all you are doing.