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COVID-19: Shutdowns and resilience in Toronto’s arts & culture sector

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COVID-19: Shutdowns and resilience in Toronto’s arts & culture sector

Businesses across the country have been reeling from the economic consequences of physical distancing policies put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. One of the most impacted sub-sectors in the entire economy has been arts, culture, recreation, and sports. Their shared role in bringing people together is what […]

Using your philanthropy to advance racial justice

  We are in an unignorable and overdue moment of change. Society is reflecting on how we will deepen our collective responsibility towards advancing racial justice and building equality. The work involves listening and learning in order to act. For philanthropists it also means understanding how to respond with your donations […]

It is a time to listen, learn and act.

  It is a time to listen, learn and act. We are committed to listening to, learning from and funding grassroots leaders and organizations working to right inequalities in our city. From our last Vital Signs report we know that the majority of Black community members doubt they will be […]

COVID-19 and housing: Will new opportunity emerge from crisis?

COVID-19 could lead to unprecedented levels of homelessness, or it could be Toronto’s best shot at fixing affordable housing. With growing mass unemployment, both renters and mortgage holders have been struggling to make their monthly payments. Toronto’s homeless support system is already under strain and does not have capacity to accommodate any […]

Research Brief: COVID-19 and the repercussions for mental health in Toronto

  Concerns about mental health appear to be growing as the pandemic unfolds. Multiple sources indicate that the situation is producing a mental health crisis in Canada and abroad: Mental health related searches on the 211 Central Region website increased by 151% from the first to the third weeks of […]

Toronto Foundation 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 […]


  The Better Toronto Coalition was started to do two things: share the stories of frontline organizations addressing the crisis and encourage direct financial support; create a central fund for donors that want to pool their giving. The following organizations have received grants from the Better Toronto Coalition Fund.   […]

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The impacts of COVID-19 are not being felt equally. Thousands of Torontonians have lost their jobs. Many part-time and temporary workers are facing the impossible question of whether to pay for food or rent. Some are visiting a food bank for the first time ever. Those with mental health challenges […]

COVID-19: Toronto Foundation’s Operations in the Weeks Ahead

Published Monday March 16, 2020 Starting Monday March 16 and for the foreseeable future, Toronto Foundation staff will be working remotely. We’ve made the decision carefully based on public health recommendations to create some social distance in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that this […]

Nearly $1 Million Granted to Fight Inequality in Toronto!

  Hosted By: Marivel Taruc Weekend Anchor, CBC Toronto News Host, CBC’s Our Toronto Event Details: Thursday March 5, 2020 5:30pm-9:30pm Isabel Bader Theatre   Thank you to the 200+ Torontonians who made the inaugural Deacon Legacy Grants an extraordinary night of generosity and collective legacy. Ten high-impact organizations addressing […]