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Learn with Us in 2021

Meet and learn with fellow philanthropists. Our 2021 calendar of events can help you enhance your philanthropic plan based on the collective and personal values that underpin effective and impactful charitable giving today.

Toronto’s Vital Signs Launch Event

Toronto’s Vital Signs Launch Event

OCTOBER 5, 2021

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.

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

The Philanthropic Landscape

Power Moves

February 25, 2021 (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 and Co-Founder of Monumental, Adjunct Professor at U of T, and Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute – 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 at Grassroots Networks, the Centre for Connected Communities and Zahra Ebrahim, Co-Founder of Monumental, Adjunct Professor at U of T, and Fundholder.

Power Moves

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.  

All the Feels

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 (Swooping Hawk) 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. 

From Reconciliation to Reciprocity

TORONTO'S VITAL SIGNS

October 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.  

TORONTO'S
VITAL SIGNS 

Going Beyond Granting - TF's Social Impact Investing

November 3, 2021 (4:30 - 6:00 PM)

This is where charitable giving merges with traditional investing in a new, purpose-driven paradigm. Some refer to it as producing a double bottom line where social and financial outcomes are equally valued. We call it progress.

Endowments are increasingly scrutinized for leaving money “on the sidelines.” In response, community-minded leaders and investors are finding creative ways to come together to have a shared impact – one of these is our Toronto Foundation Social Impact Investment (SII) Fund. Whether you are already a contributor to TF’s SII Fund or would like to learn more by hearing from some of our current SII investees, this event is for you!

GOING BEYOND GRANTING 

Year-end Wrap-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.

Year-End
Check-Up

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