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

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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 is the crucial period of time where Torontonians can be proactive, look out for one another and help reduce the number of deaths in the future. During the two weeks we’ll continue to monitor updates from trusted sources.

What that means for our operations

Any larger events planned for March or April have been postponed. We hope to communicate new dates in the next month or so and will likely include virtual engagement. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

All meetings will now take place virtually. Staff are still available by email and phone, and will be offering more video conferencing options. Please feel free to reach out to us, as we’re still working away – just not in the office. The good news is that we’ve been working on a digital strategy to support our work and these circumstances mean we’ll realize some opportunities more quickly!

Please note that in the short term we will be prioritizing granting over receipting, so we may be a little slower with personal acknowledgements of your gifts. Also, we’ll still be checking the mail regularly while the office is closed and urge you to mail any donations, as opposed to slipping them under our door.

 
Wondering how you can help during this time?
 
Toronto Foundation is working on a plan to virtually convene philanthropists and other concerned Torontonians to discuss how we can pitch in. Stay tuned for an update on that.