On April 23rd an attack in Toronto left 10 dead, 16 injured and a city in shock.
This tragic incident has demonstrated the pain that can be inflicted on our city and our residents.
But it has also revealed Toronto’s strength, our compassion and our resilience. First responders fought to keep victims alive and protect bystanders from further violence. Civilians comforted and supported the victims even as they witnessed unspeakable horror. Hospital staff worked around the clock to save lives and heal physical and emotional injuries.
There has also been an outpouring of support from across the city and around the world, as people come forward to show their compassion for our city and those affected by this tragedy.
To help coordinate and direct this generosity of spirit, Mayor John Tory and the City of Toronto have partnered with Toronto Foundation to establish the #TorontoStrong Fund.
Within ten days of the Yonge Street attack, the Fund made its initial transfer of funds to Victim Services Toronto to help cover the initial expenses of impacted families including funeral costs, travel and accommodation. This initial $500,000 donation was made available through an allocation of $20,000 per family which was provided through reimbursement and direct transfer of funds.
The #TorontoStrong Fund Steering Committee has named former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall as pro bono Fund Administrator to allocate and distribute the remaining philanthropic donations. The Steering Committee, made up of City of Toronto, Toronto Foundation and community organization representatives, has asked Ms. Hall to allocate the entirety of donated funds to the 26 victims and survivors of the attack, based on models and best practices from around the world. All funds will be distributed by Sept. 28, 2018.
The #TorontoStrong Fund will continue to receive donations from the public until August 31, 2018.
Following the distribution of funds to the victims, the volunteer steering committee will also offer recommendations for long-term strategies related to the city-wide impact of this tragedy, as well as violence prevention and mental health supports
April 23 – 10 people are killed and 16 more injured in the Yonge St. attack.
April 24 – Mayor John Tory announces the #TorontoStrong Fund, a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation.
April 29 – Thousands attend #TorontoStrong vigil in Mel Lastman square to honour attack victims and survivors.
May 4 – First grant from the #TorontoStrong Fund is made. Victim Services Toronto receives $500,000 to meet the immediate crisis financial needs of 25 families connected to the attack victims and survivors.
May 4 – #TorontoStrong Fund Steering Committee formed to oversee the allocation of the remaining funds.
June 13 – Former Toronto Mayor Barbara Hall named as Fund Administrator to allocate and distribute remaining donations.
Partners (more to come)
Lead Corporate & Foundation Donors (updated as received)
Canada Zakat – $221,424
Sun Life Financial – $25,000
Donate by cheque
To donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to Toronto Foundation and reference #TorontoStrong Fund in the memo line. Donations of $25 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. Please mail the cheque to 33 Bloor St. E. Suite 1603, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3H1
Gifts of Securities
To donate securities, please fill out one of our Gifts of Securities Forms (Canadian Securities or US Securities). If you have any questions, contact Lisa Grislis, Director Fundholder Engagement at Toronto Foundation by email or phone 416-921-2035 x 234
If you did not get an email with your tax receipt or made an error on the donation form, please get in touch with Canada Helps. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact their call centre at 416-628-6948
Online errors: For issues with the donation form, or questions about tax receipting, please call the Canada Helps call centre at 416-628-6948
In-kind contributions: For other involvement with the fund, please contact Nishanthini Nagaratnam at the City of Toronto by email.
Corporate donations: Please contact Aneil Gokhale, Director Philanthropy at Toronto Foundation by email or phone 416-921-2035 x 212
Media: Please contact Andrea Martinelli at City of Toronto by email or phone 416-799-5713
#TorontoStrong Fund names former Mayor Barbara Hall as administrator. June 13, 2018
LCBO Donation Campaign Raises Over Half a Million Dollars in Support of #TorontoStrong Fund. May 8, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund donate first $500,000 to support victims and families of Toronto attack. May 4, 2018.
#TorontoStrong Fund surpasses $1 million mark. April 27, 2018.
City of Toronto establishes #TorontoStrong Fund to support victims of tragic incident at Yonge and Finch. April 24, 2018.