This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Welcome to our new Board members

  On June 13th at our Annual General Meeting we welcomed two new members to our Board. Get to know Brenda and Dennis! Dennis Mitchell is the Senior Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management. He has his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. […]

In Conversation With: You.

  Over the last few months we’ve been making some changes at Toronto Foundation. You may be curious about what we’ve been up to, and we think it’s time to pull back the curtain! You’ll already know from our announcement last month that we have quite a few staff changes and promotions. […]

Announcing: Vital Youth 2017 Grant Recipients

Vital Youth 2017-18 Vital Youth supports charitable organizations in the city of Toronto that are working to increase access to high quality recreation activities for youth aged 12-18 years. Funding of up to $15,000 has been awarded to programs that meet the Vital Youth priorities with year-long grant activities that […]

CityViews Tour – Highlights

  Small & Mighty – Our First CityViews Tour From the desk of Sharon Avery   In my eight years at UNICEF Canada, I travelled with donors to many far-off locations so they could see for themselves the great work many small but mighty organizations are doing to truly change […]

In Conversation with Richard Peddie

Welcome to our new Board Chair   If you’ve been following our communications over the last while, you’ll notice there’s a lot going on at Toronto Foundation. Tomorrow, on June 13th, we say goodbye to our Board Chair John Barford and send him off with trumpets and our gratitude for […]

Announcement: Our Staff Changes

    We are delighted to share the news that Anne Brayley and Rosalyn Morrison have accepted new positions as Senior Advisors to our CEO Sharon Avery. This comes after many years of commitment to the Foundation and track records of success in their respective roles of Vice President, Philanthropic […]

Family Philanthropy Booklist curated by Toronto Foundation

    Have you found yourself thinking it’s time to get a little more focused with your giving? Do you want to involve your kids, or grandkids in your giving? How can you create a high-impact strategy for your family philanthropy?  To answer these questions, we’ve pulled together just a […]

Announcing our 2017 Vital Ideas & Leadership grantees!

  Toronto Foundation is investing in high-impact organizations and nonprofit leaders to take their work to the next level. Vital Ideas & Leadership is a new and evolved grant stream. This model provides funding of up to $50,000 for three distinct yet harmonized elements. Grantees will be embarking on these three […]

In conversation with Uzma Shakir

Change from the Inside: Powerful Institutions and Equity This year we’re being intentional about using equity as a lens for everything we do. In addition to the series of learning journeys we’re creating for our fundholders, we’re using equity to look inwards too. A part of that is our signing […]

In conversation with Julie Frost

What, if anything, does Canada 150+ mean to young people? In times of political uncertainty and social tension, the arts deliver a strong voice for the people, voices of both dissent and unity. In our current climate, the themes of Canada’s 150th – belonging, inclusion, connection and reconciliation – are […]