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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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 […]

Canada 150+ booklist curated by Toronto Foundation

  It seems to us that 2017 is a great opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Canadian. And, of course, how we can make this country a better place for everyone who lives here. With that in mind, we have pulled together just a few of the […]

What’s next for resilience?

Did you know that Toronto was selected as one of The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities? The City of Toronto recently hosted a forum for community leaders to come together to learn and discuss opportunities and challenges for Resilience in Toronto. We caught up with Olivia Stinson, Associate Director, City Relationships […]

Sharon Avery: In conversation with Wanda Brascoupé Peters

Through our recent grants program, The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, the Foundation had the opportunity to dive into meaningful national themes. Themes like diversity, reconciliation, and belonging that connect us and characterize our history, challenges, and values. One theme that resonates with me is reconciliation, particularly because it represents a […]

Toronto Foundation announces 2nd Social Impact Investment

Toronto Foundation is pleased to announce its 2nd Social Impact Investment, a $1M loan to Artscape Launchpad Inc. It’s a new model for creative space: part incubator, part co-working facility, part entrepreneurial centre as well as the proposed home for Artscape’s headquarters. Scheduled to open in 2018, the project has […]

Announcing the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th grant recipients

Through this nation-wide initiative led by Community Foundations of Canada, Toronto Foundation has made grants of more than $300,000 to community organizations across Toronto running special sesquicentennial programming that: Encourages participation in community activities and events to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Inspires a deeper understanding about the people, […]

Sharon Avery: In conversation with Jay Pitter

Last month I participated in a panel discussion organized by University of Toronto’s Urban Studies program that took a critical approach to identifying what our Vital Signs Report does well and what it and the Foundation can do better to up the ante on impact. It was invigorating to see a […]