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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In conversation with Julie Frost

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 more important than ever. The arts have a unique place […]

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 […]

It’s all Connected: New Vital Signs companion report

Earlier this month we hosted a Fundholder event to launch a brand new companion report to the Toronto’s Vital Signs Report, It’s all Connected. It connects the dots between deep diving data in the Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and thoughtful city-building philanthropy. It was a wonderful evening of stimulating conversation […]

Pillars of our city

More than just a beautification project, Pan Am Path’s Legacy Pillars project in Underpass Park tells the story of the people who hold our city up. With the project now complete, Friends of the Pan Am Path has released a fantastic video of the artistic process. Legacy Pillars from Path TV on […]

Full service professional advice includes philanthropy

This month, we were pleased to host an evening of networking and learning for young professional advisors in Toronto. It was a great opportunity to discuss philanthropy’s role in their own practices in Accounting, Estate Law, and Wealth Management. Toronto Foundation is proud to work with an ever-growing group of […]