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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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Sharon Avery: When women succeed, we all win

  On October 16-18, we sponsored the gender stream at the 2018 Philanthropic Foundations of Canada Conference. We hosted a pre-conference workshop on “Connecting Philanthropy and Community with a Gender Focus,” a plenary session on “Philanthropy’s Work Empowering Women and Girls,” and a follow-up session with the Coady Institute titled, […]

Resilience Builder Grantees

  The Resilience Builder Grants are one-time grants of up to $25,000 to build urban resilience at the local level. Initiatives are championed by resident leaders and community organizations. Since the launch of the Vision 2020 program earlier this year, Vision 2020 philanthropists have sat in on a series of Resilience […]

Up the Ante Fund established at Toronto Foundation

    Ante up, Toronto! Scarborough raised La Mar Taylor, the creative director of XO and for The Weeknd, and Ahmed Ismail, a close friend and public relations executive, have founded the Up the Ante Fund at Toronto Foundation. This fund will support low-income creatives to attend La Mar and […]

In Conversation With: Bob Goldberger

A chorus of support The arts are very important to me. As a kid and throughout high school, it was all music, all the time. You wouldn’t find me on any sports field, but I played piano and flute, and sang in jazz, chamber, and concert choirs. I can’t imagine […]

In Conversation With: Toyo Ajibolade

Girls with Hustle and Heart Vive les bleus! During the World Cup in Toronto, you can always find a bar filled with fans far from home, wherever that may be. There’s hardly a neighbourhood that escaped the honking of horns and shouts of excitement. Despite the number of teams any […]

Announcing: Vital Youth Grantees 2018

VITAL YOUTH 2018-19 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 […]

Social Capital Research

Toronto Foundation & Environics Institute embark on research together We are undertaking primary research with Environics Institute to better understand quality of life in Toronto. This survey is part of Toronto Foundation’s 2018 Vital Signs program, and looks at residents’ lived experiences and how they connect with other people across the […]

Leave a Legacy Series

  Organized by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP), Leave a Legacy is a free information series educating individuals about the benefits of estate planning, how it works, and what’s involved in leaving a legacy gift to charity. Join Sharon Avery, Toronto Foundation CEO at a session titled Estate Planning for […]

Vital Ideas & Leadership Grantees 2018

  Vital Ideas & Leadership supports high-impact initiatives in Toronto with a proven track record of success to achieve deeper impact and build capacity within the not-for-profit sector. These one-time strategic grants support organizations addressing quality of life issues in our city, as highlighted in Toronto’s Vital Signs Report and […]

A New Holiday Tradition

It’s not yet December 21st, but it certainly feels like winter is here. I don’t think I’m alone in wanting to stay inside with my loved ones. And that’s a luxury that I’m grateful to have. Families have all kinds of traditions this time of year – skating at Nathan Phillips […]