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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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Development Assistant – Job Posting

The Role Are you a natural administrator drawn to a fast-paced environment? Can you gracefully manage multiple projects and priorities? Do you take pride in your planning and organizational skills and your discretion? If so…this could be the role for you! We are seeking a professional, detailed-oriented, self-starter to provide […]

Sharon Avery: Talking about resilience means talking about equity

It’s easy to lose sight of your destination when you’re consumed by “the busy” of getting there. Sometimes you just need a moment to reflect on how far along the journey you’ve come. I got a chance recently to not only think, but to write about my perspective on urban […]

Is your philanthropy strategic?

Philanthropists are a force. Few things are as powerful as a group of informed individuals who feel the responsibility and willingness to act for the betterment of society. But your philanthropy is also deeply personal. The satisfaction that comes from helping others fuels us to do more, think about what […]

The Angela Longo Leadership Fund

A meaningful tribute born out of partnership Cancer took Angela Longo away from her family, friends and colleagues much too soon. In a public service career spanning three decades, she left a profound and lasting impression on nearly every person she encountered. To celebrate Angela’s remarkable life, her family and […]

Vital Toronto Fund grants are changing

A new grant stream for visionary ideas and leaders tackling inequities in our city launches in October Living in this city we get used to change – it is as they say, the only constant. And as our communities evolve, we are continuously challenged to find new ideas, insights, and […]

Sharon Avery: Going far means going together

Every evening, I sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to my son. Even on days when I work late, I make sure I’m always home by bedtime to participate in our nightly ritual. It’s an important routine for us, not only because it helps my son fall asleep, but because it […]

Announcing our 2019 Vital Ideas & Leadership grantees!

The following ten organizations were chosen by our selection committee to receive one-time grants of up to $50,000 to support innovative initiatives, professional development and program evaluation. The group reflects a depth and breadth of critically important work in the city. We hope you will consider them in your giving […]

TANGO hosts first-ever Toronto Neighbourhood Summit

Many people, regardless of how passionate they are about their city, would hesitate to give up a beautiful weekend afternoon to sit indoors and discuss neighbourhood associations. But on Saturday, April 6, 2019, that’s exactly what happened. Roughly 200 curious Toronto citizens and leaders from residents’ groups, neighbourhood associations, parents’ […]

Sharon Avery: Reflections on our Vision 2020 journey

As all seasoned Torontonians know, when you live in this city, you spend an awful lot of time dealing with traffic. And whether we’re driving, taking public transit, or walking, intersections are not places where you want to spend much time. But in philanthropy, intersections are the best places to […]

Great Lakes One Water Partnership (GLOW)

Toronto Foundation joins philanthropic partnership for flood awareness In Toronto, we often experience the effects of climate change as floods. Rainfall in the GTA has increased dramatically in the last 20 years, and will only continue to escalate. As climate change intensifies, our region will experience a greater number of […]