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Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
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The impacts of COVID-19 are not being felt equally. Thousands of Torontonians have lost their jobs. Many part-time and temporary workers are facing the impossible question of whether to pay for food or rent. Some are visiting a food bank for the first time ever. Those with mental health challenges […]

COVID-19: Toronto Foundation’s Operations in the Weeks Ahead

Published Monday March 16, 2020 Starting Monday March 16 and for the foreseeable future, Toronto Foundation staff will be working remotely. We’ve made the decision carefully based on public health recommendations to create some social distance in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that this […]

Nearly $1 Million Granted to Fight Inequality in Toronto!

  Hosted By: Marivel Taruc Weekend Anchor, CBC Toronto News Host, CBC’s Our Toronto Event Details: Thursday March 5, 2020 5:30pm-9:30pm Isabel Bader Theatre   Thank you to the 200+ Torontonians who made the inaugural Deacon Legacy Grants an extraordinary night of generosity and collective legacy. Ten high-impact organizations addressing […]

First comes philanthropy, then comes marriage

  In our ongoing series about love and philanthropy, we spoke with Lars Boggild and Samantha Luc, who launched the Hygge Fund during their time in the two-year Vision 2020 philanthropic learning program. After moving to Toronto from Halifax in 2014, it took Lars and Samie some time to find […]

How philanthropy brought this couple closer

As a foundation, we know a thing or two about love. Philanthropy, after all, means “love of humanity” when translated from its original Greek. So, throughout this season of love, we’re celebrating relationships that have been strengthened through philanthropy. First, we spoke with married couple Alicia Mathlin and Jarel Cockburn, […]

Spotlight on: Stella’s Place

  Stella’s Place is a Toronto-based organization created to help young adults get the mental health supports they need. Located in the heart of the city’s Queen West neighbourhood, Stella’s offers a place for anyone aged 16-29 to receive support from peers with lived experience of mental health issues. “We […]

Welcome to our new Board members

  Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Board of Directors Jarel Cockburn and Salima Rawji. We are thrilled and honoured that Salima and Jarel will be sharing their expertise and leadership with us.   Jarel Cockburn is the Vice President of Strategy at the Athlete Institute. He was […]

Announcing our first-ever Toronto’s Vital Signs grantees!

  Congratulations to our 2020 Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants grantees! The Toronto’s Vital Signs Grants aim to surface and support high-impact organizations and their visionary leaders working to tackle the ten issue areas highlighted in the Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. The grant includes a one-time $10,000 unrestricted donation along with […]

Five Powerful Things We Learned in 2019

  This year, you taught us so much. Here’s what we learned.    

Three ways your holiday giving can go further this year

  The final season of 2019 is upon us. Snow has fallen, twinkling lights are going up, and the end of year lists are making their rounds. But most notably, it’s the season of generosity, when we all look for ways to give back. While every effort helps, some options […]