Major Gift News

Al Quesnel

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hospice of Windsor

To help complete a two-bed residential expansion, build a family sun room and other building upgrades to the hospice village.Quesnel noted that the donation was partly inspired by his recent experience assisting a close friend with throat cancer in his final days at the hospice.

Russ and Roberta Boyles

OCT 2018

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

NEO Kids Foundation

To support the NEO Kids Foundation at Health Sciences North. Russ Boyles is a former chair of the Health Sciences North board of directors. He has helped recruit other donors resulting in over $3 million being raised over several years.

Temerty Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

Western University

To develop treatment models and therapeutic trials for patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The funds will support a team of international researchers led by Western professor Dr. Michael Strong. Gift will be designated as the Temerty Foundation RGNEF Research Fund for ALS. The Foundation made a previous $5 million donation in 2014 to support ALS research.

Rio Tinto

OCT 2018

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Burns Lake and District Community Foundation

To support wildfire relief efforts. Rio Tinto has also contributed an additional $20,000 to the fire relief efforts of the Cheslatta Carrier First Nation to support its response to the wildfire emergencies. The donations are being made through the Rio Tinto Aluminium Fund Canada.

A&W

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,900,000

Recipient:

Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

To help fund research, programs, services, and advocacy efforts that aim to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by MS. The money was raised through Burgers to Beat MS Day, where $2 from every Teen Burger sold at all 930 stores across Canada was donated to the cause. This is the largest amount raised in the campaign’s 10 year history.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Leader and District Integrated Healthcare Facility

To cover a large portion of the cost for a new ambulance bay, a specific area of the facility that was scrapped by the provincial government when they handed out funding.

Ian and Bettina Cook

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hospice of Waterloo Region

To help build the new hospice. Gift will be designated as the Cook Family Residence

Sean McCoshen

OCT 2018

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Assiniboine Park Conservancy

To support the development of Canada’s Diversity Gardens and the Imagine a Place Campaign. Gift will be designated as the McCoshen Event Hall The donation was announced at the annual Garden Party fundraising event held in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.

Anonymous

OCT 2018

Gift:

$25,000,000

Recipient:

MacKenzie Art Gallery

Endowed by the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, the donation will on average fund 25% of the gallery’s operating budget each year. The gift will allow the gallery to create a new position, offer a refreshed focus on Canada’s Indigenous artists, enhance programming for students and families, and open a new cafe. This is the largest donation in the gallery’s history.

Len Chapple

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Victoria Symphony

Chapple did not specify how the funds should be used. The gift was made in honour of Len Chapple’s late wife, Dallas, who sat on the Symphony’s board. This is the largest private gift to the organization to date.

Newad Media

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Université du Québec à Montréal

As part of a lease agreement with Newad, more than $1 million will be invested in the 100 million ideas campaign; nearly all revenue generated by this agreement will be paid to the UQAM Foundation to fund scholarships. Newad will become the exclusive provider of promotional signage on campus, and will offer four paid annual internships. Newad will become the exclusive provider of promotional signage on campus, and will offer four paid annual internships.

Muriel, Shayne and Rhonda Jacobsen

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Okanagan College

To help expand the trades training complex at the Kelowna Campus. The college will name part of the trades building the Ron Jacobsen Pathway to Excellence. The gift was made in memory of husband and father Ron Jacobsen, and is the largest donation the college has received to date.

Unifor

OCT 2018

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross BC

To support individuals who have been affected by wildfires in British Columbia. The donation was made through Unifor’s Social Justice Fund, the Canadian Community Fund and Regional Councils.

Sherman Jen

OCT 2018

Gift:

$7,000,000

Recipient:

Royal Roads University

For new laboratories and classrooms. Gift will be designated as The Sherman Jen Building. This $7 million appears to be an increase on a $5 million gift from Jen announced in 2017.

Gail Asper and Michael Paterson

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Experimental Lakes Area

Asper and Paterson have announced they will match up to $1 million worth of donations to the ELA freshwater laboratory. Paterson has been a research scientist at the ELA since 1992. The couple have now donated $2 million to date to support the cause.

OSCO Construction Group

OCT 2018

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

University of New Brunswick

To establish a new Centre for Off-site Construction and to fund research led by a new Chair in Off-site Construction. Gift will be designated as the OSCO Chair in Off-site Construction.

Mike Schout

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Township of Wilmot

To develop recreational trails in the community. Mike Schout donated $500,000 in September 2018 and will donate the remainder in 2019.

Sobey Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

St. Martha's Regional Hospital

For an endowment fund that will support cardiorespiratory care. Gift will be designated as the Sobey Cardiorespiratory Services. The fund is currently at $16.1 million of its $20 million goal.

A. Britton Smith

OCT 2018

Gift:

$4,500,000

Recipient:

Hospice Kingston

To help fund the construction of the facility, furniture, fixtures, medical equipment and two years of operating expenses.

Alfred and Isabel Bader

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,065,000

Recipient:

Queen's University

To support four projects in the arts. $645,000 will go to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre to create a touring exhibit, fund the Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art, and increase the Centre’s online presence and digitize the collection; $200,000 will support the Department of Art History and Art Conservation and purchase a digitally assisted 3-D microscope and an electromagnetic image scanner; $70,000 will be used to re-launch the Castle Concert Series, create free masterclasses and lecture-recitals for students, and pay for off-campus cultural events; $150,000 will fund an Indigenous arts festival and exhibition. Gift will be designated as the Isabel and Alfred Bader Lecture in European Art.

Molson Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

St. Boniface Hospital

To fund collaborative research projects focused on cardiovascular disease in women.

Mike Keizer

OCT 2018

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

West Lincoln

For a new recreation centre as a part of the Together capital campaign. Keizer is owner of Smithville Home Hardware Building Centre.

Jalynn H. Bennett Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,130,000

Recipient:

Trent University

This legacy gift from late Board chair Jalynn Bennett came with encouragement for Trent to use it to do something “bold, audacious and effective”. It will be used to fund projects that will enhance Trent’s natural setting, advance academic excellence, increase engagement with the local and First Nations communities, and enrich the student experience. This is one of the largest legacy gifts in the institution’s history.

BMO

OCT 2018

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

United Way Greater Toronto

To help economic development in Toronto neighbourhoods, hoping to address income inequality. This is the largest corporate commitment ever received by the United Way Greater Toronto.

Dale Harrison

OCT 2018

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Sault Area Hospital

To help expand the cardiac wing. Harrison told a local paper he he made the decision to donate this amount after he realized that his income tax returns weren’t reflecting how charitable he felt he should be.

Dr. Lou and Mae Lukenda Charitable Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Sault Area Hospital

To help expand the cardiac wing by funding necessary medical equipment.

Anonymouns

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Regina Symphony Orchestra

Judy Sweet

OCT 2018

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Lakeland College

To create more opportunities for agriculture science students by expanding and modernizing the college farm.

BMO

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

To support the mentorship program at the Haskayne School of Business. $250,000 of the gift will go towards MBA scholarships. Gift will be designated as the BMO Mentorship Program at the Haskayne School of Business.

The Courtois Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Université du Québec à Montréal

To create a research centre dedicated to studying orphan diseases. Gift will be designated as the Center of Excellence for Orphan Disease Research – Fondation Courtois. This will be the first major research centre in Canada focused on orphan diseases.

Sheryl and David Kerr

OCT 2018

Gift:

$3,500,000

Recipient:

McGill University

For the Women in Sports initiative, which aims to advance the role of women as athletes, coaches and decision-makers by increasing the number of full-time female coaches and helping female athletes become future leaders. Gift will be designated as the Kerr Family Women in Sports program. Sheryl and David Kerr are McGill University alumni.

Leon Draisaitl

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

WE Day

To support We Day initiatives in the local community as well as Hockey Helps Kids, an organization which aims to strengthen the relationship between the Oilers and the community. Leon Draisaitl from the Edmonton Oilers hockey team will donate $150,000 per year for the next eight years as part of a commitment to give back to his community. The donation will be matched at 50% by the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation, totalling $1.8 million over the next eight years.

Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$600,000

Recipient:

WE Day

To support We Day initiatives in the local community as well as Hockey Helps Kids, an organization which aims to strengthen the relationship between the Oilers and the community. This donation is matching at 50% a $1.2 million commitment over eight years made by Edmonton Oiler’s player Leon Draisaitl.

Gina Cody

OCT 2018

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

Concordia University

For the faculty of engineering. The gift will fund graduate and undergraduate scholarships, bolster next-generation research on smart cities, and will support three new research chairs. Gift will be designated as the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science. This gift represents the largest personal donation in Concordia’s history, and the first engineering faculty in Canada named after a woman. Gina Cody was the first woman ever to be awarded a PhD in building engineering at Concordia, in 1989.

Patty Pitts

OCT 2018

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

B.C. Cancer Agency

To support ovarian cancer research. The gift will go towards a research fund now in place at the B.C. Cancer Agency’s Deeley Research Centre in Victoria. Gift will be designated as the Carol Lalonde/Marlene Palmer Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The gift was made in honour of two friends fighting ovarian cancer. Pitts made the donation after receiving an inheritance from an aunt.

Kiwanis Club of Kelowna

OCT 2018

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Okanagan College

To establish an endowment which will provide two annual $2,000 scholarships to students in the Early Childhood Education and Human Service Work programs. Gift will be designated as the Kiwanis Kelowna 2018 Legacy Education Endowment.

Royal Canadian Legion Kelowna Branch

OCT 2018

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Kelowna General Hospital

To support JoeAnna’s House.

Anonymous

OCT 2018

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Picton Library

For the library’s expansion project. The anonymous donor will match donations up to $100,000 to support the project.

BMO

OCT 2018

Gift:

$1,600,000

Recipient:

Various

To support charities in Canada, the US and Europe that assist under-privileged student through providing scholarships, bursaries and supporting other academic programs. Recipients include the Loran Scholars Foundation; Indspire; The Jackie Robinson Foundation; Lime Connect; The Financial Women’s Association; Say Yes to Education; Imperial College; and Women in Capital Markets’ Return to Bay Street Program. The funds were raised through the 2018 Equity Through Education trading day. Since the program’s launch in 2005, more than $20 million (CAN) has been raised and 4,500 students have been provided with greater access to education.

Bob Wares

OCT 2018

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

To support research programs, fellowships, innovative research, a lecture series and outreach efforts in McGill University’s Faculty of Science and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Gift will be designated as the Wares Science Innovation Prospectors Fund; Wares Field Study Fund; Wares Postdoctoral Fellowships. Bob Wares is a McGill alumnus who discovered one of Canada’s largest gold deposits in the Abitibi region of Quebec.

Métis Nation of Alberta, Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$375,000

Recipient:

Northern Lakes College

For an endowment that will support post-secondary opportunities for Métis students. This is one of four partnerships totalling $1.92 million announced by the donor in September 2018.

Métis Nation of Alberta, Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$287,600

Recipient:

Lakeland College

For an endowment that will support post-secondary opportunities for Métis students. This is one of four partnerships totalling $1.92 million announced by the donor in September 2018. The donation will be combined with funding from Lakeland and previous donations from both organizations to create an endowment fund of $500,000.

Métis Nation of Alberta, Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$130,000

Recipient:

Medicine Hat College

For an endowment that will support post-secondary opportunities for Métis students. This is one of four partnerships totalling $1.92 million announced by the donor in September 2018. Medicine Hat College contributed $30,000 to the total.

Métis Nation of Alberta, Rupertsland Institute et Métis Education Foundation

OCT 2018

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Concordia University of Edmonton

For an endowment that will support post-secondary opportunities for Métis students. This is one of four partnerships totalling $1.92 million announced by the donor in September 2018. Métis Nation of Alberta, Rupertsland Institute and the Métis Education Foundation will contribute $250,000, and Concordia University of Edmonton will provide an in-kind contribution totalling $250,000 over the next 10 years.

Lyn Goldman

OCT 2018

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

MacKenzie Art Gallery

Goldman made an unspecified six-figure gift to the gallery in honour of her mother and her late brother, artist Tony Thorn. It will be split between the gallery’s acquisition fund and ongoing programming and organizational needs.

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