Major Gift News

Cenovus Energy Inc.

Gift:

$50,000,000

Recipient:

Alberta First Nation Communities

City:

Various

Province:

Alberta

Cenovus Energy Inc. has pledged to give $10,000,000 per year over the next 5 years to help build Indigenous housing in Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Chard Metis (Local 218), Cold Lake First Nations, Conklin Métis (Local 193) and Heart Lake First Nation. The program could be extended by five years with an additional $50 million if it meets Cenovus’s performance expectations.
FEB 2020

David Bissett

Gift:

$30,000,000

Recipient:

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To help establish a new school at SAIT that will provide the latest in digital education for students, enabling the institution to advance change through technology. None specified in announcement. This is the largest monetary gift the institution has ever seen.
FEB 2020

Azrieli Foundation

Gift:

$18,000,000

Recipient:

Yeshiva University

City:

New York

Province:

New York

This gift of $18,000,000 USD will support the previously named Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, and fund undergraduate scholarships. The university said it is one of the largest gifts focused on Jewish education it has ever received.
FEB 2020

Mastercard Foundation

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

Blackfoot Confederacy and University of Lethbridge

City:

Lethbridge

Province:

Alberta

To support and enable Indigenous youth. Granted over five years, the funds will strengthen the existing collaboration between the peoples of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the University of Lethbridge. The objective of the grant is to empower greater youth education and outreach efforts, and improve overall outcomes.
FEB 2020

Estate of Robert ‘Bob’ Steane

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Saskatoon Community Foundation, Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

The money is intended to help the foundations promote the arts, address homelessness, accelerate trauma care, advance mental health and medical imaging and support end-of-life hospice care. Steane was a retired mining executive who had a 34-year career at Cameco.
FEB 2020

Joseph Remai

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To support construction education. Joseph A. Remai School of Construction Remai noted that his company employs many Sask. Polytechnic graduates. This is the largest donation in the school’s history.
FEB 2020

The Savvas Chamberlain Family Foundation

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

Wilfred Laurier University

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

To support the Making Space for Music Campaign, which aims to expand and renovate the Faculty of Music building. Savvas Chamberlain Music Building Savvas Chamberlain is a member of the University’s board of governors, and his wife Christine is a music graduate.
FEB 2020

Estate of Dr. Wally Pieczonka

Gift:

$2,700,000

Recipient:

Burlington Foundation

City:

Burlington

Province:

Ontario

To establish the Pieczonka Family Foundation Fund, which aims to support and cultivate the performing and visual arts in and around Burlington. Pieczonka Family Foundation Fund For years, Pieczonka supported his philanthropic work through a family foundation; by transferring the stewardship of his life’s giving to the Burlington Foundation and a new donor-advised fund, the Burlington Foundation will work to ensure the family’s wishes have the greatest impact on the community into the future. The Pieczonka family focuses its funding on community-based arts.
FEB 2020

Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

Town of Banff

City:

Banff

Province:

Alberta

To help fund the development of a pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Banff to the Recreation Grounds and the Cave and Basin District.
FEB 2020

Dr. Michael F.B. Nesbitt

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support the construction of a new performing arts venue on the university’s Fort Garry campus – the Desautels
Concert Hall.
FEB 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada

Gift:

$2,100,000

Recipient:

University of Waterloo

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

To launch a unique undergraduate engineering innovation challenge and support a variety of student, research and outreach initiatives. This is the largest single donation by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada to any Canadian university.
FEB 2020

Alan Quesnel

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Windsor Jewish Federation

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

Half of the gift will be go to Christians United for Israel, an organization that funds humanitarian groups across the state of Israel, and the other half will be going to three Jewish organizations: the Windsor Jewish Community Center, the Jewish National Fund and the United Jewish Appeal. The latter will be used for social service programming and our local programming. Quesnel wished to bridge a gap between the Christian and Jewish communities.
FEB 2020

Paul D. Leblanc

Gift:

$1,800,000

Recipient:

Université du Québec à Montréal

City:

Montréal

Province:

Quebec

To establigh a fund providing excellence scholarships of $30,000 each to Aboriginal students of the Faculty of Political Science and Law. The fund is in honor of the donor’s late father, a former judge. The Honorable Albert-Leblanc Capitalized Fund
FEB 2020

The Rotary Club of Grande Prairie

Gift:

$1,800,000

Recipient:

D Coy Armoury

City:

Grande Prairie

Province:

Alberta

To fund the facility’s renovation and extention, and turn it into a community hub. The funding comes from Rotary’s dream home lottery pool.
FEB 2020

Around the Bend Foundation

Gift:

$1,700,000

Recipient:

Brigadoon Village

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

To help fund Brigadoon’s programming and facility including Dave’s Place, a building being constructed as a legacy project for founder Dave McKeage, who passed away in 2018. The Foundation is a longtime supporter of Brigadoon. This is the largest single donation in the camp’s history.
FEB 2020

Jack Gin

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation

City:

New Westminster

Province:

British Columbia

To help fund phase two of the hospital’s $1.49-billion redevelopment, which largely focuses on a multi-storey acute-care tower, expected to be finished by 2024.
FEB 2020

Orlando Corporation

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

William Osler Health System

City:

Etobicoke

Province:

Ontario

To purchase equipment for the new
patient tower at Etobicoke General Hospital. The gift was announced at Osler’s eighth annual Gala Benefit Concert. Orlando Corporation has made significant contributions across the Osler system in the past. In 2014, the company donated $15 million to aid in constructing and equipping the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness and the new emergency department at Etobicoke General Hospital, as well as helping to build the Endovascular Therapeutics Suite at Brampton Civic Hospital.
FEB 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

City:

Owen Sound

Province:

Ontario

To help fund a new MRI machine. This is the largest single donation from a family or individual received by the Foundation
FEB 2020

Manouk Djoukhadjian Family Foundation II

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Armand-Frappier Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To establish a research chair in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s or Charcot’s disease. Anna Sforza Djoukhadjian Philanthropic Research Chair on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Mr. Manouk Djoukhadjian’s wife passed away from ALS in 2018. This is the first-ever Quebec philanthropic research chair devoted to the disease.
FEB 2020

Marcel and Frances Labelle Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

South Centennial Manor

City:

Iroquois Falls

Province:

Ontario

To help fund the retirement residence’s redevelopment project.
FEB 2020

James A. Burton and Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Lighthouse Orillia

City:

Orillia

Province:

Ontario

For the construction of the youth services wing in the new community services hub and shelter. A wing will be named after the Foundation. Jim Burton lost a son to an overdose and describes his family as very aware of mental illness and addictions.
FEB 2020

Dr. Peter Chung

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Surrey

Province:

British Columbia

To support improvements to the Children’s Health Centre.
FEB 2020

Conexus Credit Union

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Optimist Hill

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To fund the development of a chalet at Optimist Hill, a winter recreation facility in Diefenbaker Park. The Optimist Hill Campaign
FEB 2020

Milliken Developments

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

City of Victoria Housing Reserve Fund

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To help fund affordable housing for seniors. This is the largest single contribution to the city’s Housing Reserve Fund.
FEB 2020

Operating Engineers Local 904

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland & Labrador

To purchase a central monitoring system for the hospital, the first of its kind in the province. This is the foundation’s largest-ever donation received to date
FEB 2020

TD Bank

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Victoria

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To support the UVic-based Victoria Hand Project, which manufactures low-cost prosthetics. The grant was made through the TD Ready Challenge.
FEB 2020

The Winnipeg Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support health sciences research at the University of Manitoba, and to help the university establish seed funding grants.
FEB 2020

Scotiabank

Gift:

$852,000

Recipient:

Wilfred Laurier University

City:

Brantford

Province:

Ontario

To support its user experience design, or UXD, program. The gift will be given over 4 years.
FEB 2020

Dr. Steve Zajacz and Dina Angel Zajacz

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Brockville General Hospital Foundation

City:

Brockville

Province:

Ontario

To help update aging equipment, including a purchase of a new CT Scanner.
FEB 2020

Jake Black

Gift:

$800,000

Recipient:

Thunder Bay Art Gallery

City:

Thunder Bay

Province:

Ontario

The gift will be distributed over 4 years and will support the gallery’s capital campaign to build a new waterfront facility. This is the campaign’s lead gift.
FEB 2020

Scotiabank

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Pathways to Education

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support newcomer and immigrant youth programming. The gift was announced on International Day of Education.
FEB 2020

Scotiabank

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

University of Ottawa

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To launch the Scotiabank AI & Society Initiative, which will initiate two research projcects; AI & Inclusion will support research focused on design ethics and inclusive AI systems, while AI & Regulation will explore global AI regulations and their impact on Canadian policy makers. Scotiabank AI & Society Initiative
FEB 2020

Lindsay Holtz and Tim Close

Gift:

$650,000

Recipient:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To develop a novel virtual reality therapy room at the hospital, and to expand the Bloorview Research Institute, a leading centre for childhood disability research. Around ten years ago, Lindsay Holtz lost a 7 day old baby; the couple made the gift in his memory. Ms. Holtz is also on the Foundation’s board. Around ten years ago, Lindsay Holtz sadly lost a 7 day old baby at the Hospital. Ms. Holtz is also on the Foundation’s board.
FEB 2020

The Bachinski Family

Gift:

$501,161

Recipient:

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation

City:

Thunder Bay

Province:

Ontario

This gift will support both Cancer Care and the Our Hearts at Home Cardiovascular Fundraising Campaign in memory of Anne and Samuel Patrick Bachinski and their granddaughter Susan Jane Anne Drindak. 15 years ago, the mother (Anne) died of cancer and the father (Samuel Patrick) died of cardiovascular disease within the same year. Both were treated at the hospital. Their granddaughter, Susan, died just after her 7th birthday of arthritis. The donation was made by the entire family, including Marian Boxer, Linda Drindak and her husband Paul, Sam Bachinski and his wife Margot Freitag and their two children, Mitchell and Claudia.
FEB 2020

Bell and Northwestel

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Strongest Families Institute

City:

Various

Province:

Northwest Territories

To provide mental health services to Northern youth and families through a telephone service. This gift was part of Bell’s “Bell let’s Talk” campaign.
FEB 2020

CP

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Nature Conservancy of Canada

City:

Crowsnest

Province:

Alberta

To help preserve Crowsnest Pass wildlife corridor, and to sponsor several community events aimed at raising awareness of the area. CP will be presenting sponsor of several community events raising awareness of the area.
FEB 2020

Kirkland Lake Gold

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Northern College

City:

Timmins

Province:

Ontario

To build a new innovation hub.
FEB 2020

Bell

Gift:

$420,000

Recipient:

William Osler Health System Foundation

City:

Brampton

Province:

Ontario

To support a new repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Clinic at Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital for patients with mental illnesses. This gift was part of Bell’s “Bell Let’s Talk” campaign. Osler’s Brampton Civic Hospital and Etobicoke General Hospital emergency departments see the largest number of patients with mental health and addictions illness in Ontario.
FEB 2020

Canada Life and Power Corporation of Canada

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

University of Lethbridge

City:

Lethbridge

Province:

Alberta

This gift is comprised of $250,000 from Power Corporation and $150,000 from Canada Life. The Power Corporation gift includes support to the Dr. Jim Coutts Prairie Research Program. The Canada Life gift supports the Science Commons spaces and infrastructure.
FEB 2020

Atlas Biotechnologies

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To fund studies into the effectiveness of using cannabis to treat multiple sclerosis (MS), Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. The gift is unrestricted.
FEB 2020

Estate of Melva Leppa

Gift:

$268,000

Recipient:

Ridge Meadows Education Foundation

City:

Maple Ridge

Province:

British Columbia

This endowment will create a new bursary program. Leppa was a longtime resident of Maple Ridge who believed strongly in the importance of public education.
FEB 2020

Frank Quinn

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Thompson Rivers University

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

To support the University’s Limitless campaign. This gift will help fund new bursaries for single parents studying law, in honour of Mr. Quinn’s late mother. The Norma Quinn Memorial Law Bursary Frank Quinn’s mother, Norma Quinn, was a single parent of three boys. She never had the opportunity to get an education, but she always pushed for her boys to pursue it.
FEB 2020

Detour Gold

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Timmins and District Hospital Foundation

City:

Timmins

Province:

Ontario

This gift marks the fifth consecutive year the company has donated. To date, the company has contributed more than $1.8 million. The gift was made alongside an additional $100,000 from Franco-Nevada, Detour Gold’s business partner at the Detour Lake Mine.
FEB 2020

Park Royal

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

West Vancouver Secondary School

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support an upgrade to the track and an artificial turf field at the highschool.
FEB 2020

PwC Canada

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Mackenzie Health Foundation

City:

Vaughan

Province:

Ontario

To help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital The gift was announced at the grand opening of PwC’s new GTA North office.
FEB 2020

Telpay

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Tree Canada

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

The gift was made towards Mayor Brian Bowman’s Million Tree Challenge.
FEB 2020

The Winnipeg Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To establish the Martha Donovan Fund, to help women in the health field establish their careers.
FEB 2020

Manitoba Credit Unions

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Manitoba Museum

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support the Bringing Our Stories Forward renewal project. It will be used specifically for the Nonsuch and Grassland galleries. This gift is eligible for government matching that would bring the value of the gift to $375,000.
FEB 2020

The Chipman Family Foundation and the Manitoba Museum Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Manitoba Museum

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

The Chipman Family Foundation and the Manitoba Museum Foundation will jointly match the next $250,000 in private sector donations to the Bringing Our Stories Forward renewal project, through March 2020.
FEB 2020

Bell

Gift:

$225,000

Recipient:

Fondation de ma vie

City:

Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean

Province:

Quebec

To help fund the refurbishment of 5 psychiatric departments at 3 hospitals in Saguenay‒Lac-Saint-Jean, improving access to mental health care. This gift was part of Bell’s “Bell let’s Talk” campaign.
FEB 2020

Bogoroch & Associates

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Queens University

City:

Kingston

Province:

Ontario

To support the University’s Legal Aid Clinic’s regular programming. The gift will be given over 5 years. Richard Bogoroch, founder and managing partner of Bogoroch & Associates, has a daughter who attended Queens.
FEB 2020

Fraserway RV

Gift:

$190,000

Recipient:

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation

City:

Abbotsford

Province:

British Columbia

To support the ER expansion at Abbotsford Regional Hospital, the primary care expansion at Chilliwack General Hospital, laboratory renovations at Mission Memorial Hospital, and new emergency stretchers for Fraser Canyon Hospital.
FEB 2020

Nav Bhatia

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

City of Mississauga

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

The iconic Raptor’s superfan, who also owns Mississauga Hyundai, is making this gift to the City to to build a full-size basketball court and repair existing courts at Malton’s Paul Coffey Park.
FEB 2020

Bell

Gift:

$110,000

Recipient:

Peguis Foundation and SunLodge Village

City:

Peguis

Province:

Manitoba

To create the Bell Spirit and the Land Excursion Camp, a wellness camp for at-risk, Indigenous youth on Peguis First Nation that will address mental health issues in traditional ways. This gift was part of Bell’s “Bell let’s Talk” campaign.
FEB 2020

Peter Wall

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Union Gospel Mission

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support the expansion of UGM’s Women and Families Centre on Cordova Street.
FEB 2020

Canadian Western Agribition

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

University of Saskatchewan

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

The funding will be distributed over the next decade to the University’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE). It will sponsor the annual field day for producers at the new research facility, and support the capital campaign.
FEB 2020

Cherie Brant

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Anishnawbe Health Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To build a new Aboriginal health centre. Cherie Brant is on the foundation’s board. Cherie Brant is on the foundation’s board.
FEB 2020

Franco Nevada Corporation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Timmins and District Hospital Foundation

City:

Timmins

Province:

Ontario

The gift was made alongside an additional $250,000 from Detour Gold, with which Franco-Nevada has partnered at the Detour Lake Mine.
FEB 2020

Peggy Hill

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

City:

Barrie

Province:

Ontario

To support the 100 Reasons Y capital campaign. In recognition, the Y has granted Hill the status of naming sponsor on the child-minding room that will be part of the organization’s new downtown building.
FEB 2020

RBC

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Enactus Lambton

City:

Sarnia

Province:

Ontario

To support One Future and One Circle programs at local schools and First Nations across Canada, run by Enactus Lambton out of Lambton College. Programs focus on developing skills, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
FEB 2020

Herb and Pat Wycherley

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation

City:

Penticton

Province:

British Columbia

To help provide medical equipment for South Okanogan General Hospital. The gift was made in memory of Bea Becker, a long-time hospital board member and Pat Wycherley’s mother.
FEB 2020

Dr. Pan & Dr. Eng

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

Miramichi Lodge Foundation

City:

Miramachi

Province:

New Brunswick

This gift of an unknown amount is to improve dementia care by implementing the Butterfly Model. The Dr. Eng & Dr. Pan Dementia Care Home Area
FEB 2020

Lal Family

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

Scarborough Health Network Foundation

City:

Scarborough

Province:

Ontario

To support general hospital operations. Deepa & Narinder Lal Emergency This is the largest single donation in Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s history. The donors requested that the exact amount of their multi-million dollar gift be kept private.
FEB 2020

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