Major Gift News

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Gift:

$16,700,000

Recipient:

Sunnybrook Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This landmark grant, through the Weston Brain Institute, will establish the Weston Family Focused Ultrasound Initiative at Sunnybrook. With this grant, the Foundation is spearheading a $33-million initiative to develop and bring novel focused ultrasound technology to Canadians. This initiative is set to revolutionize the treatment of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, brain cancer and ALS. This is believed to be the largest single philanthropic contribution to focused ultrasound in the world
MAR 2020

The Beedie Family

Gift:

$8,000,000

Recipient:

Burnaby Hospital Foundation

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

To support Phase One of the hospital redevelopment, which will include the Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion, named for Ryan’s parents. Keith and Betty Beedie Pavilion
MAR 2020

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gift:

$6,500,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

This gift was awarded to a researcher at University of Manitoba to establish a new global health initiative dedicated to breast milk: the International Milk Composition (IMiC) Consortium.
MAR 2020

John Simpson

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To establish the Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food innovation and Public Education, which will aim to help Western Canadian farmers and ranchers tackle major industry challenges like trade and climate change. Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food innovation and Public Education

MAR 2020

Armin and Rita Mueller

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

Lakeland College

City:

Vermillion

Province:

Alberta

To establish and buy land for a bison herd for the school’s animal science technology program. Armin and Rita Mueller are owners of Canadian Rangeland Bison and Elk. It is the largest single gift to the College to date.

MAR 2020

The Krawczyk Family Foundation

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Anishnawbe Health Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help build a new centre for the organization, which promotes traditional Indigenous practices. Ms. Krawczyk has had a long interest in Indigenous issues and she spent part of her nursing training on a First Nation reserve in British Columbia. Alexandra’s parents were Barry (CEO of Apotex)and Honey Sherman, who were found murdered in their home in 2017.

MAR 2020

Pfaff Automotive Partners

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Mackenzie Health Foundation

City:

Vaughan

Province:

Ontario

To help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, specifically the the ultrasound zone in the medical imaging unit on Level 1 of the new hospital.

MAR 2020

Donald Ellis

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Art Gallery

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To build a new Art Gallery. Ellis also recently donated a number of works to the Gallery. A Canadian art dealer whose gallery is based in New York.

MAR 2020

The Newton Foundation

Gift:

$1,100,000

Recipient:

Montreal General Hospital Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support VOICE: Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics, a cross-institutional initiative based at McGill’s Ingram School of Nursing (ISoN).

MAR 2020

Capital Power

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

STARS

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To help the STARS fleet with helicopter upgrades. The company’s logo will be placed on the rear door of two of the STARS new helicopters.

MAR 2020

R.Ferri Automotive

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Mackenzie Health Foundation

City:

Vaughan

Province:

Ontario

To help build and equip the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital. R.Ferri Automotive Family Lounge
MAR 2020

TD Bank

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Junior Achievement Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the delivery of the Dollars With Sense program across Canada, which teaches financial literacy skills to students in grade 7-9.
MAR 2020

William Lin and An-Nien Lu

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This gift was announced at the 2020 Lion Way Properties Time to Shine Gala, and will support the Foundation’s Future of Surgery campaign. Future of Surgery William Lin is on the board of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
MAR 2020

CP Rail

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor

City:

Coleman

Province:

British Columbia

To support research about what kinds of animals are moving through the area between Crowsnest Lake and the town of Coleman so they can develop a bridge for wildlife to safely cross the highways in the area.
MAR 2020

Fortis

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Health Care Foundation and H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland & Labrador

To fund a a new chemotherapy unit at the H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre.
MAR 2020

Gavin Murphy

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Ottawa Hospital Foundation

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

The money will fund cancer research projects within the hospital’s Radiation Medicine Program. Mr. Murphy is making the donation in $100,000 instalments over five years and he plans to work with the hospital to decide which projects to fund annually.
MAR 2020

Wim and Nancy Pauw Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Baff Canmore Community Foundation

City:

Banff

Province:

Alberta

To support the Community Foundation’s community grants program over the next five years This is the single largest gift ever made to the grants program at the Banff Canmore Community Foundation
MAR 2020

Estate of Clifford Bruce

Gift:

$302,584

Recipient:

The Brentwood Recovery Home

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

The bequeathed gift will support general funding for programs, including ones that have no government grants such as youth addiction and prevention treatment and
family support groups. Clifford Bruce Meeting Room Clifford was a graduate of Brentwood Recovery Home from 1978.
MAR 2020

Masonic United Lodge 29

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund

City:

Brighton

Province:

Ontario

In 2018, the Masonic United Lodge 29, due to an aging and declining membership, decided to sell its building in downtown Brighton and meet at the newer Masonic
Centre in Frankford. The building sale resulted in the Brighton Lodge having significant funds beyond its immediate needs so the members decided to gift $300,000 to the Brian Todd Memorial Community Fund (BTMCF), which provides supportive grants to many Brighton charitable organizations.
MAR 2020

Élan Jeunesse Foundation

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

The Université de Moncton

City:

Moncton

Province:

New Brunswick

$250,000 will be devoted to the modernization of laboratories in the science sector located in the Louis-A. Lebel pavilion on the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton. The remaining $50,000 will support the “Student Experience” endowment fund, which aims to support the achievement of exceptional student projects, individual or collective.
MAR 2020

Amica Helping Hands Charity

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

Ontario

The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health, will use the funds over a 5 year period to help seniors living in poverty. Amica Helping Hands Charity is the charitable arm of the charitable arm of Amica Senior Lifestyles.
MAR 2020

CIBC

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To create the CIBC Pediatric Oncology Family Comfort Fund, a fund to help families of young cancer patients cover non-medical expenses. CIBC Pediatric Oncology Family Comfort Fund
MAR 2020

Manitoba Credit Unions

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

St. John Ambulance

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support the construction of
the Centre for Excellence in First Air training community services centre.
MAR 2020

Millards Chartered Professional Accountants

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Why Not Youth Centre

City:

Brantford

Province:

Ontario

The gift will be given over 5 years, and will support the charity’s drop-in programs, counselling, meals, and thrift shop.
MAR 2020

Knights of Columbus

Gift:

$171,000

Recipient:

Maison McCulloch Hospice

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

“To add 10 more beds at the city’s end-of-life care facility. “
MAR 2020

Columbia Basin Trust

Gift:

$165,000

Recipient:

Hope Air

City:

Columbia Basin

Province:

British Columbia

This is a three year commitment and will help families in need with free medical flights.
MAR 2020

The Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

John R. Park Homestead

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

To develop a heritage centre at the Homestead.
MAR 2020

Estate of Alvira Wigle

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

John R. Park Homestead

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

To develop a heritage centre at the Homestead.
MAR 2020

Mark and Mary Cullen

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

City of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help buy a property in order to preserve Toronto’s oldest tree.
MAR 2020

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

City:

Muskoka

Province:

Ontario

To support the Y’s efforts to serve new Canadians settling in Barrie and surrounding areas.
MAR 2020

Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Teddy Bears Anonymous

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To support Teddy Bears Anonymous’ programming, which distributes Teddy Bears to sick children.
MAR 2020

Tourism Kamloops

Gift:

$50,000

Recipient:

Thompson Rivers University

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

To support TRU’s Limitless campaign. Specifically, the gift will support the TRU’s tourism innovation lab, which was founded by Tourism Kamloops and is a collaboration with the Kamloops Innovation Centre (KIC) and the school’s department of tourism management. Limitless
MAR 2020

Abbott Wealth

Gift:

$50,000

Recipient:

Thompson Rivers University

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

To support TRU’s Limitless campaign. Specifically, the gift will fund more scholarships and bursaries for student-athletes. Limitless
MAR 2020

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