Major Gift News

Gap (Canada) Inc.

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Delivering Good

City:

Various

Province:

National

In partnership with Delivering Good, Gap (Canada) Inc. will be donating more than $3 million of new Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy (Canada) clothing to those in need, including unemployed Canadians who need support getting back to work.
AUG 2020

John Dobson Foundation

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help drive innovation and entrepreneurship at the previously named Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurship.
AUG 2020

The Audian Foundation and Michael Audian

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

For a new chair in historical Indigenous art. Audain Chair in Historical Indigenous Art. The gift will be matched by the University to create a $6 million endowment. The Audain Foundation’s commitment to the University totalled more than $15 million at the time of the gift.
AUG 2020

William and Lynne Gray

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

Western University

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

For a new research chair in mobility and activity. The chair’s research will focus on improving mobility for seniors and understanding and managing mobility issues for all ages. William and Lynne Gray Research Chair in Mobility and Activity. The donation is being matched by Western University to create a $5 million endowment.
AUG 2020

The Jarislowsky Foundation

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For a new chair in McGill’s Department of Philosophy who will research and study technology and its impact on individuals and societies. Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Technology and Human Nature.
AUG 2020

Barrick Gold Corporation

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Government of Mali

City:

Various

Province:

International

To support Mali’s COVID-19 containment efforts. $426,000 will fund special equipment to strengthen medical infrastructure.
AUG 2020

Bob and Sharon Ireland

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

For urgent equipment needs. In recognition of their gift, a surgical unit will be named in the couple’s honour.
AUG 2020

Farm Boy and Customers

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

This gift is the result of funds raised through various campaigns. Farm Boy’s support for CHEO dates to the mid-90s.
AUG 2020

Gilbert and Ardeth Hill

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Fighting Blindness Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support vision research. The gift will establish a new professorship in ocular and genetics research at the University of Toronto, and pave the way for of a new Ocular and Genetics Research Centre in Toronto. The J. Ardeth Hill – Fighting Blindness Canada Professorship in Ocular Genetics Research
AUG 2020

Royal Canin

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Université de Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To create a new Centre of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Procedures in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The gift will assist in developing the Centre and its technology.
AUG 2020

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund

City:

Various

Province:

International

This gift is a part of $2.15 million in known donations Tesfaye has made to social justice organizations between June and August 2020.
AUG 2020

Rod and Betty Wade

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To establish a new endowment supporting research and community engagement in Applied Ethics at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. The gift will support an alternating program of fellowships and lectures.
AUG 2020

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Global Aid in Lebanon

City:

Various

Province:

International

To support the victims of Lebanon’s twin explosions that occurred on August 4, 2020. This gift is a part of $2.15 million in known donations Tesfaye has made to social justice organizations between June and August 2020.
AUG 2020

Lockheed Martin

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support mental health programs for children and youth from military families. A significant portion of the donation will help cover costs associated with the new Crisis Text Line.
AUG 2020

Bell Let's Talk

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Black Youth Helpline

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To promote access to professional and culturally appropriate support for youth in need across Canada. The gift was announced at the launch of a $5 million Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund to support the mental health and wellbeing of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities across Canada.
AUG 2020

Bell Let's Talk

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

National Association of Friendship Centres

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support the mental health and well-being of urban Indigenous communities across Canada. The gift was announced at the launch of a $5 million Bell Let’s Talk Diversity Fund to support the mental health and wellbeing of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities across Canada.
AUG 2020

Trottier Family Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Harvest Montreal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The gift was made through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Response Fund. It was created by the Foundation to respond to increased requests for support as a result of the pandemic.
AUG 2020

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defence Initiative

City:

Various

Province:

International

This gift is a part of $2.15 million in known donations Tesfaye has made to social justice organizations between June and August 2020.
AUG 2020

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

St. Francis Xavier University

City:

Antigonish

Province:

Nova Scotia

To help promote Indigenous women’s leadership at the Coady Institute’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. The gift helped kick-start the Coady Institute’s goal of raising $1 million for the International Centre for Women’s Leadership and the centre’s Indigenous programming.
AUG 2020

Charlotte Salomon and Chris Robinson

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Victoria Hospitals Foundation

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

The couple will match up to $200,000 in community donations made to the Victoria Hospitals Foundation in lieu of the annual Visions gala. The gala was cancelled for 2020 as a result of COVID-19.
AUG 2020

Trottier Family Foundation

Gift:

$175,000

Recipient:

United Way of Lower Mainland

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

To help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The gift was made through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Response Fund. It was created by the Foundation to respond to increased requests for support as a result of the pandemic.
AUG 2020

Cargill

Gift:

$172,000

Recipient:

Ronald McDonald House Charities

City:

Various

Province:

National

Cargill is matching donations up to $172,000 for a combined contribution of $344,000. For the last 14 years, Cargill has hosted an annual golf tournament in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities that they postponed to 2021 because of COVID-19.
AUG 2020

Rio Tinto

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Yellowknife Women’s Society

City:

Yellowknife

Province:

Northwest Territories

To hire three more employees to help provide ongoing service and programing at the Society’s COVID-19 isolation shelter.
AUG 2020

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

National Bail Out

City:

Various

Province:

International

This gift is a part of $2.15 million in known donations Tesfaye has made to social justice organizations between June and August 2020.
AUG 2020

Desjardins Insurance and its Agents

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Food Banks Canada

City:

Various

Province:

Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick

To support food banks across Canada with increased demand because of COVID-19. Desjardins Insurance has matched donations up to $1,000 made to community food banks by local Desjardins Agents in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. 128 Desjardins Agents participated, resulting in a combined $227,730 in donations to 77 community food banks. Desjardins Insurance donated an additional $100,000.
AUG 2020

John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Globus Theatre

City:

Bobcaygeon

Province:

Ontario

To help fill the financial gap created by COVID-19. The Foundation will match donations up to $100,000 as a part of the Theatre’s Save Our Stage fundraiser.
AUG 2020

Trottier Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Centraide of Greater Montreal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The gift was made through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Response Fund. It was created by the Foundation to respond to increased requests for support as a result of the pandemic.
AUG 2020

Trottier Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Santropol Roulant

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The gift was made through the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Response Fund. It was created by the Foundation to respond to increased requests for support as a result of the pandemic.
AUG 2020

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