Major Gift News

Jeff and Shelley Parr

Gift:

$9,200,000

Recipient:

Western University

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

For a new centre dedicated to providing collaborative and innovative approaches to proactive student mental health and well-being. The gift will also distribute funding to develop innovative mental health initiatives in partnership with units across the University. The Parr Centre for Thriving. Jeff Parr is a Western University alumnus.
SEPT 2020

The Canadian Shield

Gift:

$7,500,000

Recipient:

Education Ministries across Canada

City:

Various

Province:

National

The Canadian Shield has committed to donating 750,000 face shields valued at $7.5 million to education ministries across Canada to help prepare teachers for a return to classrooms.
SEPT 2020

Mississauga's Muslim Community

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Trillium Health Partners Foundation

City:

Mississuga

Province:

Ontario

For the redevelopment of the Mississauga Hospital. The donation was facilitated by Trillium Health Partners Foundation board member Abdul Qayyum Mufti and his friends and business associates, Nadeem Chaudhry and Atta Qureshi. The donation marks the largest gift to a hospital by the Muslim community in Canadian history.
SEPT 2020

Stephanie Mitchell (Estate of)

Gift:

$2,700,000

Recipient:

Brock University

City:

St. Catharines

Province:

Ontario

For expanded work opportunities for students, to provide greater access for underrepresented groups, and for research into career and experiential education. Dr. Gerald B. Mitchell Centre of Excellence in Career & Experiential Education. Stephanie’s legacy gift was made in honour of her late husband, Gerald B. Mitchell, who received an honourary degree from Brock University.
SEPT 2020

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Gift:

$2,200,000

Recipient:

Siloam Mission

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support the expansion project that will add new shelter beds and programming space for those experiencing homelessness and poverty. The gift was made as a part of the $19 million Make Room Capital Campaign that ran between 2017 and 2020. The exact date of the donation could not be confirmed.
SEPT 2020

Peter Bros. Construction

Gift:

$1,700,000

Recipient:

South Okanagan Similkameen Medical Foundation

City:

Penticton

Province:

British Columbia

To help purchase another CT medical imaging unit for the Penticton Regional Hospital.
SEPT 2020

LCBO staff and customers

Gift:

$1,100,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s Operation Community Regeneration, ensuring food banks have the resources they need to continue to help Ontario recover from COVID-19.
SEPT 2020

City of Toronto

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Advance, Canada's Black Music Business Collective

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the entry, retention and advancement of Black professionals in Toronto’s music industry. The gift is a commitment of $250,000 a year from 2020 to 2023, and was announced with an equal contribution from the Slaight Family Foundation.
SEPT 2020

Flames Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Alberta

To support Alberta charities with COVID-19 relief efforts. The funds were donated as a part of their COVID-19 Community Support Program. The donation is a result of the online 50/50 ticket sales.
SEPT 2020

Jim Bolster (Estate of)

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

A plaque in the diabetic ward will honour the gift. Bolster passed away in 2018, and the gift was officially announced in 2020.
SEPT 2020

Slaight Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Advance, Canada's Black Music Business Collective

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the entry, retention and advancement of Black professionals in Toronto’s music industry. The gift is a commitment of $250,000 a year from 2020 to 2023, and was announced with an equal contribution from the City of Toronto.
SEPT 2020

The Schulich Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

BlackNorth Initiative

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the development of programs and initiatives focussing on the challenges facing Black people and to help build a cultural centre for Black Canadians.
SEPT 2020

The Smith Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Manitoulin Health Centre

City:

Manitoulin Island

Province:

Ontario

For the Mindemoya site’s emergency department expansion and renovation.
SEPT 2020

Sobeys Inc.

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Special Olympics Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the immediate needs of athletes impacted by COVID-19 and to help restart sports programs. Sobeys chose to make the decision instead of holding its usual in-store fundraising campaign, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
SEPT 2020

Vohra Miller Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help launch a new Institute for Pandemics. The gift will help the Dalla Lana School of Public Health attract experts in infectious disease modelling and begin training a new generation of health professionals on how to most effectively respond to pandemics.
SEPT 2020

Mary Ethel Woods (Estate of)

Gift:

$850,000

Recipient:

Chatham Kent Community Foundation

City:

Chatham-Kent

Province:

Ontario

To establish a new animal welfare fund that will give annual grants to local organizations involved in the care, maintenance, benefit and general welfare of domestic and wild animals. The Mary and Al Woods Animal Welfare Field of Interest Fund. This is the largest private donation in the Foundation’s history.
SEPT 2020

Stephen and Jacqueline Wuori

Gift:

$850,000

Recipient:

The Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee

City:

Sylvan Lake

Province:

Alberta

For a new x-ray and digital imaging equipment.
SEPT 2020

Walmart Canada

Gift:

$820,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross

City:

Various

Province:

National

To support disaster relief and preparedness. The total includes over $2.89 million from a combination of Walmart customer donations and employee initiatives, and $820,000 from Walmart corporate match dollars.
SEPT 2020

Dream Developments

Gift:

$800,000

Recipient:

City of Saskatoon

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

Dream Developments has donated an art installation valued at $800,000 to Saskatoon’s Brighton neighbourhood.
SEPT 2020

Anthony Munk, Nina Munk, and Marc-David Munk

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support a young scholar in the Department of English each year. Professor Linda Munk Graduate Futures Scholarship. The children of the late Linda Munk, University of Toronto Professor Emeritus, made the donation in her honour.
SEPT 2020

CIBC

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To create awards for Indigenous students. Indspire matched the $500,000 donation from CIBC.
SEPT 2020

Eric and Kathy Newell

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Telus World of Science

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

For a new gallery focused on the Arctic. The gift will also support the co-creation of new programming with Alberta’s Indigenous communities. Newell Family Gallery.
SEPT 2020

Heather Bala Edwards

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

The Calgary Humane Society

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

For the facility enhancement project. Edwards is a former board member. The gift was announced at the ground-breaking ceremony.
SEPT 2020

Indspire

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To create awards for Indigenous students. This gift matched an initial $500,000 donation made by CIBC.
SEPT 2020

Richard and Colleen Gibbons

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

Together with matching funds from UBC, the gift creates an endowed award that will support students entering the University. Mary E. Gibbons Memorial Centennial Award in honour of Richard’s late Mother.
SEPT 2020

Health Partners International of Canada

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

20 hospitals, primary healthcare centres, dispensaries and clinics in Beirut, Lebanon

City:

Various

Province:

International

Health Partners International of Canada has donated medicine valued at $400,000 to help individuals affected by the explosion on August 4, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.
SEPT 2020

Cisco Foundation

Gift:

$375,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

Cisco Foundation has donated a Unified Computing System (UCS) valued at $375,000 to McMaster University’s bioinformatics program.
SEPT 2020

Abel Tesfaye (The Weeknd)

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Lebanese Red Cross, the Children’s Cancer Centre Lebanon and the World Food Programme

City:

Various

Province:

International

To help the people affected by the August 4, 2020 explosions in Beirut, Lebanon.
SEPT 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$251,000

Recipient:

Lang Pioneer Village Museum

City:

Keene

Province:

Ontario

For the Mitchell Building, a tractor with multi attachments, and the Aabnaabin Cabin. A portion of the gift is dependent on matching funds, which the museum has approximately a year to secure. The amount listed is the total expected financial impact.
SEPT 2020

Arrow Transportation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

For an operating theatre being constructed in a new patient care tower.
SEPT 2020

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Royal

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To improve access to virtual care support for mental health needs for Youth Services Bureau clients and Algonquin College students.
SEPT 2020

Holland America

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

The cruise line Holland America donated luxury food items valued at $200,000 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
SEPT 2020

Fido

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Pflag Canada

City:

Various

Province:

National

To help the organization support Canadians in the LGBTQ2S community and their families at a time when COVID-19 has suspended all in-person support meetings. Fido’s support also includes a donation of tablets with 6 months of free data plans to help regional chapters across Canada resume monthly meetings in a remote setup.
SEPT 2020

Alectra Utilities and Employees

Gift:

$140,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Various

Province:

Ontario

To provide meals for those in need. Alectra pledged to donate up to $100,000 to Feed Ontario if enough customers switched from paper to electronic billing. Alectra also pledged to match donations made by employees to neighbouring food banks. Employees donated $20,000, bringing the total donation to $140,000.
SEPT 2020

The Honourable Grant Burnyeat

Gift:

$129,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To provide tuition support for Juris Doctor students. Burnyeat is an alumni of UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.
SEPT 2020

Mondou

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Animal shelters across Quebec

City:

Various

Province:

Quebec

To support 36+ shelters across Quebec with renovations, spaying and neutering of animals, purchase of equipment and food, medical fees, microchipping clinics and adoption events. The funds were raised through a fundraising campaign held in the 67 Mondou stores across Quebec. The support comes from Mondou customers and the public.
SEPT 2020

Toyota Canada

Gift:

$119,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Response. Toyota Canada is matching donations made by its dealers to the initiative. The gift is a part of the company’s overall $1 million commitment to support COVID-19 response in communities across Canada.
SEPT 2020

Jays Care Foundation

Gift:

$117,000

Recipient:

Nelson Baseball Association

City:

Nelson

Province:

British Columbia

To support the restoration of Nelson’s Queen Elizabeth Park. The Nelson Baseball Association was one of 12 recipients of the $1.1 million Field of Dreams Grants.
SEPT 2020

Lion's Club International Foundation

Gift:

$108,656

Recipient:

Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Quinte West

Province:

Ontario

For new IV pumps. The Foundation matched funds raised by the Trenton Lion’s Club and local district clubs.
SEPT 2020

Amazon Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Response.
SEPT 2020

Darren Entwistle and The Entwistle Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support research on suicide prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SEPT 2020

Hydro One

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Response.
SEPT 2020

National Bank of Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Response.
SEPT 2020

National Bank of Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross

City:

Various

Province:

International

For the Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal, aiding people affected by the August 4, 2020 explosions in Beirut, Lebanon.
SEPT 2020

The Stober Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Kelowna Women's Shelter

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

To hire additional frontline staff and to fund additional support needed as a result of COVID-19.
SEPT 2020

Polzler, Schneider and Alexander families

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Feed Ontario’s COVID-19 Emergency Response. The donors are the founding families of Re/Max Integra. They have also asked their network of agents and brokers to join them in raising $200,000 for the cause.
SEPT 2020

The Trenton Lion’s Club and local district clubs

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Quinte West

Province:

Ontario

For new IV pumps.
SEPT 2020

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