Major Gift News

Allan and Helaine Shiff

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

Royal Ontario Museum

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To launch an interdisciplinary climate change initiative focused on public programming and citizen engagement. Allan and Helaine Shiff Curatorship of Climate Change. The value of the donation was not disclosed but was described as ‘visionary’. The donation was matched by the Museum’s Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust to launch the initiative.
OCT 2020

James and Louise Temerty Foundation

Gift:

$250,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For a new centre for artificial intelligence in health care; to provide financial support for underrepresented students including efforts to recruit a diverse class of medical students; and to help attract research talent. Temerty Faculty of Medicine. The University’s medical building will also be refurbished and renamed for the Temetrys. The donation is the largest gift made to a Canadian university to date.
OCT 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help launch the Dr. Sandra Black Centre for Brain Resilience & Recovery. The Centre is named in honour of renowned Sunnybrook neurologist Dr. Sandra Black.
OCT 2020

John & Myrna Daniels

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help build a new theatre in the hospital. John & Myrna Daniels Hollywood Theatre.
OCT 2020

Law Foundation of British Columbia

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

University of Victoria

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To support the building of a National Centre for Indigenous Laws.
OCT 2020

Betty Kennedy (Estate of)

Gift:

$3,600,000

Recipient:

University of Victoria

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

$3 million will endow a chair in mathematical biology; $600,000 will be added to the existing Betty and Gilbert Kennedy entrance scholarship in engineering, law, math and music. Kennedy was a faculty member at the University of Victoria before retiring in 1983.
OCT 2020

Don Rodzik Foundation

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

University of Windsor

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

For the Transforming Windsor Law building project. Don Rodzik Moot Court; Don & Gail Rodzik Law Library; Don Rodzik Family Chair in Law and Entrepreneurship. This is the largest single donation in Windsor Law’s history.
OCT 2020

Longo's Family Charitable Foundation

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the Tumour Immunotherapy Program and the Space Transformation Campaign. This donation marks the largest single philanthropic gift made by the Longo family.
OCT 2020

Bary and Brenda Gray

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

South Muskoka Hospital Foundation

City:

Bracebridge

Province:

Ontario

For new ultrasound and radiology equipment for the diagnostic imaging department at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital. Bary and Brenda Gray Imaging Department.
OCT 2020

Stephen Jarislowsky

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

For a new research in pandemic research and prevention. Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Pandemic Research and Prevention.
OCT 2020

BMO Capital Markets

Gift:

$1,600,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

National and International

To support charities offering scholarships, bursaries, mentoring programs and development opportunities for students across North America and the United Kingdom. The funds were raised through BMO’s Equity Through Education trading day event.
OCT 2020

Trottier Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,400,000

Recipient:

McGill University Health Centre Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help coordinate scientific evidence in the fight against COVID through CanCOVID, a country-wide, rapid-response network to facilitate coronavirus research, collaboration, and communication. A portion of the gift will fund CoVivre, an outreach initiative under CanCOVID aimed at helping vulnerable communities access health and support resources during the pandemic.
OCT 2020

Michel Eric Fournelle

Gift:

$1,330,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

For a new food lab and culinary studio. The lab will be named the Anita Stewart Alumni Food Laboratory, named for the University of Guelph’s food laureate and founder of Food Day Canada.
OCT 2020

Bay of Quinte Region

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

Hospice Quinte

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

To support the building of the new facility. The gift was announced with municipal contributions from Quinte West and Belleville.
OCT 2020

City of Belleville

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hospice Quinte

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

To support the building of the new facility. The gift was announced with municipal contributions from Bay of Quinte and Quinte West.
OCT 2020

City of Quinte West

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Hospice Quinte

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

To support the building of the new facility. The gift was announced with municipal contributions from Bay of Quinte and Belleville.
OCT 2020

Flanagan Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To support innovation in online learning and to help the University adjust to the immediate needs of online learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
OCT 2020

Frank McKenna

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Mount Allison University

City:

Sackville

Province:

New Brunswick

To establish a new school in philosophy, politics and economics. Frank McKenna School of Philosophy, Politics & Economics. The school was made possible by a total of $5 million in private donations.
OCT 2020

Gibson Energy Inc.

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Trellis

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To provide mental health support to youth through a five year partnership. The gift will also be funding a new space at one of Trellis’ locations. Gibson Garden. Gibson employees have also committed to sharing their time and skills to the organization throughout the five year partnership.
OCT 2020

Jim and Patricia Burns

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Calgary Reads

City:

Inglewood

Province:

Alberta

To help pay the mortgage on The Children’s Reading Place home run by the organization.
OCT 2020

Keith and Sharon Segal

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Sheridan College

City:

Oakville

Province:

Ontario

To create a fund that will support the development of international and internationally themed musicals at Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project, as well as to support scholarships for international students. Keith & Sharon Segal Fund for International Musical Development.
OCT 2020

Roots Canada

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Brands For Canada

City:

Various

Province:

National

This is an in-kind donation of $1 million in apparel.
OCT 2020

Scotiabank

Gift:

$600,000

Recipient:

Indspire

City:

Ohsweken

Province:

Ontario

To support programs that build more resilient futures for Indigenous youth.
OCT 2020

Bob Williams

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Winnipeg Art Gallery

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

For the Inuit Art Centre. Williams will match donations up to $500,000 made between September 1, 2020 and November 30, 2020. This is Williams’ second contribution to the project.
OCT 2020

Fort William Rotary

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation

City:

Thunder Bay

Province:

Ontario

For the equipment and program funding needed to create a new Cardiovascular Surgery Program in Northwestern Ontario. The funds came through the Club’s annual house lottery.
OCT 2020

Simon Nehme and Nehme Holdings

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Ottawa

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support a COVID-19 Design Challenge in the Faculty of Engineering. Simon Nehme COVID-19 Design Challenge. The gift was announced as a contribution of more than $500 thousand.
OCT 2020

Shopify

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

City:

New York

Province:

International

To support the firm’s fight for racial justice.
OCT 2020

Klara and Oskar Bookbinder (Estate of)

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Guelph Kiwanis Music Festival

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To help ensure the long-term sustainability of the festival.
OCT 2020

RBC

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Humber College

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To launch two new Indigenous education and engagement initiatives over the next two years. The programs will provide coaching, peer-mentoring, and skills development opportunities for Humber Indigenous students and graduates as they pursue their careers. The RBC Grad-Ready Program and RBC Peer-to-Peer Support System.
OCT 2020

Shopify

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Black Health Alliance

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

The gift was announced with two donations totalling $750,000 to help fight racial injustice in the US.
OCT 2020

Shopify

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Campaign Zero

City:

Various

Province:

International

To support research and analysis of policing practices in the US.
OCT 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Food Banks of Saskatchewan

City:

Regina, Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To support the Regina Food Bank and the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre. The donor made an initial donation of $100,000 in spring 2020 and followed up with an additional $200,000 in September.
OCT 2020

Meridian

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Food4Kids Ontario

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

To support COVID-19 response efforts. Meridian has pledged to match up to $250,000 in donations from Directors, employees, Members and the public. Their contribution will be split between Food4Kids Ontario and HelpAge.
OCT 2020

Meridian

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

HelpAge Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support COVID-19 response efforts. Meridian has pledged to match up to $250,000 in donations from Directors, employees, Members and the public. Their contribution will be split between Food4Kids Ontario and HelpAge.
OCT 2020

Bill and Betty Heno Fund

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Battlefords Humane Society

City:

Battleford

Province:

Saskatchewan

To help purchase land for a new Humane Society building.
OCT 2020

Helen Francis and Helko Leers

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

YMCA of Northeastern Ontario

City:

Sudbury and North Bay

Province:

Ontario

To help fund operating costs at the Sudbury YMCA and North Bay YMCA. Francis is President and CEO of YMCA of Northeastern Ontario.
OCT 2020

Honda Canada Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Food Banks Canada

City:

Various

Province:

National

To help address food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift was announced as a part of a total of $500 thousand donated to organizations to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
OCT 2020

Honda Canada Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Southlake Regional Health Centre

City:

Newmarket

Province:

Ontario

For medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19. The gift was announced as a part of a total of $500 thousand donated to organizations to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
OCT 2020

Honda Canada Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Royal Victoria Hospital

City:

Barrie

Province:

Ontario

For medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19. The gift was announced as a part of a total of $500 thousand donated to organizations to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
OCT 2020

Honda Canada Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Markham Stouffville Hospital

City:

Markham

Province:

Ontario

For medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19. The gift was announced as a part of a total of $500 thousand donated to organizations to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
OCT 2020

Honda Canada Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Alliston

Province:

Ontario

For medical supplies and equipment for frontline healthcare workers fighting against COVID-19. The gift was announced as a part of a total of $500 thousand donated to organizations to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
OCT 2020

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