Major Gift News

Geoffrey and Robyn Sperber

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To help build a new life sciences library. The value of the donation was not disclosed but was described as historic and as one of the largest in the history of the University of Alberta Library.
NOV 2020

The Garron Family

Gift:

$15,000,000

Recipient:

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support brain imaging research. Garron Family PET Imaging Suite.
NOV 2020

The Brownlee Family Foundation

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Saskatoon Public Schools Foundation

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To support the Early Learning Equal Start Campaign aimed at increasing opportunities for children in Saskatoon to obtain essential literacy skills by the end of Grade 3.
NOV 2020

The Sobey Family

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

To help fund construction of the new Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on the Halifax waterfront. $7.5 million is from Rob Sobey and $2.5 million is from the Sobey Foundation. The gift was announced at the unveiling of the design plan for the Gallery.
NOV 2020

Green Shield Canada

Gift:

$6,150,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support dental and public health research and policy development in the Faculty of dentistry. The gift will fund the establishment of a five-year research program that will offer no-cost oral health care to individuals and their families who could not otherwise afford it. The gift will also fund a small dental clinic within the Faculty of Dentistry. This is the largest donation to dental public health in Canada’s history. It was made through GSC’s Green Door Project.
NOV 2020

Castlepoint Auto BLDG Inc.

Gift:

$5,700,000

Recipient:

The Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the Tomorrow of Contemporary Art campaign to support capital improvements at the Museum’s current location. The donations will retire a capital loan for the construction of the Museum. Castlepoint Auto BLDG Inc. is the Museum’s landlord.
NOV 2020

The Fondation Famille Michel Fournelle

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Fondation Dr Julien

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support direct child care and services offered at three community social pediatrics centres (CSPC) and to support the network’s expansion across Quebec.
NOV 2020

Laurie Rix

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

BC Cancer Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support research into rare and hard to treat forms of breast cancer. Rix’s late husband, Neil Macrae, had male breast cancer along with two other forms of cancer. This gift launched the $20 million Break Down Women’s Cancers campaign.
NOV 2020

The Slaight Family Foundation

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thompson Hall

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the ongoing renovation of Massey Hall. Massey Hall’s auditorium will be named in honor of The Slaight Family Foundation founder Allan Slaight. The Slaight Family Foundation kicked off the Massey Hall Revitalization in 2017 with an initial $5 million donation.
NOV 2020

Charles and Margaret Juravinski

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Juravinski Research Institute

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

To fund three COVID-19 research projects and update health systems through the Juravinski Research Institute. The institute, established through the couple’s $100 million endowment fund in May 2019, is a partnership between Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.
NOV 2020

Seaspan Victoria Shipyards and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Gift:

$2,650,000

Recipient:

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To help build a high acuity unit boosting critical care capacity at Royal Jubilee Hospital.
NOV 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

The Anglican Church of the Good Samaritan

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland and Labrador

To buy a new complex for the congregation. Multiple anonymous donors provided the funds.
NOV 2020

Don and Shirley Green Family Charitable Foundation

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

The Brockville District Hospital Foundation

City:

Brockville

Province:

Ontario

To support and enhance patient care. The patient care tower will be called the Donald B. Green Tower.
NOV 2020

JBS Foods Canada

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Town of Brooks

City:

Brooks

Province:

Alberta

To help with COVID-19 response as part of the company’s Hometown Strong initiative, which has earmarked $50 million to support communities in the US and Canada where it has facilities.
NOV 2020

Lanny and Catherine Huff

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

For the Back the Build campaign to build the new hospital. The lobby/atrium inside the main entrance to the new Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital will be named in honour of the couple.
NOV 2020

Magna

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Sheridan College

City:

Oakville

Province:

Ontario

To help supply skilled trades labs with new equipment, create student scholarships, provide resources for training, and will support learning beyond the classroom through student participation at skills competitions. In honour of the gift, Sheridan College has re-named its suite of Skilled Trades programs as the Magna School for the Skilled Trades.
NOV 2020

Nancy McCain and Bill Morneau

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Acadia University

City:

Wolfville

Province:

Nova Scotia

For the renewal of the University’s student centre and Centre for Student Success. Nancy McCain is chair of the Campaign for Acadia.
NOV 2020

Rob Steele

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Saint Mary's University

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

To support the Sobey School of Business Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation program over 10 years. The gift will enable the program to double in size, create new resources for research in the area of entrepreneurship and provide scholarships and awards to student entrepreneurs. The Steele MTEI Scholarships; The Steele Entrepreneurship Awards; The Steele Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the Sobey School of Business.
NOV 2020

TD

Gift:

$1,005,500

Recipient:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund research for treatment-on-the-go technologies to support children with autism and their families.
NOV 2020

Elizabeth Russell (Estate of)

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

King's University College

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

For improved accessibility for all patrons, enhanced technology and improved study space in the G. Emmett Cardinal Carter Library. Elizabeth Russell Achievement Centre. Elizabeth Russell is former Chief Librarian.
NOV 2020

The Edward and Suzanne Rogers Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the pre-existing Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute in the Faculty of Communication & Design. The gift is a renewal of a $1 million contribution made 5 years ago that created the Institute.
NOV 2020

Frode Strand-Nielsen

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Simon Fraser University

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

To establish endowments to support varsity female athletes and enhance the women’s soccer program. Strand-Nielsen is an alumnus of the Simon Fraser University. Strand-Nielsen previously established SFU’s first $1 million athletic scholarship endowment in support of men’s soccer.
NOV 2020

Gordie and Wendy Christoff

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation

City:

Delta

Province:

British Columbia

To support seniors care at Delta Hospital.
NOV 2020

Joyce Family Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

QEII Hospital

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

For the surgical robot program.
NOV 2020

Kasapi Construction

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Victoria

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

The gift establishes an endowment to fund two new student scholarships. The Agamemnon Kasapi and Family Scholarship. The Kasapi family made the gift in memory of Kasapi Construction’s founder, Agamemnon A. Kasapi, with the proceeds from the sale of a parcel of land.
NOV 2020

Magna

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Georgian College

City:

Barrie

Province:

Ontario

To help bridge the skills gap, drive change in the field of mechatronics, and prepare students for industry opportunities. The agreement will lead to the creation of a new facility and new scholarship opportunities for both future and current Georgian College students. Magna Mechatronics Lab.
NOV 2020

Mattamy Homes and The Biddington Group

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help build two-family sized housing units in Toronto.
NOV 2020

Windsor Plywood Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

City:

Nanaimo

Province:

British Columbia

For a new intensive care unit at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
NOV 2020

William McCarthy

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Burnaby Hospital Foundation

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

McCarthy and his family are matching donations to the hospital’s redevelopment campaign, up to $750,000.
NOV 2020

Finning Canada

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

College of New Caledonia

City:

Prince George

Province:

British Columbia

This is an in-kind gift of $500,000 worth of equipment towards the college’s heavy duty mechanics program. The newest building at the College of New Caledonia has been renamed in honour of Finning Canada.
NOV 2020

Glencore

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Northern Cancer Foundation and Health Sciences North

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

To buy a second MRI for Health Sciences North and to upgrade the current MRI machine. The gift was made by Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations.
NOV 2020

Paul and Coreen Evaskevich

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Grande Prairie Regional College

City:

Grande Prairie

Province:

Alberta

To establish the Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation, which will be located in the College wing of the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital. The Centre will be dedicated to research surrounding rural, northern, and Indigenous health benefitting new and existing health care programming. Evaskevich Centre for Health Research and Innovation.
NOV 2020

Robert and Judith Astley

Gift:

$375,000

Recipient:

Wilfrid Laurier University

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

For the Making Space for Music campaign to expand and renovate the Faculty of Music building on the Waterloo campus. The gift will help name a series of practice studios after Glen Carruthers who recently retired as dean of the Faculty of Music. Made as a matching gift. Carruthers Practice Studios. The Astleys will match donations up to $375,000.
NOV 2020

James King

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

Lambton College

City:

Sarnia

Province:

Ontario

To fund scholarships for students in the Personal Support Workers program. The gift was made in honour of James’ late wife, Catherine, in recognition of the care she received from Lambton Personal Support Worker graduates while at an area nursing home.
NOV 2020

Chemung Lake District Lions Club

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation

City:

Peterborough

Province:

Ontario

For the cardiac cath lab project.
NOV 2020

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Covenant House

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support programs such as street outreach, the drop-in centre, the crisis program and a long-term transitional living program. The gift was announced with a $250,000 donation to Covenant House Vancouver.
NOV 2020

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Covenant House

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support programs such as street outreach, the drop-in centre, the crisis program and a long-term transitional living program. The gift was announced with a $250,000 donation to Covenant House Toronto.
NOV 2020

NTL Pipelines

Gift:

$245,000

Recipient:

Community Foundation of Northwest Alberta Eva Marie Fund

City:

Grande Prairie

Province:

Alberta

Proceeds from the sale of a pink pipelayer were donated to the Fund.
NOV 2020

TC Energy

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

College of New Caledonia

City:

Prince George

Province:

British Columbia

To support trades training. The gift will go towards a bursary program, purchasing and upgrading trades equipment, and towards a safety training week.
NOV 2020

Noelle's Gift Foundation

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

St. Clair Catholic and Lambton-Kent School Board

City:

Wallaceburg and Chatham

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase eyeglasses, clothing, food, medicine and medical equipment.
NOV 2020

Al Quesnel

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Windsor Residence for Young Men

City:

Windsor

Province:

Ontario

NOV 2020

Bill and Dawn Mitchell

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Burnaby Hospital Foundation

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

To help redevelop the Burnaby Hospital.
NOV 2020

CN

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Halton Learning Foundation

City:

Burlington

Province:

Ontario

For low income students in the Halton District School Board. The gift will ensure that more students can access immediate support for food, clothing and school supplies. CN has been a long-time supporter of students and schools through the Halton Learning Foundation with gifts totalling more than $800,000 since 2015.
NOV 2020

Darren and Joanne Gunn

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Portage la Prairie Assisted Living Corporation

City:

Portage la Prairie

Province:

Manitoba

For the Dufferin Villa project which will provide affordable assisted housing suites for seniors.
NOV 2020

Dyck Insurance and Wawanesa Insurance

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Wetaskiwin Health Foundation

City:

Wetaskiwin

Province:

Alberta

For the hospital’s Phase 2 Capital Campaign.
NOV 2020

Gosling Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To support the renewal of the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Gosling Wildlife Gardens and to expand their infrastructure, plantings, signs and features.
NOV 2020

Munk and Rogers Families

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Bahamas Ministry of Health

City:

Province:

International

This is an in-kind donation of 4 ventilators valued at $100,000 to help with COVID-19 response.
NOV 2020

Steve and Ladonne Davidson

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

To complete the waiting room on the seventh floor of the patient-care tower. Both of the Davidsons’ children were born at the hospital. The couple decided to make a donation in honour of their birthdays.
NOV 2020

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