Major Gift News

Fortis Inc.

FEB 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Gros Morne Theatre Festival

To support the construction of a new performing arts centre for the Gros Morne Theatre Festival. 

Hebron Project Employers’ Association

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,440,000

Recipient:

Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation

The gift launched the $5 million In This Together campaign for a new chemotherapy unit. This is the largest one-time gift ever given to support cancer care in Newfoundland and Labrador. ExxonMobil Canada operates the Hebron Project.

Suncor and Suncor Energy Foundation

FEB 2019

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Northern Lights Health Foundation

For minimally Invasive Surgical Suites and renovations to the building’s lobby at Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. This is the largest donation given to the Foundation.

National Bank

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Université Laval

To help increase the school’s entrepreneurial offerings and create an incubator, La Centrale – espace entrepreneurial, for entrepreneurs and their start-up projects.

Conrad Whelan

FEB 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Calgary Public Library Foundation

For the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Centre located at the library, it will be named the Patricia A. Whelan Performance Centre. Conrad Whelan is one of the people behind the ridesharing company Uber, and made the donation in honour of his late mother. 

Dr. John Lacey and Naomi Lacey

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,300,000

Recipient:

National Gallery of Canada

To support of the Naomi and John Lacey Art Incubator Prize, which will recognize talent at artist-run centres and in small galleries across Canada. The prize will be named the Naomi and John Lacey Art Incubator Prize. The gift from Dr. John Lacey and his late wife Naomi was announced at an event saluting Director and CEO Marc Mayer. A total of $3 million in total donations was celebrated.

Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

National Gallery of Canada

To support the Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment. The gift was announced at an event saluting Director and CEO Marc Mayer. A total of $3 million in total donations was celebrated.

Gordon Denford

FEB 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Glenlyon Norfolk School

Towards a capital campaign to refurbish the school’s two campuses. A hall will be renamed to honour the Denford family. The gift was made on behalf of Gordon Denford’s family.

The Firefighters Burn Fund

FEB 2019

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Health Sciences Centre Foundation

For research into the use of stem cells in treating burn survivors in Manitoba. The donation was made in the form of an endowed gift.

Intact Financial Corporation

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

To support the establishment of a regional centre for training and learning in Rwanda that will serve as a meeting place for countries to exchange and learn about how to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers. The Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative is a global partnership based at Dalhousie University.

John F. Wood

FEB 2019

Gift:

$7,000,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

To help develop business leaders focused on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Centre for Business and Student Enterprise. The donation will also support two new academic chairs in entrepreneurship and community engagement and will give students and alumni access to start-up funds, space and mentorship for starting businesses. The centre will be named the John F. Wood Centre for Business and Student Enterprise. This is the largest-ever gift for the University’s College of Business and Economics.

Marla and Aubrey Dan

FEB 2019

Gift:

$6,500,000

Recipient:

Canadian Hadassah-WIZO

To launch the DAN Department of Creative Human Design at Hadassah Academic College and provide scholarship support, facilitate international student exchanges, support guest lectures and teaching workshops; for the Marla Dan Interventional Radiology Institute at the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center, which will fund modern tools and equipment; and to assist with the organization’s strategic needs.  The donation was made in the form of an endowment, and is the largest endowed gift in the organization’s history. The department and institute funded are based in Israel.

iA Financial Group

FEB 2019

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Swift Current Branch

To provide more services to socially isolated individuals by increasing opening hours and creating an attractive program for the target client. The funds were donated through iA Financial Group’s second annual Canada-wide philanthropic contest, in which finalists are voted on by the public. The contest’s goal was to support a Canadian charity that works with people living with mental health issues. The Canadian Mental Health Association – Swift Current Branch placed first.

Angelo and Darlene Paletta

FEB 2019

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Carpenter Hospice

To support the hospice’s $6 million expansion project, and will be named the Angelo and Darlene Paletta Resident Wing. 

Rotary Club of Sarnia

FEB 2019

Gift:

$600,000

Recipient:

Pathways Health Centre

To help replace the Centre’s therapy pool. The Rotary Club of Sarnia is a founding partner of Pathways Health Centre.

Flora Matteotti

FEB 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Lethbridge College

For the Lethbridge College Kodiaks Athletics. The gift will support the newly-named Val and Flora Matteotti Kodiaks recruitment fund, the Kodiaks team of the year award winners and athletics scholarships. The fund will be named the Val and Flora Matteotti Kodiaks recruitment fund.

Carpenters Union/Carpenters District Council of Ontario

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

To help fund the construction of a new hospital campus.

Paul Albrechtsen

FEB 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Health Sciences Centre Foundation

For new interventional angiography facilities and new equipment. This gift brings Paul Albrechtsen’s cumulative giving to the Foundation to over $13 million.

Proctor & Gamble and Employees

FEB 2019

Gift:

$465,000

Recipient:

United Way Hastings Prince Edward

For the annual campaign. From employee payroll donations. Over $10 million has been donated by Proctor & Gamble and employees in Belleville since 1976, with a 33% increase in 2018 from 2017 giving.

The Sprott Foundation

FEB 2019

Gift:

$25,000,000

Recipient:

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

To support patient care and research innovation in the previously-named Sprott Department of Surgery. Funds will be used for surgical upgrades including new imaging equipment, 3-D printing technology, modernization of existing suites, enhanced intensive care units, and a suite dedicated to minimally invasive treatment. $21.7 million of the gift was of shares. This gift brings the couple’s cumulative giving to University Health Network to well over $50 million.

The Sobey Foundation

FEB 2019

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Acadia University

For awards for nutrition students and bursaries for students with financial need. Sobey Bursaries; Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics

Irving and Dianne Kipnes

FEB 2019

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Partners in Health Canada

To support a cancer centre in Rwanda.

Irving and Dianne Kipnes

FEB 2019

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

University Hospital Foundation

To advance research and patient care at the Northern Alberta Urology Centre. The Dianne and Irving Kipnes Urology Centre. Irving Kipnes has dedicated years of his philanthropic life to advancing urological care and men’s health for patients in northern Alberta as cochairman for the Campaign for Prostate Health.

Anonymous

FEB 2019

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

To help renovate the cardiac care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital and to purchase new cardiac care equipment for NRGH and the Oceanside Health Centre in Parksville. This is the largest gift ever received by the Foundation.

Clan Mac and Growlers Give

FEB 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The Gathering Place

Clan Mac is a charitable foundation; Growlers Give is a charitable arm of the Newfoundland Growlers Hockey Club. The gift was announced on the opening night of Our Divas Do Christmas show.

John and Barbara Wood

FEB 2019

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

For the most urgent and essential equipment needs, including a CT scanner. The main lobby of the hospital was named in the couple’s honour.

Rob Katz and Elana Amsterdam

FEB 2019

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Whistler Community Services Society

To support emotional wellness programs. Rob Katz is the top executive of Vail Resorts. The gift was a part of $2 million (USD) the couple donated to wellness programs in mountain resort communities that Vail Resorts operates. The Squamish-based Sea to Sky Community Services Society received an additional $75 thousand.

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