Major Gift News

Allied Properties

Gift:

Unknown

Recipient:

Massey Hall

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the Massey Hall revitalization project. The gift expands the project’s original scope and introduces a new multi-purpose performance facility. The new Allied Music Centre will be home of historic Massey Hall. Allied Music Centre. The value of the donation was not disclosed but was described as ‘a landmark contribution’ and ‘transformative’.
DEC 2020

Gulshan and Pyarali Nanji

Gift:

Unknown

Recipient:

Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation

City:

Markham

Province:

Ontario

The funds will support the hospital as a whole and will also serve to inspire and innovate change in the mental health services provided at the hospital. Gulshan & Pyarali G. Nanji Mental Health Services. The family has supported the hospital since 1993, often anonymously, and this is their largest gift to date. The value of the donation was not disclosed but was described as a substantial multi-million dollar gift.
DEC 2020

Mary Rozsa de Coquet and the Rozsa Foundation

Gift:

Unknown

Recipient:

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

The gift endows the Resident Conductor position. The value of the donation was not disclosed.
DEC 2020

Lance Uggla and Family

Gift:

$34,100,000

Recipient:

Simon Fraser University

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

The gift will establish scholarships for students in the Beedie School of Business or the Faculty of Applied Science who may not otherwise be able to afford a university education and will address social mobility, equity, diversity and inclusion. The gift will support 10 undergraduate students per year who are members of the LGBTQ2S+ community, are living with a disability or who identify as Indigenous, Black, or a person of colour. Uggla Family Scholarship. Lance Uggla is an alumnus of the University. This is the largest gift ever received in the university’s history and the largest gift of its kind ever given to a Canadian university.
DEC 2020

Walter Schroeder and Family

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

To support research into a cure for allergies through treatment and prevention. The gift will create and new research institute that will support senior scientists and scholars in allergy investigation, and will help the facility analyze data for a national allergy study. Schroeder Allergy and Immunology Research Institute. Walter Schroeder is an alumnus of McMaster University.
DEC 2020

Emmanuelle Gattuso

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

University Health Network

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the social medicine program at Toronto General Hospital which is relaunching as the Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine Innovation. Gattuso Centre for Social Medicine Innovation.
DEC 2020

Green Shield Canada

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

Ottawa Community Foundation, Foundation of Greater Montreal, Toronto Foundation, Fondation Quebec Philanthrope, and Haida Gwaii Community Foundation

City:

Province:

Various

To support communities dealing with the fallout from COVID-19. A $500,000 grant to Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation is being made in honour of Sherry Peister, Green Shield Canada’s recently retired Chair of its Board of Directors who lives in Waterloo Region. This grant is inclusive of a $200,000 permanent endowment fund that will be named the GSC Sherry Peister Community Impact Fund. The company is also making contributions totaling over $200,000 to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on specific segments of the population through the creation of three national funds.
DEC 2020

Mary Marsh (Estate of)

Gift:

$4,800,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For the Faculty of Education. The gift will boost the suite of entrance bursaries, scholarships and fellowships she established in 2009. Mary Marsh was a primary school teacher.
DEC 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.
DEC 2020

The Molson Foundation

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For the CoLab, a new partnership between the Faculty of Education and Montreal’s Trafalgar School for Girls. The CoLab aims to bring researchers and educators together to develop best practices in teaching and learning practices that can be directly applied to the classroom experience. The investment represents the first half of a $5 million commitment from the foundation in honour of McGill’s upcoming bicentennial.
DEC 2020

123Dentist

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To help build a new Simulation and Digital Dentistry Laboratory in the Faculty of Dentistry.
DEC 2020

AltaLink and Employees

Gift:

$1,001,024

Recipient:

United Ways across Alberta

City:

Province:

Alberta

The funds were raised through AltaLink’s Powerful Giving annual employee giving campaign. This is a record-breaking outcome of their annual campaign and includes a contribution from AltaLink itself.
DEC 2020

Anonymous (Estate of)

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

MacEwan University

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

For an endowment that will fund bursaries for computer science students. The Larissa Bursary.
DEC 2020

Elaine Keillor

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To create a new fund that will help enhance music research at the University of Toronto as well as the science and practice of music and health. Elaine Keillor Music and Health Research Innovation Fund. Elaine Keillor was the first woman to earn a PhD at the University’s Faculty of Music. Part of the donation will be matched by the division of the vice-president and provost to support graduate and international students pursuing studies in music and health.
DEC 2020

The Faas Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the Money Matters program, which helps cancer patients navigate through government and workplace income programs, drug coverage options and community resources available to help them when they are too sick to work. The Faas Foundation Money Matters Program at Wellspring.
DEC 2020

Iacobelli Family

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Journey Home Hospice

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support expansion at the only hospice specifically for Toronto’s homeless community. The gift will allow the hospice to increase its capacity by 150%.
DEC 2020

Jim and Deb Westlake

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Paralympic Foundation of Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support athletes with a disability through supporting local programming, the purchase of equipment, providing quality training and competition opportunities, coaching, and to help ensure that families of Canadians with a disability are supported as their loved ones participate and compete. The couple’s son, Greg, is a Paralympian. The gift represents the largest private donation made to the Foundation to date.
DEC 2020

Johnny Fong and Rebecca Cheng

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Richmond Hospital Foundation

City:

Richmond

Province:

British Columbia

$700,000 will support the hospital’s new acute care tower; $300,00 will support the Surgical Restart campaign. The $300,000 for the Surgical Restart campaign was a match of the community’s donations.
DEC 2020

Lois and Dale Keyes

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Winchester District Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Winchester

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase a new CT scanner. In 2019, the couple served as Honorary Chairs for Boots & Bling, a fundraising event.
DEC 2020

OpenText

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various food banks

City:

Province:

Various

The gift, in USD, will support food banks in OpenText communities across 21 countries and 58 cities.
DEC 2020

The Wilson Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Mount Allison University

City:

Sackville

Province:

New Brunswick

For the previously named L.R. Wilson Internships established in 2015. The endowment supports internships for students studying philosophy, politics, and economics.
DEC 2020

BC Egg Farmers

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Food Banks BC

City:

Surrey

Province:

British Columbia

This is an in-kind donation of $750,000 worth of eggs. In addition to the in-kind donation, BC Egg Farmers also raised over $67,000 for the Union Gospel Mission, made weekly donations of eggs to Sheway, and supported many small organizations with emergency egg donations.
DEC 2020

BMO

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Thompson Rivers University

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

To fund awards for Indigenous students and support undergraduate research. $400,000 will support a mentorship program that guides Indigenous researchers starting at the undergraduate level; $250,000 will support awards at the School of Nursing.
DEC 2020

Pfizer Canada

Gift:

$600,000

Recipient:

McGill University and McGill University Health Centre

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For awards that will provide early career scientists and researchers across the McGill and MUHC community with the opportunity to undertake research to curb the threat of infectious diseases. Over a three-year period, $100,000 will be awarded to each of two recipients per year. Pfizer Early Career Investigator Awards.
DEC 2020

Amazon Canada

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada

City:

Boucherville

Province:

Quebec

To provide 300,000 breakfasts to Canadian youth.
DEC 2020

CN

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Wilfrid Laurier University

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

To support research and education at the Centre for Supply Chain Management at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. This is a renewal of a commitment made in 2015.
DEC 2020

Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty Gift Shop volunteers

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Jordan Historical Museum of the Twenty

City:

Lincoln

Province:

Ontario

To help build the new museum.
DEC 2020

Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Pallium Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To increase the capacity of frontline health care professionals to provide palliative care. The two organizations are collaborating on the Li KaShing Palliative Care Skills Development Project to build palliative care capacity among Canada’s frontline health care professionals through Pallium’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) courseware.
DEC 2020

SNC-Lavalin

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

McGill University Health Centre Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For the Interprofessional Skills and Simulation Network. The gift was announced with a $250,000 donation to Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
DEC 2020

The Brick

Gift:

$467,000

Recipient:

Children's Miracle Network

City:

Woodbridge

Province:

Ontario

The funds were raised through two fundraising initiatives: $45,000 from Cooking for Kids, a virtual cooking class where 100% of the registration fee supported the cause; and $422,000 through The Brick’s recent Buy More, Save More, Give campaign. The Brick has raised more than $7.8 million in support of children’s hospitals since partnering with the charity in 2014.
DEC 2020

Royal Canadian Mint

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada

City:

Boucherville

Province:

Quebec

For the COVID-19 Emergency Fund. The funds were raised through the Royal Canadian Mint’s Recognition Medal program.
DEC 2020

Bruce Power

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

Various organizations in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties

City:

Province:

Ontario

To help health and long-term care workers as well as children and families of Bruce, Grey and Huron counties. The gift will support a number of initiatives including breakfast programs, providing grocery store gift cards to families, and Christmas toy drives. The gift was made as a part of Bruce Power’s $1 million campaign, Be a Light: Beating COVID-19 Together.
DEC 2020

Amazon Canada

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

True North Aid, Backpack Buddies, Breakfast Club of Canada, Daily Bread Food Bank Toronto and Food Banks of Quebec

City:

Province:

National

To help the charities address hunger and the well-being of children and families impacted by COVID-19. Amazon Canada matched 100% of employee donations up to $10,000 per employee made in October and November.
DEC 2020

Amazon Canada

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada

City:

Boucherville

Province:

Quebec

To help provide 155,000 breakfasts to Canadian youth per year. This is a new multi-year commitment.
DEC 2020

Brookfield Asset Management

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Nature Foundation

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

For the museum’s Centre for Arctic Knowledge and Exploration. The gift will create a new fund that will focus on supporting Arctic field research. D.K. Beckel Arctic Fieldwork Fund. The Nature Foundation, launched in October 2020 with approximately $4 million in gifts, is the fundraising arm of the Canadian Museum of Nature.
DEC 2020

Cosineau Family and OCP Construction Supplies

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

NEO Kids Foundation

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

To support the highest-priority needs of the NEO Kids & Family Program at Health Sciences North such as the purchase of specialized pediatric equipment and the new MRI scanner.
DEC 2020

Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Iqaluit Humane Society

City:

Iqaluit

Province:

Nunavut

To help replace its old facility.
DEC 2020

SNC-Lavalin

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For the Music Therapy Program. The gift was announced with a $500,000 donation to McGill University Health Centre Foundation.
DEC 2020

Parrott Foundation

Gift:

$215,000

Recipient:

Hospice Quinte

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

$200,000 will support the capital campaign to build a new hospice; $15,000 will support general operations.
DEC 2020

Beth and Graydon Nicholas

Gift:

$210,000

Recipient:

St. Francis Xavier University

City:

Antigonish

Province:

Nova Scotia

To establish a new bursary for Indigenous Canadian students. Hatchette Nicholas Bursary Endowment. Beth and Graydon Nicholas are alumni of the University. The bursary honours the memory of Beth’s brother, Richard (Rick) Hatchette, who also graduated from the University. The donation is matched by the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Foundation, doubling the endowment fund to $420,000.
DEC 2020

Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Foundation

Gift:

$210,000

Recipient:

St. Francis Xavier University

City:

Antigonish

Province:

Nova Scotia

The donation matches a gift from Beth and Graydon Nicholas to establish a new bursary for Indigenous Canadian students.
DEC 2020

Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Community Food Sharing Association

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland and Labrador

To help replenish supplies at the network’s 55 food banks. The gift was made because the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association discovered a surplus in their budget and decided to donate the funds.
DEC 2020

The Rizzardo Family

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Royal Inland Hospital Foundation

City:

Kamloops

Province:

British Columbia

For medical equipment and technology in the new patient care tower.
DEC 2020

Brice, Cathy, Dean and Brian Miller

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Okanagan College

City:

Okanagan

Province:

Colombie-Britannique

Pour le nouveau Centre des sciences de la santé. Le don soutiendra la salle de collaboration des étudiants, une unité de lits de soins et un autre salon de rassemblement et d’étude pour les étudiants. Le don a été fait à la mémoire de Mary Miller, qui était infirmière.
DEC 2020

B2Gold

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Covenant House Vancouver

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support at-risk youth. The gift was announced with three others totaling $500,000 in support of community services in Vancouver. It matches an initial $500,000 contribution made in April 2020, $125,000 of which was to Covenant Foundation.
DEC 2020

B2Gold

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To help meet the increasing demand for food. The gift was announced with three others totaling $500,000 in support of community services in Vancouver. It matches an initial $500,000 contribution made in April 2020, $125,000 of which was to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
DEC 2020

B2Gold

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

PHS Community Services Society

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To assist with housing, health care and harm reduction efforts to those struggling with issues of homelessness, poverty, mental health and substance dependencies. The gift was announced with three others totaling $500,000 in support of community services in Vancouver. It matches an initial $500,000 contribution made in April 2020, $125,000 of which was to PHS Community Services Society.
DEC 2020

B2Gold

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

The Bloom Group Community Services Society

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To assist with housing, health care a harm reduction efforts to those struggling with issues of homelessness, poverty, mental health and substance dependencies. The gift was announced with three others totaling $500,000 in support of community services in Vancouver. It matches an initial $500,000 contribution made in April 2020.
DEC 2020

Jawl Family

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Times Colonist Christmas Fund

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

The Times Colonist Christmas Fund assists individuals and families in need at Christmas.
DEC 2020

SGI Canada

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To assist in disaster relief in each of the five provinces where SGI Canada operates. Each provincial branch will receive $25,000.
DEC 2020

Corby Spirit and Wine

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Bartenders Benevolent Fund

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support industry professionals impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
DEC 2020

David Bird

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Times Colonist Christmas Fund

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

The Times Colonist Christmas Fund assists individuals and families in need at Christmas.
DEC 2020

DiCenzo family

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

To help the hospital purchase personal protective equipment. The gift was made by Anthony DiCenzo and his sisters, Rita and Silvana.
DEC 2020

iA Financial Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Children's Health Foundation

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

The charity was a top three finalist in iA Financial Group’s annual philanthropic contest and received $100,000 along with two other organizations. An additional 7 organizations received $10,000 each.
DEC 2020

iA Financial Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Crossroads for Women

City:

Moncton

Province:

New Brunswick

The charity was a top three finalist in iA Financial Group’s annual philanthropic contest and received $100,000 along with two other organizations. An additional 7 organizations received $10,000 each.
DEC 2020

iA Financial Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Fondation prevention du suicide Accalmie

City:

Trois-Rivieres

Province:

Quebec

The charity was a top three finalist in iA Financial Group’s annual philanthropic contest and received $100,000 along with two other organizations. An additional 7 organizations received $10,000 each.
DEC 2020

Jay Elinesky and Tom Schuett

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase new equipment.
DEC 2020

Maxim Truck & Trailor

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Harvest Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To help buy a refrigerated delivery truck.
DEC 2020

Samsung Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Samsung is matching community donations until December 24th, 2020 up to $100,000.
DEC 2020

Southside Construction Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The London Food Bank

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

For the homeless meal program. Southside Construction Group is also challenging other businesses to raise a matching total through the London Community Foundation.
DEC 2020

Vito Frijia

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The WISH (Winter Interim Solution to Homelessness) Coalition

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To help support two temporary 24-7 shelters and two more day shelters for people who don’t fit in or prefer not to use traditional shelters. The WISH coalition is comprised of a number of front-line agencies that support London’s homeless population. Vito Frijia is President of Southside Group.
DEC 2020

Walmart Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The Salvation Army

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Walmart Canada will match donations made by individuals to Salvation Army kettles located in its stores nationwide, to a maximum of $100,000.
DEC 2020

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