Major Gift News

Marco Mancini Family Foundation

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Georgian Bay General Hospital Foundation

City:

Midland

Province:

Ontario

The gift will help the hospital complete its ‘Adopt a Room’ project, update its Electronic Medical Record System, and renovate the cafe in the hospital’s lobby. All three patient units and the new cafe will be named in honour of the Marco Mancini Family Foundation. In addition, digital signage will be installed in two exterior locations to honour the commitment to the technological enhancements. Marco Mancini is a seasonal resident of the nearby community of Tiny. The gift is the largest single private donation ever made to the hospital.
JAN 2021

BMO

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

For the DeGroote School of Business. The gift will fund a new collaboration, collision, networking and study space, equipped with interactive tools and technology to help students learn and work together to solve real-time real-world problems. BMO Connection Zone.
JAN 2021

Bell Canada

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Brain Canada Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For a new program to help accelerate Canadian brain research while helping to address the impacts of COVID-19 on mental health care. Bell Let’s Talk-Brain Canada Mental Health Research Program. Funding for the program is made up of a $2 million gift from Bell Canada’s Bell Let’s Talk initiative matched by the federal government through the Canada Brain Research Fund (CBRF).
JAN 2021

Wayne Crookes

Gift:

$1,875,000

Recipient:

University of Victoria

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

$1.5 million will create a new professorship in environmental and climate journalism; $375,000 will create a fund to support environmental and climate journalism research and outreach. Wayne Crookes Professorship in Environmental and Climate Journalism.
JAN 2021

belairdirect

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada

City:

Boucherville

Province:

Quebec

To support breakfast programs across Canada. This gift is a renewal of a partnership that began in 2018.
JAN 2021

Emera

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

The Salvation Army

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

For the Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund which provides assistance to low-income individuals in emergency need of home heating assistance. Emera was asked by a government review board to voluntarily lower its earnings on the Maritime Link project, which was said to have failed to deliver promised benefits. In lieu of lowering its earnings, Emera committed a $1.5 million donation to the Salvation Army. The review board then ruled that the donation could not come from fees paid by customers of Nova Scotia Power (a subsidiary of Emera).
JAN 2021

Novo Nordisk Canada Inc.

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Diabetes Canada

City:

Huntsville

Province:

Ontario

To help rebuild the onsite medical centre at Camp Huronda. Camp Huronda is home of one of nine Diabetes Canada’s camps for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes (D-Camps). A Campership Fund will be established to send an additional 100 children to attend D-Camps across Canada over the next 10 years.
JAN 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Nanaimo Search and Rescue

City:

Nanaimo

Province:

British Columbia

To help renovate the former Harewood Fire Hall to improve the building’s functionality as Nanaimo Search and Rescue’s headquarters.
JAN 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To enhance financial aid for students in applied sciences and technology. The gift will create an endowment fund which will give eight students bursaries of $5,000 annually. Libra Endowment Fund.
JAN 2021

Edward and Suzanne Rogers Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

St. Joseph's Foundation of Elliot Lake

City:

Elliot Lake

Province:

Ontario

To support capital and equipment needs at the three hospitals supported by the Foundation including helping to purchase a new CT scanner for the St. Joseph’s General Hospital. Suzanne Rogers has a strong connection to Elliot Lake, having been born in St. Joseph’s Hospital and having lost her father in a mining accident at Pater Mine when she was a child.
JAN 2021

Paul and Debbie Lavers

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

To support the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Lavers are members of the YMCA.
JAN 2021

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

OCAD University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For a series of initiatives designed to support students and recent graduates in launching their careers as artists, designers, makers and creators. RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. The gift was made through RBC Foundation’s RBC Emerging Artists Project.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Canadian Feed the Children

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For a fund that will activate spaces that provide ecological services for Indigenous communities. TD Indigenous Food Forest Fund. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Start2Finish Canada

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

For Brainworx!, a 30-week program that provides culturally responsive education, helping under-served students develop resiliency and become independent learners. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Women's College Hospital Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support Women’s Virtual at Women’s College Hospital, a strategy with a goal of creating a healthcare system in which the majority of a person’s care can be delivered virtually. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

SickKids Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

The gift will match contributions from monthly donors who sign up before March 31 up to $750,000. The gift was announced with a three-year partnership between SickKids Foundation and Torstar, The Toronto Star’s parent company. The goal of the partnership is to sign up 1,000 new donors to make either monthly contributions or one-time donations.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

The University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

For the Remote Communities Drone Transport Initiative that will test the feasibility of enhancing access to physically necessary health care services for First Nations communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$725,000

Recipient:

Child and Nature Alliance of Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$725,000

Recipient:

Okanagan College

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$725,000

Recipient:

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$650,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$625,000

Recipient:

Regroupement des Centres de la Petite Enfance de la Montérégie

City:

Saint-Hubert

Province:

Quebec

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$600,000

Recipient:

Humber College

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Cambridge

Province:

Ontario

For the WeCareCMH campaign to help buy equipment for the hospital’s new Wing A. The gift closed a $10 million fundraising campaign.
JAN 2021

Bell Canada

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Jack.org

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To equip Jack Chapter leaders with training, mentorship and digital education tools to support the mental health of young people. The gift was made through the Bell Let’s Talk initiative.
JAN 2021

Brian Hesje

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

For a new observatory. Hesje Observatory.
JAN 2021

Illahie Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

The Law Foundation of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To launch the Joe Arvay Initiative for Public Interest Law. Joe Arvay Initiative for Public Interest Law. The gift was made in honour of the late Joe Arvay who was a Vancouver lawyer and champion of social justice.
JAN 2021

Joanne and Peter Kenny

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Kings University College

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase land and to establish a Reflection Circle, an inclusive space for private reflection or group gatherings. In particular, the Reflection Circle will support the needs of the Indigenous community at King’s by providing an outdoor location for sacred gatherings.
JAN 2021

Starlight Investments

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

City of Victoria

City:

Langford

Province:

British Columbia

For naming rights to the Westhills Stadium for five years. The Westhills Stadium will now be called Starlight Stadium.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$450,000

Recipient:

Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$450,000

Recipient:

O'Brien Farm Foundation

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland and Labrador

This is one of eight gifts made by the Foundation to launch the second phase of its Outdoor Play Strategy. A total of $4.95 million was donated to demonstration projects aimed at benefiting Early Learning and Child Care across Canada and advancing equitable access to outdoor play-based early learning.
JAN 2021

Norine Clark (Estate of)

Gift:

$435,786

Recipient:

Scugog Shores Museum

City:

Scugog

Province:

Ontario

For future museum projects.
JAN 2021

Bell Canada

Gift:

$420,000

Recipient:

QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

To support the introduction of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) at the Nova Scotia Hospital and Valley Regional Hospital. The machine is used to alleviate symptoms of depression. The gift was made through the Bell Let’s Talk initiative.
JAN 2021

Archie Verspeeten and Family

Gift:

$355,300

Recipient:

Delhi Community Health Centre

City:

Delhi

Province:

Ontario

To ensure the community walk-in clinic remains fully staffed and available to the community.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$350,000 - $650,000

Recipient:

McGill University Health Centre Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help improve access to telemedicine. The gift was listed in the range of $350,000 to $650,000. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

Canadian Mental Health Association

City:

St. John's

Province:

Newfoundland and Labrador

For the COVID-19 Mental Health Recovery Program which aims to alleviate the strain that was placed on people’s mental health by the pandemic. The gift was listed in the range of $350,000 to $650,000. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

CCE Centre for Young Black Professionals

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

For the Recovery, Healing & Resilience Program which is a capacity-building initiative to strengthen leadership and organizational scale of Black focused, Black led and/or Black serving non-profits and grassroots organizations. The gift was listed in the range of $350,000 to $650,000. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

Interligne

City:

Province:

Quebec

To help meet emerging new needs of the LGBTQ+ community caused by the pandemic. The gift was listed in the range of $350,000 to $650,000. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

TD

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

University of Saskatchewan

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

Led by the First Nations and Metis Health Research Network, the funds will help create a gender and culturally safe social enterprise to address an existing gap in disaster management that will be led by female leaders and Elders. The gift was listed in the range of $350,000 to $650,000. The funds were granted as a part of the 2020 TD Ready Challenge. A total of $10 million was given to 15 organizations in North America for projects aimed at helping those impcated by COVID-19. Grants ranged from $350,000 to $1 million.
JAN 2021

Alfred Jenkins

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

City of Prince Albert

City:

Prince Albert

Province:

Alberta

For a new fitness park at the Alfred Jenkins Field House. Alfred Jenkins Field House.
JAN 2021

Bell Canada

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

CHU Sainte-Justine

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

For an intensive ambulatory care pilot program for patients being treated for an eating disorder. The gift was made through the Bell Let’s Talk initiative.
JAN 2021

Bell Canada

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To help launch the Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC), an online resource that seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The MMHRC is an initiative by researchers at McGill University and its affiliated hospitals (The Neuro and the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital). The gift was made through the Bell Let’s Talk initiative.
JAN 2021

Canada Life

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Brescia University College

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To launch diversity in leadership programming. $100,000 will fund scholarships and bursaries for non-traditional students; $150,000 will help increase faculty and program development and research.
JAN 2021

Cowell Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation

City:

Delta

Province:

British Columbia

For equipment and resources for surgical patients and long-term care residents.
JAN 2021

The Co-operators

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To support mental health and addictions care. The donation supports the creation of a new short stay unit which will see emergency mental health care capacity increase by 50%. The Co-operators Short Stay Assessment Unit.
JAN 2021

Kinaxis

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Canadian Live Music Association

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support the music industry with funding for virtual events. The gift will create Kinaxis InConcert, a new performance series that will feature approximately 30 concerts live-streamed from stages across Canada. The money will help live music venues and concert promoters cover the costs of staging the virtual events. Kinaxis InConcert.
JAN 2021

David Harris and the Harris and Burr Families

Gift:

$153,000

Recipient:

Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation

City:

Delta

Province:

British Columbia

For new equipment including a TIMS imaging system to support the hospital’s rehabilitation services.
JAN 2021

Wallaceburg Rotary Club

Gift:

$143,420

Recipient:

Chatham-Kent Health Alliance Foundation

City:

Wallaceburg

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase a new piece of diagnostic imaging equipment for the Wallaceburg hospital. The Rotary Club of Wallaceburg is donating the remainder of the money in its trust fund to the organization, making this the last donation the club will make in its seven-decade history.
JAN 2021

Economical Insurance

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Canadian Mental Health Association

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Canada

For the BounceBack program which is designed to help Canadians build skills to improve their mental health.
JAN 2021

John Pankiw

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Medical Foundation

City:

Penticton

Province:

British Columbia

To support equipment needs at the Penticton Regional Hospital. This is the second time in five years Pankiw has made a gift of $100,000.
JAN 2021

Lucknow Co-operative Inc.

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Alexandra Marine & General Hospital

City:

Goderich

Province:

Ontario

JAN 2021

Lucknow Co-operative Inc.

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation

City:

Kincardine

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase a CT scanner.
JAN 2021

Lucknow Co-operative Inc.

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Wingham & District Hospital

City:

Wingham

Province:

Ontario

JAN 2021

Sleeman Breweries

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Foundation of Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To fund the expansion of both the Emergency Department and Special Care Nursery, as well as investing in new patient care equipment and technology as a part of the Together, We Care campaign. Sleeman Breweries is also sponsoring January’s 50/50 Hospital Lottery for Guelph General Hospital by providing two $500 early bird prizes.
JAN 2021

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