Major Gift News

Novo Nordisk

Gift:

$20,000,000

Recipient:

University of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To establish the Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations. The new network is a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and University of Toronto Mississauga, and will focus on new ways to support healthier urban populations to impact the fight against diabetes and other chronic diseases. Novo Nordisk Network for Healthy Populations. The donations will be matched by the University of Toronto with a further $20 million in financial and in-kind contributions.
FEB 2021

Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation

Gift:

$15,300,000

Recipient:

BC Cancer Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support lung cancer research and care.
FEB 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$12,000,000

Recipient:

Silvera for Seniors

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To support the company’s commitment to housing and services for older adults. The donation has allowed Silvera to purchase a 2.9 acre parcel of land and townhouses, giving Calgary seniors a new housing option. This is the largest gift in the charity’s history.
FEB 2021

Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Mount Allison University

City:

Sackville

Province:

New Brunswick

For a number of new projects and programs including: new entrance and upper-year scholarships; internship opportunities; and a dynamic artist-in-residence program, giving students direct access to notable Canadian and international artists as part of their studies. Paul Lassonde School of Fine Arts; Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship; Gibbens Lassonde Scholarships
FEB 2021

Iron Ore Company

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

The Town of Labrador City

City:

Labrador City

Province:

Newfoundland and Labrador

To help build the new Tanya Lake Community Centre.
FEB 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

The Royal

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support research on the biological underpinnings of depression and suicide; the mental and physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers; and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation as a new treatment for depression.
FEB 2021

Amazon Prime Video

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

Indigenous Screen Office

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To provide funding to Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Colour (BIPOC) creators during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Solidarity Fund. This gift will also support a new pitch program which will provide 10 grants of $10,000 to BIPOC creators.
FEB 2021

Dr. Hugh Robertson

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

Northern Ontario School of Medicine

City:

Thunder Bay

Province:

Ontario

For social accountability initiatives. The gift will help address health inequity, advocacy for marginalized populations and access to care in Northern Ontario. Dr. Hugh Robertson practised in Cochrane and now works in the US (New Orleans, Louisiana). This is the largest private donation NOSM has ever received.
FEB 2021

Azrieli Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support work in neurodevelopmental research at the Bloorview Research Institute. The gift was described as just over $1 million.
FEB 2021

Peter Wall

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Police Department

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To increase community policing in and around the Downtown Eastside. The donation will be funneled into two separate streams with $100,000 each year earmarked to support community-based mental health and addiction issues, and another $100,000 annually going to five different community policing centres in and around the downtown core.
FEB 2021

Suzanne Legge and Jeff Orr

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University Health Centre Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To create a new award that will provide funding to the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity (MI4) to support its leadership as it drives MI4’s mission forward. The Legge Orr MI4 Leadership Award. Suzanne is Co-Chair of the MUHC Foundation’s $200 million Dream Big Campaign.
FEB 2021

Walmart Canada

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Food Banks Canada

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

To help combat food insecurity. The gift includes up to $820,000 from in-store customer donations; $100,000 for the retail food program; and $80,000 for the National Food Sharing System. The gift was made as a part of Walmart Canada’s annual ‘Fight Hunger. Spark Change.’ campaign.
FEB 2021

Cynthia Richards (Estate of)

Gift:

$741,000

Recipient:

Peterborough Humane Society

City:

Peterborough

Province:

Ontario

To help fund the building of the new animal care centre. Richards was a volunteer at the Peterborough Humane Society.
FEB 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$700,000

Recipient:

Sandgate Women's Shelter

City:

Georgina

Province:

Ontario

To help purchase property needed to expand the facility. This is the largest gift in the charity’s history.
FEB 2021

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Food Banks Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

The gift is in USD. The gift was announced with an additional $500,000 (USD) donation to Feeding America. These two organizations were also the beneficiaries of an earlier contribution from the couple of equal size.
FEB 2021

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

City of Thompson

City:

Thompson

Province:

Manitoba

To help build a multi-sport outdoor recreation area.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Timmins and District Hospital Foundation

City:

Timmins

Province:

Ontario

For equipment needs. This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021. This gift was described as more than $500,000.
FEB 2021

Medavie

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Riverview Recreation Complex

City:

Moncton

Province:

New Brunswick

To help support healthy living and modern recreational spaces for individuals and families.
FEB 2021

Leader-Post Foundation Inc.

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

University of Regina

City:

Regina

Province:

Saskatchewan

To establish a chair position at the School of Journalism. Leader-Post Foundation Chair. The Leader-Post Foundation is in the process of dissolving operations.
FEB 2021

MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Toronto Community Housing Corporation

City:

Scarborough

Province:

Ontario

For a new multisport court in the community of Gordonridge. MLSE Foundation and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and working with the Toronto Housing Corporation to support the project. The contribution from MLSE and Jumpstart was described as more than $300,000.
FEB 2021

TD

Gift:

$255,000

Recipient:

Friends of Ruby

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Over three years, to support the mental health and life-skills programming, tailored to the needs of LGBTQI2S youth aged 16-29.
FEB 2021

Bernard Forster

Gift:

$250,020

Recipient:

Conestoga College

City:

Kitchener

Province:

Ontario

To support the expansion and growth of Conestoga’s School of Creative Industries. Forster is a graduate of the college’s Broadcasting – Radio & Television program.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

City:

Moose Factory

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

Giustra Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

University of Ottawa

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To help support refugee resettlement at the University’s Refugee Hub. Frank Giustra made the donation through the Giustra Foundation and is founding partner of the hub. Since 2016, the Foundation has given more than $1.5 million to the Refugee Hub.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Northern College

City:

Timmins

Province:

Ontario

For a bursary fund. This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Huron University College

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

Over four years, to help develop the next generation of innovators. The gift, a part of RBC’s Future Launch program, will fund the RBC Community Innovation Bootcamp.
FEB 2021

Scotiabank

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Canadian Women's Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the Building Women’s Economic Security in the Pandemic Project, which aims to provide women with the funds necessary to remain operational throughout the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
FEB 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$175,000

Recipient:

The Bridge Youth & Family Services

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

For the Youth Recovery House.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Sagashtawao Healing Lodge

City:

Moosonee

Province:

Ontario

To help support a kitchen remodel, a new furnace system, bedroom and living room furniture, and backup generators at the addictions facility. This gift wraps up Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario.
FEB 2021

Rexall Care Network

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Canadian Mental Health Association

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support caregiver mental health during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Rexall stores across Canada also hosted an in-store fundraising campaign from November 17 to December 24. Proceeds supported caregiver programs and services across Canada.
FEB 2021

Rio Tinto

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Prince George Community Foundation

City:

Prince George

Province:

British Columbia

For the foundation’s ongoing support of health, sports, arts, social service, education and environmental organizations, but also to address the immediate impacts of COVID-19 across northern B.C.
FEB 2021

SC Johnson

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Kids Can Fly

City:

Brantford

Province:

Ontario

To help the local Dolly Parton’s imagination Library to mail free books each month to children in Brantford and Brant County. The funds will help double the number children the program serves.
FEB 2021

Rama First Nation

Gift:

$115,000

Recipient:

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Orillia

Province:

Ontario

To support the purchase of medication-dispensing cabinets and a mental-health safe room in the emergency department.
FEB 2021

Canfor

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation

City:

Prince George

Province:

British Columbia

For a molecular diagnostic lab at the University Hospital of Northern BC.
FEB 2021

Dean Reidt and Debbie Hubbard

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The Bridge Youth & Family Services

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

For the Youth Recovery House.
FEB 2021

Farm Credit Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

4-H Canada

City:

Winchester, North Lancaster, Ingleside, Newington, and Crysler

Province:

Ontario

To support local actives at the youth development organization’s locations in Ontario.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Attawapiskat First Nation

City:

Attawapiskat

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Fort Albany First Nation

City:

Fort Albany

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Kashechewan First Nation

City:

Kashechewan

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Moose Cree First Nation

City:

Moose Cree

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

Five Nations Energy

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Taykawa Tagamou Nation

City:

Taykwa Tagamou

Province:

Ontario

This gift was part of Five Nations Energy’s two-year campaign to donate $1.7 million to first nations communities and healthcare providers in northern Ontario. The final gift of the campaign was made in February 2021.
FEB 2021

George Bassett

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation

City:

Charlottetown

Province:

Prince Edward Island

To help purchase equipment for cancer care. George and Abla Bassett Endowment. The gift was made in honour of George’s wife, Abla, as a way of thanking the P.E.I. Cancer Treatment Centre.
FEB 2021

Jim De Gasperis

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation

City:

Newmarket

Province:

Ontario

The gift was made in memory of Mary Jane Brinkos, one of the original “Ladies of the Lake”, a group of local volunteer residents committed to preserving and improving the health of Lake Simcoe.
FEB 2021

Mike Howell

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

City of Thompson

City:

Thompson

Province:

Manitoba

To help build a multi-sport outdoor recreation area. Mike is the owner of Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities also made a $500,000 gift to the project.
FEB 2021

Tricar Group

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

To support the expansion of the hospital’s emergency department and Special Care Nursery, and to help purchase equipment and technology.
FEB 2021

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