Major Gift News

Agnico Eagle

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To fund revolutionary research and enhance capacity of the clinical trials program. The gift will support The Princess Margaret’s Grand Challenges competition, a program that awards grants to bold, innovative and high-impact projects that show promise of advancing cancer diagnosis and treatments to cure more patients and improve quality of life of those living with cancer. A portion of the gift will also support enhancing the Cancer Clinical Research Unit. This gift brings the company’s cumulative giving to more than $25 million.
MAY 2021

Temerty Foundation

Gift:

$10,000,000

Recipient:

Help Us Help

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To continue life-changing programs for vulnerable children and veterans in Ukraine. The endowment fund will provide funds for administering humanitarian aid, anti-human trafficking initiatives, educational projects, mental health supports, and life-skills development workshops delivered primarily to children in Ukraine. Temerty Endowment Fund. In honour of Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj’s (HUH Founder and Honorary Chair) years of dedication to the children of Ukraine, the Temerty Foundation is pleased to highlight that, as part of their donation, the HUH Summer Camp Program will now be known as: Ruslana’s Summer Camp.
MAY 2021

Les and Irene Dubé

Gift:

$6,000,000

Recipient:

Saskatoon Community Foundation

City:

Saskatoon

Province:

Saskatchewan

To establish six endowed funds of $1M each, funded 50% now and 50% in the future through life insurance. The six organizations benefiting from the endowment are Canadian Red Cross, Lighthouse, Canadian Mental Health Association of Saskatoon, Sherbrooke Community Centre, Hope for Malawi and Food for the Hungry Canada. The funds will help the six organizations sustain programs into the future. Dubé Endowed Funds.
MAY 2021

The Estate of Herta Vodstrcil

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University Health Centre Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

In support of various departments at the McGill Univeristy Health Centre. $2.25M will support the enhancement and training of nurses over the next three years including $1M to the advancing of nursing practices, $500K to the rapid response team, $500K to the nursing innovation endowment and $250K to simulations training.
MAY 2021

John A. Schweitzer

Gift:

$4,000,000

Recipient:

Western University

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

A donation of 60 works of art spanning Schweitzer’s career as an artist including 38 of his original works. Alumnus of Western University, BA’71, LLD’11. The gift is dedicated to Arlene Kennedy, former director of Western’s McIntosh Gallery (1989-2008).
MAY 2021

Pollard Family

Gift:

$3,900,000

Recipient:

Home First Winnipeg

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To build housing for the homeless population in Winnipeg’s Centennial neighbourhood.
MAY 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

The National Gallery of Canada Foundation

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To commemorate the work of Dr. Shirley L. Thomson, Director of the National Gallery of Canada from 1987–1997. The donation will establish a Canada Pavilion Maintenance Fund to support ongoing and future upkeep costs for the Canada Pavilion in Venice, Italy, owned by the National Gallery of Canada. Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Gallery.
MAY 2021

Philip B. Lind

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

Gift comprised of the Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection, a rare book and archival collection, dating from the Klondike Gold Rush (1894–1904), and financial support to ensure it is preserved and made available to the public at the UBC Library, where it will support research and learning. Phil Lind Klondike Gold Rush Collection. UBC alumnus.
MAY 2021

Cestar

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Lambton College

City:

Sarnia

Province:

Ontario

To increase athletic and recreational offerings. Cestar Group Athletic and Fitness Complex. Cestar College is a private school licensed to teach Lambton College students using Lambton curriculum.
MAY 2021

Intact Financial Corporation

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

United Way Greater Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help people and communities who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation is part of Intact’s corporate match of employees’ donations to the 2020 annual giving campaign.
MAY 2021

Lowe's Canada

Gift:

$1,200,000

Recipient:

Children's Miracle Network/Opération Enfant Soleil

City:

Vaughan/Quebec City

Province:

Ontario/Quebec

To support the work of 14 children’s hospitals across the country for the fourth consecutive year. Donation amount is listed as more than $1.2M. Lowe’s has raised funds for the two organizations annually since 2018.
MAY 2021

BMO Financial Group

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Vancouver Chinatown Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

Towards the creation of the Chinatown Storytelling Centre, an immersive space to present stories of early Chinese immigrants. BMO Hall. The new centre will be located in a former BMO branch. In 2017, the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation purchased the former BMO Pender Street branch building.
MAY 2021

John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Quinte Health Care

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

To support the Nuclear Medicine Program at Belleville General Hospital. In addition to the $290K donation to support the COVID-19 relief effort (ultraviolet disinfection tower and other much-needed equipment).
MAY 2021

Joseph Novak

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Yukon Hospital Foundation

City:

Whitehorse

Province:

Yukon

To help purchase a new mammography unit and support mental health care.
MAY 2021

Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Province:

Ontario

To support shelter-based charities as the pandemic continues to challenge shelters and food banks.
MAY 2021

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

CAMH Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To digitally expand Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario’s existing network of 10 hubs to help young people access mental health resources.
MAY 2021

Anonymous

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Acclaim Health

City:

Oakville

Province:

Ontario

To match donations up to $750,000 towards building Patty’s Place.
MAY 2021

Mosaic

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Moose Jaw Health Foundation

City:

Moose Jaw

Province:

Saskatchewan

To supply the hospital with health care equipment over the next five years. This year, new surgical equipment will be purchased for the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital including ultrasound displays and transducers. Long-standing annual commitment as one of the foundation’s largest donors.
MAY 2021

BMO Financial Group

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To establish a new professorship in energy transition and finance. BMO Professorship in Sustainable and Transition Finance.
MAY 2021

Manitoba Crop Alliance

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Manitoba

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

Towards the building of a prairie crops and soils research facility.
MAY 2021

Teck Resources Limited

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

UNICEF Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support COVID-19 response efforts in India including increasing access to oxygen and boosting testing capacity. Donation made as part of Tech’s $20M COVID-19 Response Fund.
MAY 2021

Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

Gift:

$444,000

Recipient:

Camosun College

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

$300K over three years will support scholarships and bursaries to help women and Indigenous students graduate from trades programs. $144K to buy equipment for a new marine welding program. The donation is part of the Washington Foundation’s Diversifying the Tools for Success initiative.
MAY 2021

John M. & Bernice Parrott Foundation

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

Quinte Humane Society

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

Towards the realization of the new Animal Care and Adoption Centre.
MAY 2021

Toronto Realtors Real Estate Board (TRREB)

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support COVID-19 relief efforts in addition to the $744,116 members had already raised by the end of 2020. $50K to support the School Breakfast Program in partnership with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, $175K to GTA food banks, $82,404 to shelter-based charities and helplines, $100K towards COVID-19 relief efforts in India.
MAY 2021

Doug Tarry Ltd.

Gift:

$280,000

Recipient:

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin

City:

St. Thomas

Province:

Ontario

To provide affordable housing in St. Thomas through the development of 20 tiny homes and a low-rise apartment building. The donation will support environmental cleanup on the site.
MAY 2021

Mount Pleasant Group

Gift:

$270,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

The donation will be disbursed amongst dozens of food banks in the GTA. A portion of the funds will go to the Salvation Army Food Banks in Oshawa and Ajax, St. Paul’s On-the-Hill Food Bank in Pickering and Feed the Need in Durham.
MAY 2021

BMO Financial Group

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

UNICEF/WHO Foundation/Canadian Red Cross

City:

International

Province:

To support organizations helping those around the world impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

MAY 2021

Lawrence Schafer Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

UNICEF

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support children in Yemen who are suffering from malnutrition. The foundation will match all gifts received up to $250k.
MAY 2021

Manulife

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Project HOPE

City:

Province:

International

To support COVID-19 relief efforts in India and regions across Asia by providing supplies including oxygen, ICU beds, PPE kits and other critical medical supplies.
MAY 2021

Norton and Sayar Kothari and family

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Trillium Health Partners Foundation

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

In support of hospitals in India impacted by COVID-19, the family will match donations dollar for dollar up to $250k.
MAY 2021

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

WHO Foundation

City:

Province:

International

In support of continued COVID-19 community response efforts around the world.
MAY 2021

Sudbury Credit Union

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Northern Cancer Foundation

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

In support of the Unlock the Potential MRI Campaign. Sudbury Credit Union has been a partner of Northern Cancer Foundation for nearly 30 years.
MAY 2021

Power Corporation of Canada & The Desmarais Family

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

St. Joseph's Villa

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

To support the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign. Desmarais family has deep Sudbury ties.
MAY 2021

Desjardins Community Development Fund

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

St. Joseph's Villa

City:

Sudbury

Province:

Ontario

To support the Caring Beyond Capital Campaign.
MAY 2021

Intact Financial Corporation

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

City of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the vaccination effort in hotspot neighborhoods. Donations will be shared between Circle of Care for iRIDE and the Scarborough Centre for Health to expand the number of drivers, hours and services for seniors, people with immunocompromised conditions and people with disabilities who don’t qualify for Wheel Trans.
MAY 2021

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

$150,000

City:

Winnipeg

Province:

Manitoba

To support HSC Foundation’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to help support frontline health care in Winnipeg. Gift originally designated to an in-person recognition event for Honour 150 recipients. Due to the inability to host an in-person event, the donation was redirected to financial support to the frontlines of healthcare.
MAY 2021

Barbara and Bill Etherington

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

City of Cornwall

City:

Cornwall

Province:

Ontario

To support the future arts centre in Cornwall. Toronto couple. Barbara Stewart Etherington is originally from Cornwall.
MAY 2021

Helen Sidney

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Armstrong Elementary School

City:

Armstrong

Province:

British Columbia

To help transform the school’s library into a modern learning commons. Retired Armstrong Secondary School teacher.
MAY 2021

Jeff and Christina Wubs

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Sechelt Hospital Foundation

City:

Sechelt

Province:

British Columbia

To purchase 10 video cystoscopy scopes and a cystoscope tower, camera and video monitor needed for urological exams and surgery.
MAY 2021

Lawrence Schafer Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Variety

City:

Burnaby

Province:

British Columbia

To support programming and assist with urgent capital needs.
MAY 2021

Nuvei Corporation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Marie-Vincent Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

Three-year donation to support efforts to prevent and fight sexual and physical violence against children.
MAY 2021

Sutherland Insurance

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Guelph General Hospital

City:

Guelph

Province:

Ontario

In support of the hospital’s most urgent and essential needs. Long-time hospital supporter.
MAY 2021

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