Major Gift News

Eric and Vizma Sprott

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Canadian Athletes Now (CAN) Fund

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Eric and Vizma Sprott have committed to matching $3 million in donations to CAN Fund, a non profit that supports professional athletes representing Canada by providing financial aid. This gift marks the largest personal donation to Canadian athletes.

SEP 2019

Rick and Shelley Baker

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

London Health Sciences Centre

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

To create a new centre for pancreatic cancer. The centre will help improve patient care, diagnosis and treatment options for the condition. The Baker Centre for Pancreatic Cancer Rick Baker was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer three and a half years ago, and sought a greater variety of treatment options abroad than he could find at home.

SEP 2019

Intact Financial Corporation

Gift:

$1,340,000

Recipient:

United Way Centraide Canada

City:

National

Province:

National

To fund programs at local United Ways across the country that support children in their early years (0-6 years old), and/or support parents through employability, skills building and networking opportunities. In 2018, Intact invested more than $2 million in 18 partnerships to help children living in poverty

SEP 2019

Enbridge

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

Calgary Stampede

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To fund the Enbridge Plaza, which will be the connection hub for all of Youth Campus’ facilities and programs and will provide an all-season community space that was designed to host a multitude of musical world-class events and festivals. Enbridge Plaza

SEP 2019

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Crab Park

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To help make improvements to the park

SEP 2019

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

The Broadmead Care Society

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

This anonymous matching donation kickstarted the New Home for Nigel House Campaign, with a $3 million goal to help build a new home for adults with disabilities on Vancouver Island.

SEP 2019

LNG Canada

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Kitimat Dementia Care Home

City:

Kitimat

Province:

British Columbia

To fund the development of a new Dementia Care Home.

SEP 2019

Guard.Me

Gift:

$650,000

Recipient:

Algonquin College

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

The two-year investment will benefit international students in the form of new scholarships and a bursary fund, and seed funding for unique entrepreneurship and applied research initiatives. The funding will also help more domestic students study and work abroad.

SEP 2019

Stingray Music

Gift:

$525,000

Recipient:

National Music Centre

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To fund the Stingray Classical Music Program, which allows access to more than 300 music artifacts, 450 years’ worth of technology and three recording consoles. The gift is over seven years. Stingray Classical Music Program So far this year, Stingray has distributed $6.7 million to Canadian content development through music organizations and newer, less-exposed artists.

SEP 2019

Muslim physicians

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

City:

Thunder Bay

Province:

Ontario

To fund the new Ibn Sina Simulation Lab. The donors chose to name the lab for Ibn Sina, a Muslim Physician, Astronomist and Philosopher, who was a father of early modern medicine. The gift was made by a group of Muslim physicians: Asiru Abu-Bakare; Syed Zaki Ahmed; Iftikhar Haq; Ayman Hassan; Hassan Hassan; Mohammed Ibrahim; Yasser Labib; Elrasheed Osman; Walid Shahrour; Raga Sirror; abd Jehan Zain.

SEP 2019

P. and L. Odette Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

In honor of the School of Disibility Studies’ 20th anniversary, this gift will help create the Tanis Doe Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Gender, Disability and Social Justice. The fellowship recognizes Tanis Doe – who taught at Ryerson and who, as a Métis deaf woman with other disabilities, was a Fulbright Scholar and active in disability, queer and feminist movements internationally. Fran Odette served on Ryerson’s disability studies advisory council from year one, and is a former president of the Canadian Disability Studies Association.

SEP 2019

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Various (Community Fund)

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This will fund a three-year community fund to support projects proposed by organizations in the Downtown
Eastside, Strathcona, Hastings-Sunrise and Grandview-Woodland.

SEP 2019

RBC Financial Group

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Bow Valley College

City:

Calgary

Province:

Alberta

To support Bow Valley College’s 150 Startups initiative, a community-based entrepreneurship initiative designed to increase the number of first-time entrepreneurs from Alberta’s post-secondary institutions.

SEP 2019

PARC Retirement Living

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

The Kay Meek Arts Centre

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This gift will help fund the centre’s $4 million project to make its facility more accessible for the disabled and improve its stage areas. Kay Meek Arts Society worked collaboratively with the Rick Hansen Foundation to plan accessibility features.

SEP 2019

The Morden Community Thrift Shop

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

The Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation

City:

Morden

Province:

Manitoba

Volunteers of the shop, customers, and donors collectively raised $500,000 and donated varying amounts to 17 local non profits. The Boundary Trails Health Centre received the largest amount. The community members involved in the fundraising raised and dispersed the same amount last year, and gave the same amount to Boundary Trails Health Centre as well.

SEP 2019

Cowan Insurance Group and The Cowan Foundation

Gift:

$175,000

Recipient:

Children's Mental Health Ontario

City:

Cambridge

Province:

Ontario

The money was raised at the 18th Annual Cowan Charity Classic golf tournament and will support the development of an online resource for CMHO designed to make it easier for children, youth and families to find local mental health services and resources.

SEP 2019

Dr. Bob Turner

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Boyle Street Community Services

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

To support the Winter Warming Bus at Boyle Street Community Services. This gift will be distributed over three years. Turner is a former MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud.

SEP 2019

Maxim Truck and Trailer

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Live Different

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

To support Live Different’s Canadian Youth Fund, which exists to instill hope and purpose in youth across Canada. More specifically, the donation will directly support Live Different’s work in Indigenous communities across Canada. The gift is over three years.

SEP 2019

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Strathcona Community Centre Association

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

SEP 2019

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Gift:

$125,000

Recipient:

Ray-Cam Co-operative Association

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

SEP 2019

Rotary Club of Lincoln

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Cave Springs Camp

City:

Beamsville

Province:

Ontario

The club raised funds to support the Beamsville summer and day camp’s ongoing Legacy Hall Project, which aims to move the camp toward year-round operation and increased accessibility for those living with disabilities. When the gift was presented, The club committed an additional $25,000 as matching dollars to the campaign. This is the largest gift the club has made to date.

SEP 2019

Dingwall Ford

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Lake of the Woods District Hospital Foundation

City:

Kenora

Province:

Ontario

Funds were raised through the Par 3 Charity Golf Tournament held Thursday, July 18 at the Kenora Golf and Country Club.

SEP 2019

Blaine LaBonte and Irene Mertz-LaBonte

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

NorQuest College

City:

Edmonton

Province:

Alberta

The couple have named NorQuest as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy representing an unspecified seven-figure dollar amount. This is the largest planned gift ever committed to the college. The donors asked that the amount not be disclosed.

SEP 2019

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