Major Gift News

Age of Union Alliance

Gift:

$4,500,000

Recipient:

Sea Shepherd

City:

Province:

International

To fund the operating costs of a 56 metre Sea Shepherd vessel for 3 years. The vessel will patrol waters to protect marine wildlife and prevent illigeal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

JANUARY 2022

Anonymous

Gift:

$1,400,000

Recipient:

University of British Columbia

City:

Vancouver

Province:

BC

To support the UBC Botanical Garden Field School program. The Field School raises awareness of sustainability and climate change.

JANUARY 2022

Anonymous

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

University of Windsor

City:

Windsor

Province:

ON

To establish a scholarship that provides First Nations, Metis, and Inuit (FNMI) students with a full-ride scholarship in the fields of science, technology, egineering, or math. The gift will provide up to $20,000 per year to cover tuition, residence, and meal plans to eligible students.

JANUARY 2022

Azrieli Foundation

Gift:

$25,000,000

Recipient:

University of Calgary

City:

Calgary

Province:

AB

To fund a program which will study neurodevelopmentral disabilities.

JANUARY 2022

Bell Canada

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

CERVO Foundation

City:

Quebec City

Province:

QC

To facilitate the purchase of a 2nd neuromodulation device at the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale which will help develop new avenues for mental health care. The additional device will double the availability of effective treatment for patients with certain psychiatric illnesses who are often resistant to standard treatments.

JANUARY 2022

Bell Canada

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

16 various Canadian colleges, universities, and cegeps

City:

Province:

National

To support the colleges/universities/cegeps in implementing initatives that align with the National Standard of Canada for Mental Health and Well-Being for Post-Secondary Students or the Quebec Action Plan on Student Mental Health for Higher Education.

JANUARY 2022

Bell-Graham Boeckh Foundation Partnership

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

St. Paul's Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

BC

Donation is in support of St. Paul’s Foundation’s Foundry initiative (previously known as the BC Integrated Youth Services Initiative). Donation is to bolster Foundry’s Research, & Knowledge Translation and Exchange teams to improve health and social services for youth, families, and caregivers in BC. Funding will allow Foundry to support other Youth Services Initiatives across Canada.

JANUARY 2022

BHP Foundation

Gift:

$12,000,000

Recipient:

University of Alberta

City:

Edmonton

Province:

AB

Donation is in support of Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization, a community-led project which provides support to Indigenous nations and communities to revitalize and preserve their own language, as well as other initiatives at the University.

JANUARY 2022

Bird Construction and Paul & Gerri Charette

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Colleges and Institutes Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

ON

Held in perpetuity with annual disbursements, the Fund will include four bursaries of $2500 each in support of Indigenous individuals who are in financial need in post-secondary education. In future years the number and amount of bursaries will be dependent on investment income the Fund generates

JANUARY 2022

CIBC Foundation

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Black Opportunity Fund

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

Donation is to provide Black entrepreneurs with non-repayable business loans to help in building knowledge and capacity.

JANUARY 2022

Jane Craighead and James Cherry

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Mount Allison University

City:

Sackville

Province:

NB

For a new grant seeking to support students in a myriad of experiences including entrepreneurship, community engagement projects, and development of product prototypes and new technology. The student grant is valued at $10,000 annually.

JANUARY 2022

Les & Irene Dube

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Rose Garden Hospice

City:

Prince Albert

Province:

SK

The Dubes will match donations up to $500,000.

JANUARY 2022

Financial Plus Credit Union

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

YMCA Ottawa

City:

Ottawa

Province:

ON

Funds towards the new YMCA location in Ottawa.

JANUARY 2022

Judith Gould

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

United Way KFL&A

City:

Kingston

Province:

ON

Donation is to support the creation of additional sleep cabins for homeless individuals in Kingston.

JANUARY 2022

GWD Foundation for Kids

Gift:

$3,420,000

Recipient:

Burlington Foundation

City:

Burlington

Province:

ON

Donation is to support the education, health, development, and betterment of children and youth, and their families.

JANUARY 2022

Hann Family

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Summit Wellness Centre

City:

Coboconk

Province:

ON

Donation is toward the renovation and expanding of the Summit Wellness Centre, which will serve as a hub for community health and community space for under-served areas of Kawartha Lakes.

OCTOBER 2021

Marnix Heersink

Gift:

$32,000,000

Recipient:

McMaster University

City:

Hamilton

Province:

ON

Gift will be put towards the University’s biomedical and global health innovation programs, including the creation of a new school.

JANUARY 2022

Heritage Green Community Trust

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Hamilton Conservation Authority

City:

Stoney Creek

Province:

ON

Donation is toward the construction of the new Saltfleet Conservation Area in upper Stoney Creek.

JANUARY 2022

Kia Canada

Gift:

$1,400,000

Recipient:

Community Foundations of Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

ON

Donation is for the creation of the Kia Communities in Motion program, which will fund projects in communities to help build inclusive communities. Kia is investing the $1.4 million over four years.

JANUARY 2022

Lafarge Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Nature Conservancy of Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

Donation is to support NCC’s acquistion of Manitoulin Island.
JANUARY 2022

LEGO Foundation

Gift:

$2,700,000

Recipient:

University of Ottawa

City:

Ottawa

Province:

ON

The grant is to create a Canadian network of schools which uses play-based learning and teaching (“Canadian Playful Schools network”).
JANUARY 2022

Merrifield Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Okanagan College

City:

Kelowna

Province:

BC

Donation is to the Our Students, Your Health campaign at the College. The campaign is for a modern Health Sciences Centre on the Kelowna campus.
JANUARY 2022

Lisa & Michael Mrak

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Monfort Foundation

City:

Ottawa

Province:

ON

Donation supports the Foundation’s fundraising campaign for the new Orleans Health Hub.
JANUARY 2022

PetSmart

Gift:

$260,000

Recipient:

Peterborough Humane Society

City:

Peterborough

Province:

ON

Donation will be used to supply the regional high-volume spay/neuter clinic with medical equipment. The clinic will be a part of the new animal care centre, which is expected to be completed by end of 2022.
JANUARY 2022

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$525,000

Recipient:

Mount Royal University

City:

Calgary

Province:

AB

Donation is to support and further develop the University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The donation will be broken down into $175,000 per year over 3 years, divided over two programs, the Institute’s LaunchPad and Innovation Sprint programs.
JANUARY 2022

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$1,250,000

Recipient:

University of Guelph

City:

Guelph

Province:

ON

Donation is to find the University’s new Foundations in Agricultural Management online certificate. The donation is over 3 years.
JANUARY 2022

Maurice and Marilyn Rollins Foundation

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Belleville General Hospital Foundation

City:

Belleville

Province:

ON

Donation is for new nuclear medicine cameras, part of BGHF’s Regional Nuclear Medicine Project.
JANUARY 2022

Robert Saik

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Olds College

City:

Olds

Province:

AB

Donation is to create an endowment fund for the Robert Saik AgTech Awards, two $2,500 scholarships per year supporting students from urban areas enrolled in the Agriculture Technology programs at the College.
JANUARY 2022

Sauble Area Medical Clinic

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Grey Bruce Health Services Foundations

City:

Owen Sound

Province:

ON

The nonprofit Sauble Area Medical Clinic is dissolving and donating $1 million of the proceeds from the sale of its property to Grey Bruce Health Services Foundations to divide amoung 3 Foundations that support hospitals in the Sauble area. The Bruce Peninsula Hospital Foundation will receive $400,000 for an x-ray machine at Wiaton Hospital, Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundatoin will receive $350,000 for a new C-Arm, Saugeen Memorial Hospital will receive $250,000 for its CT scanner campaign.
JANUARY 2022

Scotiabank

Gift:

$900,000

Recipient:

Habitat for Humanity Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

Donation is to grow the Every Youth Initiative Program, which engages youth in volunteerism, education, and skills building. The donation is over 3 years through the SoctiaRISE initiative.
JANUARY 2022

Scotiabank

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Sheridan College

City:

Oakville

Province:

ON

The gift is in support of Sheridan’s Work Study program, which increases opportunities for international students to gain Canadian work experience.
JANUARY 2022

Karol Shaw & Susan Leonard

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation

City:

Cobourg

Province:

ON

Donation is for the hospital to acquire needed equipment such as new MRI and CT scanners.
JANUARY 2022

Siemens Caring Hands e.V.

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

City of Toronto

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

The gift is in the form of 2000 “Siemens Enlighted IoT seniors”, and will be used at Cummer Lodge, a long term care home.
JANUARY 2022

Edward & Fran Sonshine

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Ryerson University

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

Donation is to establish a new scholarly chair as a part of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law’s Racial Justice Initiative.
JANUARY 2022

Telus Friendly Future Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Relay Education

City:

Toronto

Province:

ON

The donation will be used to offer 220 workshops to marginalized youth, specifically students within Indigenous communities, and communities with barriers to hands on STEM education.
JANUARY 2022

Hilary & Galen Weston Foundation

Gift:

$400,000

Recipient:

Nippising University

City:

North Bay

Province:

ON

Donation is to support the establishment of a new service for Canadians living with rare and young onset dementia called Rare Dementia Support Canada.
JANUARY 2022

Dan & John Whitton

Gift:

$850,000

Recipient:

Bluewater Health Foundation

City:

Sarnia

Province:

ON

$700,000 of the donation went toward Access Open Mind, the youth mental health centre opening in 2022, and $150,000 went to operating costs of Ryan’s House, a facility for drug and alcohol rehabilitation support.
JANUARY 2022

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