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COVID-19

Major Gift News

Update April 9th

Loblaw Companies Limited

Gift:

$5,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

In response to COVID-19, Loblaws will provide $5 million in gift cards to various food banks and community charities, including Food Banks Canada, Second Harvest, Community Food Centres Canada, and others.
APR 2020

Second Harvest

Gift:

$4,500,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca is launching $4.5 million in new funding for communities. The new grants will support organizations across the country to ensure food makes its way to Canadians who need it most in response to COVID-19.
APR 2020

Charles and Margaret Juravinski

Gift:

$3,300,000

Recipient:

Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare

City:

Hamilton

Province:

Ontario

This gift is an acceleration of an earlier $100 Million commitment to establish an endowment fund for these organizations, and will be used to support the organizations’ front-line response to COVID-19.
APR 2020

The Slaight Family Foundation

Gift:

$3,000,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada, Daily Bread Food Bank, Second Harvest, Food Banks Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the organizations’ national programs and their increased needs due to COVID-19.
APR 2020

The Hewitt Family

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

McGill University

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To fund Professor Donald Sheppard and his team’s research into medical treatment options for COVID-19.
APR 2020

Gore Mutual Foundation

Gift:

$2,000,000

Recipient:

Canada Helps

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to support Canada Helps’ COVID-19 Cause Fund, which will support those responding to the crisis, through hospital care, shelters, food banks, mental health charities, and more.
APR 2020

The Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation

Gift:

$1,100,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Quebec

To support 73 organizations across Quebec that help at-risk children across the province get access to physical activity. The funds will help ensure that organizations impacted by COVID-19 will be able to stay afloat until their programs can resume.
APR 2020

Neil & Gisele Murdoch

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

University of Waterloo

City:

Waterloo

Province:

Ontario

To create new student counsellor positions and a digital virtual care tool to meet the mental health needs of students entering co-operative work placements.
APR 2020

President's Choice Children's Charity

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To support the organization’s response to COVID-19.
APR 2020

J.D. Irving

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Food Depot Alimentaire

City:

Moncton

Province:

New Brunswick

To support Food Depot Alimentaire’s programs, which serve food banks across New Brunswick.
APR 2020

McCain Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Food Depot Alimentaire

City:

Moncton

Province:

New Brunswick

To support Food Depot Alimentaire’s programs, which serve food banks across New Brunswick.
APR 2020

Société des alcools du Québec

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Food Banks of Quebec

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organization’s response to increased needs due to COVID-19. Until further notice, SAQ will also give Food Banks of Quebec the $12 delivery fee it collects for every order submitted online on SAQ.COM.
APR 2020

Shaw Communications

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Community Food Centres Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support The Alex Community Food Centre in Calgary, Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Centre in Toronto and DiverseCity Community Resources Society in Surrey BC, as well as many other organizations in their network.
APR 2020

Sun Life Insurance

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

Over the coming weeks and months, Sun Life will provide financial aid to charities in the markets in which we operate. Support will be provided to organizations addressing urgent health concerns, with a focus on support for at-risk populations such as the elderly, and access to food through local food banks.
APR 2020

CIBC

Gift:

$750,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This donation will be split between Canadian Food Centres Canada, United Way, Kids Help Phone, Canadian Blood Services, and World Health Organization.
APR 2020

Aviva Canada

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support the organization’s Response and Emergency Management Programs for COVID-19 Relief.
APR 2020

McConnell Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Centraide of Greater Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
APR 2020

Metro

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario and United Way

City:

Various

Province:

Ontario

Metro will match customer donations up to $500,000 in support of its Together We Can toonie-fundraising campaign. From April 4th until April 30, METRO will collect donations from customers at it’s cash registers across Ontario.
APR 2020

Ontario Power Generation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Feed Ontario

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To help provide food to vulnerable individuals and families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
APR 2020

Budweiser

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support support five key areas directly related to COVID-19, including: distributing emergency supplies; providing emotional and psychosocial support via phone and referring Canadians to mental health care; exploring a potential role in training for essential frontline personnel on the use of masks, gloves and gowns; supporting the distribution of financial assistance to those eligible through government programs in Quebec and New Brunswick, and; providing key information and referrals to available assistance.
APR 2020

HSBC Bank Canada

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This gift will be shared between Food Banks Canada, Breakfast Club of Canada and United Way to support their COVID-19 response programs. This donation forms part of a global US$25 million commitment by HSBC Holdings plc to support international medical response, protect vulnerable people and ensure food security around the world.
APR 2020

Subway

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Food Banks of Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the organizations’ national programs and their increased needs due to COVID-19. Subway will also donate $2 from every delivery purchase to a maximum of $650,000, and has committed to donating $50,000 of Subway products to local communities across the nation.
APR 2020

The Conconi Family Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

St. Paul’s Foundation and VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

To support the Foundations’ COVID-19 response funds.
APR 2020

Save-On-Foods

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Club of Canada

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This is a matching gift through the Toonies for Tummies Campaign, where Save-On-Foods will match up to $500,000 in donations that are given at cash boxes in stores.
APR 2020

Sophie Desmarais

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Montreal Heart Institute

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support COVID-19 research.
APR 2020

Desjardins

Gift:

$475,000

Recipient:

United Way, Canadian Red Cross, Feed Ontario, and Quebec Food Banks

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To support the organizations’ responses to COVID-19.
APR 2020

Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta

Gift:

$375,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Lethbridge

Province:

Alberta

“The Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta has announced $375,000 in grant funding to help charities dealing with those most affected by
the COVID-19 pandemic.”
APR 2020

Hydro-Québec

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Centraide of Greater Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.
APR 2020

Lawson Foundation

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

London Community Foundation

City:

London

Province:

Ontario

This gift, along with a $300,000 commitment from the London Community Foundation, will provide a central location for philanthropists, corporations, individuals and families to support immediate needs in our community that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
APR 2020

McConnell Foundation

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Breakfast Clubs of Canada

City:

Boucherville

Province:

Quebec

This is part of a $500,000 commitment to supporting Food Organizations and their response to COVID-19.
APR 2020

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Gift:

$300,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Quebec

This donation will be split between 4 organizations for COVID-19 response: Centraide of Greater Montreal’s Emergency Fund; Canadian Red Cross, for its Community Support Services; Little Brothers, who work with the elderly in need; Tel-jeunes, which provides free counselling services, and; Alloprof, which provides educational support services for parents.
APR 2020

McConnell Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Various Shelters

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organizations’ COVID-19 Relief Efforts, each of the following shelters will receive $50,000: Le Bon Dieu Dans la Rue, Old Brewery Mission, Sun Youth, The Salvation Army, and Welcome Hall Mission.
APR 2020

Slaight Family Foundation

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Unison

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This gift is to support the launch of a special $500,000 COVID-19 relief program for event venue staff who have been laid off and musicians are unable to tour. The fund will be used to buy groceries and defray housing costs and medical expenses.
APR 2020

Steve Robinson

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

William Osler Health System Foundation

City:

Brampton

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to support COVID-19 relief. Steve Robinson is a wealth advisor with RBC Dominion Securities and an Osler Foundation Board member
APR 2020

Desjardins

Gift:

$210,000

Recipient:

Kids Help Phone and Alloprof

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To support the organizations’ increased demands as a result of COVID-19.
APR 2020

RBC Foundation

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

National Arts Centre

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support the Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists, which is dedicated to the live online series #CanadaPerforms.
APR 2020

Sirius XM Canada

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

National Arts Centre

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support the Facebook-National Arts Centre Fund for Performing Artists, which is dedicated to the live online series #CanadaPerforms.
APR 2020

President's Choice Children's Charity

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Community Food Centres Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the organization’s Good Food Fund, which is providing emergency relief to communities across Canada impacted by COVID-19.
APR 2020

Comark Securities

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Community Food Centres Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

To support the organization’s Good Food Fund, which is providing emergency relief to communities across Canada impacted by COVID-19.
APR 2020

Manulife

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Community Food Centres Canada

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Manulife will match donations up to $150,000 made to the organization’s Good Food Fund, which is providing emergency relief to communities across Canada impacted by COVID-19.
APR 2020

ICNA Relief Canada

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Trillium Health Partners Foundation

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

To support the Hospital’s COVID-19 response.
APR 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$135,000

Recipient:

South Muskoka Hospital Foundation

City:

Bracebridge

Province:

Ontario

A group of anonymous Muskoka cottagers has donated $135,000 to the local hospital’s COVID-19 emergency response fund. The money will be used for equipment and supplies, including three new ICU beds.
APR 2020

Coastal Gas Link

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

United Way of Northern British Columbia

City:

Prince George

Province:

British Columbia

To support the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which will support seniors in isolation, the homeless and those living with mental health issues and addictions during the health crisis.
APR 2020

McConnell Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

La Fondation du Grand Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts.
APR 2020

McConnell Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Mission Inclusion

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Efforts.
APR 2020

The Victoria Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Victoria Women's Transition House Society

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

To support the organization’s increased demand due to COVID-19. This gift was facilitated through the Foundation’s Rapid Relief Fund.
APR 2020

Kimberly-Clark Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

United Way Centraide Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To support United Way Centraide Canada’s national fund to help the most vulnerable populations receive critical community services and support during this global crisis. Additionally, 100,000 rolls of Cottonelle® and 10,000 Kleenex® facial tissue boxes will be donated through
local United Way Centraides across Canada to help those in their communities who require essential products most.
APR 2020

P. Peter Pascali

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To demonstrate public support for the health care workers in their ongoing battle against COVID-19, and to encourage others to give as well.
APR 2020

The Times Colonist

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

The Victoria Foundation

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

This gift will support the Rapid Relief Fund, which provides social support to families in Victoria who have been impacted by COVID-19.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Mackenzie Health Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Scarborough Health Network Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Burnaby Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Lion's Gate Hospital Foundation

City:

Vancouver

Province:

British Columbia

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Richmond Hospital Foundation

City:

Richmond

Province:

Vancouver

This is a matching gift to support the foundation’s COVID-19 response fund.
APR 2020

The Nanji Family Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Markham Stouffville Hospital

City:

Markham

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

Anonymous

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Victoria Hospital Foundation

City:

Victoria

Province:

British Columbia

This is a matching gift to support the hospital’s COVID-19 relief fund.
APR 2020

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