SPECIAL EDITION COVID-19

Major Gift News

Update May 8th

The Huff Family Fund

Gift:

Unspecified

Recipient:

Quinte Health Care

City:

Belleville

Province:

Ontario

Lanny and Catharine Huff made a leadership donation through The Huff Family Fund, a fund managed by The County Foundation, to support COVID-19 response at all 4 Quinte Health Care hospitals; Prince Edward County Memorial, Belleville General, Trenton Memorial, and North Hastings.
MAY 2020

Wilson 5 Foundation

Gift:

$8,400,000

Recipient:

Ruby Lake Lagoon Society

City:

Madeira Park

Province:

British Columbia

$7 million will be used to support the Pender Ocean Discovery Station (PODS) Marine research facility; $1 million will cover operating expenses; and $400,000 will fund the project’s start-up costs. $8 million of the funding is contingent on the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society’s ability to secure the remaining money needed to move ahead with the project. Wilson, the founder of Lululemon and listed as Canada’s ninth richest person, is pledging the funding through his family’s Wilson 5 Foundation. Wilson owns property on the Sunshine Coast. The contribution is the largest the organization has received.
MAY 2020

Chagnon Foundation

Gift:

$2,500,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Quebec

In response to COVID-19, this funding will be allocated to agencies supported by the Centraides of Quebec, and will help youth agencies reach isolated and marginalized young people and give them educational and psychosocial support so that they can continue their studies and go back to school in 2020-2021 with the best chances of success.
MAY 2020

Amazon Canada

Gift:

$1,500,000

Recipient:

Canadian Red Cross, United Way Centraide Canada, and Food Banks Canada

City:

Various

Province:

Ontario

This gift will be split between the organizations and will support their COVID-19 response efforts. This is part of a $3 million commitment to fighting COVID-19 in Canada, the other half of which has not been announced yet.
MAY 2020

Cameco Corp

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Saskatchewan

This commitment will be distributed to 67 charities, First Nations, and municipalities across northern Saskatchewan to help them respond to COVID-19 via grants of up to $50,000 each.
MAY 2020

Chagnon Foundation

Gift:

$1,000,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Quebec

This gift will be shared among all Centraides in Quebec, and will support their COVID-19 Emergency Response Funds.
MAY 2020

Canucks for Kids Fund

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This commitment will be shared between 9 charities: Feeding the Community ($200,000); BC Care Providers Association ($100,000); Greater Vancouver Food Bank ($50,000); Senior Services Society of BC ($25,000); Canucks Family Education Centre ($25,000); Mackie’s Place ($25,000); Foundry BC ($25,000); YWCA Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre ($25,000); and Kids Help Phone ($25,000). The purpose is to support the organizations’ COVID-19 response efforts.
MAY 2020

Humane Medicine

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

Dr. George Oreopoulos, a vascular surgeon at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and Chairman of Humane Medicine, has made this gift through Humane Medicine to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for UHN hospitals in response to COVID-19. This gift is in honour of his father who founded Humane Medicine, Dr. Dimtirios Oreopoulos, who passed away in 2012.
MAY 2020

The Stober Foundation

Gift:

$500,000

Recipient:

Okanogan College

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

To support the development of a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, over five years. The gift will support the Centre’s Health Lab, where nurses and Health Care Assistants will be trained, and establish scholarships and bursaries. In recognition of this leadership gift, Okanagan College Foundation is establishing a $250,000 award fund in honour of the Stober family. Stober Family Award
MAY 2020

CP

Gift:

$350,000

Recipient:

The Frontline Fund

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To help hospitals across Canada respond to COVID-19.
MAY 2020

Chagnon Foundation

Gift:

$284,035

Recipient:

Socioeconomic Summit for the Development of Black Communities

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the Summit’s programming.
MAY 2020

Chagnon Foundation

Gift:

$265,000

Recipient:

Fédération québécoise des organismes communautaires famille and LigneParents

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the organizations’ COVID-19 response efforts.
MAY 2020

Federated Co-operatives Limited

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This gift will support various western Canadian food banks responding to COVID-19. The company is also donating the equivalent of more than a million dollars in gift cards to good Samaritans in its member communities.
MAY 2020

CP

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Food Banks Canada

City:

Mississauga

Province:

Ontario

To help food banks across Canada respond to COVID-19.
MAY 2020

IGNITE

Gift:

$250,000

Recipient:

Humber College

City:

Toronto

Province:

Ontario

IGNITE, Humber College’s Student Union, is donating $250,000 to Humber’s COVID-19 Support Our Students (SOS) Fund, which is providing emergency financial support to students impacted by COVID-19. This is IGNITE’s second significant donation to help students during the coronavirus crisis.
MAY 2020

Co-operators Group Limited

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

United Way Centraide

City:

Various

Province:

Various

This gift will be distributed to 28 local United Way Centraides where The Co-operators has corporate operations to support COVID-19 response.
MAY 2020

RBC

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

Various

City:

Various

Province:

Nova Scotia

RBC has committed $200,000 for mental health support, with initial donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association Colchester East Hants Branch and the #NovaScotiaStrong First Responders Fund with Wounded Warriors Canada.
MAY 2020

Scotiabank, Canadian Medical Association, and MD Financial Management Inc.

Gift:

$200,000

Recipient:

The Montreal General Hospital Foundation

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

To support the Code Life Ventilator Challenge, a joint initiative between the Montreal General Hospital Foundation and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. The Code Life Ventilator Challenge is an international design competition to create a simple, low-cost, easy-to-manufacture and maintain ventilator.
MAY 2020

Fido

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Pflag Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift of up to $150,000, and will help Pflag Canada provide peer-to-peer virtual support to LGBTQ2S communities for issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression during COVID-19 lockdowns.
MAY 2020

The Morningview Foundation

Gift:

$150,000

Recipient:

Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation

City:

Alliston

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift, and will support the Hospital’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response Fund.
MAY 2020

Rotary Clubs of Central Okanagan

Gift:

$116,300

Recipient:

Various

City:

Kelowna

Province:

British Columbia

This gift will be distributed to various food banks in Central Okanogan to support increased demand due to COVID-19.
MAY 2020

Chagnon Foundation

Gift:

$100,503

Recipient:

Centraide of Greater Montréal

City:

Montreal

Province:

Quebec

In response to COVID-19, this gift will support Radar, a collaborative digital tool that provides the public and local stakeholders with a map of all food assistance agencies in the Montreal Metropolitan Community that are open or closed during the crisis.
MAY 2020

OCP Construction

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

North Bay Regional Health Centre, Health Sciences North, Timmins and District Hospital, and Sault Area Hospital

City:

Various

Province:

Ontario

This is a matching gift which will be split evenly between the 4 hospitals to support their COVID-19 response funds.
MAY 2020

Wim & Nancy Pauw Foundation

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Banff Canmore Community Foundation

City:

Banff

Province:

Alberta

To create a food security program with local hospitality provider, Banff Lodging Company, and to help Banff Canmore Community Foundation provide emergency grants to frontline agencies offering COVID-19 critical response.
MAY 2020

TD Bank

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Strongest Families Institute

City:

Halifax

Province:

Nova Scotia

Part of the TD Ready Commitment, this gift will support immediate and longer-term mental health services in rural or under-resourced communities. It was made in response to the significant increase in the number of people seeking mental health services since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
MAY 2020

Corby Spirit and Wine and Diageo Canada

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Bartenders Benevolent Fund

City:

Various

Province:

Various

To support hospitality industry workers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.
MAY 2020

Merck

Gift:

$100,000

Recipient:

Innovative Medicines Canada

City:

Ottawa

Province:

Ontario

To purchase Personal Protective Equipment for healthcare workers responding to COVID-19.
MAY 2020

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