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About Us

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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Toronto Foundation is a registered charity and home to 500+ community-minded philanthropists. 

We exist to create a more fair and just society where everyone can thrive. Together with our fundholders we granted $19M last year to organizations in Toronto and across Canada. We are committed to listening, learning and working in partnership with communities and we invite our Fundholders to join us.  

We work in two ways: 

1. Granting & Impact Investing 

Fundholders make their own grants   

Individuals, groups, and organizations can set up donor advised funds and make grants to the charities they care about. We offer back-end services and advice to increase the impact of your giving.   

Toronto Foundation runs strategic granting programs and makes impact investments  

We make grants and impact investments that address pressing needs and opportunities, and support communities to reduce inequality. We take our direction from the Toronto’s Vital Signs report, our equity lens on the city and the role of leading nonprofits. Donors can support this work by contributing to our funds. 


2. Donor Learning Journeys 

We can help you make informed decisions to maximize the impact of your giving by offering learning events and tools on equitable granting, research and insights, as well as opportunities to connect with peers and community leaders.    


We are guided by:

Our Mission Our Vision Our Values

Our Purpose

Toronto Foundation also recognizes the role of philanthropy in perpetuating discrimination and oppression, and our organization’s responsibility to address our inherent biases and strive for greater equality.  Read more about our commitment.


Are you ready to get started? 

Explore our website and connect with us to have a conversation about your philanthropic goals:




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Toronto Foundation is a proud member of Community Foundations of Canada, the national membership organization for more than 191 Community Foundations across Canada.

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Learn more about our work with local Indigenous organizations