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A Legacy with Roots

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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A Legacy with Roots

Michael de Pencier plants trees for the past and the future   Trees are remarkable. They take in carbon and produce oxygen, helping us fight climate change. They absorb storm water and reduce flood damage. They can even keep our houses warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. […]

The NJ Foundation

“What you’re born into has a huge impact on where you can end up.” – Janey Law, Fundholder   Just over a year ago, Janey Law and Norman Young weren’t sold on the idea of starting their own fund. As the children of immigrants, they both live by the humility […]

The Sheila Kirpalani Foundation

 “My mother believed in showing a curiosity for new things. Learning new things, and not being afraid.” – Dr. Anish Kirpalani, Fundholder, the Sheila Kirpalani Foundation   Pooja, Anish and their son Sushil in their home.Pooja, Anish and their son Shushil in their home.Together, in late June 2009, Anish and […]

Giving at home

The Issue Areas they fund are certainly diverse. But what unites these three Funds is their trust in Toronto Foundation to help them make the most of their philanthropy and their dedication to giving back to the city they call home.  Bruce Beauchamp Memorial Fund, Paul Butler and Christopher Black […]

Halsall Family Foundation

For Barb and Peter Halsall the excitement of philanthropy is helping get a project off the ground that tackles an issue in a fresh way. Youth Empowering Parents (YEP), led by Agazi Afewerki, does just that. Inspired by a Vital Ideas grant, the Halsalls stepped in with a multi-year gift of […]

Rubisov Family Foundation

As immigrants from Russia 30 years ago, Dmitri and Vera Rubisov faced the not uncommon challenges of adapting and thriving in a new place. After ups and downs, raising a family (Lena and Anton) and building successful careers, today they are planting seeds for a better future for everyone through the […]

Martin Ship & Don Kinder

Martin Ship and Don Kinder began their relationship with Toronto Foundation as members of the Legacy Society, committing a portion of their estate. They soon realized that their legacy could be built during their lifetimes too. So together, they have established the Don Kinder & Martin Ship Fund at Toronto […]

100 Strong

Positive male role models can make all the difference in a young man’s life. With this in mind, a group of professional black men, including Marlon Reid, Ainsworth Morgan, Gavin Douglas, and Justice Donald McLeod launched the 100 Strong Foundation at Toronto Foundation. The Goal? To promote self-empowerment and success […]