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Martin Connell Spirit of Philanthropy Award

The Martin Connell Spirit of Philanthropy Award was named in honour of Martin Connell who served as Chair of the Board for ten years. Through his leadership and his own philanthropic giving, Martin truly embodies the “Spirit of Philanthropy.”

Martin Connell with 2016 recipients, John and Jan MacIntyre of the Calamor Fund

Award Recipients:

  • Advance the goal of creating a more fair and just society where everyone can thrive;
  • Have a history of granting locally; and
  • Act as ambassadors/advocates for philanthropy and Toronto Foundation.


Past Recipients:

2019: Vision 2020
2017: The John and Jocelyn Barford Family Foundation
2016: Calamor Fund
2015: Colonel F.H. Deacon Memorial Fund
2014: Jon and Nancy Love Foundation
2013: Bruce Beauchamp Memorial Fund
2012: Griggs Family Foundation
2011: Vandewater Charitable Foundation