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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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Welcome to our new board members!

Please join us in welcoming the newest members of our Board of Directors, Ava-Dayna Sefa and Eugenia Duodu-Addy! We are excited about the expertise, leadership and insights they bring to Toronto Foundation and look forward to working together.   Ava-Dayna is a business and public policy professional with extensive experience […]

Job Posting: Director, Community Impact

Are you a creative producer, changemaker and bridge builder? Does your leadership journey in philanthropy cross issues, functions, sectors and communities? If you are a big picture thinker with a solid track record of getting results this role could be for you. Toronto Foundation is seeking a seasoned professional who […]

Pandemic Giving Guide

  Read the guide:   Last year, Vital Signs authors Steve Ayer and Gobika Sriranganathan heard from over 300 sector leaders to glean their insights for the Fallout Report. What emerged from those conversations was a common thread on how giving perspectives and actions need to change – and quickly. […]

Nearly $1 Million Granted to Fight Inequality in Toronto!

Thank you to the 200+ Torontonians and CBC’s Marivel Taruc who made the inaugural Deacon Legacy Grants an extraordinary night of generosity and collective legacy. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, ten high-impact organizations addressing chronic stresses facing Toronto were awarded grants totaling nearly $1 million, voted by YOU. Our call […]


“No ego, no logo.” This early statement by Imagine Canada’s Bruce MacDonald sums up one of the rare positive outcomes to emerge from the pandemic. Donors of all kinds came together, putting aside their individual interests, to mobilize money for the crisis. It signaled a fundamental shift that de-centred the […]

Writing for women of colour

When I was seven, I attempted my first novel by tracing my favourite book. I still have the pages, their edges now frayed and yellow. But it took me a long time to pursue my writing professionally. Though my parents nurtured my early love of books, it was tough to […]

Request for Proposals: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Toronto Foundation

Thank you to those who submitted letters of intent and questions. Those who submitted by the due date have been invited to submit written proposals, which are due Wednesday, January 13 at 5pm. See the RFP below for more details. Toronto Foundation is seeking services to help us embark on a comprehensive […]

Five Fundholders Fighting for Racial Justice

Clockwise from top left: Nadine Spencer, Ray Williams, Isaac Olowolafe Jr., Donald McLeod, and William Wallace.   We’ve heard the words “unprecedented times” a little too much this year. Even though many things didn’t go quite as planned in 2020, the adverse realities and injustices that are coming into the […]

Job Posting: Community Relations Officer

Applications for this position are now closed. Thank you to all those who have applied.  Toronto foundation is seeking an engaging and well-rounded Community Relations Officer to further our work in listening, learning and working in partnership with communities. Reporting to the Manager, Community Initiatives, the Community Relations Officer will […]

9 strategies for maintaining momentum on your racial and social justice journey

  Raise your hand if you’ve hit the metaphorical wall. COVID fatigue: check. Depressing news fatigue: check. Information overload: check. 2020 has been a year unlike any we could have predicted, and it’s taking a toll. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed. Some of us are devastated as we come […]