About Toronto Foundation

Established in 1981, the Toronto Foundation is one of 191 Community Foundations in Canada. We are a leading independent charitable foundation that connects philanthropy to community needs and opportunities.  Our individual and family Fundholders support causes they care about in Toronto and across Canada, through grants to any registered Canadian charity. We currently have more than 500 active Funds, including endowments and assets under administration of more than $400 million. A growing number of Torontonians support the Vital Toronto Fund, our community endowment that helps mobilize people and resources to tackle community challenges in innovative and inspiring ways.

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Our Approach

Donor Relations

An endowment fund at the Toronto Foundation gives you all the flexibility, involvement, and recognition of a private foundation while relieving you of the 'back-office' and financial stewardship responsibilities. Your focus will be on creating positive change while we provide the support and services to make it happen. We make it simple for you.
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Community Knowledge

We know Toronto well. Sharing our unique understanding of the power of philanthropy in Toronto is one of our most important services. We research and report on Toronto's quality of life in our annual Toronto's Vital Signs® Report. We also guide donors to specific community initiatives aligned to issues identified in Toronto's Vital Signs®. Our donors rely on us for information, due diligence, and advice on specific charities of interest to them. Our extensive community contacts enable us to provide objective and accurate assessments.
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City Building

Our unique position as an independent public foundation enables us to be a catalyst for change. We mobilize donor and other leaders to tackle complex quality of life issues in creative and inspiring ways. Our community knowledge informs our grantmaking and strengthens our ability to connect issues, convene partners, and develop solutions.
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Our Networks


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

Imagine Canada Ethical Code

As a part of our committment to accountability and transparency, we adhere to Imagine Canada's Ethical Fundraising and Accountability Code. The Code, which is voluntary, sets standards for charities in fundraising and financial reporting practices that complement the regulatory requirements by the federal and provincial governments.

We are also a member of the following associations, networks, and organizations:

Canadian Environmental Grantmakers' NetworkCanadian Urban Institute
Council on FoundationsImagine Canada
Philanthropic Foundations of CanadaSocial Planning Toronto
Toronto Board of Trade 

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