Meet Harvey and Sue Griggs, two Torontonians who saw retirement as a chance to embark on a new challenge. And while many people look forward to vacations or gardening when they stop working, the Griggs saw it as an opportunity to start doing some good in the world and their city.
They established the Griggs Family Foundation at the Toronto Foundation which enables them to support the organizations they've always cared about, but expand their horizons too.
Since they began their Fund, the Griggs have been instrumental in supporting a number of innovative initiatives that will make a difference in the lives of thousands.
One such project is the Toronto Foundation's Beyond 3:30, a project that will see six middle schools in inner city areas remain open after school from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm to provide quality programming for young people whose families do not have the necessary resources, and Recipe for Community, a unique undertaking that is transforming the Alexandra Park neighbourhood.
However, their charitable work doesn't stop at home. Sue has been involved with the Grandmothers Campaign through the Stephen Lewis Foundation to 'turn the tide' for women and children in Africa and the Griggs have also become involved SchoolBOX, a Canadian non-profit working on educating young children in Nicaragua. The Griggs have just returned from building the school that they funded in Nicaragua, and they cannot wait to go back and do it all over again.
Philanthropy has become the Griggs' new passion, and they're finding it both fun and rewarding. "Once you've provided for your family, what's the point of the rest of the money?" Harvey says. "People give to charity because they can do a lot for others and feel good about themselves. That's the wonderful thing about it."