In 2016 alone we were able to donate almost $100,000 to local, grassroots charities in Toronto. Check out some of the charities that we work with, and if you are interested in a grant, please fill out an application.
The Teresa Group is Canada’s oldest community-based charitable organization specifically serving children affected by HIV and AIDS and their families. Since 1990 The Teresa Group has evolved from providing support to a handful of children and families to an organization with a dedicated team of professional staff providing a broad range of compassionate frontline services to hundreds of local children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. The Teresa Group also coordinates a Provincial program to distribute infant formula to new moms living with HIV and is a founding member and fiscal agent for the global Coalition on Children Affected by AIDS.
Doorsteps Neighbourhood Services is a community development organization focusing on education, recreation, empowerment and self-esteem for the Daystrom, Chalkfarm and Falstaff neighbourhoods in Toronto. Their programs help build resiliency and provide a safe and nurturing environment that is diverse and inclusive. They pride themselves in their innovative programs, services and partnerships and their relationship with the communities that they serve.
Creating Together Parkdale supports the healthy social, cognitive, emotional and physical development of children 0 to 6 years and their families in the Parkedale community. They welcome children aged 0 to 6 years and their families/caregivers to relax and connect with each other and with the greater communities through their many programs.
The Christie Refugee Welcome Centre is a Christian organization serving and advocating for refugee families by providing safe, temporary housing, initial settlement services and follow- up support. They influence and engage the broader public through sponsorship, education and advocacy initiatives.
Child Development Institute is an accredited children’s mental health agency in Toronto and is a groundbreaker in developing innovative programming. They offer evidence-based programs for children ages 0-12 and youth ages 13-18, and their families across four streams: Early Intervention Services, Family Violence Services, the Integra Program and Healthy Child Development. Built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families, they have an established track record of success in children’s mental health and family violence. Their family-focused approach puts families first; they work with each child and family’s unique strengths, needs and challenges. They help them to uncover their abilities, give them tools to succeed, and support them in overcoming challenges.
Houselink Community Homes is a leader in the field of supportive housing and recovery for people living with persistent mental health challenges and addiction issues. As a community centered, charitable organization, Houselink continues to address the issues of homelessness and marginalization for single men and women, youth, seniors and families with children in the City of Toronto.
416 Community Support for Women was founded in 1984 to meet the needs of homeless women in the Regent Park area. Today, over 30 years later, 416 has developed into a warm and welcoming community mental health agency that promotes a holistic view of health and wellness. They offer a range of formal and informal supports to a diverse range of women who are facing challenges with their mental health, addictions and social isolation. At 416 their intention is to inspire a sense of self-determination and empowerment through the programs that they offer.
FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination. Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services. For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada. Still others are guided and informed by our popular education programme, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications.
Camp Winston provides inspiring recreational opportunities for kids with complex neurological disorders who need highly specialized support. Located on beautiful Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario, we operate a summer camp, weekend retreats and week-long retreats throughout the year. Camp Winston’s primary focus is to set our children up for success. We operate four, two-week summer sessions attended by about 145 campers aged 7 – 13 years from across Canada. Campers may then continue in the Camp Winston community in our Teen Program for ages 14 – 17. In most cases, this is the first time in their lives they feel welcome and secure enough to participate without being rejected or alienated by their peers.
New Circles Community Services is a not-for-profit, grass-roots agency that builds strong and caring communities by providing basic necessities to those living in poverty. We provide much needed clothing, social programs, and skill building opportunities to individuals living on a low-income, with a focus on residents of Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, Victoria Village, and Taylor-Massey (including Crescent Town), many of whom are newcomers to Canada.
Romero House provides services to refugee claimants: people who claim refugee status after arriving in Canada. They welcome refugees regardless of religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity. In this way, they strive to create an inclusive community that celebrates difference.
They support their residents with every element of their settlement in Canada, and also offer social and emotional support. They also provide a variety of programs for their residents, including their Kids’ Club and Women’s Group, retreats throughout the year, and a summer camp.
Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programs including home nursing care and outreach. Founded in 1988, they were the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. Their commitment is to provide compassionate, inspired health care for people living with medically complex experiences of HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with their communities.
Geneva Centre for Autism is an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training.
YWCA 1st Stop Woodlawn Shelter provides free shelter and support to women 16 years of age and older who are homeless or in immediate crisis. They help women get out of crisis and move on to independence and safety.
Management Advisory Service (MAS) consists of more than 60 current and former business executives and professionals who provide pro bono consulting services for non profit organizations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Since 1993, they have helped more than 1,300 non-profit groups in the GTA do more for the communities they serve. Whether you’re looking to prepare a strategic plan, update a business plan or enhance your financial controls, MAS consultants can help by providing a wide range of consulting services at no charge.
Furniture Banks are registered charities, not-for-profit organizations or social enterprises designed to provide gently used household furnishings to individuals and families in need, at little or no cost. The movement, which originated in the United States, is now firmly established and continuing to gain momentum in Canada. The basic model involves gently used furniture being donated by people who no longer use it, and transferred to those who are struggling financially to furnish their own homes. Usually, a network of community agencies ensures that the right people get access to the furniture. It’s a cycle of giving and helping, providing the most vulnerable individuals in society the means to create a true home.