TORONTO, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - A crowd of more than 350 filled the Glenn
Studio at CBC for the Toronto Community Foundation's annual Vital
Toronto event, celebrating recipients of grants from its Vital Toronto
Fund. The Vital Toronto Fund is a community endowment built by
Community Foundation Fundholders, individual donors, and the public and
corporate sectors. Presentations were made to 40 community
organizations and leaders recognizing their innovative work addressing
some of Toronto's most pressing quality of life challenges.
The Vital Toronto Fund fuels the Community Foundation's three grant
programs, which awarded a total of $612,118 in grants in 2011/12:
Vital Ideas - Capacity building grants for community organizations to stabilize,
expand, or replicate initiatives.
Vital People - Professional development grants for not-for-profit leaders.
Vital Youth - Program grants to increase access to recreation for youth.
The Vital Toronto Fund also supports building partnerships with the
private sector to increase support for organizations working for social
change by addressing the challenges identified in the Community
Foundation's annual Toronto's Vital Signs® Report. Through a partnership called "Vital Impact: Vital Toronto", the
Community Foundation worked with KPMG LLP (KPMG) to facilitate
skills-based volunteer opportunities for its employees at the
organizations seeking funding through the Vital Ideas grant program.
The engagement resulted in KPMG providing a $30,000 Vital Ideas grant
to Not Far From The Tree.
"We recognize the significant opportunity we have to affect positive
change and make a real difference in the communities where we live and
operate," says Beth Wilson, GTA Managing Partner and the Canadian
Managing Partner of Community Leadership, KPMG "Collaborating with the
Toronto Community Foundation's Vital Ideas program was a perfect fit
because it offered KPMG people the opportunity to put their skills and
talents to work for causes they felt passionately about and address
pressing social needs in their community."
Matt Galloway of CBC's Metro Morning, who hosted the Vital Toronto
event, led a conversation with Shawn Micallef on "Toronto: The loveable
city". Micallef is the editor-co-owner, Spacing; author, Stroll & Full Frontal; columnist, Toronto Star; 2011-12 Massey Journalism Fellow.
"We wanted to have a bit of fun while sending an important message -
Toronto is not broken. And, we owe much of what we love about Toronto
to the wonderful community organizations and individuals such as those
we celebrate each year at Vital Toronto. We feel privileged to be able
to stand side by side with them to do the work that needs to be done to
build the Toronto we all want, for the long-term, said Rahul K.
Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation.
A complete list of the recipients is available at: www.tcf.ca/newsandpublications/VitalTOGrants2012.html.
Toronto Community Foundation
With more than 325 endowment funds and assets under administration of
more than $250 million, the Toronto Community Foundation is one of
Canada's largest public charitable foundations. Our mission is to
connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities, all with a
vision to make Toronto the best place to live, work, learn and grow,
through the power of giving. For information, please visit www.tcf.ca
SOURCE Toronto Community Foundation
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