Toronto Community Foundation celebrates the recipients of its Vital
Ideas, Vital People and Vital Youth grants.
TORONTO, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Toronto Community Foundation
celebrates the achievements of 37 community leaders and organizations
at its 2013 Vital Toronto event at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio.
Each of the 37 recipients is awarded grants from the Vital Toronto fund,
a community endowment built with contributions from Community
Foundation Fundholders, individual donors, and the corporate sector.
The grants fund inspired programs and individual work that aim to
provide solutions to issues identified in Toronto's Vital Signs Report.
The Vital Toronto Fund fuels the Community Foundation's three grant
programs, which awarded $625,163.97 in grants in 2012/13:
Vital Ideas - Capacity building grants for community organizations to
stabilize, expand, or replicate initiatives.
Vital People - Professional development grants for not-for-profit
Vital Youth - Grants to programs that make recreational activities
accessible for youth, helping them connect to their community, interact
with their peers, and develop skills and leadership abilities.
"The Vital Toronto Fund reaches beyond simply a financial investment.
Its initiatives actively build Toronto's social fabric by developing
the capacity of community organizations and leaders to strengthen our
city," Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community
Each year, the Toronto Community Foundation also announces the winner of
the Martin Connell "Spirit of Philanthropy" Award at the Vital Toronto
event. The award acknowledges the vision and accomplishments of local
philanthropists who work with the Community Foundation. The recipients
share the Community Foundation's vision of making Toronto the best city
in which to live, work, learn and grow. They have a history of granting
locally and act as ambassadors and advocates for the Community
Matt Galloway, of CBC's Metro Morning will return as host for the Vital
Toronto event for a sixth year. Galloway, along with Beth Wilson,
Managing Partner, Toronto and Canadian Managing Partner, Community
Leadership, KPMG and Randy McLean, Acting Director, Strategic Growth & Sector Development, Economic
Development & Culture, City of Toronto will talk about "the new
The concept strategically brings together the talent, experience and
influence found in the private sector with the knowledge and ambitious
goals found in community organizations working for social change. The
Community Foundation has worked with KPMG for the past three years on
just that through a collaboration called "Vital Impact: Vital Toronto".
In addition to awarding a co-branded Vital Ideas grant to Scadding
Court Community Centre, KPMG's employees developed community leadership
through volunteering their time and skills with some of Toronto's most
innovative community organizations.
About the Toronto Community Foundation
With more than 350 endowment funds and assets under administration of
more than $275 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.
SOURCE: Toronto Community Foundation
For further information:
For information, please visit www.tcf.ca.