Annual funds provide the City and its divisions with flexible resources beyond tax-based dollars. With your support, these programs can continue to operate yearly impacting many areas of Toronto, including:
Protect Our Land & Water
Donate to the Historic Red Oak at 76 Coral Gable Dr.
Due to its size, age, beauty and cultural significance, this magnificent 250-year-old oak is recognized as a heritage tree under Forests Ontario’s Heritage Tree Program. Following Council’s direction, the City has entered into an agreement to purchase the property and establish the space as a parkette to preserve and showcase this beautiful example of our natural heritage. The completion of the sale is conditional upon the City fundraising the sum of $430,000 by December 12, 2020. Donate now to help ensure the tree survives and thrives well into the future.
Donate to PollinateTO
To help protect the 364 species of bees and 112 species of butterflies that call Toronto home, the City offers grants to support the creation of pollinator habitat in communities across Toronto. A donation of $1,000 to $5,000 can provide a PollinateTO community grant that helps pollinator-friendly gardens spread across Toronto.
Our goal is to provide 20 community grants every year. Bee-come a donor today!
Donate to Urban Forestry
For over 25 years your City has invested in community tree planting and stewardship programs and over 23,000 volunteers have participated in more than 1,000 community events since 2013. Your donation is critical in supporting volunteer events and programs such as tree planting, trail building and education workshops. Our annual goal is $15,000. Your gift today makes a world of difference tomorrow!
Find more information about Tree Planting & Stewardship Events.
Animals & Pets
Donate to the Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic
Toronto is the first city in Canada to create a Spay-Neuter Your Pet Mobile Clinic (SNYP Truck). This program operates in low-income neighbourhoods where the need is the greatest to ensure pets are sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped. Supplies and vehicle maintenance are funded through donations and we need your support. Our annual goal is $80,000 – help us keep the truck moving every year!
Toronto Animal Services also accepts donations to support medical care for animals in our shelters. 100 per cent of your donation is used to directly benefit the animals in our city.
Invest in Community & People
Donate a Defibrillator to the Safe City Program
Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City Program provides training in First Aid, CPR and AED (Automatic External Defibrillation), managing over 1,500 AEDs across your City. When someone has a cardiac arrest, over 60 per cent of the time no one acts. Only 3 per cent of the time is an AED used. In the chain of survival, early CPR and early AED can increase the chance of survival up to 75 per cent. You are the strongest link! Your donation of $1,700 will provide one AED. Our goal is to provide our community 10 AEDs every year. Donate an AED, save a life!
Donate to First Aid, CPR and AED training
The You are the Strongest Link program provides First Aid, CPR, and AED training and awareness sessions for people in qualified priority neighbourhoods, schools and community groups thanks to the support of donors and sponsors. Our goal is to raise $8,000 to provide 8 free First Aid, CPR, and AED training sessions annually.
Donate to Long Term Care – Robotic Companion Pets
Your City directly-operates 10 long-term care homes, caring for some of Toronto’s most vulnerable residents. The average age is 85 years and 69 per cent have moderate to very severe cognitive impairment. Research shows that the interaction between seniors and animals — whether real or robotic — can help lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, reduce feelings of loneliness, and improve overall quality of life.
Your $150 donation will provide one Robotic Companion Pet (dog or cat) to a long-term care home. Our annual goal is $1,500 to purchase one pet for each long-term care home. Improve the quality of life for Toronto’s seniors and donate today!
Donate to Senior-Friendly Outdoor Fitness Equipment
Regular activity can counteract health problems, that’s why your City began installing public outdoor fitness equipment in parks, with all ages in mind. Recognized as a global best practice to promote active aging and improved health and wellbeing outcomes, seniors and older adults have embraced these facilities. Our goal is $15,000 to install one piece of senior-friendly outdoor fitness equipment in a park yearly. Your donation will help seniors stay healthy and active!
Donate to Seniors’ Centres – Recreation Material
Your City is home to eight standalone and five community seniors’ centres offering recreational, social and educational programs for seniors. New games, arts and crafts supplies, exercise equipment, musical instruments and equipment are always in demand. A donation of $500 will meet this demand for one centre. Our annual goal is $6,500 to purchase new materials for every centre. Make a difference in a seniors’ life and donate today!
Support Cultural Vibrancy
Donate to the Toronto History Museums’ Acquisition Fund
Your donation supports the purchase and conservation of significant artifacts and artworks related to Toronto. Acquiring objects that might otherwise disappear from public view enables your City to tell Toronto’s diverse stories better. With an annual fund goal of $45,000, your gift will help us preserve and care for your City’s cherished objects.
Area of Greatest Need
One of the most effective gifts to your City is the area of greatest need. By designating your gift in this way, you allow your City to direct your donation to the highest priority needs that include unforeseen emergencies. Donate to your City today!
Your City delivers many key services through agencies and corporations. Each has a different mandate, authorities and responsibilities and generally operate at arm’s length or independently. Your gift to them will help enhance these much needed collaborations!
The City is committed to you the donor and your donor experience. In addition to presenting you with a variety of donor opportunities we have established a number of ways to give, so that you may connect with the causes that matter to you as seamlessly as possible.
A secure and convenient way to make your voluntary contribution with VISA, American Express, MasterCard and Visa Debit.
Please submit your cheque payable to Treasurer, City of Toronto and specify the program you wish to support in the memo.
Toronto Office of Partnerships – DonateTO
55 John Street
Metro Hall, Main floor
Toronto, ON M5V 3C6
Make an in-person voluntary contribution to the City service of your choice at an Inquiry and Payment Counter.
Cheque, cash and debit card payments are accepted with in-person contributions at the Inquiry and Payment Counters. Include your name and mailing address information so a receipt for income tax purposes can be mailed to you.
Other Ways to Give
The collection and processing of donations conforms to the City’s policy surrounding donations: Policy on Donations to the City for Community Benefits.
Approximately 7,500 donors give annually to enhance a wide array of City programs. Here are some stories of how their gifts made the City a better place for residents and visitors alike.
Invest in Community & People
Diego Valencia’s Story
Diego Valencia came to Canada from Mexico as a student and talented musician. While he was impressed by his experience in this country and by the quality of life enjoyed by so many here, he was always moved by the those he saw living in the streets. Although Diego was on a student budget he never hesitated to help people in need, even when all he could offer was the jacket off of his back. Following his sudden passing in 2015, Diego’s parent’s established the Amigos De Diego Valencia Fundacion in his honour. On a recent trip to Toronto, it was Diego’s mother’s mission to give to the cause that was so important to Diego. The Friends of Diego Foundation made a donation to the City of Toronto in support of senior clients that are homeless and staying at Scarborough Village Residence. The donation will help pay for medication when an individual does not have access to a drug benefit program. The mission was accomplished, in honour of Diego.
Support Cultural Vibrancy
Outdoor Bake Oven
In the mid-2000s, donors contributed more than $20,000 to restore a small bake oven in the museum’s tearoom. Staff and volunteers began working extensively with the restored oven, recreating historic recipes..
As the number and skill of the volunteer bakers increased, they began to outstrip the capacity of the small tearoom bake oven. Individuals and local businesses expressed interest in purchasing bake oven bread, but the tiny oven just could not meet the demand. In 2010, donors, lead by a volunteer group called the INNovators, contributed another $20,000 towards an outdoor bake oven that was completed in the spring of 2011.
The outdoor bake oven and associated farmers’ market created many new and enriching volunteer roles—volunteer bakers, bread sellers and tour guides during market hours. These volunteer positions offer great skills training, and several volunteers have subsequently found employment with market vendors.
The outdoor bake oven is also used for the museum’s children’s camp programming, where baking a pizza on the final day is regularly listed as a camp highlight. The oven is additionally used by George Brown for a series of highly popular hands-on bread baking workshops. In 2020 the Inn plans to host community groups for a series of community bake oven nights, bringing people together over the shared warmth and food of the bake oven. All of this is possible due to the generous support of donors.
Free Summer Camps
In the summer of 2019, donors lead by the INNovators funded 10 attendees at the Montgomery’s Inn’s inaugural summer camp. The Inn’s acting program officer explains the impact. With the donations in place, “…we then worked with our colleagues in Parks and Recreation, from the Investing in Families team and our local free community centre, to ensure those spots were allocated equitably. They contacted families on their waitlist for free camp programs. In this way, we were able to run a full camp, reach new audiences who would not have otherwise been able to attend a Museum camp, all while advancing Inclusion & Equity. The feedback from parents showed how valuable this contribution was”.
Protect Our Land & Water
The William Meany Hedge Maze of Toronto Island Park
The Maze on Toronto Island was created of cedar hedges in 1967 as a gift from the Netherlands Centennial Association. Over time however, taller trees nearby cast a shadow over the maze and by 2011 it had all but withered. The cost of recreating the maze was estimated at $200,000 and without room in the budget the City decided that the maze would be removed.
Mr. William Meany was born not far from the Island and as a child he adored running through the fantastical maze. Years passed and Mr. Meany became a very successful businessman in Calgary. He often returned to Toronto and visited the maze but arriving in 2012, he was astounded to find that it had disappeared. When he called the City to enquire, he learned that the plan to rebuild the maze had been shelved for want of $200,000. He immediately he offered the solution. “We’re going to get the maze,” Mr. Meany declared. He would donate the funds necessary to recreate the maze from the original plans, working with Parks, Forestry and Recreation.
The Island community came together with City workers who toiled along Boy Scouts and all kinds of volunteers in planting trees in the hundreds. Eventually the moment arrived in June of 2015 and the man who saved the maze drew a crowd while the City officials brought a plaque and revealed ‘The William Meany Maze’.
Animals & Pets
Animal lovers have illustrated time and again that they’re willing to give in support of the City’s Animal Services. From surgical supplies to dog behavioural consultations, there are many direct and meaningful ways that your donations help.