Turkey and Syria earthquake relief: Torontonians have big hearts and expertise that can directly benefit ongoing relief efforts. Options to donate and volunteer are below under Where to Give.

There are many ways individuals, associations and businesses can partner with the City to support the community, including donations of goods and services, food and financial gifts. A charitable gift will help provide the high quality and affordable services that respond to the needs of the community. Learn how to help.

Read the DonateTO Donor Report to learn about many of the generous gifts that the City of Toronto facilitated between April and August 2020 in support of COVID-19 relief and recovery.

Turkey & Syria Earthquake

There are many ways Toronto residents and organizations can help those affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck Turkey and Syria in February 2023.

The federal and provincial governments lead international relief. The City is here to help support efforts of other orders of government and connect Toronto residents and organizations with local agencies contributing to the international relief effort. Organizations and individuals who are interested in making a donation or volunteering are encouraged to contact the following organizations that are accepting urgent monetary or in-kind donations for Turkey and Syria:

Canadian Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

Oxfam Canada

Save the Children


Bridge to Türkiye Fund

Federation of Canada Turkish Association

Islamic Relief Canada

International Development and Relief Foundation

Muslim Association of Canada

Turkish Community Centre

Consulate General of the Republic of Türkiye

Donate to the IRSS Restoration of Identity Project and the Spirit Garden

The IRSS Restoration of Identity Project, led by Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre in partnership with the City of Toronto, responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action 82 and aligns with the City’s commitments to Indigenous Peoples. Action 82 calls upon provincial and federal governments, in collaboration with survivors and their organizations, to commission and install a publicly accessible, highly visible, residential schools commemorative project in each capital city to honour survivors and families. Your gift will be directed to the Toronto Council Fire’s $4 million capital campaign to help create a peaceful, contemplative space in Nathan Phillips Square, called the Spirit Garden, to help advance reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Toronto.

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Donate to Long-Term Care Homes – 2023 Toronto Challenge Campaign

Long Term Care Toronto Challenge

The City operates ten long-term care homes, caring for some of Toronto’s most vulnerable individuals. Your donation will be directed to the purchase of technology (i.e. tablets, robotic pets), enhance resident programming, mobile zoo visits, resident outings and trips as well as other initiatives which enhance the quality of life for residents. For more information about the Toronto Challenge event visit: www.toronto.ca/challenge

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Donate to Equitable Food Access Programs – COVID-19 Relief & Recovery

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people in Toronto are relying on emergency food programs than we’ve seen in our City in generations. The City is supporting emergency community food programs across Toronto to address the rising food insecurity being experienced by individuals and families. Your donation will be directed to organizations that are providing prepared meals, food delivery, and grocery gift cards to food banks and vulnerable residents of Toronto, along with the materials and space that allow these programs to operate in the COVID-19 context and beyond.

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Year-Round Fundraising

The City accepts donations throughout the year to provide ongoing initiatives and programs with flexible resources beyond tax-based dollars. With your support, city-wide programs such as the ones listed below can continue to operate annually:

Protect Our Land & Water

The Historic Red Oak at 76 Coral Gable Dr.

Historic oak tree in winter located at 76 Coral Gable Dr.

On November 26, 2020, Toronto City Council joined over 1,300 donors in committing to the preservation and celebration of this mighty oak. Option B of MM26.9 was adopted authorizing the purchase of the property for the creation of a parkette, with a commitment to pay the fundraising shortfall. Donors still have the opportunity to get behind this initiative. Any donations received before December 12th, 2020 will be applied to the purchase costs. As of December 12th, 2020, donations received will support enhancements to the parkette, helping to create a setting befitting of this magnificent tree.

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Donate to PollinateTO

Toronto's official bee, the Bicoloured Agapostemon, gathering pollen on a flower

Toronto is home to many pollinators, including over 360 species of bees and 100 species of butterflies. Some species are in decline due to stressors such as habitat loss and climate change. The City offers the PollinateTO grants that support pollinator habitat creation to help protect our diverse pollinator community. Your donation will help create pollinator habitat and engage communities in pollinator stewardship across Toronto. Bee-come a donor today

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Sakura Cherry Trees Project

Toronto's Japanese flowering cherry trees (Sakura)

Toronto’s Japanese flowering cherry trees (Sakura) and its groves, in parks across the city, are enjoyed by a multitude of visitors every year during their spring blossom. The trees also contribute to the urban forest canopy and provide important habitat. Your donation will support the health and continued enjoyment of our cherry trees.

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Donate to Urban Forestry

Volunteer planting a tree
Credit: Matt Forsythe

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!

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Donate to the Toronto History Museums’ Acquisition Fund

People looking at a display in a Toronto Museum

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.

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Animals & Pets

Donate to the Mobile Spay & Neuter Clinic

Snip or Neuter Your Pet Mobile Clinic truck and branded trailer

Toronto is the first city in Canada to create a Spay-Neuter Your Pet Mobile Clinic (SNYP Truck). This program operates in low income and marginalized communities 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.

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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.

Donate to High Park Animal Display

Two brown, dark-eyed adult capybaras cool off in their outdoor pool at High Park Zoo. Capybaras resemble large guinea pigs, or large beavers without tails, and can grow to about 130 centimeters long. They can sleep in water, with their noses poking above the surface.

Since 1893, High Park Animal Display has been a popular year-round destination for visitors to High Park. The animal attraction is free to the public and welcomes over 600,000 visitors each year. Your gift will support reconstruction of the Deer Pen Road pedestrian trail, install additional seating and shade structures, and create new gardens and plant trees, in collaboration with the Friends of High Park Zoo. The first $50,000 in donations will be matched by a generous gift from the Honey Family Foundation.

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Invest in Community & People

Donate to the Blackhurst Cultural Centre

Blackhurst Cultural Centre

Blackhurst Cultural Centre (BCC) has a bold vision to build a new African-Caribbean Canadian cultural centre within Mirvish Village. BCC will provide permanent, affordable, and accessible space for artistic and cultural production in Toronto and provide opportunities to experience the rich culture and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry. Join us as we envision a cultural centre filled with history, passion and creativity! All donations to the Blackhurst Cultural Centre project through DonateTO remain with the City for investing in the BCC project and will be allocated and disbursed to BCC to cover specific planning, design, development, heritage preservation, demolition and construction costs.

This campaign is scheduled to run until July 2024. In the event the BCC project does not advance as currently planned, your donation will be directed to capital costs related to securing an alternate space for BCC. You will be notified by email of such changes if they occur.

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Donate a Defibrillator to the Safe City Program

A paramedic leads children through a first aid course in a gymnasium

Toronto Paramedic Services Safe City Program supports over 1200 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) across your City. Early access to an AED, combined with CPR by a trained bystander, significantly improves patient survival during cardiac arrest. Your $1700 donation provides an additional AED to help save a life in our community

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Donate to First Aid, CPR and AED training

Paramedic demonstrating AED during a training session

You Are The Strongest Link is a donor and sponsor-supported program providing First Aid, CPR, and AED training at no charge to qualified priority neighbourhoods, schools, and community groups. These programs improve public safety, individual knowledge, and increase access to future training and employment opportunities.

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Area of Greatest Need

Two people holding hands

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, including emergencies.

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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!


A secure and convenient way to make your voluntary contribution with VISA, American Express, MasterCard and Visa Debit.

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Please submit your cheque payable to Treasurer, City of Toronto and specify the program you wish to support in the memo. Mail to:

55 John Street
Metro Hall, Floor 14
Toronto, Ontario
Canada   M5V 3C6
Attn: Roy Moniz

Other Ways to Give

Donors may also direct a legacy gift or bequest to a City of Toronto program.

Donating clothing and other items is yet another way to give, while contributing to the City’s waste reduction movement.

In addition you have the option to enhance our City via gifts of public art and monuments or by giving of your time, effort and expertise as a volunteer.

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.

Donor Report, April to August 2020

Donor Story: Peter Zehdee & DonateTO

The story of how an individual was inspired to partner with the City of Toronto and DonateTO in support of vulnerable residents.

Donor Story: Polysleep & DonateTO

Polysleep partnered with the City of Toronto and DonateTO to donate product in support of shelter clients as they move into homes.

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 Services

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.