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Our Work in Toronto

This is an outstanding city.
But you don't just take.
You've got to build.

Fran Deacon

Wife of the late Fraser Deacon,
Founder of Toronto Foundation

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TVS Initiatives

TVS Initiatives are strategic, collaborative partnerships with charitable organizations, the public and private sectors, and our Fundholders, that actively address issues identified in the Toronto’s Vital Signs Report. Many Toronto Foundation Fundholders direct a portion of their own granting to these initiatives in addition to the Foundation’s support.

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Beyond 3:30

In partnership with the Toronto Foundation for Student Success
Beyond 3:30 provides homework support, recreation, skills development, and mentorship to middle school students after school between 3:30 and 7:30 – a time of day when they are most vulnerable in Toronto’s underserved communities.

Learn more here.

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Extending more than 80km across Toronto, the Pan Am Path brings residents, community organizations, businesses, and artists together to connect Torontonians to their city and each other. The multi-use path connects Toronto’s trails, ravines, and neighbourhoods to create an active, living public space.

Learn more here.

Playing for Keeps

In partnership with the Playing for Keeps Collaborative
Playing for Keeps builds social capital – trust and the sense of belonging – through volunteerism and play to create healthier, more active, and better connected communities. At the heart of it are Neighbourhood Games, playful and simple community events run by residents to bring their communities together.

Learn more here.

Recipe for Community

In partnership with the City of Toronto
Recipe for Community uses the universal language of food to bring communities together to connect with one another, increase community engagement, build skills, and beautify shared neighbourhood spaces.

Toronto Sport Leadership Program

In partnership with YMCA Toronto and the City of Toronto
Toronto Sport Leadership Program (TSLP) is creating opportunities for growth and meaningful employment for youth through specialized sport and coaching training certification.

Learn more here.


Click here for a full list of our 2015-16 TVS Initiatives and their supporters.