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Welcome to the Community Knowledge Centre!

Just as our Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report consolidates data and research in 10 different issue areas, the Community Knowledge Centre is a consolidation of the solutions to issues identified in the Report. We want to showcase how vitally important it is to invest in the most innovative and effective solutions to some of our city’s most pressing issues. The Community Knowledge Centre helps Toronto tell good-news-stories by creating a central place where members of the public, our partner organizations, donors and potential donors, and members of the media can come to get a holistic sense of some of the great work that’s being done to build our city.



How does the Toronto Foundation decide which organizations to feature on the CKC?  How do I get my organization on the CKC?

Organizations profiled on the Community Knowledge Centre are registered Canadian charities that offer Toronto-based programming and that have:

  • been shortlisted to receive funding from one of the Vital Toronto Fund’s public competitive grant streams (Vital IdeasVital People, or Vital Youth/Playing for Keeps);
  • or received funding from one of the Vital Toronto Fund’s public competitive grant streams; 
  • or received a grant from a Donor Advised Fund at the Toronto Foundation.

All profiles are regularly reviewed by the Foundation’s professional grantmaking staff. Each profile that has the Vital Toronto Fund insignia has received funding from the Vital Toronto Fund. At the time of that award, these organizations underwent a rigorous review and assessment by grantmaking staff including the organization’s mission and activities, program impact, governance, and financial health. 

Types of organizations not currently eligible to be profiled on the CKC are hospitals, colleges and universities, and religious organizations. 

Over time, we have partnered with over 250 organizations from across the city to showcase their work. If you’d like to have your organization considered for profiling in the future, please contact Miranda Hassell, Program Coordinator at


Does having a profile on the Community Knowledge Centre guarantee that a community organization will receive grants or donations?

No, but wouldn’t it be nice if it did? The organizations currently profiled on this site have received funds from the Toronto Foundation’s Vital Toronto Fund and our Fundholders.

We created the Community Knowledge Centre in order to provide free and open access to all our Fundholders, members of the media, and the general public who can support our community assets to sustain and grow. Our hope is that our Fundholders and other philanthropists will use this site as a tool for their community investments.




I’m from a community organization and we have new information about our programs to share. How can I update my organization’s Community Knowledge Centre profile?

The more current the information you keep on the site, the better!
For more information please contact: 

Miranda Hassell
Program Coordinator