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Welcome to the Community Knowledge Centre!

The Community Knowledge Centre (CKC) features profiles, stories, photos, and videos of more than 250 community organizations providing high-impact solutions to the city’s issues as identified in our Toronto’s Vital Signs® Report. Whether you are looking for granting opportunities, somewhere to dedicate your volunteer time, or you simply want to learn more about the wonderful organizations working to improve our city, the CKC is a great resource.

What kind of information can you find on the CKC?

For each of the more than 250 community organizations profiled on the CKC, you can find a wealth of both qualitative and quantitative information.  All organizations share their most recent audited financial statements, their Board of Directors lists, and their most recent annual reports.  Information about an organization’s mission and vision, history, accolades and accomplishments, and programs can also be found.  What makes the CKC most powerful, however, is that it also features stories, pictures, and videos that illustrate the impact of each profiled organization.  Collectively, this tells the story of Toronto’s community assets and the positive transformation taking place in the city. 

How did the Toronto Foundation decide which organizations to feature on the CKC?  What kind of due diligence has been done on these organizations?

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

•  received funding from one of the Vital Toronto Fund’s public competitive grant streams; 

•  or 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 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.

These insignia demonstrate our relationship. 

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

How can you support one of the profiled organizations?

If you are a Fundholder at the Toronto Foundation, simply contact a member of your Donor Relations Team. They will be more than happy to facilitate a grant to the charitable organization of your choice or connect you to the organization directly for possible volunteer opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about the Toronto Foundation or about how to set up your own Fund with us please visit or call 416-921-2035 ext. 212 to speak directly with Aneil Gokhale from our Development team.

If you do not have a Fund at the Foundation but would like to donate to or volunteer with an organization profiled on the CKC, please contact the organization directly. You will find each organization’s contact information on the right hand side of their profile.




Read our Vital Toronto Impact Report to learn about how the 2012/2013 grant recipients are building vital communities throughout Toronto. 



To learn about the importance of endowments and long-term thinking, consider reading “Wanted: Big picture thinkers in a 'right now' world” 

To learn about how Governor-General David Johnston is working to get more Canadians participating in charitable giving, consider reading “Governor-General kick-starts campaign for more charitable Canada” (via The Globe and Mail)

To learn about how the Toronto Foundation works with our Fundholders to connect them with important work happening in the charitable sector in Toronto, consider reading “The Power of Leveraging” 


For a solid, practical framework for investment management and long term family wealth preservation, consider reading “Family Wealth Management” by Tom McCullough and Mark Haynes Daniell

For thoughts on how Canadian philanthropy can transform you, your family and your community, consider reading “What Was Your Great Grandmother’s Name?” by Keith Thomson

For a perspective on balancing wealth and personal fulfillment, consider reading “The RichLife: Managing Wealth and Purpose” by Susan Latremoille