On behalf of the family foundation, Gary Slaight receiving his award from AFP Greater Toronto President Krishan Mehta. Photo: Joel Nadel, Event Imaging
On behalf of the family foundation, Gary Slaight receiving his award from AFP Greater Toronto President Krishan Mehta. Photo: Joel Nadel, Event Imaging

Slaight Family Foundation Honoured For Philanthropic Work

The Slaight Family Foundation was honoured with an Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP) at a luncheon held Wednesday in Toronto.

Established in 2008, the Foundation has spent tens of millions of dollars providing aid and support to organizations at local, national and international levels in the areas of health care, social service, the arts as well as those serving at-risk children and youth.

By employing innovative approaches to solving local and global challenges, the Slaight family's philanthropy has resulted in remarkable giving records. These include $50M in support of ground-breaking initiatives in five Toronto hospitals; $7M to support international development by seven Canadian-based NGOs;  $11M to help support for at-risk children and youth; and  $12M  in support of 15 organizations to improve the health and well-being of  Indigenous communities.

The Slaight Family Foundation has also donated millions to Ryerson, OCAD, Sick Kids, Princess Margaret, Camp Oochigeas, United Way, TIFF, AGO, Massey Hall, The National Ballet and the Shaw Festival as well as supporting many arts and youth based charities and providing scholarships and bursaries for students in need.

From helping create new programs for challenged youth, enhancing the artistic endeavours of our cultural institutions to supporting clean water and sanitation in developing countries, the Foundation positions its philanthropy to alter the status quo for the better.

The recognition is one of eight awarded to individuals and organizations singled out by the AFP.

These awards of recognition celebrate distinguished philanthropic leadership and contributions of generous Canadians.

“When we first conceived this event more than 20 years ago, we intended to celebrate the best of philanthropic engagement in our communities. Today more than ever, our Committee is humbled by the commitment, passion, and selflessness of the many distinguished nominees,” said Ken Mayhew, Awards Selection Committee Chair.

“Each of our 2017 honourees has made distinct and important contributions and all reflect the best in giving and volunteer leadership.”

The 2017 honourees are:

Members of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter, the largest in the world with over 1,300 members, can submit a nomination in one of the following categories: Philanthropist, Volunteer, Corporation, Foundation, Youth in Philanthropy, Mo Davies Small Organization for Excellence in Fundraising and Fundraising Professional. The nominations are then reviewed by an AFP committee who select the final recipients.

For more information about the AFP, go to the Foundation's website here and visit the Philanthropy Awards website to view past recipients.

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