We would like to encourage you to support two great organizations doing important work in the Toronto region, the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Toronto Community Foundation. You can link to their websites from here:

United Way of Greater Toronto’s mission is to meet urgent human needs and find solutions to community problems by mobilizing volunteer and financial resources in a common cause of caring. It’s an ambitious and hopeful vision — with a very down-to-earth approach. We work with individuals and organizations at street level, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, improving local conditions so that people are living in the kind of positive environment that allows them to thrive and reach their full potential.

The Toronto Community Foundation (TCF) is a charitable organization that is dedicated to improving life in Toronto. The TCF helps philanthropic citizens establish family endowment funds, including a special focus on Toronto-based charities and community initiatives. Donors can choose the areas they wish to support, and TCF provides advice by identifying the granting opportunities that will have the greatest impact on Toronto’s vital signs.