Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter

October 05, 2005 13:10 ET

Leadership, creativity and commitment to community celebrated

Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter celebrates philanthropy at its best in announcing 2005 Philanthropy Award recipients Attention: City Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 5, 2005) - There may not seem to be much in common between business leaders, companies and a group of Toronto grade five students. But when it comes to philanthropy, those who make a difference come from every walk of life.

Celebrating groups and individuals who turn their passion into action is the focus for the Philanthropy Awards presented each year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter. This year the award recipients include Michael Lee-Chin, Isadore and Rosalie Sharp, Anthony Fell, the 2004 Grade Five Class of Havergal Junior School, TD Bank Financial Group and the Grocery Foundation.

"Leadership in philanthropy is demonstrated in many different ways. Anyone at any stage in life can make a difference by becoming involved and supporting community, cultural, health care and social service organizations," says Yves Gadler, CFRE, President of the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter. "This year we honour individuals and organizations we believe represent and demonstrate the essential spirit of philanthropy."

The awards are chosen based on submissions from chapter members. "We are always overwhelmed by the incredible commitment and effort of the nominees," says Susan Mullin, CFRE, Chair of the Awards Selection Committee. "The real winners are the organizations and individuals that benefit from the incredible dedication demonstrated by every nominee." Award winners will be recognized the AFP National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, November 15, 2005.

Outstanding Philanthropists
This year, multiple recipients are recognized for their significant and varied contributions to cultural, health care and community organizations across Canada.

Michael Lee-Chin
With a background that embraces three different cultures, Michael Lee-Chin (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AIC Limited) has a distinct perspective on life, one that is shared by many newcomers to Canada. His $30-million gift to the Royal Ontario Museum, $5-million donation to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and the $10-million commitment to the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto have been instrumental in creating invaluable cultural and educational legacies.

Isadore (Issy) and Rosalie Sharp
Isadore and Rosalie Sharp are committed to improving the community through their contributions and active involvement in community, cultural, research and health care organizations across Canada. Their gifts include $5-million to Mount Sinai Hospital and $5-million to the Ontario College of Art & Design. Mr. Sharp has also facilitated the gift of $20-million to the Toronto Opera House through his company, Four Seasons Hotels. He was part of the team that founded the Annual Terry Fox Run 25 years ago, an event which has raised more than $350-million for cancer research in more than 50 countries.

Outstanding Volunteer
Respected businessman Anthony (Tony) Fell is a leading volunteer, advocate and philanthropist who has the ability to engage and motivate others to support the organizations and causes he believes in. Other volunteers, potential donors, government and the staff of organizations he supports have all been influenced by his passion and dedication. He and his family have reached out and helped countless individuals and organizations across Canada and around the world. Most recently Mr. Fell served on the board of the University Health Network and was an integral part of the success of its $400-million fundraising campaign. He also played a leading role in the "Give-in-a-Heartbeat Capital Campaign" for the West Parry Sound Health Centre.

Youth in Philanthropy
When the 2004 Grade Five Class at Havergal Junior School heard about the needs of the children at the "Get Ahead Project (GAP) School" in Whittlesea Township, South Africa, they decided to put together a program to raise $2,000. By involving classmates throughout the school in a "Fit-a-Thon" they raised almost $13,000 which was sent to the GAP School by the Stephen Leacock Foundation for Children. Not only did the students learn leadership skills in developing and implementing the fundraising program, their efforts have made a significant and long-term impact on the GAP School.

Outstanding Corporation
The TD Bank Financial Group focuses on three key areas in an effort to build brighter futures for Canadians: children's health, education and literacy, and the environment. In 2004 TD Bank Financial Group donated almost $25-million to more than 1,000 charitable and non-profit organizations in Canada. Employees of the TD Bank Financial Group are encouraged to support and participate in community organizations. In the Toronto area, this has included $900,000 to Providence Healthcare and West Park Healthcare Centre.

Outstanding Foundation or Philanthropy Group
For more than 22 years The Grocery Foundation has been a driving force in empowering organizations working to enable young people with disabilities to lead richer, more independent lives. The Grocery Foundation is the charitable foundation of the Ontario grocery industry. Since 1979, the Foundation has granted more than $35-million to a wide range of charities including 22 regional children's hospitals and paediatric centres as well as programs such as Breakfast for Learning. In Toronto the Bloorview MacMillan Children's Centre and Variety Village have received almost $10-million from The Grocery Foundation during the past several years.

About the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter Philanthropy Awards
The AFP Greater Toronto Chapter has been honouring leadership in philanthropy through its annual awards program since 1995. This year the Awards will be presented at the annual National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon to be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building, Tuesday, November 15. For more information please contact the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter at 416-941-9212, or visit

About National Philanthropy Day
National Philanthropy Day is recognized throughout North America as a celebration of philanthropy. Every year the AFP Greater Toronto Chapter honours individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy in their communities and around the world.

About AFP
AFP Greater Toronto Chapter is a recognized leader in promoting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those in the fundraising profession. With more than 1,000 members, the Greater Toronto Chapter is the largest of the 174 AFP chapters throughout the world. /For further information: Sandra Cruickshanks/Camille Beaubien
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