St. Stephen’s is grateful to the foundations, organizations and individual donors who invest in our vital services. On behalf of the city's most vulnerable men, women and children, we thank you.
Below is a small sample of some of our supporters.
Foundations and Organizations
A long-time supporter, the 736 Outreach Corporation focuses on the needs of youth in the city. Their multi-year support has truly helped us improve the lives of young people in our community. Thank you 736 Outreach!
The Canada Post Community Foundation strives to ensure that every child in Canada is happy, healthy and surrounded by a community that supports and cares for them. By supporting our Breaking Boundaries program, they help improve the physical fitness and nutrition of at-risk youth in our community.
Thank you Canada Post!
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation are philanthropic leaders through their strategic and generous community investments. We are truly grateful for their commitment to St. Stephen's Youth Arcade for over ten years. Over 15,000 youth have benefitted from their partnership.
The CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program supplies registered charitable organizations, social service agencies, churches and community centres with generous financial donations, new unwrapped toys, and gifts for babies, children and youth. Their support spreads holiday cheer to families in our community through gifts, festive meals and holiday celebrations.
Thank you CP24 CHUM!
The Echo Foundation supports organizations that improve the environment and the quality of life for people suffering from mental health issues. Their generous contribution to our harm reduction, mental health case management and supportive housing services helps our participants live their lives with dignity.
The P. and L. Odette Charitable Foundation generously supports our Housing and Homeless Services’ Corner Community Health Clinic. We are truly grateful to the Foundation’s generous commitment to alleviate the suffering of Toronto’s most vulnerable citizens.
With a focus on improving health care in communities, the Green Shield Canada Foundation is a big contributor to our Breaking Boundaries program for at-risk youth. The Foundation supports innovative solutions that address both short and long-term solutions.
The Junior League of Toronto offers financial assistance for non-profit organizations to start new and innovative projects that have both short and long term benefit to the Greater Toronto Community. At St. Stephen's, they are supporting our dance workshops for at-risk youth during the 2015-2016 school year.
The Loblaw Companies Limited After School Grant helps charities that provide healthy activities for children and youth after school. Their focus is on creating healthy lifestyles for young people through innovative programming that provides physical activity and proper nutrition.
Thank you Loblaw!
An agency of the Government of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation supports more than 1,000 projects every year to build healthy and vibrant Ontario communities. The Foundation’s generous grant for our Cyber Self-Defence project helps us build an online resource to help young women prevent cyber violence and exploitation.
The Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation supports initiatives that focus on social development, life enrichment and community programming. This year, the Rotary Club of Toronto generously supported our free year-round transportation service to and from our Adult Day Program for isolated frail seniors.
The Sprott Foundation helps our Corner Drop-in meet the urgent needs of the people in our community who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. Their generosity also enables our Housing & Homeless Service to focus resources on projects that promote long term solutions for individuals in need.
The Telus Greater Toronto Community Board supports innovative projects that focus on at-risk youth and address unique issues in the city. By supporting programs for underserved youth, Telus provides tools to help youth succeed and ensure a bright future. We are grateful to Telus for their contribution to our +Vibes music program for youth and support of our initiative to help educate young women about the dangers of cyberbullying, cyberstalking and internet luring.
The Tippet Foundation is a dedicated supporter of our Youth Services. The Foundation's generosity helps sustain our innovative youth-driven initiatives. Together, we help at-risk youth overcome a variety of socio-economic challenges.
The United Way Toronto & York Region is a long-time supporter. Their generosity and desire to build strong communities helps move people from poverty to possibility. With their support, we improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the city: at-risk youth, frail seniors, isolated newcomers and people who are homeless and marginally-housed.
We are proud to be a United Way Toronto & York Region Member Agency!
“In 1994, I arrived in Canada from Burundi. Like most newcomers, the first thing I desperately wanted was a job. The challenges were many, and the unemployment rate at the time was above 10%. I attended St. Stephen’s Employment Training Program, then headed by Randy Heasman, and I landed my first job immediately after completing the program. This eventually led to my career as a mediator with a provincial administrative tribunal.
I remember that I was not alone in my fight to land a job, that St. Stephen’s staff were in my corner, offering encouragement and support. They were knowledgeable, caring and very much invested in our success.
I know that what St. Stephen’s did for me, they continue to do for so many others. I now give back as a Board Member and monthly donor and will continue to do so. Today more than ever, there are so many people who need the kind of support that I received.”
Since 2000, José Dores has been a staunch supporter of St. Stephen’s.
It wasn’t that we help more than 25,000 people each year, or offer programs that serve all age groups - children, youth, adults and seniors. It was that our services help people right on his doorstep.
“With all the merit that bigger charities like World Vision and Unicef have, I can see my contribution at work with my own eyes.”
The support that contribution brings is magnified by being a monthly Opportunity Fund donor. “It enables me to manage my monthly budget. And it’s helpful for St. Stephen’s to manage theirs by counting on a regular flow of funds throughout the year.”
“I used to live in the Kensington area so that’s how I first became aware of the organization. My first real encounter with St. Stephen’s was 15 years ago when we enrolled our son at the King Edward Child Care Centre. We looked at many daycares and were impressed by St. Stephen’s and the overall offering.
A few years later, a friend of mine became aware that St. Stephen’s was looking for board members. Because of the positive experience I already had as a client, I was interested in the opportunity to contribute to the organization. My parents were always very charitable, so I think the notion of giving back as a means to do good was ingrained in me.
What I really love about St. Stephen’s is how entrepreneurial it is. As an entrepreneur myself, I think that their can-do attitude and willingness to try new things, keeps me engaged as a donor. As well, from being on the Board for eight years, I also know how important individual donations are in providing funds to augment the mostly program directed funds the agency receives. Organizations like St. Stephen’s play an invaluable role in helping to make Toronto a great place to live.”
Charles has more than 35 years of experience as a corporate communications executive across Canada. He has served as a volunteer and board member with various non-profit organizations, including the Canadian Diabetes Association in Calgary and Big Brothers in Vancouver. Today, Charles works as an actor and writer, and is the Chairman of the Baker Health Care Foundation, a Toronto senior’s residence.
Passionate about investing in the future of our city’s youth, Charles served on our Board of Directors from 2007 to 2015, most recently as our Board President, and continues to give generously as a monthly donor to our youth services program.
For Mark Smye, the opportunity to support people in need is apparent. “My wife Michelle and I have been very fortunate in our lives. We decided to give back to our communities, both as board members and donors.”
At St. Stephen’s, Mark has been on our Board of Directors since 2009. In addition to chairing the Fundraising and Marketing Committee, he has been a donor since 1998. “I was introduced to St. Stephen’s by my good friend, Liane Regendanz. The house is such a trail-blazer in the non-profit sector and I was impressed by the extensive reach of programs for the community it serves.
In addition to St. Stephen’s, Mark also supports the Heart & Stroke Foundation and Big Brothers and Sisters. An avid cyclist, Mark participates in Princess Margaret Hospital’s The Ride to Conquer Cancer.
For a complete listing of all donors and funders, please see our latest Donor Roster.
Thank you to all our donors for the financial support that they have provided to St. Stephen’s Community House. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our three levels of government: