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Our community recovery plan includes you

Major Donor Circle members are a group of donors whose $10,000+ annual investment in United Way plays a direct role in fueling our community recovery plan. Learn more about how you can help the GTA recover and rebuild after this crisis by emailing us at majorgifts@uwgt.org or call 416-458-5460.

How you can help

We need your help to raise the $105 million it will take this year to sustain our investment in the community and fuel our ongoing recovery efforts. Your generous gift made directly to United Way will help meet a surge in demand for life-changing services and support a GTA-wide social safety net.

What you make possible:

2.9 million

number of services delivered each year, helping people and families find shelter, put food on the table and access mental health support


number of social service programs in Peel, Toronto and York Region that provide a vital lifeline to community, made possible by donors like you

$7.5 million

monthly investment in community so our network of frontline agencies is uniquely positioned to pivot and provide crucial services in new ways


of our 280 community agencies are supporting equity-seeking groups, including Black and Indigenous populations

Our commitment to you

As stewards of your gift, we will ensure it is used in the most effective way possible to further this mission.

Your gift will provide:

  • Ongoing flexible funding to community agencies to meet increased need
  • Crucial co-ordination of services to ensure efficiency and maximum impact
  • Capacity building for community agencies to adapt and sustain their programming
  • Research that will help us understand changing trends and issues
  • Continued advocacy and partnership with government

Benefits of Joining the Major Donor Circle

  • Philanthropy advisor: Our senior philanthropy officers are available to work closely with you to discuss and activate your personal giving by connecting you to community issues close to your heart.
  • Honour Rolls: We’ll include your name in both print and online honour rolls recognizing your tremendous generosity when it comes to tackling local poverty and other #UNIGNORABLE issues.
  • Volunteer opportunities & family engagement: We’ve put together a series of DIY opportunities and safe, in-person activities for you and your family including Meals on Wheels deliveries and creating thank you cards for frontline community workers.
  • Special events: Join us at a series of virtual events to get a first-hand look at your impact in the community, including thought-leadership panels, special United Way research report launches and more.
  • Neighbourhood tours: We offer virtual tours in a select group of GTA neighbourhoods to help you and/or members of your family learn more about poverty and related #UNIGNORABLE issues.

The need in community has never been greater and we must help United Way rise to the challenge. My hope is that we come together to support our most vulnerable friends and neighbours and keep strong United Way’s network of agencies that knit this city and region together.

Joanna Rotenberg,
Chair, 2020 Major Individual Giving Cabinet and Group Head, BMO Wealth Management, BMO Financial Group