Establish or give to an Endowment Fund

A named fund is a meaningful way to honour a loved one or your own love of the Library and your commitment to the Library’s future. The fund will ensure that your capital is held over the long term and that the income earned provides a sustained source of funding for a program, service or area of Toronto Public Library that you are passionate about, like children’s literacy, civic engagement or collection support.

Named funds, expendable or endowed, may be established during one’s lifetime, through a bequest in one’s will, or a combination of the two.  Your fund may be created with a minimum commitment of $25,000, payable over up to five years. Friends and family may add to and grow your fund at any time, with no minimum amount.

You may also choose to support an existing endowment with a gift of any amount. To donate to an existing endowment, please download and complete the Endowment Donation Form and mail it to the Foundation, or donate online.


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Liza Fernandes, Director, Legacy Gifts
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June Callwood

The June Callwood Endowment Fund

The June Callwood Endowment Fund supports the annual June Callwood Lecture at the Toronto Public Library. The lecture honours the life, work and legacy of journalist, author and social activist June Callwood.

The Rita Cox Endowment Fund

The Rita Cox Endowment Fund for Black and Caribbean Heritage supports The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at Toronto Public Library. The Collection features more than 16,000 print and audiovisual materials for adults, children and teens about the black and Caribbean experience with special emphasis on Canadian material.

Margaret Griffith

The Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund

The Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund supports Home Library Service which brings Library materials to those who are housebound due to age, illness or disability.

The Pauline and Gordon Hinch Endowment Fund

Named for Pauline Hinch a dedicated member of the Toronto Public Library staff and her husband, Gordon, the Pauline and Gordon Hinch Endowment Fund supports staff development at the Library. The Award encourages the endeavours of those who wish to take on the mantle of librarian and provides a full or partial scholarship to staff members seeking to qualify as a librarian.

The Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund

The Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund supports Ready for Reading, a program that encourages a lifelong love of reading and builds reading readiness for children birth to five years old.

The Ann Keller Endowment Fund

Established by Ann Keller, former Coordinator of Children’s Services, North York Public Library, the Ann Keller Endowment Fund supports collections, programs, and services and staff development directed toward serving children ages 12 and under at Toronto Public Library.

The Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund

The Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund supports groundbreaking programs and services, exemplary collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. Every contribution to this Fund is an investment in literacy, education, culture and in the advancement of our world-class city.

Gwen and Peter Liu

Gwen and Peter Liu Endowment Fund

The Gwen and Peter Liu Endowment Fund support the Library’s Chinese Collections and programming.

Lawrence Muller

Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund

The Muller Scholastic Fund, honouring Lawrence Muller, retired president of Scholastic Canada, supports Canadian Children’s Literature Festival, Book Bash.

The Thomas Reed Endowment Fund

Established by Thomas and Helga Reed in 2019, this new Fund supports the highest priorities of Toronto Public Library. The Fund honours Thomas Reed’s lifelong passion and support for the Library.

Grayce Margaret Griffith

Sophie’s Studio Endowment Fund

Sophie’s Studio funds a variety of programs that bolster the reading and writing skills of young children, including Writing Workshops and KidsStops.

Helen Weinzweig

Helen Weinzweig Endowment Fund

Award-winning author Helen Weinzweig established this endowment to help support programs and services for youth at Toronto Public Library.