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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 three years. Once established, friends and family may add to and grow your fund at any time, with no minimum amount. For more information, click HERE.

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

Vice President, Operations and Governance

Named Endowments

  • June Callwood Endowment Fund

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

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  • John Charles Butler Endowment Fund

    Supports Author programming at TPL

  • Buddy Chien Endowment Fund

    In support of collections, programs and services for newcomers and the needs of the Scarborough Civic Centre Library branch.

  • Rita Cox Endowment Fund

    The Fund 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.

  • Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund

    Supporting TPL’s Home Library Service which is our Library on wheels that brings materials to those who are housebound due to age, illness or disability.

  • Pauline and Gordon Hinch Endowment Fund

    Named after Pauline Hinch a dedicated member of the Toronto Public Library staff and her husband, Gordon, the Fund supports staff development at the Library by providing a full or partial scholarship to those seeking to qualify as a librarian.

  • Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund

    The 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.

  • Anne Keller Endowment Fund

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

  • Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund

    Supports groundbreaking programs and services, exemplary collections and 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.

  • Muller Scholastic Fund

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

  • Thomas H. Orac Endowment Fund

    In honour of Thomas H. Orac (born Harry Offenberg), a man with a passion for knowledge, and a love of books and of libraries around the world. This Fund supports TPL collections, programs and services that promote equity and outreach to our City’s underserved populations.

  • Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room Endowment Fund

    Situated on the fourth floor at the Toronto Reference Library, the Fund supports the ongoing programming and animation of this welcoming new space where Torontonians can discover a passion for Canadian literature.

  • Thomas Reed Endowment Fund

    Established by Thomas and Helga Reed in 2019, the Fund supports the highest priority needs of Toronto Public Library and honours Thomas Reed’s lifelong passion and support of the Library.

  • 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 Endowment Fund

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

Donate to an Endowment

To donate to an existing endowment, download and complete the Endowment Donation Form and mail it to the Foundation, or give a gift online below.