2020 Annual Report

Toronto Public Library Foundation

Libraries Matter, Now More Than Ever

In the wake of a devastating year for so many Torontonians, the Library had a vital role to play in rebuilding our city. No other public institution has the mandate, reach, physical and technical infrastructure, talent and community presence to empower Torontonians the way Toronto Public Library does.

2020 presented numerous challenges for the Foundation, including the cancellation of our Biblio Bash gala. Despite not hosting our largest annual fundraiser, we succeeded in so many other ways. I am proud of how our team pivoted (quickly!), and I’m particularly grateful to our wonderful donors who jumped in to support the Library’s highest priority needs during this unprecedented time.

Jennifer Jones
President, Toronto Public Library Foundation

Why We Fundraise for TPL

The Toronto Public Library Foundation is making it possible for anyone to invest in the health and vitality of our world-class city. Donations to TPLF help support the exemplary collections, ground-breaking programs, and services as well as the innovative spaces at Toronto Public Library.

Areas of priority to build a Toronto that is:

Remove barriers to ensure an inclusive and equitable Toronto

Despite living in one of the greatest cities in the world, many citizens feel isolated and vulnerable and rely on Toronto Public Library to keep them engaged and connected. TPL is committed to addressing the needs of communities, offering programs, services and spaces that build resilience and support success.

Create Accessible, flexible and welcoming public spaces

Libraries are vital community hubs that contribute to the economic and social vitality of our city. Toronto residents rely on conveniently accessing TPL’s physical and virtual spaces to work, learn, relax, foster community, and serve as welcoming public spaces of refuge.

Increase vital access to digital technology and training

Technology and the Internet can be expensive, and ways to understand and use them are complicated and not readily available to everyone, which is why so many Torontonians rely on the Library to help them navigate this challenging digital landscape.

Offer learning opportunities to drive success in a changing workforce

As the economy recovers post-pandemic, public libraries are being called upon to assist people of all ages through education, work and life transitions. The need for reskilling and upskilling is rising rapidly, which is why barrier-free access to educational opportunities and entrepreneurial programs is vital.

Supporting Toronto in Times of Great Need

Toronto Public Library is committed to addressing the needs of our city.

TPL Branches Became Food Banks

In the early stages of the pandemic, when over 1/3 of food banks in Toronto suddenly closed, Toronto Public Library immediately stepped up to help. Within a few weeks, TPL created temporary pop-up food banks in 12 library branches across the city to support residents who were most vulnerable during this crisis. Library staff distributed 14,750 food hampers to meet the needs of more than 42,000 individuals in Toronto. Food security is so important and we are very proud of our Library staff for volunteering to help run this essential service. Over 120 librarians across the GTA gave their time and talent to support their community during this crisis. Thank you!

Learn more about TPL’s support

Wellness Check-in Calls to Seniors

TPL saw the isolating effect that the loss of library service, in the early part of the pandemic, was having on its senior customers. Staff began conducting Wellness Check-in calls to connect with them, ease concerns and make seniors aware of resources available to them while staying at home. This was especially important for those who were without access to the Internet. TPL staff made 36,000 calls to library customers aged 70 and older. The initiative was expanded in 2021 to support the City of Toronto’s efforts to help seniors register for vaccines appointments by providing valuable information services. A dedicated team at TPL took an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to helping seniors in their community and shared how customers were very thankful the Library was thinking of them during this crisis.

Read CTV News story

Curbside Pickup & Grab & Go Bags

After months with branches closed across the city, thousands of people started making their way to local branches, and underneath their masks, we were certain they were smiling with excitement to leave with their bag of books. In June 2020, TPL began providing curbside pick-up services at 71 of its branches for customers to grab books at their local branches. There was so much buzz about it that you may have spotted stories in the Toronto Star and on CBC Toronto.

TPL also introduced Grab & Go bags at 81 of its branches that contain a wide variety of staff curated books, DVDs, and CDs categorized by theme, genre age, and even language.

Read Toronto Star article

Libraries Lift up Communities

During this crisis, the team at TPL was never busier – delivering virtual programs and services and responding to their communities in positive and innovative ways.

Books in Hampers

In the early stages of the pandemic, Torontonians who rely on TPL’s free resources were unable to access books and other materials during the Library’s closure. With schools also closed because of COVID, and parents having to take on a bigger role in their child’s learning and development, the Library made it a priority to find ways to keep kids reading while they remained at home. And thus, the Books in Hampers initiative was born to provide free books to kids and teens through library pop-up food banks at 12 branch locations to keep young people reading, learning, and thriving during these challenging times. Over 4,200 books were distributed in food hampers thanks to lead donors the Azrieli Foundation, Penguin Random House Canada, Scholastic Canada, and anonymous donors.


Digital Equity and Access for Everyone in our City

With a commitment to bridging the digital divide in our city, TPL successfully launched its Internet Connectivity Kit Program during the early part of the pandemic. Close to 700 kits were distributed to recipients through several agency partners when branches closed, consisting of a free laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, and an unlimited data plan. Vulnerable populations who are most impacted – youth newcomers, seniors, Indigenous peoples, and low-income residents – received these digital resources for education, employment, lifelong learning, entertainment, and to stay connected to friends and family. Special thanks to lead donors Google Canada, Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation, and several other donors who made this initiative possible.


Building Lifelong Readers

The Library is uniquely positioned to support and nurture lifelong readers by offering easy access to a wide range of reading programs that help foster learning. TPL’s Leading to Reading program is central to this work by providing the city’s children with the tools and assistance they need to keep reading, writing, and building knowledge, confidence, and resiliency. When the pandemic led to the cancellation of in-branch programs and services for much of 2020, TPL began piloting virtual sessions in the fall. Thanks to the generosity of the Moez and Marissa Kassam Foundation and the David and Stacey Cynamon Family Foundation, TPL’s Leading to Reading iPad Initiative was able to equip children and volunteers who provide assistance in the program with the resources needed to support their learning while at home.

Learn more about the program

Elimination of Fines for Children at the Library

A partnership between donors and City of Toronto helped TPL eliminate library fines for children in the GTA forever. For some, library fines are nothing more than a minor inconvenience, but for others in our city, the financial burden can drive them away from the library for good, preventing them from taking out library materials or using branch resources.

Going fine-free for children was made possible thanks to lead donors like the Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter, Haynes-Connell Foundation, and several other donors who supported this effort with the City of Toronto.

Read news release

New and Noteworthy

New donors, new programs, new staff, milestones and more; 2020 was a year of many challenges and accomplishments.

Introducing The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room

Jack Rabinovitch founded the Giller Prize in 1994, an award that recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. He assembled an important collection of literature and with his passing in 2017, his family chose to donate it to Toronto Public Library. More than 1,700 items are housed in this brand new room at the Toronto Reference Library. This space is a vibrant spot where writers and other Torontonians can create, explore, discover a passion for Canadian literature, and participate in specialized programming.  The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room was made possible thanks to the generosity of exceptional donors who collectively contributed $1 million towards the creation of this incredible and inspiring space.

Learn more

The Sorbara Family makes $100,000 gift to North York Central Library

“The Library has such a strong community presence that every generation can benefit from. I am impressed with how TPL has successfully evolved in an increasingly digital age and continues to be so relevant to so many people. As a large multi-generational family, with a longstanding philanthropic partnership with the Toronto Public Library Foundation, we are proud of this donation and all the opportunities TPL provides for its users.” – Christina Sorbara. Partial funds from The Sorbara Family gift were used to match donations made to TPLF’s October 2020 Community Campaign. Thanks to their generous support, the Foundation was able to achieve its fundraising target.

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Our New Additions Joining the TPLF Board of Directors

The Foundation is thrilled to welcome three new directors to our Board. Victoria Davies is a strategic and financial advisor working with growth-oriented clients and not-for-profit boards. Malik Martin is a partner at Rueters LLP, where his practice focuses on civil and corporate/commercial litigation. Dr. Bruno Vendittelli is an orthodontist at Forest Hill Orthodontics and on staff at The Hospital for Sick Children.

In March 2020, we heard the sad news of the passing of past TPLF Governors’ Council member, George Fierheller, a pioneer in the computer, cable and communications industry who sat as chairman on several boards. His true devotion lay in his work with many charitable causes including Toronto Public Library.

The TPL Foundation Board

TPL Receives Bequest from Estate of Clara Lahmer

A generous gift from the Toronto Public Library Friends of the Osborne Collection will establish an endowment for ongoing funding of the Albert Lahmer Memorial Lecture (now known as the Clara and Albert Lahmer Lecture). The lecture also helps increase awareness for TPL’s Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, a world-leading research collection of rare and notable children’s books housed at our Lillian H. Smith branch.

Learn more about Osborne 

Celebration for the Thomas Reed Endowment at Toronto Public Library

Established in 2019 by Thomas and Helga Reed, the Thomas Reed Endowment Fund will invest in the highest priority needs at Toronto Public Library. Guests came together for a special reception in February 2020 to honour Mr. Reed’s lifelong passion for the Library. Although he is no longer with us, Mr. Reed’s legacy lives on at the Library and through his generosity.

An endowment is a meaningful way to acknowledge a loved one and support the needs of Toronto Public Library today, and in the future.

Learn more about Endowments

Providing Access to Technology

Building success, resilience and well-being for our city.

Delivering Technology Resources to Davenport

In this fast-paced digital world, many people struggle to learn the basic digital literacy skills necessary for success, networking, and connection. The Library’s Neighbourhood Tech Kits (NTKs) serve to address this concern. Kits provide equipment that supports digital literacy instruction through library branches. They are particularly critical in smaller community branches like Davenport Branch, which do not have some of the technological assets (computer labs) that larger branches do. NTKs support youth (18-24 years of age), adults, and low-income and socially isolated seniors.

Learn more about Davenport Branch

Supporting Digital Access and Literacy at Mimico

Thanks to a generous donation from Bank of America, the Library will be launching a new Neighbourhood Tech Kit (NTK) at the Mimico Centennial Branch. TPL’s NTK network provides communities with vital access to technology, digital literacy training, workshops and resources, and supports branches that do not have a Digital Innovation Hub. Funding will help expand programming for youth and other vulnerable groups at Mimico and five other branches currently using NTKs.


Learn more about Mimico Branch

Making a Difference in Your Community

Investing in the health and vitality of a world-class city.

Empowering Young People as They Navigate the Workforce

Career Coaches in Residence (CCIR) is a program offering remote career counselling and workshops to empower young adults as they navigate the current labour market. With youth unemployment at an all-time high in Toronto, the CCIR program connects those experiencing barriers to employment to job and career specialists, vital resources at the Library, and more. Close to 800 participants have benefitted since the program virtually launched in 2020 with the generous support of lead donors, RBC Foundation and the Friends of Toronto Public Library, South Chapter.

Learn more about CCIR

Mobile Library Service – a Lifeline to Library Resources

For more than 23 years, the Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation’s exceptional partnership has been instrumental in making the Library’s collections and services accessible to everyone through vital Bookmobile and Home Library Services. Their incredible philanthropic support has benefitted thousands of Torontonians who consider Mobile Library Services (MLS) to be their lifeline to valued library resources, collections, and information. During the pandemic, they increased their investment in TPL to help improve technology, fund the MLS vehicle fleet, and increase the breadth and depth of the Library’s eAudiobook collection.

Learn more about Mobile Library Services

Building a Robust Music Learning Environment

TPL’s North York Central Library is developing a robust music learning environment for its customers with the creation of Music Learning Spaces thanks to support from the Holdbest Foundation. In these spaces, the Library can foster learning through the use of digital instruments, equipment, software and specialized programming, and create opportunities to engage and collaborate with library users, staff, community organizations, and experts in the field. Funding will also enable a Music Innovator in Residence Program that will bring industry knowledge and deliver a diverse curriculum of topics like Music Theory and Song Writing – all free with a Library card.

MAP is accessibility to Toronto’s Top Cultural Attractions

TPL’s Museum + Arts Pass (MAP) Program, presented by The Bennett Family Foundation, provides unique cultural experiences to families in Toronto. When COVID caused city-wide closures, MAP pivoted to online experiences, virtual visits, and replayed performances. A MAP pass provides free admission to many Toronto museums and other cultural attractions. Experience art, history, science and more at participating  MAP venues, including Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Ontario Science Centre (photo), Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and Toronto Zoo – all at no cost with a library card.

Developing Art Skills in Youth – Piquet Gift

TPL received a bequest from the Estate of Rita-Anne Piquet to benefit youth interested in a career in art. Rita-Anne was part of a society of fine artists who had the courage to discover her own artistic vision as a painter. She was an inspiring teacher, writer and was so giving in life. Her bequest will enable the Library to offer visual arts workshops, both online and in branches, that support opportunities for youth to work with professional artists to explore and develop their artistic skills.

Plans are underway to begin offering visual arts programming virtually this fall made possible with funding from this estate.

Campaigns, Conversations & Celebrations

Popular programming pivoting to online platforms in 2020


TD Summer Reading Club – Building lifelong readers

TD Summer Reading Club celebrates Canadian authors, illustrators and stories, and inspires kids to read all summer long. With over 2,000 libraries participating across the country, the program fully pivoted to online during the pandemic so children and parents could participate in fun activities and reading challenges from the comfort and safety of home.

Kids can read the books they love and earn virtual badges to celebrate their progress. There are plenty of fun games and activities, including Battle of the Books, story and review writing, joke-making, weekly trivia, fun workshops, and more.

Sponsorship for this popular annual program is generously provided by TD Bank Group.

Learn more about TD SRC


Heritage Programming and Our Fragile Planet Series

Toronto Public Library understands the importance of ensuring equitable access to environmental education. Thanks to continued support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, TPL’s popular Our Fragile Planet (OFP) series enables Torontonians to learn about relevant environmental issues. As part of the OFP series, the Environmentalist in Residence led engaging virtual programs/workshops and consultations to support communities in their green pursuits.

Supported by the TD Ready Commitment, Heritage Programming at the Library, which includes Black History, Asian Heritage and Indigenous Celebrations, offered virtual events in 2020 for all ages to experience and celebrate the broad diversity of heritage and culture in our city.

Learn more about Our Fragile Planet


Special Celebrations

Donors and supporters coming together in celebration to support vital programming and services at the Library.

Biblio Bash Donors Continue to Support TPL

With 2020 fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, we are grateful to our Biblio Bash supporters who continued to give generously during this challenging time.

We had high hopes in 2020 of hosting Biblio Bash, our annual black tie gala as well as Hush Hush, our popular #PartyInTheStacks, but sadly both were cancelled this last year. We are grateful to our dedicated volunteer committees, our ticket and table purchasers as well as event sponsors for their willingness to stay involved with TPL and continue to support our fundraising efforts. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all our guests back to the Toronto Reference Library.

Author to Author with Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran

When in-person events were cancelled due to COVID, the Foundation got creative and launched our first ever Author to Author virtual conversation. Writers Natalie Jenner and Phuc Tran interviewed each other and talked about what it’s like to be debut authors, their unique career path pivots, and shared some favourite quarantine takeaways. Watch the discussion anytime on TPLF’s YouTube channel. youtube.com/TPLFoundation.

Watch event

Love TPL Campaign Breaks Record

We unveiled our Love TPL campaign in early May 2020 and thanks to thousands of you who donated, we exceeded our fundraising goal!  Donations were directed to TPL’s immediate needs, including free access to valuable online resources, literacy and learning programs, newcomer settlement services, and more. Our donor community helps to ensure that TPL has lasting success and continues to make an important difference in our city. Thanks to the support and generosity of Torontonians, we continue to invest in some of the highest priority needs at the Library during the pandemic and as we recover from this crisis.




Merril Collection at 50. Stories from the Spaced Out Library

Happy 50th birthday to TPL’s Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy. This non-circulating research collection has more than 80,000 items available for TPL customers to peruse. Originally known as the Spaced Out Library, it is Canada’s premiere speculative fiction collection.

As part of the Library’s Spaced Out celebrations that launched virtually to recognize this important milestone, award-winning writers, editors, and scholars of speculative fiction share their thoughts about what makes Merril so special.

Hear their stories



Honouring Author Joy Kogawa

Celebrated Canadian writer Joy Kogawa’s powerful book Obasan recounts her personal experience of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War. Many of you have read the powerful book, but what you may not know is that Joy wrote Obasan at the Toronto Reference Library.

To acknowledge Joy’s achievements, and her strong connection to TPL, a plaque has been installed on the 5th floor of the branch. This special honour was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Nancy Ruth.



The Toronto Public Library Foundation’s highest priority is to ensure that Toronto Public Library has essential resources to enhance its collections, programs, technology and spaces. The Foundation is committed to financial accountability and to providing clear and transparent information about our financial position.


Financial Highlights

Statement of Financial Position

As at December 31, 2020, excerpted from audited Financial Statements


Statement of Financial Operations and Changes in Fund Balance

Year ended December 31, 2020, excerpted from audited Financial Statements



Our Donors

The Foundation gratefully acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional generosity of the many donors and supporters who gave a gift in support of Toronto Public Library in 2020.

The Carnegie Society

The Carnegie Society honours the Foundation’s most generous donors whose cumulative financial support since 1997 begins at $25,000. The following donors are recognized as permanent patrons of the Carnegie Society in gratitude for their extraordinary support for Toronto’s Library.

Yorkville Society | $1,000,000+
Bluma Appel Community Trust
Charles & Marilyn Baillie
James Davidson Bain
Jane Dobell
Friends of the Toronto Public Library, North & South Chapters
Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation
Estate of Norman G. Hinton
Estate of Sophia Lucyk
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
Sun Life
TD Bank Group
The Bennett Family Foundation
Toronto Star

Annette Society | $250,000 to $999,999
In memory of Avie Bennett
Barbara Kathleen Bird Trust
Richard & Joan Boxer
Estate of Mary Wanda Brown
Estate of Catherine Fine
Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections
HarperCollins Canada Limited / Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Anne Alycin Hayes & Elliott Hayes in memory of John Sullivan Hayes & Jo Ann Elliott Hayes
Estate of Leida Jurman
Estate of Clara Lahmer
Janet & Bruce McKelvey
Metcalf Foundation
F.C. Larry Muller & Scholastic Canada
Estate of Lilly Quack
RBC Foundation
Estate of Willa Ribchester
Norman and Marian Robertson Charitable Foundation
Estate of Christina Senkiw
The Sam Sorbara Charitable Foundation
Estate of Thomas Taylor
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Whitehots Inc.

Riverdale Society | $100,000 to $249,999
Dr. David Amies, Gillian M. Brown & Estate of Jocelyn Davison
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Bank of America Merril Lynch
Bell Canada
Paul Bennett & Catherine Olsen
Beth Budd Bentley
J. P. Bickell Foundation
Alan & Judy Broadbent
George & Martha Butterfield
Estate of Barbara Jane Coburn
The Elizabeth & Tony Comper Foundation
Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
The Daniels brothers in honour of their mother Norine Rose
Peter Elendt
The Elizabeth & Tony Comper Foundation
Murray Frum & Family
Laszlo Gal
Marie-Louise Gay
Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Charitable Foundation
Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
Sheldon & Judy Godfrey
Goodmans LLP
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Kirsten Hanson & Sandy Houston
The Haynes-Connell Foundation
Hal Jackman Foundation
The Honourable Henry Jackman
District 7 Kiwanis Clubs – Casa Loma, Humber Valley, Islington, Kingsway, Lakeshore, Sunnylea
Estate of John Korhonen
Maryann Kovalski
Krembil Foundation
Labatt Breweries of Canada
Peter Lemiski
Bill Linton & Marilynne Day-Linton
Peter Liu in honour of Gwen Liu
Martha Mann Southgate
Manulife Financial
The McLean Foundation
Microsoft Corporation
Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation
Robin Muller
Morris Norman
Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation
The Paloma Foundation
Estate of Frank Peers
Penguin Random House Canada
Paul Silverstein
Arthur Slade
Allan Slaight
Gregory & Kate Sorbara
James & Karen Griffith Sowell in memory of Grayce Margaret Griffith”
Robert & Brian St. John in memory of Judith St. John
Mark Thurman
Estate of Audrey Vadgama
Estate of Wentworth Walker
Judith R. Wilder
Anonymous (6)

Weston Society | $25,000 to $99,999
1-R32 Foundation
Air Canada
Patricia Aldana
Thomas Allen & Son Ltd.
Allstream Inc.
Jan Andrews
Hugh & Elizabeth Anne Anson-Cartwright
Gail Rose Appel & Mark Appel
Margaret Atwood
Mercedes A. Azárraga in honour of Eduardo A. Azárraga Jr.
Anne Bailey
Mary Baldwin in honour of John Robert Baldwin
William Barker
Barrick Gold Corporation
Rita & Gary Bates
Karen Beckermann
Lawrence Bennett
Bicklette Limited
The Birks Family Foundation
BMO Capital Markets
BMO Financial Group
Estate of Joan Bodger
Estate of Baxter Graham Bonnell
Sheila Bourke
Salvatore Brancaccio
Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Wendy M. Cecil
Stephen Brown
Buckingham Capital Corporation
Helen Burstyn
C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd.
Canada Post Community Foundation
Canadian Tire Corporation
Paul Carney & Mary Frances Ellison
CBC Television
Wendy M. Cecil
Vera & John Chau
The Chawkers Foundation
Barbara Church
CIBC World Markets Inc.
Cisco Systems Canada
Brenda Clark
Heather Collins
Heather Conway
Susan Cooper Cronyn
Elizabeth A. & Richard J. Currie
David and Stacey Cynamon Family Foundation
Judith Dawson
Marie Day
Maurice De Gennaro
The Donner Canadian Foundation
Brian Doyle
Drake General Store
Sarah Ellis
Emelita Ervin & Chloe Kotsonas
Ewing Morris Investment Partners Ltd.
Christopher Fernandes
Liza Fernandes
George A. Fierheller C.M.
Estate of Jack Morris Freiman
Friesens Corporation
Gale – Part of Cengage Learning
Georgia & Stephen Gerring
Celia Godkin
Clifford & Doris Goldfarb
Rick Goldsmith & Robin Browne
GoMax Fund
The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation
Linda Granfield
George Grant
John & Judith Grant
Barbara Green
Barbara Greenwood
The Scott Griffin Foundation
Joanna Hagar
Rob Hall, Janet McGee & Family
Sarah Diane Hall
Bob Hambley
The Josephine Henderson Foundation
Gordon Hinch in memory of Pauline Hinch
Holdbest Foundation
John A. Honderich
Imperial Oil Limited
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
Estate of Margaret Isaac
The Ivey Foundation
Jackman Family
Robert & Charlie Janson
Ann E. Keller
Carol D. Kirsh
Rob & Sandra Knowles
Rakuten Kobo and Rakuten OverDrive
Michael & Sonja Koerner
Kumon Canada Inc.
Frank & Juanita Lechowick
Library Bound Inc.
Estate of Jeannine Locke Reilly
Diane Loeb
Longview Asset Management
The Samuel Lunenfeld Charitable Foundation
MAC Cosmetics
Mackenzie Financial
J. Malkin & E. Jacobson
Mantella Corporation
Dawn Maracle
Marwah Foundation
David Mason Fine & Rare Books
In memory of G. Wallace McCain
Hon. Margaret McCain
Dan McCaw
Estate of Douglas Hugh McCreath
Duncan McGregor
Ned McKeown
Metrus Development Inc.
Barbara L. Michasiw
Miller Thomson LLP
MintoUrban Communities Inc.
Glen Miranker
Audrey & David Mirvish
Vernon Mould
Muriel Mummery for the Rob Mummery Endowment Fund
National Bank Financial Group
Hilary Nicholls
Karyn E. O’Neill & Fred Dean
Kenneth Oppel
Jean Orpwood in memory of Margaret Canning
Pacioli Trust
Richard and Colleen Peddie Foundation
Holly Phillips
Estate of Rita-Anne Piquet
Pitblado Family Foundation
Eric Platt
The Printing House Ltd.
Procter & Gamble Inc.
William Prusin
Noni Rabinovitch, Daphna Rabinovitch, Elana Rabinovitch
RBC Capital Markets
RBC InvestEase
Barbara Reid-Crysler
Joan P. Ridout
Rogers Communications Inc.
Rogers Communications Inc.
The Sam and Ida Ross Foundation
The Rotary Club of Toronto – Leaside
Rotary Club of Toronto Charitable Foundation
Ann Leese & Irwin Rotenberg
Saunders Book Company
David & Emily Sheldon
Simon & Schuster Canada
Dorothy Sinclair in memory of David Sinclair
Estate of Helen Marie Smibert
Mary T. Smith
Sydney Smith
Gillian & Paul G. Smith
Frank Sommers
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Mary Suddon
Ann Sullivan
Don Tapscott, C.M. and Ana P. Lopes, C.M.
Estate of Weldon John Thoburn in memory of E. Ann Thoburn
Estate of Patricia Thorsley
Estate of Pearl Tomey
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Maria Trzeciakiewicz
Shamez Virani
VISA Canada
Jennifer Wardrop & Bob Casper
WCPD Foundation
Web of Hope Fund at the Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
Sam & Ellen Webster
Daniel Weinzweig in memory of Helen Weinzweig
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
John C. Williams & Maureen Atkinson
Nelson, Victor, Marilyn, Franklin Wong and the Wong Extended Family in honour of      their parents William C. Wong and Elizabeth Szetu
The Geoffrey H. Wood Foundation
Burle & Louise Yolles
Anonymous (8)

Corporations, Foundations and Associations

Our donors help the Toronto Public Library Foundation enhance and expand the Library’s collections, programs, services and spaces. We recognize the following corporations and foundations for gifts received from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Founders | $100,000+
The Bennett Family Foundation
Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation
The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation
The Sorbara Family
Sun Life
TD Bank Group
Anonymous (2)

Patrons | $25,000 to $99,999
Bank of America Merril Lynch
Friends of the Osborne and Lillian H. Smith Collections
Friends of the Toronto Public Library, North & South Chapters
Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Charitable Foundation
The Haynes-Connell Foundation
Holdbest Foundation
Hal Jackman Foundation
Labatt Breweries of Canada
Mantella Corporation
Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation

Benefactors | $10,000 to $24,999
The Azrieli Foundation
Bazil Developments
The Elizabeth & Tony Comper Foundation
GFL Infrastructure
GoMax Fund
Goodmans LLP
Rakuten Kobo and Rakuten OverDrive
Metcalf Foundation
Nancy’s Very Own Foundation
Nuyten Dime Foundation
Pacioli Trust
Richard and Colleen Peddie Foundation
Penguin Random House Canada
Rogers Communications Inc.
Sagard Holdings
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
Sidewalk Labs
The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation
Anonymous (2)

Leaders | $5,000 to $9,999
The Bill and Jean Somerville Foundation
Burstyn Inc.
Ewing Morris Investment Partners Ltd.
Friends of the Arthur Conan Doyle Collection
K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
Marilyn and Charles Baillie Family Foundation
McKelvey Family Charitable Foundation
Pitblado Family Foundation
Pomp & Circumstance PR
Web of Hope Fund at the Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
Wood Hart Fund at Toronto Foundation

Partners | $1,000 to $4,999
Zita and Mark Bernstein Family Foundation
Drake General Store
Parkway Mall
Stephen Grant & Sandy Forbes
Horn Family Fund
Hume Media Inc.
Kriss Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
Lynn Bevan Fund at Toronto Foundation
Mary Usher-Jones Foundation
Mawer Investment Management Ltd.
McLean Smits Family Foundation
Nien-Mei Liu Charitable Foundation
Pat Salloum Charity Fund
Carol and Morton Rapp Foundation
RBC Foundation
Small Family Foundation
Throw the Switch Igor! Foundation
Tikkun 18 Foundation
Wilkinson Family Fund at Toronto Foundation
The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation


Individual Donors - The Literary Circle

Literary Circle Members are a very special group of donors who demonstrate their commitment to Toronto Public Library Foundation. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges and celebrates the exceptional generosity of the following donors for gifts received from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

Philanthropist’s Circle | $100,000+
Estate of Clara Lahmer

Reserve List Circle | $25,000 to $99,999
Maurice De Gennaro
Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan
Estate of Christina Senkiw
Anonymous (2)

Conservator’s Circle |$10,000 to $24,999
Margaret Atwood
Karen Beckermann
Richard & Joan Boxer
George & Martha Butterfield
Sunir Chandaria & Charissa deKoninck
David Dattels & Jennifer Grant
Mark & Keltie Ellwood
Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
Nancy & Richard Hamm
In memory of Art Pigott
Jackman Family
Diane Loeb
Dan McCaw
Beth & Jeff Richmond
Allan Slaight
James & Karen Griffith Sowell in memory of Grayce Margaret Griffith
Jennifer Wardrop & Bob Casper
Judith R. Wilder
Nelson, Victor, Marilyn, Franklin Wong and the Wong Extended Family in honour of their parents William C. Wong and Elizabeth Szetu
Anonymous (4)

Collector’s Circle | $5,000 to $9,999
Barry Avrich
Rajan Bansi
Estate of Kenneth Meader
Hugh Furneaux
Georgia & Stephen Gerring
Patricia Gouinlock
Kirsten Hanson & Sandy Houston
John A. Honderich
Douglas Knight & Shelley Ambrose
Bonnie Lovelace
Malcolm McLeod
Jimmy Molloy & Bernadette Morra
Florence Narine
Andrew & Valerie Pringle
Bill Restivo in memory of Diana Restivo
Joan P. Ridout
Don Tapscott, C.M. and Ana P. Lopes, C.M.
Frances Tyrrell
Estate of Enid Walker
Victoria Webster
Anonymous (3)

Avid Reader’s Circle | $2,500 to $4,999
Ayman Alvi
Gail Rose Appel & Mark Appel
Yveline Audemars & Humberto Rivero
Rita & Gary Bates
Lawrence Bennett
Pat & Doug Bull
Paul Carney & Mary Frances Ellison
Michael Carruthers
Vera Chau
Barbara Church
Christopher Fernandes
Liza Fernandes
Clifford & Doris Goldfarb
John & Judith Grant
Gordon Hinch in memory of Pauline Hinch
Adrian Ishak
Shawn Kimel
Carol D. Kirsh
Rob & Sandra Knowles
Michelle Lee
In loving memory of Daisy
William & Coral Martin
Malik Martin
Josefina Nadurata
Bob Ramsay & Jean Marmoreo
Justina Ray
Siobhan Rich
Ellen Roseman
Anonymous (5)

Reader’s Circle | $1,000 to $2,499
Simon Ashbourne
Maureen Atkinson
Jennifer Babe
Anne Bailey
David Bailey
The late Walter M. & Lisa Balfour Bowen
Jean Beauchamp
Joe Berridge
Jo Bradley
Marta Bruan
Taavi Burns
Mary Calamai
Savannah Cardew
Sam Carsley
Wendy M. Cecil
Elena Cherneva
Brenda Clark
Judy Clarke
Marshall & Judith Cohen
Marilyn Cook
Diana Cortes
Terry Cosgrove Artist
Victoria Cowan
Phil Cowperthwaite
Rita Cox
Deepa Daryanani
Honor & Michael de Pencier
Jonathan Dewald
Lynne & Joe DiStefano
Jonathan Doda
Andrea Dunn
Gunes Ege
Emelita Ervin & Chloe Kotsonas
Catherine Fauquier
Michael Filosa
Susan Lea Gerhard
Candy Gill
Elizabeth Glass
Rick Goldsmith & Robin Browne
David Gotlib
Pamela Hallisey
Linda Hazzan
Lyssa Hersh
Mun Wai Ho
Marian Hoffmann
Susan E Houston
Gwen Chamberlain & Chris Huband
Larry Hughsam
Rob & Esme Hurst
Malgosia Ip
Natalie Jenner
Brittany Jewell
Andrea Johnston
Miriam Kagan
The Kanakaratnam Family in memory of Usha Kanakaratnam
Mima Kapches
Arlen Keen
Margaret Kelly
Sandy Kemsley
Claire Kennedy
Dan Keon
Judy Kirsh & Robin Riddihough
Phoenix Kunsel
Shari Lapena
Helene Lavine
Pamela Laycock
Murray Lightman
Lucia Liscio & Trond Lossius
Nancy Love
Daniel Ludwin & Crysler Paton
Rory MacDonald & Nancy Harbour
Laurie MacLachlan
Robin & John Maitland
J. Malkin & E. Jacobson
Charles Marker
S. M. Martin
Mary McDougall Maude
Charles & Daphne Maurer
Jodee McCaw
George McGee
Susan McNeill
Stephanie Meredith
Ingrid & Dan Mida
Alexandra Morosan
Pam Mountain
Shane Murphy
Susan Murray & John Butler
Margaret Nightingale
Andre Nowakowski & Katherine Gurney
Karyn E. O’Neill & Fred Dean
Jean Orpwood in memory of Margaret Canning
Charles & Judy Overland
Kristie Painting
Sandy Pearl
Alana Pearlman
Sally Peterson
Susan Phillips
Linda Pincott-Kitchen & Andrew Diamond
Michina Pope
Arlene Perly Rae & Hon. Bob Rae
Kimberley Reid
Marlon & Davina Reid
Susannah Robinson
Heather Rumball & Ashley Stevenson
Geoff. Rytell in Memory of June MacDonald
Vanessa Sabino
Mary Ann San Juan
Kausalya Sankaran
Stacie & Adam Scherer
Lionel & Carol Schipper
Denise Schon & Carl Davis
Mark Schrutt, Ellen Pekilis & Lily Schrutt
Laurence & Judy Siegel
Alison Smith
Noel Smith
Gillian & Paul G. Smith
Susan Soloway & John Kazanjian
Courtney Spelliscy
Jane Sprott
Stephen & Fern Morrison
Daniel St-Onge
Susanne Tabur
Suzanne Tobin
Michelle Tran
Colette van den Thillart
Gerard Van Herk
Lenore Walters
Sam & Ellen Webster
Daniel Weinzweig in memory of Helen Weinzweig
Brenda & Scott White
Margaret Whitfield & Gordon Crowe
Frances Wilkinson
Barbara Woodcock McCaffrey
Teri Worthington Coombs
Irene Ying
Catherine Yolles
Wayne J. Young
Lilian Yuan
R. Mirrun Zaveri
Margaret Zeidler
Anonymous (28)

The Jack Rabinovich Reading Room

The Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room was made possible with the generosity of exceptional donors who contributed to the creation of this incredible space.

Visionary Donor | $100,000+
George & Martha Butterfield
The Elizabeth & Tony Comper Foundation
Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin
Hal Jackman Foundation
Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan
Allan Slaight
Gregory & Kate Sorbara

Leadership Donor |$25,000 to $99,999
HarperCollins Canada Limited/Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Sabi & Amrin Marwah
Audrey & David Mirvish
Noni Rabinovitch, Daphna Rabinovitch, Elana Rabinovitch
Rakuten Kobo and Rakuten OverDrive
Don Tapscott, C.M. and Ana P. Lopes, C.M.

Generous Donor |$10,000 – $24,999
Salah Bachir and Jacob Yerex
Douglas Knight & Shelley Ambrose
Penguin Random House Canada
Lionel & Carol Schipper

With Support From |$1,000 – $9,999
Margaret Atwood
Barry Avrich
Michael Baker
Marta Braun
Judy Clarke
J. Frans & Gini Donker
Denise Donlon & Murray McLauchlan
Esi Edugyan & Steven Price
Brian & Pat Flood
The Norman and Margaret Jewison
Charitable Foundation
Heather Munroe-Blum & Leonard Blum
Arlene Perly Rae & Hon. Bob Rae
Senator David Adams Richards
Ann Shortell
Simon & Schuster Canada
Joey Slinger
Ellie Tesher & Vian Ewart
MG Vassanji & Nurjehan Aziz
Cynthia Wine & Philip Slayton
Phyllis Yaffe

Special Events

With 2020 fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, we’re grateful for our  Biblio Bash supporters who continued to give generously during this challenging time.

$25,000 to $99,999
Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Charitable Foundation
Labatt Breweries of Canada
Mantella Corporation
TD Bank Group
Toronto Star

$10,000 to $24,999
Bazil Developments
Sunir Chandaria & Charissa deKoninck
David Dattels & Jennifer Grant
Mark & Keltie Ellwood
GFL Infrastructure
Jackman Family
Moez & Marissa Kassam Foundation
Rogers Communications Inc.
The Thor E. and Nicole Eaton Family Charitable Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999
Burstyn Inc.
Ewing Morris Investment Partners Ltd.
The Haynes-Connell Foundation
James Burn, BrandActive
Jimmy Molloy & Bernadette Morra
Richard and Colleen Peddie Foundation
Pomp & Circumstance PR
Toronto Life
Jennifer Wardrop & Bob Casper
Victoria Webster & Gabe Gonda

$2,500 to $4,999
Rita & Gary Bates
Josefina Nadurata

$1,000 to $2,499
Clifford & Doris Goldfarb
Kirsten Hanson & Sandy Houston
Natalie Jenner & Rob Leek
Linda Pincott-Kitchen & Andrew Diamond
Bob Ramsay & Jean Marmoreo
Susanne Tabur
Victor & Helen Wong

Heritage Society

The Heritage Society honours individuals who have included the TPL Foundation in their estate plans, ensuring that Toronto Public Library has the resources to provide quality programs and services for future generations.

Mary Agoston
Michael Augustine
Niya Bajaj
Carole Bell
Jo Bradley
Margaret Bryce
Inez Caldwell
Sylvia Chan
Jaffa Charny
Vera Chau
Penina Coopersmith
Morley Coviensky
Nan Cowie-Ball
Jessica Crawford
Jack Cunningham
Pearl Dacks
Elfriede Dalrymple
Ann Davidson
Bud Dilling
Lynne & Joe DiStefano
Shelley L. Dolan
Priscilla Drimmel
Emelita Ervin
Carol Esbin
S. C. Esbin
Liza Fernandes
Mrs. Gale
Tara S. George
Susan Lea Gerhard
Margaret Gillespie
George Goldberg
Clifford Goldfarb
Pat Graham
John & Judith Grant
Karen Gregory
Shirley Gulliford
Mary Carol Healy
Daniel Hector
Barbara Heggie
Gordon Hinch in memory of Pauline Hinch
Mary Lue Hinds
Christopher F. Homer
Mary Huang
Larry Hughsam
Caroline Ingvaldsen
Emma Jenkin
Joseph Kaposi
Selia Karsten
Ann E. Keller
Judith Kidd
Janet Kim
Shirley Kirby
Carol D. Kirsh
Judy Kirsh
Mark Krakowski
Jan K. Kraus
Martha Krol
Dale Layton
Francelise Le Blanc
Michelle Lee
Diane Loeb
Joanne Lombardo
Pat Loy
Ken & Judy Luginbuhl
Teza Layos Lwin
Nancy MacArthur
J. Rory MacDonald & Nancy Harbour
Sally MacRae
Anthony Martin
Nancy Mason
Julia Matthews
McKelvey Family
Sylvia M. McPhee
Meredith Meads
Christine Medycky
Marsha Melnik
Stephanie Meredith
Roslyn Mida
Roslyn Mida
Lynda Middleton
Sandra Moraes
Sylvia Murray
Barbara Myrvold
Paul Nazareth
Patricia Newman
Lynda Newmarch
Karyn E. O’Neill
Debbie Owen
Virginia Paul
John Percy
Paul Petras
Neil Phillips
Margaret Pilley
Tim & Carol Pinnington
Anna Porter
H.G. Ramsay
Neil Rankin
David Rayside
Christopher Redmond
Thomas & Helga Reed
Prof. Chris Robinson
Jean Baxter Robinson
Terri Rothman
Heather Rumball
Mary E. Schulz
Ken Setterington
Margaret Sinopoli
Maureen Spencer
Susan Spier
Dagmar & Vaclav Taborsky
Miriam Ticoll
Robert L. Tracy
Virginia Van Vliet
Manda Vranic
Thandy Walcott
John Wallace
Art Wallace
Meghan Warby
Glen & Diane Warner
Glen & Diane Warner
Jean Weihs
Daniel Weinzweig
Maryann Weston
Nelson Wong
Victor S. Wong
Deana Wong
Lilian Yuan
Alicia Zavitz
Anonymous (27)


The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the donors who have established endowments and whose proceeds will support Toronto Public Library in perpetuity.

Marguerite G. Bagshaw Memorial Endowment Fund
The Jane Dobell Endowment Fund
Jane Dobell Endowment Fund in memory of Sybille Pantazzi
Catherine Fine Fund
Norman Blaine Gash Memorial Endowment Fund
Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund
D.J. Hayes Fund
Pauline and Gordon Hinch Endowment Fund
Norman G. Hinton Endowment Fund
M.A. Isaac Fund
Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund
Harry Keillor & Muriel McKay Endowment Fund
Ann Keller Endowment Fund
Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund
Michael & Chloe Kotsonas Endowment Fund
Clara and Albert Lahmer Endowment Fund
Senator John M. Lewis Memorial Endowment Fund
Gwen and Peter Liu Endowment Fund
Norman Jennings McLean Fund
Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund for Canadian Children’s Literature
Rob Mummery Endowment Fund
Osborne & Lillian H. Smith Fund
Osborne Royalties Fund
Jack Rabinovitch Reading Room Endowment Fund
Thomas Reed Endowment Fund
Charles Graham Sanderson Memorial Endowment Fund
Charles R. Sanderson Memorial Endowment Fund
George and Christina Senkiw Endowment Fund for Acquisitions
George and Christina Senkiw Endowment Fund for the Osborne Collection
Sophie’s Studio
H. E. Stubbs Fund
Stanley Tobin Fund
Margaret & Wentworth Walker Endowment Fund
Helen Weinzweig Endowment Fund
Nelson & Victor Wong Endowment Fund in honour of William C. Wong & Elizabeth Szetu

Staff Development Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the Pauline Hinch Memorial Award and the Peter J. Bassnett Award in support of staff development and librarianship.

Pauline Hinch Memorial Award for Staff Development

2020 – Reenesh Manuventhan
2019  – Sharuka Thangalingam
2018  – Rumman Ferdaus
2017  – Daniela Chwedoruk
2016 –  Eleni Pallotta*
2015 – Eunice Rodrigues
2014 – Radha Shilesh
2013 – Sarah Qazi
2012 – Kara Miley
2011 – Marie Belanger
2010 – Christina Paschakis

Peter J. Bassnett Award for Professional Development

2020 – Nicol Abi-Najim
2019 – Angel Su
2018 – Rabia Pirani
2017 – Alexandra Beamish
2016 – Cathleen “Maggie” Keenan
2015 – Hamid Printer
2015 – Mabel Ho
2014 – Susan Lai
2013 – Suzanne Fernando
2012 – Ramona Sansait
2011 – Brendon Foster-Algoo
2010 – Nalini Battu
2010 – Sarah Shujah

TPLF Staff

Foundation Staff Listing

Toronto Public Library Foundation 
789 Yonge Street
Toronto Ontario M4W 2G8
Tel: 416-393-7123

Staff directory

Jennifer Jones

Sandra Aldcroft
Senior Manager, Stewardship & Donor Communications

Moira Dossetor, PhD
Vice President, Philanthropy

Danya Elsayed
Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

Liza Fernandes
Director, Legacy Gifts

Tracy Finkelstein
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Angela Grabham
Director, Major Gifts

Danielle Felip
Executive Assistant

Ranjan Khatri
Donor Database Manager

Dalla Kone
Financial Analyst

Jenny Le
Manager, Individual Giving & Events

Rob Lorenz
Director, Corporate Partnerships

Diane Wilputte
Donor Relations and Database Coordinator

Board, Governors' Council and Committees

Toronto Public Library Foundation Board

Anne Maggisano
Vice President, Client Relations
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Sharilyn Hale
President, Watermark Philanthropic Counsel

Darcy Morris
Vice President, Client Relations
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Board Members

Rajan Bansi
Head, Investments & Portfolio Manager,
RBC InvestEase Inc.

Vickery Bowles (Ex-Officio – City Librarian)
City Librarian
Toronto Public Library

Victoria Davies
Davies Advisory Ltd.

Linda Haynes
Co-founder of ACE Bakery and President of the Haynes-Connell Foundation

Andrea Horton
Managing Director & Global Head, Governance & Regulatory Solutions
RBC Investor & Treasury Services

Marlon Hylton
CEO & Senior Counsel, INNOV-8 Data Counsel & INNOV-8 Legal Inc.

Shanitha Kachan
Trustee, Gerald Sheff and Shanitha Kachan Charitable Foundation

Moez Kassam
Principal, Anson Funds

Jennifer Liu
Associate Partner, Financial Services Advisory

Malik Martin
Associate, McKinsey & Company

Susannah K. Robinson, ICD.D
Vice President, Ontario, EPCOR Utilities Inc.

Rita Theil
President, JacKryn Holdings Inc.

Dr. Bruno Vendittelli
Orthodontist, Forest Hill Orthodontics

Jennifer Wardrop
Director and Chief Operational Officer
Toronto Centre for Advancing Reproductive Partners Ltd.

Victoria Webster

Governors’ Committee

Honorary Chair
Gail Rose Appel

Margaret Atwood
A. Charles Baillie
Joe Berridge
Richard Boxer
Alan Broadbent
Helen Burstyn
Wendy M. Cecil
Kirsten Hanson
John A. Honderich
The Hon. H. N.R. Jackman
Sonja N Koerner
The Hon. Margaret N. McCain
Janet H. McKelvey
Dr. John C. Polanyi
Anna Porter
Bob Ramsay

In Memoriam
Avie Bennett
Thor Edgar Eaton
George Fierheller
Murray Frum
Jack Rabinovitch

2020 Biblio Bash Committee

Victoria Webster

Amanda Alvaro
Rita Bates
Sarah Bhalla
Amy Burstyn Fritz
Beth Clarkson
Devin Connell
Kate Daniels
Charissa Dekoninck
Michele Eaton
Jennifer Grant
Jane Halverson
Peter Hayes
Kati Head
Victoria Jackman
Shanitha Kachan
Marissa Kassam
Stuart Keeler
Jen Kirsch
Claire MacNamara
Lindsay Mattick
Claire McIntyre
Colette van den Thillart
Ellen Webster

Hush Hush Committee

John Pryde
Katie Pryde
Adriana Wilk

Dan Belchers
Alishka Cooper
Kevin Cowie
Laura Creighton
Vik Dhir
Kate Dingwall
Shannon Fox
Laura Garzon
Noori Haq
Matt Lee
Alistair Leyland
Kristine MacKay
Beth McNeil
Sandra Nestic
Robert Nicolas
Alexandra Nikolajev
Stu Pattillo
Gord Rafferty
Lauren Rafferty
Mary Ratcliffe
Tabitha Rose
Cole Sullivan
Katherine Upton
Emma Wallace
Jennifer Wellman