Donate to the Community One Foundation and your contribution will help
strengthen the LGBTTIQQ2S community throughout the Greater Toronto Area,
including the regions of Durham, Halton, York and Peel.
Our grants are 100% funded by people like you. Each donation helps support organizations that are working helping meet the multitude of critical community needs, and are representing the LGBTTIQQ2S community to broader society to create better understanding and inclusiveness.
When Community One began back in 1980 as the Lesbian & Gay Community Appeal, the idea was to start funding projects that would help build opportunities and a sense of community on the hard-fought gains we had just begun to achieve. We have made monumental strides in equality since that time, but there are still many underserved communities under the LGBTTIQQ2S banner that need inclusion and support.
Grants help fund things like queer-positive education programs, sports for queer youth, programs and performances in the arts, Pride events, community outreach, social support groups and organizations offering AIDS support and prevention services. Click here to see who received our most recent Rainbow Grants.
Every year the Community One Foundation receives a multitude of requests for funding. We’re proud that our Rainbow Grant recipients represent diverse identities and needs of many communities, but unfortunately we cannot fulfill every request, and many important projects are left unfunded.
Donate and make a huge difference to the Community One Foundation, to the projects we fund and to the thousands of people that these projects serve. Every donation helps.
Online giving is a simple and secure way to make a gift. The Community One Foundation’s one-time and monthly online giving is hosted by CanadaHelps.org, a donation portal that provides secure access to thousands of registered Canadian charities.
CanadaHelps.org provides tax receipts to our online donors electronically.
In order to stay in touch with the Foundation, it is recommended that donors provide CanadaHelps.org with permission to provide the Foundation with email and/or mailing information. This is done in the Privacy Preferences section in the donation checkout process.
You can make one-time or monthly gifts by cheque or credit card to the Community One Foundation by filling out a donation form and mailing to the address below:
Mail the completed donation form to:
Community One Foundation
PO Box 760 – Station F
Toronto, Canada M4Y 2N6
One of the easiest ways to make a contribution to the Community One Foundation is through your workplace giving program. These programs allow you to designate an amount to be deducted from your paycheque.
In order to stay in touch with Community One, we recommend that donors provide their workplace giving program with their email and/or mailing information to share with us. We want to keep in touch so you know how your donations make a difference.
The Community One Foundation operates under the original Lesbian & Gay Community Appeal of Toronto name, registered charitable number 126482785RR0001. Tax receipts will be issued under the LGCA name.
Many businesses offer matching gift programs. It is easy to take advantage of this employee benefit that doubles the impact of your contribution. Check with your Human Resources department to see if your company provides a matching gift program.
Estate planning is a powerful way to express your values and to care for your partner, family, and community. All of us should make plans for our estates, but such plans are especially important for LGBTTIQQ2S people, whose lives and loves may not be fully recognized by society. With proper planning, you can make sure your wishes are fulfilled, possibly lower your estate tax, and also create powerful change.
There are many ways to be charitable through your estate. Some of the easiest ways are to name the Community One Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, retirement plan or life insurance. These types of gifts have the ability to aid the Foundation with making great leaps forward in programming and grant-making.
One of the simplest things you can do is leave money, also known as a bequest, to organizations you care about via your will. By leaving a bequest to the Community One Foundation, you will help to build a stronger and healthier LGBTTIQQ2S community for generations to come.
Because your will is a legal document you should consult an attorney. See our Sample Language page to learn how to include a gift to the Foundation in your will.
Many associations, businesses, recreation organizations and employee groups recognize the importance of social responsibility. A donation or project for a charity can strengthen relationships by rallying a group around a common cause. By making a contribution to the Community One Foundation, your group will have a broad impact on the LGBTTIQQ2S community. To support your fundraising efforts, Community One can provide outreach materials and guest speakers, where available.
Our grant funding comes entirely from people like you who care about our community and who want to make it a better place to live now and in the future.
The gift of volunteering your time with the Community One Foundation is invaluable to us. We are always looking for help in areas such as communications, events, project management and corporate sponsorships.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please download and fill out our volunteer form and email it to email@example.com. Not only will your time make a huge difference to us, it’s also a fun way to connect with the LGBTTIQQ2S communities of the GTA.