The Slaight Family’s $50M Gift to 5 Toronto Hospitals- A New Way of Giving?

Posted by 30 Oct, 2013

What a great announcement for Toronto Hospitals from the Slaight Family:

St. Michael’s:

  • A new emergency department

Toronto General & Western for UHN:

  • Canada’s first  full body 7 Tesla MRI machine

Mount Sinai:

  • A new labour and delivery unit and maternity care support for high risk women


  • State of the art PET MRI  enabling the world’s first imaged guided brain therapy & repair


  • World-first services in mental health care for youth

Each gift astonishing in and of itself but to have all 5 gifts announced together is truly extraordinary.

So what is new about this way of giving?

The Slaight family worked very closely with each hospital for almost a year to find the right fit. They wanted to make sure that their support would truly make a difference to each hospital & their patients.

The Slaight family funds will help kick start major life saving initiatives and provide state of the art facilities and equipment that has been badly needed and were top priorities for each hospital.

Each hospital will have outcomes and impacts they will need to address on an annual basis to ensure the funds are being used as intended and are indeed making a difference.

And very importantly, the process brought all 5 hospitals together resulting  in many collaborations that will help save lives for years to come.

Truly, thoughtful, impactful, passionate  philanthropy.

Congratulations to the Slaight Family for leading the way with this new approach to philanthropy and inspiring others to give back in their own communities. is honoured to have been a part of  this process.

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Categories : Philanthropy, Research & Due Diligence, Terry Smith

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