Setting Down Roots in Your City

Farah Qasemi

"When you grow up in many different cities, people think you don't put down roots in the community, but you do. The community's issues become your issues."

  • PwC employee and GenNexter Farah Qasemi gives to United Way Toronto at the Leadership level. »Read more

Levels of Leadership Giving

Leader $1,000 to $2499
Sponsor $2,500 to $4,999
Patron $5,000 to $7,499
Pathfinder $7,500 to $9,999
Builder $10,000 to $14,999
Pacesetter $15,000 to $24,999
Benefactor $25,000 to $49,999
Trustee $50,000 to $74,999
Cornerstone $75,000 to $99,999
Guardian $100,000 to $199,999
Visionary $200,000 to $499,999
Innovator $500,000 to $999,999
Million Dollar Circle $1 million plus

Leadership giving

Change begins with your leadership

When you give at the leadership level of $1,000 or more, you'll be recognized in our Honour Roll. More than that, you'll make an even bigger impact on the lives of many people across our city. Look at what your leadership gift can do:

  • $1,300 provides four counselling sessions for 10 women experiencing domestic violence to help them rebuild their lives.
  • $2,100 sponsors six individuals to participate in life skills or pre-employment training for six months, helping them to prepare for employment and change their lives.
  • $3,000 provides six months of healthy breakfast snacks for 300 elementary school children in a high-need neighbourhood, increasing their learning potential in the classroom.
  • $5,000 provides 25 youth who are homeless and dropped out of school the support they need to achieve their high school diploma equivalency.
  • $7,420 provides a week of shelter, food and support services for 20 people who are homeless to help them start their transition to independent living.
  • $10,000 provides 20 newcomer children with 24 sessions of school-readiness training to help them integrate into their new school.
  • $13,104 enables six seniors or six individuals with a disability to attend a once-a-week five-hour social and recreational program for a year to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

* The United Way family includes United Way Toronto, our service areas and member agencies, as well as all other United Ways across Canada.


There are special leaders throughout our community who through their example consistently challenge us to strive to achieve greater heights. United Way Toronto Leadership Challenge Grant donors in the past have included:

  • 2009: The Sprott Foundation
  • 2008: Robert Harding
  • 2007: The D'Alessandro Family
  • 2006: John Hunkin and Susan Crocker
  • 2005: Don and Anna Johnson
  • 2004: Red and Brenda Wilson
  • 2002: The Fell Family
  • 2000: Marsha and Aubrey Baillie

We salute these special individuals for their leadership.

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