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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do hospitals need philanthropic support?

While the government funds many aspects of North York General Hospital's patients' health care journeys, it is your donations that fund critical equipment replacements and upgrades throughout our Hospital. Without donor support, we simply would not be able to offer the advanced level of care that our patients need. For our patients, this could mean delays in treatment or long commutes and time away from their families - right when they need support the most.

Philanthropic support also makes an important contribution to covering the costs of acquiring new technology and equipment, as well as funding for research and educational initiatives. North York General Foundation was established to raise and steward these critical funds on behalf of North York General Hospital.

Every gift helps North York General's physicians, staff and volunteers go beyond care for patients and their families. Your support means that our Hospital will be able to provide the best care today, and drive the health innovations of tomorrow.

How are your fundraising priorities determined?

Our fundraising priorities are determined by the strategic directions of the Hospital. Developed through a comprehensive process of engagement with our staff, physicians, volunteers as well as our communities and key health system partners.

The role of the Foundation is to raise the funds required to meet the objectives of this Strategic Plan, including funds for facilities improvements, technology and equipment, research and education. The historic $150 million Campaign for North York General to fulfill these priorities.

How does the Foundation manage donations?

North York General Foundation operates separately from the Hospital. We have our own Board of Governors and we produce audited financial statements that are made available to the public each year.

We are committed to transparency, fiscal responsibility for every donation we receive, and to ensuring that all funds are directed to where they are needed most. Our partnership with Imagine Canada demonstrates that we are dedicated to operating and serving our community with the highest ethical standards.

We are pleased to report to our donors on what they have helped us to achieve, through our regular newsletters, website and Report to the Community. Donors may also receive detailed impact reports about the specific program or area that they have supported.

Can I direct my gift to a specific area of the Hospital?

Yes. You are welcome to give to any area that has a high-priority need. When you make a donation, you will be prompted to select where you would like it to be directed. When we receive a donation that has not been designated, we will direct it to The Vision Fund, which has been created to give NYGH the long-term flexibility to meet its highest priorities.

Are all donations counted toward the Campaign for North York General?

Yes. We are commited to ensuring that all donations are directed to our Hospital's highest priorities. The $150 million Campaign for North York General was launched to provide the resources to fulfill these pressing needs. 

Can I give a gift in honour of someone else?

Absolutely!  A gift in tribute or in memory of someone special, or in celebration of a life event, is a very popular and meaningful way of donating to our Hospital. You may choose to make your gift online or by completing a form at the Foundation office.

We have also introduced the Say Thanks Program which enables grateful patients and families to thank their care team and make a donation at the same time.

Click here to learn about other ways to give, including monthly giving, matching gifts, planned giving, corporate philanthropy, and our baby wall program.

I/my workplace may be interested in holding a fundraising event for NYGH. Whom should I contact?

We would love to hear from you. Please contact the Foundation at 416-756-6944 or foundation@nygh.on.ca, or visit our Corporate Sponsorship and Community Events page for more information.

I’d like to share my story of gratitude with your donors. How can I do that?

We are always looking for stories that can be featured on our website, newsletter and other Foundation communications materials, and we will readily accommodate requests for confidentiality. Please email us or call our Donor Line at 416-756-6944. One of our staff would be happy to connect with you. You can also browse recent patient stories here.

How do I update my contact information with the Foundation?

If you have moved or changed any of your contact information, please email us at foundation@nygh.on.ca or call our Donor Line at 416-756-6944 and we would be happy to make the appropriate updates.

How can I become involved as a volunteer with the Foundation?

North York General Foundation volunteers are an essential part of our fundraising efforts. Please click here to learn more about how to become involved.