About Us

Who we are and what we offer

Philanthropy for a Strong Jewish Future: The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto is a community foundation that makes charitable giving easy and rewarding so that individuals and families can fulfill their personal philanthropic goals and translate their charitable vision into viable solutions to some of the community’s most pressing needs. Jewish tradition teaches that one of our key responsibilities is to make the world a better place for future generations.


As one of the largest Jewish community foundations in Canada, the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto has been in business and managing millions of dollars in assets since 1962. 


What We Offer:

  •   “one-stop-shop” for all your philanthropic giving
  •   experienced investment advisors for your charitable dollars
  •   a wide range of planned giving options 
  •   a dedicated professional team designed to steward your charitable dollars
  •   philanthropic advisory services
  •   anonymity option 

Mission, Vision and Values



We are dedicated to creating long-term resources to meet the challenges and needs of Jewish community life.

The Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, private foundations and professional advisors to enhance the Jewish community.




The motivation for Jewish philanthropy remains what it has been for generations: to sustain the Jewish people, to enhance Jewish life and to strengthen the Jewish community.



A Message from the Jewish Foundation


One hundred years ago, in 1917, visionary members of Toronto’s Jewish community decided that working together was the best way to build a strong and dynamic future for Jewish Toronto. With that decision,  what is now the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto was born.

Fifty five years ago, in 1962, another generation of visionary leaders determined that creating a permanent endowment fund is essential to ensuring the continued strength and vibrancy of Jewish Toronto. With that decision, what is now the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto was born.

Roll forward to today. Thanks to these and other important decisions, Toronto has a thriving, growing and diverse Jewish community that is unparalleled in the diaspora.  

In the same way that generations before us planned for us, we must plan for our children and grandchildren and the generations to follow them. This is the role of the Jewish Foundation.

The Jewish Foundation is now comprised of 1,000 funds with a value including expected bequests and insurance policies of over $500 million. To all our fund holders who have entrusted their funds with the Foundation and avail themselves of the many services we offer to actualize their philanthropic goals, we say thank you. To those individuals, families and organizations who are not yet members of the Foundation family please reach out and talk to us. We have many tools and ideas that can help actualize your philanthropic objectives.

The work of the Foundation is undertaken by a dedicated staff, committed volunteer board and committee members, and devoted donors. We thank all of them for helping to ensure our collective future.




David Matlow, 


Ronit Holtzman, 

Vice President