IBM Canada and Toronto Community Foundation Connect Canadians to Causes

TORONTO, ON, October 5, 2010 -- IBM, the Toronto Community Foundation and community organizations across the city are joining forces with an ambitious new initiative to launch Canada's first philanthropic web portal that consolidates the stories of community organizations and shares them with donors, potential supporters and media. The new Community Knowledge Centre (CKC), employs the use of videos and participant experiences to connect charitable giving to the key issues facing the city of Toronto, as reported in today’s annual Toronto Vital Signs® Report.

The CKC is a place where community organizations can create a profile that shares compelling stories shaping the city of Toronto through prose, photos and videos. Toronto Community Foundation donors can search for granting opportunities, and community members can interact with these stories and find ways to support the causes they care about most.
IBM Canada has contributed technology and services to the establishment of the Toronto Community Foundation’s CKC online portal. By connecting information on innovative solutions directly to potential funders, IBM Canada and the Toronto Community Foundation are enabling a smarter funding mechanism.

“We knew there had to be a better, smarter way to make the stories behind these incredible organizations available to city residents, policy makers and journalists to both inspire and facilitate philanthropy in Toronto,” said Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation. “IBM was a great collaborator in helping us get there because of its role in community leadership and its larger vision of building a smarter planet.”

The site currently features organizations that have received a grant directly from the Toronto Community Foundation. The new online portal will extend participation to all registered charitable organizations serving Toronto and its residents. The CKC will connect community needs with philanthropy in every community across Canada.

Over 100 organizations are currently profiled on the site, and are at the vanguard of a new era of philanthropy in Toronto.

Among these are:

  • Greenest City
  • Arts for Children and Youth
  • The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto
  • ArtReach Toronto
  • Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
  • The Stop Community Food Centre

“The Community Knowledge Centre is a great example of how not-for-profit and private efforts can connect in meaningful ways. IBM Canada and the Toronto Community Foundation share a common social mission: to provide Canadians with smart solutions to philanthropy and easy ways to give back,” said Bruce Ross, President of IBM Canada. There is no question: community giving is integral to the well-being and livelihood of smart cities. We are thrilled to be involved with this first-of-its-kind online portal in Canada.”

IBM’s involvement in the creation of the CKC was made possible through a services grant from the IBM Corporate Citizenship program. This initiative provides money or IBM products and services to eligible community organizations and schools in support of specific projects.

About IBM For more information about IBM Canada, visit www.ibm.com/ca.

Contact(s) information:

Carrie Bendzsa
Manager of External Communications
IBM Canada
613-796-3880 carrie.bendzsa@ca.ibm.com

Simone Dalton
Toronto Community Foundation
416-921-2035 x218 sdalton@tcf.ca