Daniels strongly believes in giving back to the community in which they build. Over the years, they have supported hundreds of charities and non-profit organizations. Support ranges from helping to provide the basic necessities of life, such as food and shelter, to providing opportunities in arts, culture, education and employment. Recently, Daniels’ President Mitchell Cohen contributed to the Financial Post speaking to the power of engagement philanthropy in business. Read the article.
Give a Gift, Get a Song is a joyful way to raise money and awareness for the many fantastic community organizations we have partnered with over the years. Daniels president Mitchell Cohen and Senior Vice President Tom Dutton have written and recorded songs to raise money and heighten awareness for such worthy causes as Artscape Foundation, Second Harvest, and Habitat for Humanity as well as an endowment fund for engineering and construction technologies students at George Brown College.
As the newest home to the vibrant Toronto arts and cultural scene, Daniels Spectrum represents an important part of the social fabric that continues to be woven through the Regent Park revitalization in Toronto's Downtown East. Thanks to a $4 million gift from The Daniels Corporation and the John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation, the recently opened Daniels Spectrum is ready to change the very landscape of the community — in every way. A collaboration between Artscape, Toronto Community Housing, The Daniels Corporation and the Regent Park community, Daniels Spectrum is a 60,000 sq. ft. facility that hosts a range of culturally diverse programming and is home to seven innovative organizations: ArtHeart Community Art Centre, Centre for Social Innovation, COBA - Collective Of Black Artists, Native Earth Performing Arts, Pathways to Education, Regent Park Film Festival and Regent Park School of Music.
Second Harvest is an organization that picks up and prepares excess fresh food, which it then delivers daily to social service agencies in Toronto. Daniels has played an ongoing role as Presenting Sponsor of Toronto Taste, Second Harvest's annual gala fundraising event, as well as helping build a major extension on the organization's warehouse in 2009. Members of the Daniels’ team enjoy participating in Second Harvest’s annual campaigns including Lunch Money Days and holiday turkey drive.
Daniels is proud to partner with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust (Egale) to build Canada’s first and Toronto’s only facility that will combine the proven counselling services of Egale Youth Outreach with emergency and transitional housing exclusively dedicated to serving homeless LGBTIQ2S youth. Daniels has offered to act as Development and Construction Manager to aid in design and approvals and to oversee construction of this project through to occupancy.
Giving a hand up not a hand out, Habitat for Humanity helps low-income families build and buy simple, decent quality affordable homes. In 2009, Daniels partnered with Habitat for Humanity in a new concept to help deserving families realize the dream of homeownership. Shifting from their usual 'ground up build', Habitat acquired a partially complete townhome at significantly reduced costs as volunteers completed the interior work. Daniels also donated land for the construction of 10 homes in Etobicoke, the single largest donation of land by a private company in Habitat Canada's history. More recently, Daniels contributed two condominium units to Habitat for Humanity GTA in our landmark condominium, Cinema Tower in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District, and worked with them to bring the first Habitat build to Aurora in a Daniels FirstHome™ Community.
Eva's Initiatives works to provide long-term solutions to help youth break the cycle of homelessness. For more than a decade, Daniels has supported Eva's in their efforts to provide programs, shelter and the education youth need to develop employable skills.
Regent Park School of Music strives to help youth-in-need build confidence, develop good study habits and experience positive mentoring by providing high quality, affordable music education.
The Daniels Corporation is proud to support Covenant House Toronto. As Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof.
One Spadina Crescent is about to be reborn as the new home to the University of Toronto's John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Thanks to a lead $10 million dollar gift from The John and Myrna Daniels Charitable Foundation: this brings their total support to a generous $24 million! The university has launched a campaign to renew the iconic building and integrate it with a bold, new expansion to the north. In addition, The Daniels Corporation has pledged an additional $1 million dollars in support of this campaign.
The Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart is Canada’s largest single-day cycling event, in support of Heart & Stroke. This June, cyclists and 5,000 runners and walkers will enjoy a completely traffic-free Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. Fundraising support life-saving research across Canada. It all adds up to a unique experience that has made the Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart the must-do event of the summer for 30 years. Daniels was proud to support the Ride for Heart in 2016 by fundraising more than $50,000.