Mattamy Homes founder Peter Gilgan donates $100 million to Toronto’s SickKids
The Peter Gilgan Foundation donated the largest single gift Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has received of $100 million. According to SickKids, this donation makes Peter Gilgan and his foundation the largest benefactor to health care in Canada to date.
“To continue to have the opportunity to support SickKids is an honour and is also very humbling,” said Peter Gilgan. “I’m in a privileged position to be able to make this gift, and I know it’s going to be used to help children today and in the future live longer and healthier lives. I want to thank my family, both the Gilgans and my Mattamy family, whose unwavering support over many years has made this commitment possible.”
Gilgan’s $100 million gift will support the SickKids VS Limits campaign, which involves redeveloping the SickKids campus into a new patient care building named the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower, on University Avenue.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to Peter Gilgan and the Peter Gilgan Foundation for their ongoing philanthropic leadership and dedication to SickKids. Our vision for the children’s hospital of the future includes the construction of a state-of-the-art building, matching our world-class care with family-friendly spaces for patients and their loved ones. This gift is unparalleled and will help ensure our vision becomes reality,” said Dr. Ronald Cohn, President and CEO, SickKids. “In conjunction with a commitment from the Government of Ontario, and support from other donors, this gift will help SickKids continue to advance children’s health through exemplary clinical care, breakthrough research, and teaching excellence both at home and around the world.”
The charity’s commitment to ensuring SickKids’ campus is a cutting-edge leader began in 2012 with a donation of $40 million to support the construction of the SickKids Centre for Research and Learning. The Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning brings together 2,000 research staff to enhance interactions between clinical and research colleagues.
SickKids’ recent donation from the organization brings the cumulative giving from the Peter Gilgan Foundation to the hospital to more than $140 million.
“Generosity of this magnitude is transformative. We continue to be grateful to visionary philanthropists like Peter Gilgan whose historic gift today will help change the future of children’s health,” said Ted Garrard, CEO, SickKids Foundation. “The SickKids VS Limits fundraising campaign is the largest in Canadian health-care history and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help reimagine the SickKids campus. Today’s gift takes us closer to reaching our goal of raising $1.3 billion through philanthropy and will undoubtedly inspire the community to help us continue to build the momentum needed to unleash the full potential of SickKids.”
According to SickKids, the Peter Gilgan Family Patient Care Tower will house critical care and inpatient units. The building will reflect the very latest in medical design: private one-family rooms, dedicated mental-health beds, a blood and marrow/cellular transplant therapy unit, specialty operating theatres, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and an expanded emergency department.
“I am honoured to be part of this historic campaign alongside committed donors like Peter Gilgan and his family who truly reflect this country’s giving spirit,” said Katie Taylor, Chair, SickKids Foundation Board of Directors, and Campaign Cabinet Co-Chair. “On behalf of donors past, present and future, thank you for your ongoing leadership and support.”