GIVING

To keep everyone healthy and safe this year, we’ve engaged a new online app that allows donors to easily shop through YSM’s wish-list for toys and gift for the children in our community. The donated toys will be delivered directly to YSM and prepared by volunteers for community members to pick up their box of gifts.

Up to 400 YSM families are turning to us for help to give their kids a holiday to remember.

We invite you to join us for this special event by donating toys or volunteering.

Learn more and get involved at ysm.ca/toy-market.

Join Partners in Compassion, our monthly giving program.

Partners in Compassion are caring individuals who have made the commitment to give monthly to YSM through pre-authorized debit or recurring charges on their credit card.

By giving monthly, donors can realize key benefits, including:

  • Personal convenience
  • Increased ability to invest in the important work of YSM over the course of a year
  • Help YSM lower fundraising costs, to put more toward our over 100 programs and services for street-involved youth, families in need and adults experiencing chronic poverty

Click here for more information and monthly giving FAQs.

To join Partners in Compassion today, please click here or call 416-929-9614.

Thank you! We are grateful or your interest in becoming a monthly donor. Our Partners in Compassion fuel YSM’s critical core work – enabling us to change lives, build communities and transform Toronto together.

When you donate publicly traded shares which have appreciated in value directly to YSM, you pay no tax on associated capital gains and also receive a tax receipt for the full market value of your gift.

Securities are easy to transfer – your broker simply transfers the shares from your account to the brokerage account of Yonge Street Mission. If interested, please download our Securities Donation Form. You can use it to instruct / authorize your broker to transfer your donated stocks to YSM’s Industrial Alliance Securities brokerage account.

When the form is complete, please also email or fax it to us so we know to expect your kind gift. If you have any questions, please call us at 416-929-9614 x 4248 or reach out to: plannedgiving@ysm.ca
Fax: (416) 929-7204
Local: 416-929-9614 | Toll Free: 1-800-416-5111 

Disclaimer: The information provided on these pages is general in nature and not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. YSM strongly advocates – before making any decisions concerning your estate and / or your charitable donations – you seek advice from your lawyer and / or financial advisor.

Giving in Honour or in Memory.

We invite you to make a gift in honour of a special person or occasion, or in memory of a loved one. By providing complete acknowledgement information, as requested online or by mailing us this form, we will be sure to provide a card to the honouree you designate, and inform them of your gift, while also sharing your special message to them.

Your employer may be one which matches its employees’ donations, enabling you to double the impact of your support of YSM. If that’s the case, when you give, please notify your employer or complete a matching donation form so they too will make a contribution – a wonderful way to have your gift go even further!

Click here to check if your employer is a matching gift partner. If they’re not listed, ask your Human Resources department if your employer matches employee donations.

While individual contributions are generally from regular cash flow, planned gifts are made from accumulated assets, often at the end of life, when a donor’s active contributions cease.

A planned or legacy gift, will help to ensure YSM’s important work, programs and services will continue into the future, to benefit vulnerable members of our Toronto community.

YSM’s legacy giving partner, Link Charity, is a registered charity offering service, tools, education and guidance in individual gift planning. Via our partnership, YSM donors have access to Link’s products and services, which include charitable gift annuities, letters of direction and more. Please visit their website at linkcharity.ca, or contact Angela Solomos at 416 929 9614 x 4248 or plannedgiving@ysm.ca to learn more. 

Some common ways to make a legacy gift include: 

Bequest – the most common form of planned gift, it includes a provision in your Will outlining your intention to leave a specific sum, percentage or the residue of your estate, to YSM. A bequest can stipulate a gift of cash, cash products – like stocks, bonds or mutual funds – or property to support our work.

Registered Retirement Funds – which name The Yonge Street Mission as the beneficiary of your registered retirement plan.

Life Insurance Policy – for which The Yonge Street Mission is named as the beneficiary.

Charitable Remainder Trust – allows you to receive an income tax credit today for your support of Yonge Street Mission, while still enabling you to use your gift during your lifetime.

Charitable Gift Annuities – offer the unique ability to provide individuals or couples with a notable investment income stream while also providing a significant gift to YSM’s work. Learn more at linkcharity.ca.

For your consideration: As organizational needs and priorities can change over time, YSM encourages donors to leave an undesignated – rather than specific, restricted purpose – bequest. When the time comes, your planned gift will be presented by your executor(s), with direction(s) about the work you wish to support, taking into account our organizational priorities and needs at that time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We encourage donors to consult legal and /or financial advisors to consider all of the relevant issues, as well as tax provisions, in making a planned gift to Yonge Street Mission.

Rick Tobias has left an indelible mark on our city and in the lives of so many people impacted by his leadership, spirit and service over 37 years at YSM.

His heart for the poor and marginalized, together with his ability to passionately inspire and motivate action, set Rick apart and helped YSM grow into an agency poised for growth and greater impact within our city.

In celebration of Rick’s retirement, we invite you to consider the ways in which your experiences with Rick and YSM have woven goodness into your life. And, in remembering those threads, we ask you to consider including YSM in your planned giving and / or estate plans, by designating a bequest to The Grace and Goodness Trust – a permanent endowment created in Rick’s honour – which will serve and support YSM’s priority annual needs, in perpetuity.

With a legacy gift to The Grace and Goodness Trust you will be investing in the future of YSM, ensuring its continued health and stability, while also honouring Rick Tobias and his 37 transformative years with our organization.

We encourage all donors to consult their trusted legal and /or financial advisor(s) to consider the relevant issues, as well as tax provisions, in considering a planned gift to YSM.

 

Should you plan to move forward with a bequest in your Will, as one possible gift type, you will require the following information:

Legal name: The Yonge Street Mission
Organization

Address: 306 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 2G7


Charitable Registration Number: #11930 6181 RR0001

If you would like further information about The Grace & Goodness Trust, please contact Angela Solomos at 416 929 9614 x 4248 or asolomos@ysm.ca.

Fundraise for YSM

A COVID-safe, family friendly, virtual or in-person 2km and 5km winter walk, in support of the communities YSM serves in downtown Toronto.

Our Coldest Night of the Year goal is to raise $160,000, with your help we can do it. Let’s walk together and make a stand to end chronic poverty in Toronto in a generation.

Learn more at ysm.ca/cnoy

Hosting an event in support of YSM is a notable way to do something you love, while involving friends and family, to give back by helping us move neighbours in need from surviving to thriving.

To support your efforts, YSM will share our user-friendly online fundraising system and tools to make your event a success! Learn more about how you can support YSM by hosting an event with our Third Party Events Toolkit   or contact Eleanor Edwards at 416-929-9614 x 4212, events@ysm.ca

Looking for inspiration? Click here to hear John Fenton, one of our long standing supporters, as he talks about why he fundraises for YSM.

dragon boat group

WAYS TO HELP

See YSM’s most urgent needs during the COVID-19 crisis here.

Donations of adult’s and children’s gently used clothing, shoes, bags, are needed to provide emergency clothing to our community members and to keep Double Take, our retail resale store, fully stocked.

Double Take serves as a community employment and training initiative for YSM community members to gain work experience while offering affordable and sustainable clothing and goods to the public.

Learn more about Double Take here or contact us at 416-925-7198 or doubletake@ysm.ca.​​

Donations are accepted through appointment only at this time. Please book your appointment online or by calling 416 929 7195.

Double Take is located at 310 Gerrard St. E. (just east of Parliament).

Double Take is currently closed according to government regulations.

We are not accepting donations at this time.

Sign up for our email list to hear about specific donation requests for cold weather related needs and for updates and news about re-opening plans.

Shopping or donating to Double Take supports YSM’s community by offering employment and training helping neighbours gain work experience. 

Double Take also provides clothing to our community members through our voucher program.

Learn more about Double Take here or contact us at 416-925-7198 or doubletake@ysm.ca.​​

Double Take is located at 310 Gerrard St. E. (just east of Parliament).

You can now shop for selected items from Double Take online, shop now at thrift.so/store/doubletake.

 

YSM’s Food Bank and Evergreen baby food and supplies bank sustain over 3,500 community members annually.


We face a constant challenge in keeping our shelves stocked with needed foods and supplies.

Want to help? See our Food Items Wish List.

You can also become a Friend of the Food Bank by providing grocery store gift cards, to help us keep our shelves stocked all year round. Gift cards should be dropped off at YSM’s main office at 306 Gerrard St. E. (just east of Parliament) during business hours, Monday to Friday.

In the lead up to Christmas, YSM accepts donations of new toys and goods for our Christmas Toy Market which distributes Christmas gift items to neighbourhood children, of all ages, from approximately 800 families.

See our Christmas Wish List for ideas.

Toy Market donations are accepted from November 1 to early December. Donated toys must align with YSM’s core values – see our Christmas Wish List for more information -and should be new.

Please deliver donated goods to our administrative office at 306 Gerrard St. E., just east of Parliament.

OTHER IDEAS

Additional options to help advance the important work of YSM include:

  • Provide gifts cards, especially to coffee shops, grocery and drug stores, discount and clothing stores
  • Collect toiletry items, to provide our community members with hygiene kits
  • Donate other needed products and goods – see our COVID-19 Wishlist and out list of general Priority Needed Items
  • Sponsor a drop-in meal at either Evergreen, serving street-involved youth, or Bridges, serving adults aged 18-60. Click here to learn more or call 416-929-9614 x 4212
  • Collect winter clothing – especially coats, boots, gloves and socks – for children and adults, to ensure our neighbours are protected from the cold
  • Volunteer as an individual or group
  • Engage your church community in support of YSM

RECEIPTING

YSM issues tax receipts for financial gifts, and donated products valued at $200 or more. For donated goods, proof of value – such as a sales receipt or, in the case of goods valued at $1,000 or more, a certified appraisal, must be provided. Gift cards are receipted at face value.

MANAGING YSM EXPENSES

We are grateful for the many gifts and products our supporters generously provide to YSM, and ask, if possible, you deliver your donation(s) to YSM at 306 Gerrard St. E. (just east of Parliament), to help us manage our transportation costs.

In the event pick-up is necessary for large donations – i.e. 8 bags or more – contact us at 416-929-9614, and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient pick-up time. Please note that during busy periods, it may take up to 6 business days to arrange for a pick-up.

Thank you!