Giving to Merit is one of the most direct ways you can empower young people in Toronto and Peel to continue their education.
Thanks to two anonymous donors we are able to match up to $55,000 to Merit! From now until December 31, 2023, all gifts will be matched creating opportunity for students in the GTA.
Create Opportunity for students like Joshua
Joshua is a second year Image Arts: Film Studies student at Toronto Metropolitan University. He is a member of the Alumni Council and the Communications Committee.
"Merit means a place where students have the support to be able to do well. It allows students to have the opportunity to pursue their goals and be able to make a lasting impact in their chosen career.”
More Ways to Give
Empower your employees to give back in way that hits close to home. In addition to financial and in-kind donations, we welcome your talented team to lend their skills and expertise in the form of mentorship and volunteering. Find out how your organization can help:
Charity of Choice
Are you hosting a fundraiser? We'd love to be your charity of choice! Get in touch and we'd be thrilled to explore ways we can support your event whether that's a letter from our Chair, a video message from an award recipient or something else.
United Way and Merit
Did you know you can select the Merit Award Bursary Program when making your United Way donation to help students realize their dreams of higher education?
It’s easy! Select: “Designate to United Way or Other Canadian Charities” Enter the name of the charity: “Merit Award Bursary Program Inc” or our CRA Business Number: 814537882RR0001. Then enter the amount you wish to donate. Let us know about your gift, so we can thank you, too!
Adopt a School
If you want to support a school that is important to you and your community the Merit Adopt-a-School program is unique. It is a partnership with inidviduals, community businesses and associations in the greater Toronto area.
Sponsor an Event
Connect with our recipients and get involved with key events like our June Awards ceremony or our August networking event. Or get involved throughout the year with fundraisers like our annual matching campaign, Bowling for Bursaries, and Wine Raffle.
We have an "Above and Beyond Plan" for growth. We are growing the depth and breadth of the program - adding more schools, more students, and more school boards in Toronto, Peel, Durham, York, Halton and Hamilton.
Help us get there.
90% of All Funding Goes Straight to Bursaries.
Merit has been an instrumental part of my life. I attribute so much of my personal and career development to the family I have built as my time as a recipient and a volunteer.
Merit Award Recipient