Exterior of The 519 in downtown Toronto.

The 519

Community Benefit, Social Service

About The 519

Founded in 1975, The 519 is Canada’s most prominent LGBTQ2S community centre and service-provider. The 519 serves marginalized LGBTQ2S communities such as Black, Indigenous and People of Colour and their families, 50+ and elderly, refugees and newcomers, those living with a disability, homeless and street involved, and the Downtown East neighbourhood.

Located in downtown Toronto, we are committed to the health, happiness and full participation of LGBTQ2S communities. A City of Toronto agency and registered Canadian charity, we have an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership. We strive to make a real difference in people’s lives, while working to promote inclusion, understanding and respect.

Our Impact

Our focus for 2021 and beyond is to respond to the public health crisis and work to improve the social determinants of health for LGBTQ2S communities and our local Downtown East neighbourhood. As public health advisories permit we intend, when possible, to:

  • Centre our activities to support our most marginalized LGBTQ2S community members: children, youth and families, 50+ and elderly, newcomers & refugees; and respond to urgent needs of local vulnerable folks such as those living with a disability, homeless and street-involved;
  • Resume on-site programs, while continuing several virtual services;
  • Introduce new programming to continue addressing the dire food insecurity facing our communities during this pandemic;
  • Further develop strategic partnerships to support urgent and emerging community needs;
  • Build organizational knowledge and capacity to advance our anti-racism and equity commitments.

How your gift will be used

A planned gift is a gift promised today and given to the future. You can fulfill a philanthropic dream through a very personal legacy gift to The 519 that will continue to have an impact for years to come. Making a bequest through your will is both a meaningful and tax-advantaged way to express your values and support The 519. Your legacy gift will directly translate into improving the lives of the LGBTQ2S communities we serve. This means more support for LGBTQ2S newcomers and refugees, older adults and young people. It means helping The 519 employ training, activism, advocacy and education to change society for the better.

Unrestricted gifts will be allocated to highest programmatic needs to service and respond to our community.

Restricted gifts would be allocated to the particular program, or programs, as designated by the donor.

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