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From anxiety to action – The Masking Together Challenge
By: Emily Kulin
What happened when five million medical masks for Canada’s COVID-19 fight were hijacked in China
By: Adrian Humphreys
April 16, 2020
Masking Together campaign assists in fight against COVID-19
By: Jane Stevenson
April 23, 2020
University of Toronto,
Faculty of Medicine
Fundraising Challenge Launches in Support of the Faculty of Medicine’s COVID-19 Response
By: Emily Kulin
April 15, 2020
The world is facing a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against COVID-19. Masks are especially in demand. We also need more gowns, gloves and shields. o As we find sources of all types of PPE through our collective efforts, the Faculty of Medicine at U of T, in partnership with their affiliated hospitals, will support the ethical distribution of all PPE to the hospitals that need them most.
At the peak of the pandemic, up to 20% of healthcare providers may need to self-isolate, away from their family. Many Residents and Fellows (specialists in training) often have trouble finding a place to self isolate safely. Hence, together with the U of T Faculty of Medicine, we are partnering with hotels across the GTA to help with critical short-term accommodation. The Faculty of Medicine is committed to helping fund accommodation for all trainees who need it.
The University of Toronto has created a Toronto COVID-19 Action Fund of $6,000,000, and we are seeking contributions to increase the size of this fund (target of $10M). This Fund supports research that renders near-term results (12 months) to positively impact individuals, communities and public health systems. The funds are open to researchers at U of T and across our partner hospitals.
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Are there administrative fees to U of T Faculty of Medicine?
100% of donations will go to the respective funds. There are no administrative fees or charges.
Can I donate by wire transfer or stock?
es, you can donate by wire transfer or stock and certainly by credit card, and cheques too.
How do I get a Charitable Tax Receipt?
If making a donation online, a tax receipt will be emailed to you immediately. If making a donation by wire transfer, stock or cheque, a tax receipt will be mailed to you shortly afteré
Can I direct my donation to one specific challenge?
We will be asking you to share your preferences, if any. However, as this Challenge evolves, priorities will change and we would like for the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine team, to ethically prioritize the funds to the most urgent needs in a timely and appropriate manner.
Can I choose which challenge impacts I want to support?
We will be asking you if you have any preferences during your donation registration. Our goal is to place the impact where it’s needed the most given the uncertainty of need during the weeks and months ahead. However, your wishes will be honoured.
What is the governance model that you will be using for this Challenge?
The donation is collected by the University of Toronto. The governance of the funds is managed by the Dean of Medicine, in consultation with the Dean’s Executive Team. The distribution of the assets will be done in consultation with the Toronto Academic Health Science Network. See more about this throughout our website.