Casey House is delighted to share that donor Mark S. Bonham has been named 2018 outstanding philanthropist of the year by the Association of Fundraising Professional’s Greater Toronto Chapter.
Casey House was proud to nominate Mark for his continued and extraordinary support as a generous donor, volunteer and ambassador. He is an active supporter of the arts, education, health, and the LGBTQ community whose significant contributions have had a lasting impact, particularly at Casey House.
Mark S. Bonham has been an inspiration to Casey House for almost 20 years. He is a visionary and Casey House’s greatest financial supporter. In 2000, Mark made a truly transformational gift of $2.5 million. The expansion of Casey House in 2017 would not have been possible without Mark’s generous contribution to the project seventeen years earlier. This level of support was unheard of at the time within the HIV/AIDS community and exceptional for a small organization. The contemporary facility we built allowed Casey House to expand our services along with our physical and clinical capacity, marking our evolution from a hospice founded in 1988 to a specialty stand-alone hospital and global leader in HIV/AIDS care.
Mark inspires others to get involved and reaches out to his vast network of friends and colleagues, introducing new donors and volunteers to Casey House. Most recently, Mark is leading a capital project fundraising effort by bringing together a group of philanthropists to support building a rooftop terrace and healing garden for inpatient clients.
A thought leader and hands-on visionary philanthropist, Mark S. Bonham has also played a significant role in advancing other organizations across the greater Toronto area for causes near and dear to his heart.
As co-chair of Egale Canada Human Rights Trust’s capital campaign, Mark helped raise more than $10M towards the Egale Centre – a new building dedicated to homeless LGBTQI2S youth. Mark’s generosity to this community also enabled Inside Out, Canada’s largest presenter of LGBT film and the world’s third largest LGBT film festival, to establish an annual scholarship for LGBT-identified filmmakers and greatly expand its operations.
At the University of Toronto (U of T), he established the Bonham Scholarship for Rotman School of Management students. The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at U of T was established in 2005 through his generous $1M endowment. Today, it is the largest degree-granting program in the world in the subject of sexual diversity and includes an undergraduate and collaborative MA/PhD program with over 350 students.
Mark also serves on the board of directors and fundraises for We Are the Villagers, which financially assists children from low-income homes in northern Ontario to participate in recreational and cultural extra-curricular programs.
Casey House extends warm congratulations to Mark on achieving this recognition of his generosity.