Pro Bono+ Grant Program
Given that we live and work in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, ULI Toronto members are constantly considering ways to interact with important local organizations and bodies active in the real estate development and land use fields to make ULI and its mission known to them, and to explore how ULI may work with them on areas of common concern. For 2012, ULI has developed the ULI Pro Bono Project where deserving non-profit organizations will receive free mentorship and further financial support for important projects in the GTA.
The deserving organizations selected for 2012 are:
The John Howard Society, which is planning to develop a Reintegration HUB that will offer assistance to individuals who are released from the Toronto Detention Centre in South Etobicoke that is currently in development. ULI Members will assist the John Howard Society with respect to building procurement, planning, legal and design issues related to this new facility.
Active 18, a group that provides input on planning and development issues, with a particular interest on integrating art into public and private development. ULI Members will help Active 18 develop an Art Master Plan for the South and North Triangle neighbourhoods in West Toronto, which would be a document that could be referenced by the City of Toronto, private developers and to interested private citizens. ULI’s planning, legal and design issues relatd to this new facility.
Elizabeth Fry Toronto, which is based in downtown Toronto and provides support to women who are, have been or are at risk of coming into conflict with the law. Elizabeth Fry Toronto wants to develop a strategic plan regarding its long-term space needs, including addressing organizational growth, increasing accessibility, allowing for more integration with like-minded community groups and becoming more community focussed. ULI Members will work with Elizabeth Fry Toronto to develop this plan, including identifying any financial, planning or legal issues associated with these initiatives and suggesting some innovative options.
YouthLink, which is based in Scarborough, and which is the lead agency for the proposed Steels-L’Amoreaux Community Hub. This Hub is being developed in partnership with the United Way Toronto, the City of Toronto and other non-profit community agencies. This Hub will provide a meeting place for community groups and individuals to provide support, counselling, treatment and opportunities to youth so that they can make positive life choices. ULI Members will help YouthLink develop the 20,000 sq. ft. Hub including capital planning, legal and planning advice and development experience.
Each of these organizations has shown a commitment and passion for these very significant projects, each of which will positively impact the local community. However, each of these organizations has identified a need for the type of expertise that is held by ULI Toronto and its dedicated Members. ULI Toronto has met this need with the ULI Pro Bono Project and looks forward to working with these organizations to achieve these better places for Toronto.