top of page

Donate Online

Since our founding in 1987, HOTT has been focused on providing housing and a helping hand to residents across Toronto. As the needs of our communities change over time, so do our strategic priorities. HOTT’s strategic plan for 2023-25 focuses on two key themes: Dignity and Resiliency. We are prioritizing these themes in our fundraising efforts and invite you to support either or both of our priorities which will help us continue providing housing and a helping hand for years to come.


Dignity Stream 


HOTT’s Dignity Stream is focused on ensuring the dignity of our residents stays at the centre of all our work. Many small, community-based housing organizations pride themselves on having individualized, personal relationships with the residents they serve but funding formulas for support services are often based on top-down thinking rather than needs expressed by residents. HOTT believes serving individuals with dignity means adapting services to their needs. Simply put: meeting people where they are.


By donating to HOTT’s Dignity Stream you’ll support our top priorities for serving our residents with even greater dignity:

  • Supporting residents access additional, proactive training and education to support them with language access, job training, and long-term employment opportunities.

  • Securing additional funding for HOTT’s support team to provide even more dedicated care to every resident and to ensure residents’ daily needs are met.This includes services like crisis support, basic life-skills development, procurement of emergency food and household items, translation and literacy services, and much more.

  • Building the financial literacy capacity of our residents by providing them with the knowledge and skills to manage money, budget their finances, and know about the tools that are available to them (e.g. apply for provincial and federal Government Benefits and Tax Credits). 

Resiliency Stream

HOTT’s Resiliency Streamis focused on supporting the resilience of our residents and our organization. As communities across Toronto respond to multiple crises affecting housing, from mental health to the environment, we are focused on putting resiliency at the centre of our work today to build a more sustainable future. 


By donating to HOTT’s Resiliency Stream you’ll support our top resiliency priorities:

  • Building capacity for HOTT to better serve residents, for example by updating HOTT’s administrative software. 

  • Building more fundraising capacity with tools like donor and customer relationship management software to support long-term fundraising goals and new, sustainable operating funding.

Donate Online

Securities / Mutual Funds

Donating securities or mutual funds directly to HOTT can maximize your donation because capital gains tax does not apply.

By donating publicly traded securities, donors eliminate the capital gains tax that they would have to pay if they were to sell the securities and then donate the proceeds.  You can donate securities or mutual funds to HOTT by clicking the Donate button below and selecting “Donate Securities” option.  Charitable tax receipt will be issued by on behalf of HOTT.

Securities / Mutual Funds

Donate Aeroplan Points

You can now donate your Aeroplan Points to HOTT! We can use these points to purchase household items for our residents in need.


For example, blankets or an appliance like a kettle can be purchased for under 20,000 points. You could also donate a meal to one of our residents by donating points towards a food delivery!


Click the link below to check it out! 

No charitable receipt provided

Legacy Giving

A legacy gift is the best way for you to potentially make a larger gift while still retaining control of your assets during your lifetime.

There are 3 common legacy gifts:

  1. Through your will

  2. Through life insurance

  3. Through RRSPs and RRIFs

Legacy Giving

#1 – Through your will

Leaving a gift to HOTT in your will is simple.  Either speak to your lawyer, or add a paragraph like this in your handwritten will:

“I give $_____ to support the work of HOTT.

Legal Name: Houses Opening Today Toronto Inc. 
Registered Charitable Number: 12802 7703 RR0001 
Address:  75 Blantyre Avenue, Toronto, ON, M1N 2R3 
Telephone: 416-369-0366

E-mail: "

Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt from HOTT.

#2 – Through Life Insurance

All you need to do is to ask your insurance agent to name HOTT as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy.  Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt for the proceeds of the policy.


Alternatively, you can take out a new policy with HOTT as the owner and beneficiary.  You will receive annual charitable tax receipts for your ongoing premium payments.

#3 – Through RRSPs and RRIFs

You can ask your plan administrator or your financial advisor to name HOTT as the beneficiary of your registered plan.  Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt to offset any taxes owing when your plan is deregistered.

Thank you for considering a legacy giving to HOTT.  If you decide to donate to HOTT via legacy giving, please be sure to inform us.

bottom of page