The Nanji Family Foundation has donated $1.6 million dollars in matching funds to 16 hospital foundations across the country to support critical patient care and stop the spread of COVID-19. They hope that their leadership gift will inspire others to join their family and the medical community to end the pandemic.
“This great generosity from the Nanji family gives us an opportunity, working together, to make all the difference. The funds gathered will help meet our urgent need for equipment and will support research to aid CHUM professionals in their fight against the pandemic,” said Julie Chaurette, the foundation’s President and CEO.
“The spirit of this gift is part of what makes our country so unique and precious. It is a symbol of support for excellence in health care from coast to coast,” said Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation. “Our community, and all Canadians, should be inspired by the Nanji family and their legacy of philanthropy in health care.”
With this gift to fight COVID-19, the Nanji family hopes to encourage other Canadian family foundations to make a contribution of their own. “All of us who can, should give in this challenging time,” says Nimi Nanji-Simard. “We must share our resources.”
The Montreal hospital Foundations are providing emergency support to patients and staff, as well as seed funding for research into the rapid detection, treatment and vaccine for COVID-19.