CAMH Announces $500M Campaign To Support World-Leading Mental Health Research

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The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) announced the No One Left Behind campaign. With a goal to raise $500 million, No One Left Behind is the world’s largest fundraising campaign to support hospital-based mental health research. Philanthropic donations to the campaign will support life-saving mental health research programs at CAMH and building a new Research & Discovery Centre at CAMH’s Queen Street site in Toronto.

Raising half a billion dollars doesn’t happen overnight, and No One Left Behind is launching with generous gifts and pledges from donors who share CAMH’s belief that mental health is health. To date, more than $400 million in donations and pledges have been raised since the beginning of the campaign’s quiet phase in 2018. These gifts include the largest corporate donation in CAMH’s history, a $50-million gift from Orlando Corporation, which will directly support the Research & Discovery Centre. As part of this gift, Orlando Corporation will match every donation directed towards the Research & Discovery Centre up to $20 million, so every dollar given will accelerate progress towards our goal.

Since its establishment in 1998, CAMH has undertaken a historic redevelopment of its spaces and places, a journey that has been powered by philanthropy. As demand for mental health care surges, there is an urgent need to find new ways of diagnosing mental illness sooner, providing personalized treatments, and preventing mental illness altogether.

CAMH Research & Discovery Centre

Every day, CAMH researchers advance breakthroughs that help people living with mental illness, despite working in buildings built in the 1960s. To respond to the growing mental health crisis, with the support of the donor community, CAMH will complete its decades-long redevelopment and build the Research & Discovery Centre.

With 385,000 square feet of collaborative space, the Research & Discovery Centre will unite CAMH’s research programs under one roof, supercharge collaboration, revolutionize our understanding of the brain, spur and accelerate new discoveries that transform the future of mental health, and most importantly, inspire hope for those living with mental illness.

As a magnet for recruiting and retaining the world’s top talent, the Research & Discovery Centre will be home to more than 2/3 of CAMH’s more than 1,400 research staff, and could increase the number of research scientists, staff, students and trainees by 43%. Patients and families will have safe, dignified spaces to participate in research studies, and proximity to patient care areas will enable new discoveries to be seamlessly and rapidly put into practice to improve people’s lives.

Designed by KPMB Architects and TreanorHL, the Research & Discovery Centre will have a focus on sustainability with LEED Platinum certification and a wood timber curvilinear structure to reduce carbon footprint. More than a building, it will serve as a focal point for the community and a beacon of hope for people living with mental illness around the world.

The No One Left Behind Campaign Cabinet comprises 24 dedicated volunteers and mental health champions who are leading the charge toward CAMH’s ambitious fundraising goal. The Campaign Cabinet is led by co-Chairs, Cameron Fowler and Sandi Treliving, who are also members of the CAMH Foundation Board of Directors. No One Left Behind was developed in partnership with Camp Jefferson, CAMH’s agency of record.


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