Supporting culture and creativity and enriching our community through education and the arts


Our Mission

The Hal Jackman Foundation believes that cultural activities are essential tools in fostering vibrant, livable and engaged communities. Our aim is to support exceptional creative accomplishment and human expression in all its forms.

Our Impact

The Foundation supports a wide range of philanthropic activities in line with the Jackman family’s long standing commitment to education and the arts. Since 1987, the Foundation has awarded more than $50 million to over 250 charitable organizations in Toronto.

Our Founder

Henry Newton Rowell “Hal” Jackman is known for his distinguished career in business and his ongoing dedication to public service. His deep interest in education, the humanities and the arts continue to inspire his philanthropic giving.

Funding Priorities

Arts & Culture

The Hal Jackman Foundation seeks to nurture exceptional creative accomplishment through the development and presentation of compelling artistic programs in the visual and performing arts. We support cultural organizations that offer a diverse and inclusive view of the arts and that are meaningfully engaged with our communities.

Creative Communities

The Foundation believes in the importance of fostering a vibrant, public realm and that arts and culture are central to building stronger, more engaged communities. We fund city building initiatives that support the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization, and in the animation of public spaces.


Education continues to be a central focus of the Jackman family's philanthropy, with an emphasis on the humanities in institutions of higher learning. The Foundation supports scholarship that contributes to an interdisciplinary and cross cultural understanding of our global artistic heritage.

Grant Policy

The Foundation takes a proactive and strategic approach to grantmaking and is not currently accepting unsolicited proposals or letters of inquiry. Grant requests are by invitation only.

If your organization has been invited to submit a proposal, please follow the application guidelines.

Trustees & Staff

Hal Jackman Portrait

Hal Jackman

Hal Jackman was born in 1932, the son of former Member of Parliament Harry Jackman and philanthropist Mary Rowell Jackman. He was educated at Upper Canada College, University of Toronto Schools, Victoria College, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and the London School of Economics. He later became Chairman of the Board of National Trust Company and the Empire Life Insurance Company, as well as several other prominent Canadian corporations.

In 1991, Mr. Jackman was appointed Ontario’s 25th Lieutenant-Governor. In this role he was patron to over 150 organizations in the arts and other charitable arenas. In 1995, he established The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for the Arts, which awarded over $2.5 million to 84 arts organizations across the province.

Mr. Jackman served as Chancellor of the University of Toronto between 1997 and 2003. He endowed the university with $30 million towards the establishment of the Jackman Humanities Institute – the largest gift to the humanities ever received by a Canadian university. Mr. Jackman is also the largest benefactor of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The Jackman Law Building opened in 2016 on Queen’s Park.

Over the years, Mr. Jackman has participated in countless charitable endeavors involving the arts and education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Historica Foundation, Stratford Foundation Festival Fund, The Council for Business and the Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, Shaw Festival and the Corporation of Roy Thomson and Massey Hall. He was President of the Canadian Opera Company and the Ballet Opera House Corporation, and Chairman of the Ontario Arts Council. In 2008 he was selected for the prestigious Edmond C. Bovey Award, in honour of his outstanding contribution to the arts in Canada.

Mr. Jackman’s lifelong support of the arts and education has earned him the title of Officer of the Order of Canada, Member of the Order of Ontario, and nine honorary doctorates.


  • Henry N. R. Jackman, Chairman
  • Consuelo Jackman
  • Duncan N.R. Jackman
  • Henry J. D. Jackman
  • Maruja D. Jackman
  • Trinity Jackman
  • Mark M. Taylor


  • Victoria Jackman, Executive Director

Contact Us

Hal Jackman Foundation
165 University Avenue
Toronto, ON
M5H 3B8