Hamiltonians Charles and Margaret Juravinski Create $100M+ Endowment to Fund Health Research in Perpetuity

Charles and Margaret Juravinski
May 29, 2019

Hamilton philanthropists Charles and Margaret Juravinski created an endowment of more than $100 million to support researchers across Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Their estate gift is one of Canada’s largest ever legacy gifts and will provide up to $5 million a year to the institutions, in perpetuity.

“It brings us great pleasure to think that when we are gone, our legacy to this community may be measured in the good health of those who come after us,” the Juravinskis said in a letter to the community. “As a couple, our most important lesson has been this: the greatest pleasure in life and the most powerful force for good in the world is sharing.”

The endowment will create the Juravinski Research Institute, which will equally support Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by funding health research in a variety of areas including cancer, mental health, lung and respiratory care, and diseases of aging.

“The health of generations of Canadians will be positively impacted by this wonderful legacy gift from Charles and Margaret Juravinski,” said Rob MacIsaac, President & CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences. “In making this gift, they also helped inspire and enable our three organizations to collaboratively address some of the most important health issues of our time.”

The Juravinskis, who have called Hamilton home for decades, are generous benefactors to health care, education and research in the city. They have given more than $50 million to Hamilton organizations, which includes support for the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences, the Margaret & Charles Juravinski Education, Research & Development Centre at McMaster University and the Margaret & Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare and the Juravinski Innovation Tower at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Realize the True Joy of Sharing

Many friends and supporters of Hamilton Health Sciences have been inspired by the Juravinski’s generous acts and have made a donation to the Juravinski Research Fund in their honour.  We thank you for your consideration of a gift in their honour.

If you would like information on establishing an investment in health care as part of your own estate plan with a gift in your will, please contact Carrie Gemmell (gemmellc@hhsc.ca) at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.