Capital Campaign

Estonian Arts Centre
the charity associated with KESKUS

 Pay Tribute to Our Past and Build for Our Future

KESKUS will be a dynamic hub showcasing our rich heritage and promoting Estonian innovation. Opening in 2022 in Toronto, it will be a vibrant gathering place for Estonians of all generations and backgrounds to connect, celebrate, and share our culture and achievements with each other and the world. The $31 million centre will bring prominence to Estonia and facilitate business and entrepreneurial opportunities between Estonia and North America.  

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Honorary Chair of the Capital Campaign

“The new International Estonian Centre will inspire and be a source of pride for Estonia’s largest diaspora community, and a home away from home for those with Estonian roots across North America and beyond.” 

 

Toomas Hendrik  Ilves 

President of the Republic of Estonia (2006–2016)

 

Watch his message of support here.

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The launch of KESKUS public fundraising, the 3-day "Tere, KESKUS" campaign on June 21-24, 2021 raised over CDN$2.8 million!

Watch the 3 days of greetings and entertainment here!

Become a Donor Today!

 

Consider adding your name to this growing list of those who have already stepped forward to help bring the vision of KESKUS to reality. Leadership gifts can be paid over time and tax receipts will be issued for all Canadian, U.S. and Estonian contributions.

DONATE NOW

 

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To make a leadership gift, a gift of securities, a pledge for payment over time or for other ways to give, call +1.647.250.7136 or write to donations@estoniancentre.ca

Kalevipoja Laud - CDN$100,000 and above

Co-chairs Andy Prozes and Mihkel Liik

Donors of $100,000 and above are members of “Kalevipoja Laud”, and can designate a physical space in KESKUS with their name or dedication, as well as inclusion on the Capital Campaign donor recognition display.  Donations may be made as a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family.

“We want to build on the strong foundation laid by our parents. Now it is our turn to support the future.” 

 

Thomas and Kristiina Heinsoo, KESKUS Kalevipoja Laud Donors

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KESKUS International Estonian Centre thanks donors whose leadership helps create a KESKUS for generations to come:

Tõnu & Anne Altosaar and Family

Thomas & Kristiina Heinsoo (Read Profile)

Allan & Riina Hess  (Read Profile)

Mihkel & Kati Holmberg 

Siim Holmberg

Jaako Family

Lembit Jänes 

Epp K. Jürima-Sonin (Read Profile)

David & Kristina Kalm and John & Anette Kalm (Read Profile)

A.M. & V.S. Kaunismaa Family  (Read Profile)

Erik & Sandra Küttis (Read Profile)

In honour of Hilda & Nicholas Küttis (Read Profile)

Glen & Outi Leis (Read Profile)

​Mihkel Liik & Leslie Cairns & Maret Liik

​Jüri Otsason & Bernadine Morris (Read Profile)

Ernst Õunpuu

Andrew Prozes 

Raivo & Anne-Mari Remmel (Read Profile)

​Ants & Inga Toi (Read Profile)

Torokvei Family 

Valvur Family

Wesik Family 

Simon Wookey  (Read Profile)

Anonymous (2)

Kalevipoja Laud naming opportunities

(those still available in white, all in CDN$)

The Centre 

Grand Hall 

Main Foyer           

The Annex/heritage house  

North Wing Upper Gallery 

South Wing Upper Gallery  

Rooftop Garden   

Balcony          

Boardroom  / Music Room   

The Walkway 

Professional Kitchen  

Circular Staircase (South Wing) 

Elevator   

Cocktail Lobby (2nd Floor)  

Learning Lobby (3rd Floor)   

Elevator Stairway      

Library   

Community Room

Classrooms (4 available)   

Garden Lobby (Rooftop) 

Indoor Seating Alcove

     (7 of 10 available)              

Outdoor Seating Areas

     (1 of 2 available)                          

Outdoor Seating Alcove 

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Viru Vanemad - CDN$10,000 to $99,999

Co-chairs Allan & Riina Hess

Donors of $10,000 - $99,999

are members of “Viru Vanemad” and leadership donors on the Capital Campaign donor recognition display. Donations can made as a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family.

"KESKUS means a sustainable and relevant way for our children, and someday their children, to remain connected with all things Estonian."

Liisa and John Käärid

KESKUS Viru Vanemad Donors

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Mari, Kiira, John, Andrus, Liisa, Kaija and Juhan Käärid

KESKUS International Estonian Centre thanks donors whose leadership helps create a KESKUS for generations to come:

Enno & Anne Agur

Tiiu and Arno Agur and Family

In memory of Valve and Rein Andre

Erika Andreas 

Alliki Arro

In memory of Virve and Lembit Avesson

William Napier Covert and Kersti Vontso Covert

Helve Hess Barnett & Ryan Barnett  (Read Profile)

Robert & Lilian Baxter 

Ingrid & Andrew Callum 

Toomas Eichenbaum 

Peeter & Svea Einola 

Silvia Ernesaks 

The Genua Family in memory of J. Erich and Irene Ilmas

Glenn & Pille Gold 

Mary and Arthur Heinmaa

Leila Hess

Lia & Erik Hess

Reet Hess & Dylan Kelly 

Talvi Hess & Mati Pajo 

Tiiu Hess  & Tim Ararat

Kadi Käis in memory of Juhan and Liina Käis

Merike Kalm in memory of Eva H Kalm

Peter & Ellen Kaju

In memory of Augustin and Leonida Nurmsoo

Alar & Theresa Kongats

Marlene (nee Tipman) & Kalev Kuutan 

Rein Kuris in honour of Eino & Õie Kuris 

In memory of Ida & Eduard Kütti and Helmi & August Mägi

Ellen & Asko Kütti

Rita, Toomas, Eva and Mihkel Kütti

Lea Kõiv 

John & Liisa Käärid (Read Profile)

Tõnis & Kadri-Ann Laar 

Anne Leius

Lillakas & Põldma Family in memory of Meinhard & Selma Põldma (Read Profile)

Anne, Koit, Miku and Sven Linkruus

Aino Lokk

Käbi Lokk & Robert Spokowski 

Luksep Family

Maiki and Mart Lupp and Family

Gary & Lisa Maavara 

Katrin Marley (Read Profile)

Reet & Jaanus Marley 

Toomas Marley & Epp Luik 

Peeter Märtin in memory of Raimo Toiviainen

McConnon Family in memory of Endel & Aino Ott 

Rein & Maret Pajo (Read Profile)

In memory of Edgar & Renate Marten (Read Profile)

Arvo ja Reet Medri

Anne Meema

Peeter Mehisto

Zoë & Endel Mell 

Jaan Meri & Ana Tampõld 

Toomas & Eha Merilo

Urve Mundi

Ivar Nippak & Family

Valdeko & Eevi Novek 

Reet Oolup 

In memory of Virve Võhni Otsa & Karl Otsa

Mati, Silvi, Mikk & Kai Otsmaa

Eddy Õunpuu & Lori Charko

In Memory of Heino Paomees

Parming Family in memory of Tönu Parming

Veiko Parming

Michelle & Martin Pede

Viivi Rita Piil & Stan MacLachlan

Alar Prost & Lena Kõiv

Arne & Kersti Randsalu 

Epp & Toivo Raun

Helle-Mai Reece in honour of Helju Salumets & Helgi Sooaru

Anne Remmel (Read Profile)

Merike Remmel & Eric Jakobson (Read Profile)

Tarmo, Tiiu & Kalli Remmel 

Tiit Romet 

Ingrid L Roosild & Kaili L Roosild

In memory of Lembit & Iris Saar

Alar Soever

Urve Tamberg 

Jaan & Tiina Timusk

Robert & Leila Trei

Lilly Valge-Kastelic & Family, in honour of Marie & Nikolai Valge Jr. (Past president of Eesti Maja)

Ellen Valter 

Maris-Ann & Thomas Vanaselja

Eva Varangu

Henrik & Jackie Vasila

Paul-Erik Veel & Krista Käis-Prial 

Thomas Ventser

Korporatsioon Vironia - Toronto koondis

Marje Koidu Virro

The Voore Family in memory of Hedo and Kaljo Voore

Niina and August Wallik

Jüri & Tiiu Wallner 

Grant & Kairi West

Wilbiks Family

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Kungla Rahvas - CDN$100 to $9,999

All Donors of $100 - $9,999 will be recognized as members of Kungla Rahvas and listed in the commemorative program to be produced for the opening of KESKUS International Estonian Centre. Donations can made in honour of a family gift, or in tribute to or in memory of an individual or family.

The Kungla Rahvas launched with "Tere, KESKUS" and donor names will be updated and posted here from time to time - all donations are gratefully received !

Join the Growing List of Leadership Donors!

​To pay tribute to your roots and make a lasting difference in shaping the future of the Estonian community, please contact donations@estoniancentre.ca.  If you wish to make an anonymous gift, special accommodations are in place to respect your wishes.

Don’t miss out on tax-efficient ways of making donations!

If you own shares of publicly traded securities that have grown in value, your gift may not cost you as much as you think! Pay no tax on capital gains and get a charitable tax receipt for the full market value of the shares by donating them directly to the Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS.

If you’re thinking of making a gift, please remember:

  • Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the full value of all Canadian and U.S. contributions

  • Gifts may be paid by instalments over three years

  • Dedicated naming opportunities are available for gifts of $100,000 or more

  • Donations of securities and other tax-efficient methods of giving can greatly reduce the cost of making a gift

Privacy Policy

Estonian Arts Centre is committed to protecting the privacy of our donors. We value our donors' trust and recognize that maintaining this trust requires that we be open and accountable in our treatment of the personal information that you choose to share with us.

EAC collects, uses and discloses personal information in accordance with the EAC Privacy Policy, which can be found here.