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Over $2.8 Million Raised in Tere, KESKUS campaign!

Update #104


Aitäh and thank you to everyone who contributed in the 3-day Tere, KESKUS campaign to help build KESKUS International Estonian Centre in Toronto. The response from the global Estonian community was truly overwhelming. Support came in from the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Estonia and across Canada, from Vancouver to New Brunswick.

The final amount raised was over $2.8 million, greatly exceeding the initial $1 million campaign goal!

Over 370 gifts were made during the campaign and each and every donor is truly appreciated. From the young children who donated loonies from their piggy banks, to the young families, grandparents and groups who donated tens of thousands of dollars: each and every donation made a difference. The KESKUS hard hat became a symbol of the international Estonian community coming together to build a current home.

Special thanks goes to the Torokvei family who provided matching funds, generating a 4X impact for each donation. The campaign goal was increased from $1m to $2.5m on Day 1 of the campaign due to overwhelming contributions and thanks to an Anonymous donor provided an additional $1million in matching funds. All this helped the campaign surpass all expectations!

Tõnu Kaljuste, Erki Nool, Anett Kontaveit, President Toomas Hendrik Ilves & More

The Tere, KESKUS three-day virtual event featured performances and special appearances from celebrities, dignitaries and community members. Olympic Gold Medal Winner Erki Nool, Ambassador Toomas Lukk, Toronto City Councillor Mike Layton, Grammy-winning conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, Chef Paul Lillakas, tennis pro Anett Kontaveit, Former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, bluegrass band Curly Strings, singers Kadri Voorand and Rita Ray and many more made appearances in support of KESKUS.

Missed some of the events? You can still stream each day’s programming. Donations continue to be welcome!

Get Involved and Help Build for the Future

The “Tere, KESKUS” campaign may be over and matching funds used up, but the Capital Campaign for KESKUS continues. Please join the growing list of KESKUS donors!

The KESKUS International Estonian Centre’s donor categories are Kalevipoja Laud for gifts of $100,000 and above (including naming rights for specific areas), Viru Vanemad for gifts of $10,000 and above, and Kungla Rahvas for gifts under $10,000. To make a donation at the Kalevipoja Laud or Viru Vanemad level, or to donate securities or make a pledge to pay over time, please contact

Donations may be made as a family gift, or in honour of an individual or family. All Canadian, Estonian and U.S. donations will be issued a tax receipt.

Let’s Keep in Touch!

  • Visit the KESKUS website at for all the latest news

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  • Follow KESKUS on Facebook @EestiKeskus, Instagram @keskus.iec, Twitter @keskus


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