Rob Ford scandals make donors think twice about supporting City-run charities

City Manager says Rob Ford's behaviour has some groups thinking twice about donating to city-run charity programs

City Manager Joe Pennachetti kicks off the Mayor's annual toy drive
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

It looks like the constant storm of scandal surrounding Rob Ford is putting a damper on charity efforts at City Hall.

City Manager Joe Pennachetti says there have been cases where community groups and businesses that are often willing up put up donations to help people in need have suddenly reconsidered their support.

Those parties said Rob Ford's behaviour and accompanying negative press made them think twice about having their name associated with a hard-drinking, crack-smoking, foul-mouthed Mayor.

"The bottom line is that while there may be a few that no longer want to partner, there are many that still do," Pennachetti says.

He adds some of the City's private and non-profit partners got cold feet when the Mayor started making headlines for the wrong reasons.

When pressed on which offers were reneged and by whom, Pennachetti was tight-lipped.

"We just have to move forward, which he have," he says.

"We still have partners and invariably there are private partners and community partners that are willing to continue with all of our initiatives."

Pennachetti adds there is always someone ready to step up to the plate and give back to the community.

He also feels no need to 're-brand' City Hall's annual holiday toy drive so that it is no longer connected to the Mayor's office.

"We've had it for 3 years and for any city, calling it 'the Mayor's toy drive' is appropriate, I don't disagree with that at all," Pennachetti says.

The City Manager made the comments at the official kick-off for the Mayor's annual toy drive.

NEWSTALK 1010 reached out to Rob Ford's office for comment, but so far there is no word back.

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  1. Frankie posted on 12/03/2013 04:41 PM
    Anyone claiming not to donate because Ford is Mayor is simply using him as an excuse. The money isn't for him, it's for people in need and really has nothing to do with Ford.

    Please don't be so naive as to believe that nonsense. They're simply trying to smear the Mayor.
  2. REALITY BITES posted on 12/03/2013 04:45 PM
    Ford brothers math would make this fact yet another savings for Toronto taxpayers.
  3. GT posted on 12/03/2013 05:21 PM
    So I guess the Hells Angels will fill the gap,sniff,sniff
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