The Weeknd Surprises Univeristy of Toronto With Full $50,000 Donation Towards New Ethiopian Studies Program


With so much negativity going on in the world right now, it’s always a breath of fresh air to watch good deeds unfold to remind us that all isn’t so bad.

Over the weekend, Grammy-winning artist Abel Tesfaye, who goes by his stage name The Weeknd, made a very generous donation to the University of Toronto to help create an Ethiopian studies program for students.

According to the sources, the campaign goal for funding the program put together by the University of Toronto and the Bikila Award, was initially $50,000:

We are presented with a tremendous opportunity to create an Ethiopian Studies program at the University of Toronto. Through a generous donation of $50,000 from Dr. Michael Gervers, Professor of History, University of Toronto, and through a generous matching donation of $50,000 from the University of Toronto, and through a matching donation of another$50,000, which we, as a community, must raise, we are poised to establish a foundation to create an Ethiopian Studies program at the University of Toronto.

The Toronto-born singer, who is the son of Ethiopian immigrants, surprised the foundation by donating the full amount to the charity. And the support didn’t stop there. After playing his part, the artist took to Twitter this weekend to continue his support for the cause by sending out information for others to add their own contributions.

This is a great example of putting your money where your mouth is when it comes to bringing awareness and making change. It’s great to see entertainers doing their part in making positive impacts in communities around the world. We’d definitely love to see more of this.


If you’re interested in supporting the cause, click here to find out more information on how you can help.


Written By Monique Dee

IG: @AllMoniqueDee


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