Canadian Red Cross mourns the loss of long-time supporter Eva Pindoff

Topics: National, Philanthropy News
October 10, 2014

(TORONTO, October 10, 2014) – Today the Canadian Red Cross mourns the loss of Eva Pindoff, a compassionate humanitarian and long-time supporter of the work of the Canadian Red Cross around the world.  Mrs. Pindoff was wife of the late Kroum Pindoff, founder of Music World Limited and Pindoff Record Sales Limited.

“This week we have lost a great humanitarian and friend.  I speak for all of my colleagues at the Canadian Red Cross and many of our sister societies around the world in expressing our sadness, as well as our gratitude for Mrs. Pindoff’s support, which made a difference in the lives of countless people over more than two decades,” said Conrad Sauvé, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross.

Alongside her late husband, Eva Pindoff was a tireless supporter of the work of the Canadian Red Cross donating more than $20 million. The philanthropist couple supported projects that addressed the needs of women, children and seniors who were affected by war in the former Yugoslavia. They have also channelled several million dollars to Red Cross projects assisting victims of landmines, and to those suffering due to droughts in Africa and projects throughout the Americas and Asia.

In the aftermath of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in South Asia, the couple contributed $5 million to support Canadian Red Cross relief and recovery efforts – the largest ever personal contribution to a Canadian Red Cross disaster appeal.

In 2008, the Pindoffs contributed $5 million toward the creation of the Millennium Fund.   Encouraging Canadians to join their efforts by making donations which they would then match, this fund continues to improve the health and lives of children, mothers and seniors in several areas including Africa, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti and Central Europe.

“The leadership demonstrated by the Pindoffs  has had an impact far beyond their own giving; they have inspired others to action, motivating them to join their efforts to  improve the quality of life for tens of thousands of people,” said Millie Blair, manager of international operations for the Canadian Red Cross in Ontario.   “While we mourn the loss of Mrs. Pindoff today, we are deeply grateful for her friendship and her legacy of caring and compassion.”