Friday, March 31, 2017

Feel Good Friday - Canadian Women's Foundation

I'm in Montreal, it's the last day of Women's History Month and it's Feel Good Friday. So who are we going to talk about today? The Canadian Women's Foundation!

As explained on the website, "we specialize in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty and into confidence and leadership." The organization was founded in 1991 by Nancy Ruth Jackman and Susan Woods who were concerned that only 2% of philanthropic donations went to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since that time, the Canadian Women's Foundation has invested more than $40 million to over 1,200 community programs.

Currently they provide support to 450 women's shelters and 84 community programs across the country which directly benefit 30,000 women and girls each year! You can read details and impacts here or check out the summary below. The work of the Canadian Women's Foundation is focused in three areas:
  1. Stopping violence by funding emergency shelters, helping women and girls to escape from sex traffickers and investing in school-based violence prevention programs for both boys and girls.
  2. Ending poverty by funding programs that teach women a skilled trade, start a small business or get work experience.
  3. Empowering girls by funding programs that allow at-risk girls to "explore science and technology, play sports, learn to think critically, or take on leadership, in a supportive all-girl environment."
For those of you with two minutes and some Kleenex, watch this video titled, "What's possible in a world that's #GirlPowered?"

If you're ready to give, the Canadian Women's Foundation is ready to receive. If you're still not sure why you should take action, here are the top 20 reasons and some more inspiring videos.

As always, stay in the loop by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter @cdnwomenfdn. No passport required.

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