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Women’s Future Fund

July 27, 1999

Are you looking for a personal millennium project that will make a difference? Here's a great one - join with other women in your place of work to ask that your employer give you the option to make donations - through payroll deductions or cash donations - to the Women's Future Fund. You can give what suits your circumstances - success comes from combining our resources.

Challenge your place of employment to match your contributions!

The Women's Future Fund (WFF) was launched on May 17, 1999. It is the first and only partnership of national equality-seeking women's organizations in Canada working collaboratively to raise money and awareness for improving the lives of girls and women.

The WFF is raising funds by accessing workplaces - corporations, businesses, unions and government - asking employees to contribute to the Fund through payroll deductions or cash donations. Moneys raised are then distributed to the WFF member organizations.

"Experts estimate that traditional funding sources give less than 5% of their donations to women-specific programming," says Mary Pat Moore, President of the WFF. "Women's organizations need an infusion of funds - a larger pie - to continue the work they do, and that can best be achieved by working together rather than in isolation. Donors can now effectively direct their donations to an organization that will deliver from coast to coast to coast."

Through varying mandates, the initial WFF member organizations all work towards the same goal - to improve the lives of girls and women in Canada. They address violence, sexual assault, legal reform, economic development, education and other important community concerns of women and girls in this country. This new collaboration is intended to strengthen each organization's ability to carry out its mandate and to achieve that common goal. You can designate your donation to go to either a specific member organization or you can have your donation shared by all the member organizations. The member organizations are:

  • ACCÉD Foundation/La Fondation ACCÉD (Accès à l'éducation)
  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies/Association Canadiennes des sociétés Elizabeth Fry
  • Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women/Congrès Canadien pour la promotion des études chez les femmes
  • Canadian Women's Foundation/La Fondation des femmes Canadiennes
  • Media Images of Women Educational Society/Societé D'éducation L'image des femmes dans la média
  • National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) Trust
  • National Association of Women and the Law/L'Association Nationale de la femme et du Droit Charitable Trust for Research and Education
  • Women in Trades and Technology National Network/Réseau National WITT

Donors are encouraged to continue supporting their charities. The purpose of the Fund is to access new and alternate sources of funding, not compete with other women's groups for the same funding sources.

For more information, contact the Women's Future Fund, c/o Canadian Women's Foundation, 133 Richmond Street West, Suite 504, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3, Tel. (416) 365-1444, Fax (416) 365-1745.

More to Consider

The truth of the matter in Canada is that individuals give far more, proportionately, to non-profit organizations than do corporations. Of the money given by corporations and foundations, very little of it goes to women's organizations. It is not for want of making good proposals. Sure there is lots of competition for these dollars and lots of competition amongst a whole lot of causes most of us would agree are worthy. That still does not explain what happens to women's non-profit organizations.

In considering how much we can give as individuals and what organizations we give to, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we women also have to tell corporations and foundations and governments what we expect of them. We have to use the power we have as consumers and voters and members of society. Too few women and girls in Canada are doing that on the issues that most directly affect us and our families. If more of us did it, it would be harder to punish us as individuals if that is what we fear. Women's organizations need us to give money to support the goals they pursue and they also need us to take direct collective action on the matters that concern us most directly.

Resources in this story
  • Caring Canadians Involved Canadians: Highlights from the 1997 National Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating, Catalogue No.71-542-XPE, available from Statistics Canada at order@statscan.ca or by phone at (613) 951-7277 or by fax at
  • 1-800-889-9734 or by mail at Statistics Canada, Dissemination Division, Circulation Management, 120 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1A 0T6.
  • ACCÉD Foundation/La Fondation ACCÉD (Accès à l'éducation) The Foundation strives to improve educational opportunities for French-speaking women in Canada by promoting research to develop educational models and resources, giving out scholarships, distributing funds to registered charitable organizations and offering training for resource persons. 1173, chemin Cyrville, bureau 306, Gloucester, ON K1J 7S6 Tel: 613-741-9978 Fax: 613-741-3805 Email: rnaef@sympatico.ca
  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies/Association Canadiennes des sociétés Elizabeth Fry A federation of autonomous societies which works with, and on behalf of, women involved with the justice system, particularly women in conflict with the law. Elizabeth Fry Societies are community based agencies dedicated to offering services and programs to marginalized women, advocating for legislative and administrative reform and offering venues within which the public may be informed about, and participate in, aspects of the justice system which affect women. 701 - 151 Slater Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5h5 Tel: 613-238-2422 Fax: 613-232-7130
  • Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women/Congrès Canadien pour la promotion des études chez les femmes Since 1979, CCLOW/CCPEF has developed innovative programs, carried on effective advocacy and formed new linkages with women's and literacy groups across the country. Its goals are to support women-positive literacy programming, to create resources and tools that have been identified by literacy workers and students as crucial to their work and to raise public awareness of the needs of women and literacy training. It publishes a quarterly magazine, "Women's Education des femmes." 47 Main Street, Toronto, ON M4E 2V7 Tel: 416-699-1909 Fax: 416-699-2145
  • Canadian Women's Foundation/La Fondation des femmes Canadiennes Today, less than 4% of foundation donations in Canada are specifically designated for women's issues. As Canada's first and only national public foundation for women and girls, the Canadian Women's Foundation (CWF) was formed in 1991 to assist women's groups in key areas of economic development and violence prevention programs. Its goal is to help women and girls in Canada achieve greater self-reliance and economic independence. So far, the CWF has awarded over $1.8 million in grants to 365 projects in every area of the country. 133 Richmond Street West, Suite 504, Toronto, ON M5H 2L3 Tel: 416-365-1444 Fax: 416-365-1745
  • Media Images of Women Educational Society/Societé D'éducation L'image des femmes dans la média The achievements of women cannot be valued when they are undermined through negative and stereotypical portrayals in the mass media. Media Images of Women Educational Society is the charitable organization associated with MediaWatch. In partnership with MediaWatch, they support educational work and communications research on the representation of women and girls in the media. 517 Wellington Street, Suite 204, Toronto, ON M5V 1G1 Tel: 416-408-2065 Fax: 416-408-2069
  • Women in Trades and Technology National Network/Réseau National WITT WITT NN is an education and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting and assisting in the recruitment, training, and retention of women in trades, technology, operations and blue collar work. The goal of the organization is to increase the number of trained and qualified women in these fields. WITT NN provides employer resources, curriculum products, consulting services, and training, mentoring and workshop materials. 10 Douglas Court, Unit 2, London, ON N5W 4A7 Tel: 1-800-895-WITT Fax: 519-453-2807

This feature was first published on section15.ca's predecessor site CoolWomen.

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