If you’re still looking for gifts to give to family and friends this holiday season, why not consider making a donation in their name to one of the many organizations improving the lives of girls and women here in Canada and abroad? Charitable donations also make excellent birthday gifts throughout the year!
A few options to consider:
The CFUW Charitable Trust, which funds Fellowships and Awards for Women (Canadians and Permanent Residents) pursuing graduate studies.
Canadian Women’s Foundation is the only foundation in Canada that specializes in helping women and girls move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence through community programs, and support for hundreds of women’s shelters across the country.
Girls Action Foundation supports empowerment programs for girls, training for educators, and seed grants for young women change-makers in Canada. They ensure all our projects reach girls & communities who benefit most from their support, and that’s why 90% of the girls & women who participate in their programs come from marginalized communities.
Inter Pares is an organization dedicated to promoting international social justice, with a focus on women’s rights. In Canada and overseas, they support people’s struggles for peace, justice, and equality; their efforts to challenge structural obstacles for change; and their alternative development approaches.
MATCH International Women’s Fund is a first of its kind grant-making organization based in Canada that funds women’s rights organizations around the world to make lasting changes in the lives of women and girls. The fund supports projects that dismantle barriers, change systems, challenge perceptions and transforms societies.
Oxfam Unwrapped is a unique source for charitable gifts that provide supports to people and communities in developing countries. For example, your donations can build a well for an entire community, school books for children, or a goat for a family, among others. You can also give to specific Oxfam programs and projects such as the Marion Dewar Fund that supports training and development for women and girls’ leadership in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, or a project that supports women farmers in Nicaragua.
Plan Canada’s Gifts of Hope to Support Girls is another ethical gift-giving program with over 40 gifts to choose from, with 15 that specifically support girls. You’ll also receive free personalize greeting cards with your purchase.
The Malala Fund is the official organization led by Malala Yousafzai focused on helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the right to education around the world.
YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. Their Turning Point Programs for Women address personal safety, economic security and well-being, reaching out to 1 million women and girls across Canada. They are also the largest national provider of shelter to women, children and teen girls.
You could also consider giving to organizations serving women and girls in your local community, such as your local women’s shelters and transition houses, sexual assault support centres, women’s centres, drop in centres, your local YWCA and other programs that support women and girls, such as through leadership development and economic empowerment.
Of course this list is not comprehensive, so please share yours ideas in the comments!