Local gender-equity charities receive $200K from Oakville Community Foundation


Published January 27, 2023 at 2:58 pm

Big Brothers, Big Sisters is one of seven local gender-equity charities receiving a grant from the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF). BIG BROTHER, BIG SISTERS PHOTO

Seven local gender-equity charities are getting a helping hand from the Oakville Community Foundation (OCF).

Funding totalling $200,000 is being given to the organizations that are leading initiatives to support women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals working towards a future grounded in equity, inclusion and justice.

The funding is provided through the Fund for Gender Equality and done in partnership with the Community Foundations of Canada, which is funded through the Government of Canada.

The OCF is one of 21 local community foundations across the country to receive part of the $3.4M put towards the gender equality movement.

“The Oakville Community Foundation is thrilled to support these seven gender-equity serving charities,” said Frances Pace, Director of Fundholder and Community Engagement for the Oakville Community Foundation.

“We know that investing in women and gender-equity is not just the right thing to do, it is a strategic choice, and we are committed to creating lasting change in philanthropy by writing gender equality into our investment practices.”

The charitable organizations are will get funding for their continued work in the gender equity space include:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters – $30,000.00
    Girls Linking Our World (GLOW) and Healthy Education and Relationship Teaching (HEART)
  • Black Mentorship Inc. – $20,000.00
    Moms Empowered
  • Halton Women’s Place – $40,000.00
    Decreasing Barriers
  • Home Suite Hope – $31,200.00
    Homeward Bound Halton
  • SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services) – $40,000.00
    Broaden Reach to Support Gender Based Violence
  • Shifra Homes – $10,000.00
    Residential Program
  • The Women’s Centre of Halton – $28,800.00
    Employ and Empower: 6-Week Employment Skills Series

Selection of the organizations to receive the grants was done by a Gender Equity Review Task Force made up of Samantha Cheung, Lois Thomas, Hailey Francis and Megan Badenhorst.

The OCF previously distributed $50,000 as part of the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality and another $140,000 in the first cohort of the Fund for Gender Equality.

“Community organizations led by and dedicated to supporting women, girls, gender-diverse and Two-Spirit individuals are at the centre of the movement towards gender equality and equity,” said Andrea Dicks, Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) President. “While this can feel daunting at times, these organizations demonstrate tenacity, resiliency and hope as they shift power.

“To create communities of true belonging and to recover from the pandemic, we must advance gender equality across the country. We’re grateful for the financial support from the Government of Canada and the leadership of the Oakville Community Foundation who is taking part in these efforts.”

Founded more than 25 years ago, the OCF has granted more than $57 million to support charities locally and beyond.

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