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When you give to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, you can be confident your gift will make a difference.
- It will be used strategically, where it will have the greatest impact. Our programs help women and girls who need it most—those who face the highest risks, and who live in urban and rural communities with the fewest services, including remote northern communities.
- It will be wisely invested. All of our funding decisions are made by trained volunteers who scrutinize grant proposals, visit organizations that apply for funding, ask a lot of questions, then recommend the best ones. All of our strategies are developed in consultation with grassroots and academic experts, and led by our highly experienced Board of Directors.
It will be leveraged. Every year, we receive over 3 million dollars in donated goods, services, and time. We keep costs down by negotiating discounts on everyday services like printing and using pro-bono (no cost) legal services. We rarely pay for advertising – almost all of it is donated. We also benefit from more than 9,000 hours of donated work from more than 600 dedicated volunteers. Thanks to this approach, this year $0.73 of every dollar raised went directly to funded programs that help stop the violence, end poverty and empower girls.
It will be prudently managed, in accord with the highest ethical standards.
We adhere to Imagine Canada’s Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code, which was created to help donors evaluate a charity’s financial and fundraising practices. We have strong internal control systems, and we regularly monitor them. We prepare Financial Statements according to established accounting principles, and our Board of Directors reviews and approves them four times a year. Every year, independent external auditors conduct a full audit of our financial books and records.