About The Canadian Women’s Foundation
Vision: Every woman, girl, and gender-diverse person has the power, safety, support, and rights to thrive, today and tomorrow.
We are Canada’s public foundation for gender justice and equality. We advance this by growing support for grassroots feminist action, partnering with communities and organizations to improve conditions, and building diverse leadership and knowledge for sustainable change.
Since 1991, our generous donors and supporters have contributed more than $250 million to fund over 3,200 life-transforming programs throughout Canada.
The work of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the organizations we support takes place on traditional First Nations, Métis, and Inuit territories. We are grateful for the opportunity to meet and work on this land. However, we recognize that land acknowledgments are not enough. We need to pursue truth, reconciliation, decolonization, and allyship in an ongoing effort to make right with all our relations.
We are a leader in feminist philanthropy. We mobilize, steward, and grant funds. We engage partners and donors and encourage them on their journey to feminist philanthropy. We generate and share knowledge on the root causes of and solutions to gender injustice.
We champion a spirit of shared responsibility for progressive change, restorative action, truth and reconciliation, and an end to systemic discrimination.
We fund, support, amplify, and participate in intersectional feminist movements. We engage a national network of community-based experts in pressing issues that affect women, girls, and gender-diverse people, with a focus on those who face multiple barriers, including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities, Black and racialized communities, youth, people living with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, newcomers, migrants, and sex workers.
We ensure impactful investments to organizations and groups and promote systemic change that will enable women, girls, and gender-diverse people to:
Be leaders and build the next generation of leaders
Break free from violence and poverty, and housing and food insecurity
Gain economic independence and security
Promote health, wellbeing, and healing
Address gendered impacts of climate crisis and injustice
The organizations we work with:
Address the social conditions that cause harm
Develop urgent and emergent initiatives
Have a strong track record of lasting impact
Address barriers faced in mainstream social services
Co-create and co-lead with affected communities
Forge strong partnerships with other organizations and community leaders
Areas of Impact
We aim to be inclusive of diverse people across gender and sexuality spectrums. We focus our efforts on supporting those who face the most barriers and have least access to relevant services. This includes people who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, and 2SLGBTQI+.
United Nations Representation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is an Economic & Social Council accredited organization in consultation with the United Nations. This designation enables us to participate in international events focused on advancing gender justice with other non-governmental organizations.
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