COVID-19: How Your Support Helps Women and Girls During the Pandemic
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Host your own fundraiser

Now, more than ever, YOU can make a difference by hosting your own fundraiser to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Why now? Because the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening gender, racial, and socio-economic inequalities across Canada.

Why you? Tireless supporters like you can help us raise funds in your own creative ways in your own communities. You can rally friends, family, and colleagues to help support vulnerable women and girls, and ensure we don’t lose ground on gender equality.

Jason and Marilyne on one of their cycling trips to raise money for the Canadian Women's Foundation.

Thanks to Jason and Marilyne, who cycled 1,940km in 2020 to honour his grandmother and raise funds for the Foundation. Read their story.

How can your fundraiser make a difference NOW?

  • The pandemic is intensifying the need for the services and programs we fund for women, girls, trans, Two-Spirit and non-binary people.
  • Women have borne the brunt of pandemic job losses, and those living in abusive relationships may be facing an even higher risk of gender-based violence.
  • Since the pandemic hit, women-serving organizations are facing higher expenses and reduced ability to raise funds. In fact, 80% of service providers we surveyed told us they were concerned about their ability to continue offering services.
  • Organizations across the country need our help NOW to support the most vulnerable women and girls through this crisis and its aftermath.

How can your event support prevention of gender-based violence?

In partnership with The Body Shop Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation is amplifying the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international campaign that runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2020.

You can host an event – such as a virtual film screening – specifically to help raise awareness and funds to end gender-based violence in Canada.

Get ideas and inspiration for your 16 Days of Activism event!

Bad Girl Collective

The Bad Girls’ Collective is a feminist book club that donates event proceeds to charities including the Foundation. Learn more.

How can you host a fundraiser safely during the pandemic?

There are many ways of fundraising either individually or with a group through online events.

Whether you choose to fundraise through a physical fitness challenge, a birthday or anniversary milestone, your online book club, or by hosting a virtual trivia night, you can adapt the event to suit your lifestyle and interests.

Got questions? Consult our Frequently Asked Questions for hosting an event.

Ready to get going? Start your fundraiser!

The Foundation is here to help! Reach out to events@canadianwomen.org, let us know your idea and we’ll provide ongoing support.