Inclusive Leadership

Like you, we want all women and girls to realize their potential for leadership.

With your support, the Foundation invests in programs across all our areas of work that provide opportunities for women and girls to practice leadership skills. These programs also help participants understand that there is more than one way to lead.

We fund programs that foster leadership in many ways:

The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute

More than 70 mid-career women in the non-profit sector have received intensive leadership training through this pilot project.

The Leadership Institute, established in partnership with the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, was designed to ensure that the next generation of women leaders in Canada’s nonprofit sector has the leadership skills needed to effectively manage, build the sector, and become a force for change for gender equality in Canada.

Many of the Leadership Institute graduates are working on the forefront of social change—using their skills in a diverse range of organizations across the country.


Many of the girls’ programs funded by the Foundation have a mentorship component, providing younger girls access to mentors, and training older girls to become mentors. We also fund violence prevention and economic development programs for women that provide opportunities to become a mentor or work with a mentor.

Women- and Girl-led Programs

We invest in community programs that encourage women and girls to shape the programs they attend. This helps participants develop leadership skills and become role models in their communities.

Amplifying the Voices of Women and Girls

We invest in programs where women and girls speak their minds, challenge gender stereotypes, and discover and celebrate their strengths.

Women and Leadership

Women are often overlooked for leadership roles because they do not fit the mold of an “ideal leader.” That’s why the Foundation advocates for inclusive leadership, which is collaborative and welcomes marginalized voices.

The Leadership Institute gave me the opportunity to connect with women leaders from across Canada.


97% of graduates rated the Foundation’s Leadership Institute as either excellent or good. Sector reports and research.