The world as we know it has changed forever.
Unprecedented. Unthinkable. Unpredictable. For the last several years, these are the words we have been using to describe our times. They highlight the profound adaptations we have made to our set ways of living, working, and relating.
Since its founding in 1991, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, along with its community of partners, donors and grantees, has been at the forefront of naming the gendered impact of current events.
Our strong legacy has led to significant change in how Canadians view gender equality and gender equity, and how gender injustice entwines with and solidifies the forms of violence, racism, ableism, poverty, employment, and wellbeing that characterize our increasingly unequal world. Since 2020, we have been identifying and assessing the concurrence of several combined human rights and public health pandemics that were exacerbated by COVID-19.
We have drawn attention to the ongoing fault lines of inequality, such as the global pandemic of gender based violence; the deadly scourge of racism in Canada and beyond; the ongoing impact of colonialism on Indigenous peoples; the health and income disparities made worse for women and gender-diverse people living at the intersection of one or more identities, including: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, Black, racialized, living with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+, youth as well as people who are migrants or sex workers. The role for the Canadian Women’s Foundation as a support with eyes on the critical issues of the day is more crucial than ever.
We know that emergencies including pandemics, economic downturns, and disasters, will keep coming.
We fund, support, and amplify the reach of the groups, organizations and initiatives that support those most vulnerable to these shocks. From them we know that many of the gendered impacts we’re facing can be prevented if we are bold, champion their work, and stabilize the sector to be steadfast.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is known for our participatory grant making. We are a trusted leader that gets to the heart of what is needed. We marshal our deep knowledge to prioritize funds that focus on the strategies that are going to make a difference. We support communities who have been historically underfunded, and we are respected for not being afraid to try out new things, to take risks and learn from our actions.
Since our founding, we have been a responsive feminist movement-builder.
We marshal our effective and charismatic leadership to support local initiatives, lead public discussion and create national impact.
With this Strategic Plan, we are taking our commitment to the next level. With renewed vision, mission and organizational commitments, as well as strategic priorities to guide us over the next five years, we are coming into our own as an innovative, visionary, risk-taking foundation. This involves renewed investment in our infrastructure, people and systems.
We are thrilled to unveil the three strategic priorities that will guide our work from 2023 to 2028:
Be a Champion:
Advocate and Create Lasting Change
Demonstrate our Impact
Diversify and Invest in the Future
We invite you to join us in our compelling vision of what is possible. The Canadian Women’s Foundation will help the vision of a gender equal society that benefits everyone, become possible.