Category: Philanthropy

03 Dec

A Remarkable Gift

By Heather McGregor, CEO YWCA Toronto Today, I am honoured to announce that YWCA Toronto has received a groundbreaking $1 million matching gift for YWCA Toronto’s December 6 Fund. Julia M. Ruby’s five proud daughters’ generous donation will keep their mother’s remarkable legacy alive by transforming the lives of the many women and children in […]

05 Sep

Going the Distance for Women and Girls with the B&O Yorkville Run

Events, Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

In 2015, the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run raised $115,000 to support YWCA Toronto shelters. YWCA Toronto board member Alice Longhurst reflects on her experience as a multi-year B&O Yorkville Run participant and a long-time supporter of YWCA Toronto.  On September 11, 2016, donors and supporters will be lacing up to run for YWCA Toronto at […]

16 Jul

How Volunteering at the YWCA Toronto International Boutique Changed My Life

Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

by Nicole Preston When I signed up to volunteer at the YWCA Toronto International Boutique a little over a year ago, I hoped it would give me an opportunity to brush up on my retail selling skills while contributing to a good cause, as well as have a bit of fun. So far it has […]

30 May

Creating change at the 2014 YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last week, we hosted the 34th annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards (presented by Sun Life) to honour seven extraordinary women and raise essential funds for YWCA Toronto programs and services. In case you missed this remarkable event, check out our Storify recap of guests’ tweets and Instagrams throughout the evening. The ceremony was […]

23 May

34th Annual YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Awards

Last night, YWCA Toronto hosted our 34th annual Women of Distinction Awards at the historic and elegant Carlu in downtown Toronto. The evening was a resounding success: inspiring women, charming host Anne-Marie Mediwake, a beautiful venue, delicious food, a silent auction, and fantastic live performances by Megan De Lima, graduate of The Honey Jam. None […]

30 Apr

Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Sherry Tan

Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

Maria Sherry Tan is a mother of five and a Customer Support Representative with Scotiabank, one of YWCA Toronto’s annual donors. Maria has been an avid volunteer with YWCA Toronto for the past six years. We interviewed Maria about her experiences volunteering with YWCA Toronto. Learn more about volunteering with YWCA Toronto or organizing a […]

23 Apr

Anonymous donor helps YWCA Toronto launch movie night for shelter residents

A good movie doesn’t just divert our attention, it also builds a sense of community. That’s why an anonymous private donor is helping YWCA Toronto launch a weekly movie night for residents and tenants at YWCA Toronto’s 1st Stop Woodlawn. The event series, which YWCA Toronto has dubbed the Woodlawn Film Festival, launches on April […]

15 Apr

Reaching our finish line with the B&O Yorkville Run

Events, Philanthropy by YWCA Toronto

Every day at YWCA Toronto we run a long-distance race toward an ambitious but attainable finish line: equality, independence and freedom from violence for women and girls. To win this race, we need the help of other runners. That’s where the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run – and you – come in. The B&O Yorkville […]

12 Mar

My Life, My Say: RBC Sustainable Livelihoods Program

When women have the tools for financial independence, they empower themselves and their communities. That’s why RBC is investing $50,000 in Sustainable Livelihoods, a pilot project with YWCA Toronto to support job readiness and financial literacy for young women in Etobicoke and Rexdale. The program will train 45 low-income women aged 16 to 25 in […]

02 Dec

Twelve names, twelve stories

by Attiya Khan, Registrar, YWCA Toronto’s December 6th Fund In late November every year, I email Constable Wendy Drummond at Toronto Police Service to ask for the names of women who have been murdered in Toronto. As the registrar for YWCA Toronto’s December 6th Fund, which provides interest-free loans to help women flee abuse, every […]