The Women’s Y Foundation supports the fulfillment of YWCA Montreal’s mission to build a better future for women and girls.
By its actions and influence, the Women’s Y Foundation is an indispensable ally to ensure the financial support and visibility of YWCA Montreal. Through its dynamism and innovation, the Foundation helps make the YWCA Montreal a key reference point for women and girls when it comes to personal, social and professional development so that they can contribute to society to the best of their abilities.
In addition to adhering to YWCA Montreal’s values, the Women’s Y Foundation ensures that all its actions reflect:
- Respect for all participants and partners
- The central place of donors and partners in every activity and decisions
- Innovation to maximize the benefits of every fundraising activity
- Financial rigour and transparency to ensure its long-term viability
*Adopted by the Board of Directors on June 15, 2016; to be ratified at the Annual General Meeting in September 2016.
22nd WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARDS
- Over 550 guests attended the Benefit Evening on September 29, 2015, at the Palais des Congrès, to support the Women’s Y Foundation and pay tribute to the 13 Women of Distinction Award laureates. Over 50 volunteers, participants, and employees of the YWCA Montréal aided the Foundation and contributed to the success of this event, held under the theme of the 140th anniversary of YWCA Montréal.
- The Foundation carefully analyzed the positioning of the Women of Distinction Awards and Benefit Evening with a view to renewing and continuing its capacity to attract the Greater Montréal community and the upcoming generation while reducing organizational costs.
- Composed of 9 young volunteers representing the upcoming generation, the Generation W Committee was formed in response to the wishes of the boards of the Foundation and the YWCA Montréal for greater involvement of young people in the organization and its governance.
- On June 22, 2016, the committee held the first edition of the Soirée InspirationnElle, to pay tribute to five inspiring young people who had been chosen by an independent jury. Over 60 people attended the event, held at Maison Notman.
SCOTIABANK CHARITY CHALLENGE
- Among the 44 runners were 15 employees, 2 YWCA participants, and 3 members of both boards who were determined to participate in this extremely active fundraising activity.
NEW, GENEROUS, AND INSPIRING INITIATIVES
- In collaboration with Ewa Gerus, a lawyer who volunteers with the Legal Information Clinic, the Foundation organized a presentation on domestic violence. The speaker, Ingrid Falaise, recounted her story in her autobiographical narrative entitled Le Monstre.
- PricewaterhouseCoopers organized a golf tournament in September 2015 and made a generous donation of $20,000 to the Women’s Y Foundation.
- Teg Gadais, a physical education professor at Université du Québec à Montréal, successfully took on a huge challenge: a cross-Canada solo bicycle trip to raise money for the YWCA Montréal’s Youth Services. His adventure generated over $2,000 for the Foundation.
- The Women’s Y Foundation thanks the staff of l’Aubainerie’s Jean-Talon branch for choosing the Foundation for its fundraising drive.
WIND OF CHANGE
- Sophie Fortin replaced Anne Mezei as chair of the Foundation’s board of directors.
- We developed the 2016-2019 strategic plan, which resulted in the revision of the Women’s Y Foundation’s mission, vision, and values. The new wording provides a framework for the Foundation to pursue its strategic directions.
- The Foundation identified its priorities for 2016-2017 to diversify its funding base. A new concept for a fundraising campaign has emerged and shortly we will be launching the A meaningful gift campaign.
Generosity can change the world. It works its magic quietly, on one person at a time; then it gains ground, spreading effortlessly among families, friends, communities and cultures until it touches the entire world. Generosity is love and compassion at work.
Now more than ever, generosity is essential at the Women’s Y because our society is changing rapidly and the needs of women and girls are in constant flux. We must continuously adapt our programs and services to meet the changing needs of women and girls.