Women Gaining Ground

Women helping women through education and employment

Are you a woman looking for a meaningful and significant way to help other women in our city? We invite you to join United Way Toronto’s Women Gaining Ground — a group of like-minded, professional women who want to make a personal impact in the lives of women facing poverty through their donation and volunteer efforts. Celebrating its seventh anniversary, Women Gaining Ground focuses on the education and employment of women as a means of fostering self-reliance, while sharing United Way Toronto’s mission to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action.

Each Women Gaining Ground member donates $5,000 or more toward a group gift that is significant and meaningful to selected programs every year. Members also act as both donors and key decision-makers through an annual grant selection process. You’ll find that Women Gaining Ground combines the benefits of a small giving circle with great opportunities to interact with United Way Toronto agencies and programs.

2013 Projects Women Gaining Ground invested in

In 2013, the members of Women Gaining Ground chose to support five outstanding projects and initiatives happening in our city.

They included: Women Moving Forward, an award winning poverty reduction program for sole-support mothers; Homeward Bound, a four-year housing program that addresses the multiple barriers facing female-led single parent families; Haween Enterprises, provides employment opportunities for newcomer women who create textile products for manufactures, The HIPPY Program, a home-based education program for newcomer parents to prepare their pre-school children for school and Interval House BESS Program that provides women with the tools to rebuild their lives through training, financial and housing assistance and support finding employment.

Benefits of Joining United Way Toronto’s Women Gaining Ground

By joining Women Gaining Ground, you’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Learn about issues affecting women and their families
  • Hear about innovative programs addressing these issues
  • Make a personal impact through a group gift
  • Volunteer your time and skills to the projects we support
  • Join in events with others who feel passionate about helping women gain ground

Women Gaining Ground hosts discussion on challenges facing marginalized women

Special guests Amanda Dale, Executive Director, Barbra Schlifer Clinic and Alyssa Manning, Lawyer, Refugee Law Office, spoke about important issues marginalized women face. Women Gaining Ground members learned about the difficulty some newcomer women experience when navigating Canada’s immigration system, as well as the progress being made.

The evening’s emcee, Harleen Bains, Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, guided the event agenda and helped to facilitate an interactive and informative question-and-answer period. United Way would like to recognize the extraordinary leadership of Women Gaining Ground 2013 Co-Chairs Francesca Shaw, Senior Vice-President, TD Bank Group and Godyne Sibay, Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP.

Join Us Now

Learn more now about United Way Toronto’s Women Gaining Ground and the programs being supported, opportunities for engagement and our history.

Email United Way Toronto’s Women Gaining Ground at womengainingground@uwgt.org or call 416-777-1444, ext. 312.

In 2013, 93 Women Gaining Ground members raised a record of $635,000 for the community. Women Gaining Ground has raised a total of $1,830,000 since its inception.

  • In 2012, 63 Women Gaining Ground members raised a record $425,000 for the community. Women Gaining Ground has raised a total of $1,195,000 since its inception.

  • Women Gaining Ground has been chosen as one of the recipients of Women in Capital Markets, Vinifera Event silent auction proceeds for 2014. An annual WCM event for over 14 years, Vinifera is a modern cocktail-style reception and one of the premiere networking and fund raising events in the city. It brings together over 500 of the most influential leaders from Canada's financial and corporate community in support of the entry, advancement, and development of women in the Canadian financial services and Capital Markets industry.

  • Women Gaining Ground will be celebrating their 7th anniversary in 2014.

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