Celebrate International Women’s Day by Giving Back

The first gathering of Women’s Day began in 1911, a whopping 110 years ago, but we still have a long way to go. International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women across the world! It is important to raise awareness regarding women’s equality and to work towards change. 

For the month of March, we have decided to highlight 6 female-focused charities that use their fundraising to accelerate the on-going women’s movement.

Red Shawl

Red Shawl is a Canadian run organization whose ambition is to work with women to equip them with the best lives they can have! Their goals include economic stability, improving resources and networks, and creating positive change in communities for women. They offer programs that provide women with access to driving lessons, assistance to seniors, mentorships, and leadership conferences.

Black Women in Motion

Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence. We work within an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed and survivor-centred framework to create culturally-relevant content, educational tools, healing spaces and economic opportunities for black womxn. 

Plan Canada – “Because I am a Girl”

The “Because I am a Girl” is a program developed by Plan Canada in 2012 to help women and girls around the world. They focus on discrimmination as being the main cause of gender-based violence. They help women with access to education, health care, clean water and sanitation.

Ernerstines

Ernestine’s is a women’s shelter located in Toronto, Canada. With over 50% of women in Canada being abused at least once since the age of 16, they offer shelter to women. Not only do they have programs for women but also for children and youth. They offer housing and legal support, skill exchange programs, counselling, and outreach support.

Sistering

Sistering is an agency that helps socially isolated women and trans people, located in Toronto, Ontario. They have been serving the community for over 35 years. Their goal is to create a world where everyone is valued, safe, respected, and treated equally. With at least 70% of the people they serve being consumers/survivors or substance users, they offer tailored support and programs to everyone.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success is a charity that provides women with a network of support to empower them to become economically independent. They have grown to over 150 cities helping more than 1.2 million women. Their vision is to have a world where women are not living in poverty, and are valued and treated with respect; which helps strengthen their families and shape their community.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

You can raise money for one of these amazing grass roots charities through your next event, party, teacher’s gift or office party.  Login to www.wishandgive.ca to get started.

Celebrate International Women’s Day today and everyday.

Pink Shirt Day – 4 Canadian charities putting a stop to bullying

Pink shirt day began as a community-organized project after a grade 9 student at a high school in Nova Scotia was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to class. Led by fellow classmates David Shepard and Travis Price, they stood up against the harassment and discrimination shown to their friend. This happened 14 years ago, and has blossomed into an amazing day that aims to raise awareness for bullying, as well as raising funds for programs helping children and teens.

This day is meant for the most vulnerable, children and teens who are struggling with bullying.  On February 24th, we wear pink shirts to show our support.

We’ve put a list of Canadian charities focused on anti-bullying that you can support with your next Wish & Give party.

Pink Shirt Day

The Pink Shirt organization works with over 900 anti-bullying programs. All donations go toward programs that help decrease bullying and the effects that it has on kids. Some charities that are included are Kids Help Phone and The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. The Pink Shirt organization has helped by encouraging people around the world to come together, wear pink and fight bullying on February 24th.

Bullying Canada

Bullying Canada is an anti-bullying charity that provides resources and support to kids and teens who have been subjects of bullying. They provide education on bullying as well as 24/7 support from parents, coaches and teachers. It was created by 17 year old Rob and 14 year old Katie who were severely bullied in 2006.

PFLAG – Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

PFLAG stands for Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. It is a Canadian charity that assists family and friends to better understand and support those close to them who are going through their coming out process. This can be a stressful period with many adjustments, which is why PFLAG offers resources, online counselling and local chapters. They feature stories of individuals on their website who have been a part of the PFLAG community and how it has helped them become who they truly are!

Dare to Care

Dare to Care was developed in 1999 to deal with issues of bullying in schools all across Canada. This organization specifically offers programs in schools to educate students and faculty on the signs of bullying and what to do if you encounter it. They offer 3 programs, one for students aged 5 to 25, one for parents, and another for teachers and staff, essentially covering all the areas where bullying can be recognized better. These programs allow the community to take action and do something about bullying in their schools. Recently, with COVID-19 affecting in-person school attendance and the fact that cyberbullying has gone up 70% during the pandemic, they are now offering a virtual program.

Give Back

We’d love to help you give back to one of these amazing organizations for your next party. Whether virtual or in person, birthdays are a great time to give back.  Our invitations ask guests to contribute to a group gift and a donation to charity.  Get started at www.wishandgive.ca.