The Canadian Women’s Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls, is thrilled to announce a $3.915 million donation over the next four years from Nancy Baron through The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. This gift will allow the Canadian Women’s Foundation to establish a fund for programs that mentor girls.
Canada’s girls have made significant progress in achieving equality, but compared to boys, they continue to struggle with serious body image issues, low self-esteem, and a chronic lack of confidence. In order to build the foundation for girls to lead well-adjusted, productive and caring lives, we need to work with young girls to instill protective factors, including confidence, social connectedness and critical thinking skills. With these firmly in place, girls can thrive.
The Nancy Baron Mentorship for Girls Program will break new ground for girls aged 9-13. Over 4 years, 1,400+ girls will be mentored for two-years and the learnings from this groundbreaking work will impact and improve services offered to 10,000+ girls across the country.
“This extraordinary gift from Nancy Baron will enable us to develop a platform for girl-supporting programs across the country to create intentional, effective, and sustainable mentoring initiatives to increase the positive impacts,” said Claire Crooks, Board member of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. “Building mentoring within our Girls’ Fund projects is particularly exciting because it will take place in the context of a comprehensive, skills-based approach which is superior to just mentoring alone. And it will be done with a gender-informed lens throughout the process. Additionally, our programs give priority to the most disadvantaged girls. “
“I am delighted to be able to support the Canadian Women’s Foundation through the establishment of this mentorship program for girls”, says Nancy Baron, Director of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. “It is vitally important that girls have every opportunity to succeed and this innovative group mentorship approach is something I am very proud to be part of.”
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is committed to matching this donation by generating an additional $1M annually by the end of the four-year gift, to ensure the Nancy Baron Mentorship for Girls Program can continue.