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WIM Fund: Leading Montreal women pave the way for philanthropic support for women and girls



Montreal, September 22, 2021 The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) tomorrow launches a new collaborative philanthropic fund to support the well-being of women and girls in the Greater Montreal area: The Women’s Impact Montreal (WIM) Collective Fund. Having already brought together about 50 members and more than $300,000, the WIM Fund will offer grants to Greater Montreal charitable organizations that tackle specific issues of importance to women and girls in several sectors, like the fight against poverty and all forms of violence, or education.
 
Several individuals from all walks of life have already signaled their commitment to helping the WIM Fund thrive. You can see a current WIM Fund membership list here. These community leaders will support the WIM Fund’s development through philanthropic support and recruitment, but also by raising awareness of the issues affecting the community, and having their say in the distribution of grants by the Fund. They have all signed on for three years.
 
"The creation of the WIM Fund at FGM will fill a gap in the philanthropic sector; resources specifically dedicated to women are far from being adequate to respond to the needs, which are often desperate. We will work in tandem with community organizations that assist women and girls in Greater Montreal to create a funding model that is equitable, accessible and lasting, so as to better support their missions," says Kathy Fazel, Chair of FGM’s Board of Directors and WIM Fund conceptor.
 
"WIM Fund members will be able to get together, reflect collectively and participate in this process. I am very proud to contribute to the creation of this collaborative vehicle that is going to help philanthropy serve Montreal’s women and girls, especially those in our community who are more vulnerable," adds Deborah Shannon Trudeau, Chair of the WIM Fund’s advisory committee. The advisory committee’s role will be to ensure the growth and development of the Fund’s reach and impact.
 
"The WIM Fund will add to FGM’s arsenal of approaches for better responding to the needs of the Greater Montreal community and developing innovative and foundational solutions to the issues it faces. The Foundation of Greater Montreal is committed to actively listening to the communities it serves, and building relationships based on equality, trust and knowledge sharing. The WIM Fund is just the latest example of the direction we’re going in," sums up Karel Mayrand, FGM’s President and CEO.
 
In that spirit, in the wave of activity surrounding the WIM Fund’s launch, FGM will also convene a panel that will help deepen understanding of the current situation of women and girls in Greater Montreal. At noon tomorrow, Tasha Lackman, the FGM’s Vice President of Philanthropy and Community, will welcome Déborah Cherenfant, president of the Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal, Sabrina Lemeltier, Executive Director of the women’s shelter La Dauphinelle, and Maud Briancourt, Assistant Director of the Women’s Centre of Montreal. Organized in collaboration with the Maison de développement durable (MDD), the panel will be held via Zoom and will be livestreamed on the the FGM and MDD Facebook pages.

UPDATE: The panel's recording is available on the Foundation's Youtube channel.
 
To find out more about the WIM fund, its members and donors to date, and how to join, visit FGM’s website. To immediately become a member or make a donation, click here.
 
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Source: The Foundation of Greater Montreal (FGM)
For more information:
Simon Delorme, Project Manager – Communications, Public Relations and Social Media
(514) 866-0808 ext. 107 - simon.delorme@fgmtl.org
 
About FGM
The Foundation of Greater Montréal (FGM) helps individuals, families and organizations to get involved and support their community by creating funds for selected causes in all sectors. In addition to publishing the Vital Signs of Greater Montréal report, FGM manages the assets of over 700 funds, guides donors and supports community charitable organizations. A member of the Community Foundations of Canada, a network of 191 community foundations, FGM promotes philanthropy as a major driver for well-being in Greater Montréal. Website: fgmtl.org