Women Philanthropists are a growing global movement

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Media Release
March 15, 2019

Windsor, ON – Women are a growing force in philanthropy due to their increased participation in the workforce, and growing income. Since 1985 donations claimed by women in Canada have tripled from $1.1 billion to 3.5 billion. That’s a powerful force for good!

Women United (formerly known as Women Leading the Way) brings together donors through United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, and is a leading example of the power of working together to transform local communities and advocate for social change.  In honour of International Women’s Day, Women United is celebrating the work it’s doing locally and around the globe.

Women United is one of many groups which support students in United Way’s On Track to Success program. On Track to Success is a student achievement program that helps students to graduate high school and move on to post-secondary or trade education programs. Those students are set to graduate this spring.

In addition to financially supporting On Track to Success over the last four years, many of Women United’s 43 members have acted as program volunteers and mentors to the students, and they are helping the students to attend this year’s prom. They also created an extracurricular bursary fund. Students can apply for financial support for extracurricular activities they might want to participate in, but couldn’t otherwise afford.

Women United can be found in over 165 communities across six countries, and has over 70,000 active participants and has raised $1.5 billion since 2002.

Women United offers its members the opportunity to be a local change maker in addition to exclusive networking and social events.  Their next event, which is open to the public is the Celebrating Women Who Inspire Us Luncheon, to be held on Wednesday, May 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fogolar Furlan Club.  Traci Corey, Director of the Women’s Institute at Olivet College in Michigan, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

To learn more about Women United, visit weareunited.com/WomenUnited.

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Karen Brady, Marketing & Communications Manager
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w: 519-258-0000  x1213   
m: 519-564-8554

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