Leaders are donors who make a personal gift to Centraide of $1,200 to 9,999 $. Together they form the Leaders' Circle which currently has more than 5,000 members. Several organizations promote Leadership giving in their workplace.
During Campaign 2019, Leaders gave a total of $9.5M - donations that were matched by the Leadership Challenge by the Hewitt Foundation - which represents 16% of the campaign’s total proceeds of $59.7M. The contribution in Leadership giving in recent years shows how very committed donors are to fighting poverty and social exclusion.
Leadership donations have an important impact in the community
Young parents meet once a week for six months with seniors, while volunteer “grannies” look after their children. The seniors provide reassuring advice. It’s experience talking!
An immigrant family with a newborn baby is supported for six weeks by a visiting mother. The parents are offered moments of respite, advice on baby care, and information on the services available in their neighbourhood.
A group of families participate in a collective garden for 12 weeks. As the days go by, they share their life experiences as well as their harvest, thereby forming the roots of a solid mutual-aid network!
Fifty-seven children obtain basic school supplies (lunchbox, school bag, exercise books, pencils, glue, scissors, etc) at a “Magasin-Partage” back-to-school thrift store. So they can start school on the right foot!
Five students receive personalized follow-up services for one year from an academic support worker, who helps to connect students, parents and teachers. The young people feel that every effort is being made to help them succeed at school. Talk about highly motivating!
Sixty youths temporarily suspended from school receive one week of coaching. They participate in educational and stimulating workshops which transform their negative situation into a positive experience which reawakens their desire to learn.