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Support a Survivor by becoming a WSN Hope Builder
A WSN Hope Builder is an individual who makes a honourable commitment to donate on a monthly basis to support survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking.
WSN has responded to the changing needs of the organization – and the community. The past few years have consisted of revenue losses related to pandemic challenges, canceled or downgraded fundraisers and other engagement issues. Most existing Ontario sexual assault centres have been operating in Ontario since the 1990s (a few since the 1970s). During this time, the number of survivors accessing crisis and long-term counseling has multiplied—in some regions by up to 4 times; yet funding has simply not kept pace.
With the support of our skilled staff, donors and dedicated volunteers, WSN, introduced new programming and established new community partnerships. In response to the unique safety needs of survivors during the pandemic, WSN safely enhanced supports to those in need through virtual counselling, text and online chat. The Women’s Support Network of York Region is a non-profit charitable organization that provides free, confidential and accessible services to survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking in York Region.
There are several ways you can donate to WSN:
Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt that will be provided by Canada Helps. You can also give a one-time gift through cash or cheque. Please contact us to arrange a drop off.
Click here to download, complete and provide the WSN Donation Form to receive your tax receipt.
Donate an Emergency Bag for Survivors of Human Trafficking
Women experiencing human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation often find themselves with very few resources when trying to get out. Show your support by putting together an emergency bag.
Select items to donate + pack the items in a duffle bag or backpack + drop off at WSN.
Download the emergency bag checklist here and contact us to arrange a drop off.
WSN supports survivors in their healing. Our community generously shows they care about these survivors by donating gift cards, personal care items, non-perishable food, new clothing, and new toys for children and teens. Contact us to arrange a drop off.
Want to donate to WSN’s Our Community Cares Program but can’t drop off at our office? That’s ok! You can also buy the high need items needed for WSN’s Our Community Cares Program and have them shipped to WSN: 1110 Stellar Drive, Unit 109, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7B7.
Monthly Giving- Give to our monthly Hope Builder program to support survivors on an ongoing basis.
Matching Gifts- Matching gifts are when companies match donations made by their employees. An employee can feel good by knowing that any monetary donations they make will be matched by their employer.
Sponsorships- Corporate sponsorships include naming or presenting rights of an event, space, or programs. Sponsorships provides brand visibility, targeted marketing, increased consumer perception, increased year-over-year sales and, increased reach with target audience.
Annual donations- Probably the first type of corporate giving program that comes to mind, annual donations are monetary donations made every year by a company.
Planned gifts can help donors achieve their philanthropic legacy by supporting the causes that are important to them. There are a number of ways donors can support survivors and help eradicate sexual violence by planning to give to WSN in the present and/or the future. WSN recommends always speaking with a tax, financial, and/or legal advisor about the planned gift that is best for you.
A bequest is a charitable commitment made through your Will to be distributed upon your death. A bequest can be a specific sum of money or a percentage of one’s estate and are typically planned when Wills are drawn.
Gifts of Securities
Turn your investments into gifts for WSN!
Gift of Life Insurance
To support a charity like WSN with through a gift of life insurance, donors can change an existing policy or purchase a new life insurance policy.
Donations of RRSPs and RRIFs
Donors can make a gift to WSN through Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) by naming WSN as a beneficiary or secondary designation.
Learn more about planned giving by downloading our Planned Giving Information Sheet.
WSN recommends speaking with your tax, financial, and/or legal advisor about the planned gift that is best for you.
Thank you for your interest in organizing a fundraising event supporting WSN. As York Region’s only sexual violence crisis centre, WSN provides critical services to survivors of sexual violence and commercial sexual exploitation while working to eradicate sexual violence through public education and outreach. All contributions from the community make a difference in the lives of the survivors we support.
Third-party fundraisers are organized and managed by individuals, groups, clubs, businesses, or anyone else who wants to support WSN’s mission.
WSN can provide our logo and outreach materials for third-party fundraising initiatives that align with our values and guiding principles. If requested, WSN will do our best to send a representative to the event.
Interested in hosting a third-party fundraiser in support of WSN? Fill out our request form here.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com or 905.895.3646.