Today is National Philanthropy Day, an occasion to celebrate charitable activities, to reflect on the many ways we all benefit from philanthropy, to pay tribute to those who contribute financially and of themselves, and to assist the causes and institutions that mean the most to us.
According to Statistics Canada, 94% of Canadians donated to more than 84,000 charities registered in this country in 2010 with their biggest motivations for their generosity being compassion, belief in a cause or a desire to help, and a wish to contribute to their community. SCS would like to thank everyone who supports the School – we are deeply grateful.
It is of particular note to our community that one of the fastest-growing areas of philanthropy in Canada has been the role played by women. The increasing involvement of women in the economy has also meant a greater influence over the use of household income and philanthropic patterns in Canada. Of the $20.3 billion donated to charitable organizations in Canada in 2015, women in their 50s were the demographic most likely to have made a contribution.
On Thursday, November 28, St. Clement’s School will be hosting our first conversation on Women and Philanthropy. Please join us for an engaging panel discussion with experts from the financial and philanthropic fields who are also members of our SCS community to learn more about what this means for the future of giving in Canada, as well as objective advice on how to “give smart”, the benefits of estate planning, and the development of a giving strategy.
To RSVP for the event, held at SCS from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., please contact Michelle Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on ways to support SCS, please visit https://www.scs.on.ca/support-scs/.