Foundation of Hope reached out again this year to ask for community support for the 3rd annual STRUT walk-a-thon. Our goal was to exceed $40,000 for the flagship fundraiser, which we’ve managed to do every year since FOH’s inception.
Because of STRUT and your generosity, we have granted over $90,000 to Canadian charities working directly with LGBT+ Asylum Seekers, Refugees, and Newcomers to Canada.
Funds have brought Asylum Seekers out of immediate harm in places like Uganda, Jamaica, and Pakistan; sponsorship applications have been approved for Refugees from Syria and Iraq living in Turkey and Lebanon, and several more sponsorship applications are pending hearings in Canadian visa offices across the Middle East.
Last summer, Canada’s Prime Minister marched in the Toronto Pride Parade alongside a Newcomer who arrived through Lifeline Syria, a project we supported through a partner organization in Canada’s largest city.
Canadian charities have benefited from FOH funding dedicated to LGBT+ Newcomer support for PTSD counselling, safe housing needs, legal assistance for transgender personal identification needs, group counselling sessions, and queer youth peer support across Canada, among other community services.
For the third year in a row, we walked in solidarity. We withstood pain and suffering together with love in our hearts and hope in our hands.
Walking high in our heels, we blew our fundraising goal out of the water and surpassed $54,000 with donations still coming in.
This is all because of people like you.
Asking for money can be awkward and difficult. As Director of Grants for FOH, I prefer to devote my time and energy towards giving. Still, I remain a standing monthly donor and a dedicated fundraiser for STRUT.
Please trust in knowing that your contributions directly influence the lives of those less privileged. We are all volunteers; no one gets paid for our work. It is your generosity that enables us to give.
For those of you have contributed to STRUT, whether as a donor, strutter, volunteer, or any combination thereof, we thank you.
Please consider taking a more active role in our organization. Whether you have the time, talents, or ‘treasure’, whatever to can afford will go a long way to this cause. Community engagement is critical to getting and giving out funds.
Here are a few examples of what you can do:
- Become a standing monthly donor – easiest way to contribute, especially if time is limited
- Be a volunteer – learn about the work and commit ideas and skills to committees and events
- Represent on the Grants Committee – assist to evaluate applications as a show of accountability to our donors
- Join the Board of Directors – bring leadership and commit to an incredibly rewarding experience.
STRUT 2017 has raised the bar for donor participation and amount of funds raised. This is a milestone for the Foundation and all signs indicate momentum for growth and expansion, across Canada and across the world.
For us, it means the world is benefiting from your involvement. And that involvement truly means the world to us.
Be a part of this movement. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.