Chad Wilkinson

Our 2 biggest partners by a wide margin!

Did you know in the past 8 years Foundation of Hope has given more to 2 pivotal organizations than any other community partner in Canada, from Coast to Coast to Coast?

Since we started awarding grants late in 2015, we’ve had 2 steady partners in Vancouver and Ottawa.

They are the roots of a movement that has become known across the world for SOGIE migrants – folks fleeing persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.

Vancouver’s Rainbow Refugee and sister organization Capital Rainbow Refuge in Ottawa have benefited from $153,000 of a running total of $218,000 to support private sponsorships across Canada.

We have enabled the safe migration and resettlement of a over 51 refugees. That includes the Rainbow Refugee applications currently under review by community volunteers on the Review Subcommittee of the RFOH Grants Committee.

It amounts to $84,000 towards sponsorships for 25 LGBTQ+ refugees resettled in Ottawa and $69,000 towards 26 rainbow refugees resettled in Vancouver. That’s over 70% of all the queer folks we’ve helped to sponsor!!!

Private sponsors are ordinary Canadians like you and me. We work with them to do this work entirely as volunteers.

If you would like to contribute, please consider a donation or help us out with the work and become a volunteer.

The first grants of 2022 approved in Nanaimo & Toronto

We are pleased to announce the first grants awarded in 2022 to Nanaimo-based Brechin United Church and Toronto-based Sherbourne Health.

Nanaimo’s Reaching Out Assisting Refugees (ROAR) initiative works with Brechin United Church as a qualified donee to help assemble funds from community donors and bring private citizens together for an LGBTQ+ refugee sponsorship.

Our partner ROAR plans to team up with Vancouver’s Rainbow Refugee – our key national partner for private sponsorship – and the Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria to assist with the resettlement when the individual arrives. This will be ROAR’s second sponsorship to receive a support grant from RFOH.

Our partner Sherbourne Health in Toronto has offered important community support services to LGBTQ+ newcomer youth with its Supporting Our Youth (SOY) Program. The SOY Express Program has benefited from previous community services grants from RFOH.

This year Sherbourne wishes to dedicate a Make Change Fund to assist LGBTQ+ newcomer youth facing urgent needs as they attempt to financially secure themselves in Canada after having fled persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE).

We are currently reviewing additional applications and are always looking for volunteers to help us get our message out on social media. If you are interested in helping out, please email Flavia, our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@foundationofhope.net or check out our volunteer webpage.

Big Thanks to All for VirtualSTRUT

VirtualSTRUT is over for 2021.

Thanks to our many donors and corporate partners, we raised $48,705 to support our LGBTQ+ Refugees & Newcomers worldwide. A huge thank you goes out to our organizing committee, Barb Snelgrove, and Drew & Jason from Tuck Entertainment.

Thanks to our friends at Vancity and TD Bank for their exceptional generosity. It allows us to ensure 100% of our grassroots donations go directly to grants. Each grant we award goes to a specific case of urgency faced by asylum seekers and refugees worldwide, along with resettlement support programs all across Canada. It has amounted to $312,581 to date with applications under review by the volunteers in our diverse LGBTQ+A community.

It is never too late to join our organization as a VOLUNTEER or to make a DONATION that will impact the lives of LGBTQ+ refugees facing persecution around the world.

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Launching VirtualSTRUT: A call for your support!

Calling all Friends: Volunteers, Donors, Sponsors & Corporate and Community Partners!

Rainbow Foundation of Hope is a Canadian registered charity founded in Vancouver in 2014. Our Mission is simple: acquire and grant funds to other Canadian charities to enable the safe migration of LGBTQ+ refugees under a global humanitarian crisis.

These 100% volunteer-based efforts have provided over $300,000 in grants and millions of Aeroplan Miles across Canada since 2015. We are gearing up for Year 6 of STRUT in 2021, but this time we are going VIRTUAL!

We are proud to host the first ever VirtualSTRUT Launch party where we pay tribute to all of you as donors, recipients, volunteers, sponsors, and partners. As always, this event is FREE for all to attend thanks to our generous supporters.

We thank our media partner for helping us get the word out across Canada.

We are grateful for the financial support to help us launch this event.

Percy Rosenberger, CIM – PI Financial

Corporate and media partnerships ensure your donations are 100% directed to grants we administer across Canada.

We are an Ecosystem of HOPE.

YOU have brought us into being a National Movement from coast to coast and this would not have been possible without all your help and continual generosity. 

Join us on July 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm PDT for some exciting announcements about the future of HOPE.

RSVP by going to STRUT4Hope.org and register.

With Love & Respect,

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A new community partnership in Atlantic Canada

Rainbow Foundation of Hope has just awarded two grants to a new charitable partner, the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax (UUC).

As the sponsorship agreement holder (SAH), UUC is working in partnership with Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia (RRANS) to resettle queer refugees from the Middle East to Atlantic Canada.

Growing a national network of community partners has been a priority of Rainbow Foundation of Hope (RFOH) as part of the first strategic initiative undertaken by the Board of Directors in early 2016.

Both UUC and RRANS will work to privately sponsor three LGBT+ refugees with Ubuntu Canada Refugee as the constituent group (CG). One CG is working to resettle a queer Azerbaijani couple in Turkey and the other is looking to resettle a queer Syrian in Lebanon.

With grants that have now been issued to Canadian charities from Nanaimo, B.C. to Halifax, Nova Scotia we are proud to be present from coast to coast and in six provinces: B.C.. Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.

This Campaign has ended. No more pledges can be made.