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The timing was perfect! On Canada’s first recognized National Philanthropy Day, November 15, 2012, a new initiative was launched to inspire and enable the women of Hamilton to be leaders in philanthropy while focusing on improving the lives of girls and women in this community – Women 4 Change.

The room at Liuna Station was filled with 100 women (and two men) who heard inspiring and motivating remarks from Sandra Stephenson, Sheree Meredith and Beth Webel. There was also wonderful discussion about how to make the greatest impact in our community for women and girls.

The founders of this initiative have been busy over the last year working to shape this fund into one that will be transformative with a desire to foster independence and self-confidence, remove barriers to success and promote positive relationships for women and girls in Hamilton.

At the event everyone was asked two questions:

  •  If you had $20,000 where would you invest it to positively change the lives of women and girls in Hamilton?
  • What would help you to have greater impact as a philanthropist?

Let me know what you think by responding to j.anderson@hamiltoncommunityfoundation.ca.

For more information about Women 4 Change.  You can also read the Spectator’s op-ed about  women, philanthropy and collective impact.