History of Local Giving

Zonta History of Giving

During the period  June 1,1994 to May 31, 2017 the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 has donated over $1,100,000 to various projects. 

Our Club members focus on service projects which keep women safer, healthier, better educated and provide the opportunity to improve their lives and fulfill their potential. Together, we are making the world a better place for women, which makes the world a better place for all.

Some highlights of our gifts during this period are given below.

2016 – 2017

Zonta International

  • A total of $4,200 was sent to Zonta International Service to support Amelia Earhart, International Rose Fund ZISVAW and the International Service Fund.
  • A gift from the Aurora club was received as a thank you for our club for our power point presentation. A challenge was issued to our club members and funds were received to match that amount. Our club sent a separate $800 to ZISVAW. 

 Children’s Aid Society

 A donation of $1,000 to be given to girls in post secondary schools to offset their expenses.

CIBC Women’s Breast Cancer Assessment Centre

  • A donation of $23,000 was given completing the $200,000 pledge made by the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1.

FAB Foundation

  • A donation of $3,000 was given to support the Fit Active Beautiful Foundation. They support girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 who are from lower income families by participating in a 5K run to develop their confidence and establish goal setting skills. 

Living Rock Wellness Program

  • A donation of $4,785 was made to support street involved at risk female youth who may be pregnant, or parenting youth or youth needing support related to trauma and emotional health.

Interval House Jared’s Place

  • A donation of $3,000 was made to support women who have experienced domestic abuse and are going through the legal system to affect changes in their own lives as well a their children.

Rygiel Supports or Community Living

  • A donation of $1,000 was made to support women and girls who have a development disability and multiple handicaps specifically physically and mentally challenged women and children. Our funds will help with their transportation. 

 McMaster Frances Colter Memorial Bursary

  • An additional $8,000 donation to the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 from the estate of Frances Colter was received and applied to the existing Bursary established in 2016. This will be for the use of physiotherapy students who are having financial struggles. 

 2015 – 2016

Zonta International 

  • A contribution of $3,640 was made to the International Service Fund and ZISVAW

 McMaster Frances Colter Memorial Bursary

  • A bequest of $40,650 from the Estate of Fran Colter enabled our club to establish the Frances Colter Memorial Bursary at McMaster University. It will pay $1,600 annually and will be awarded to a woman who is enrolled in the physiotherapy program.

 CIBC Women’s Breast Cancer Assessment Centre  

  • A donation of $20,000 from the 2015 Zonta Club Golf Tournament was made towards our club’s $200,000 pledge. The total to date raised is $177,000.

 Transitional Living Hamilton YWCA  

  • A donation of $10,000 to support transitional housing which has been identified as a critical component of the housing continuum to support women who experience homelessness.

FAB Foundation

  • A donation of $3,000 to support the Fit Active Beautiful Foundation. The FAB Girls 5K challenge is offered to girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 from lower income communities to encourage self confidence and self esteem.

 Hamilton Community Foundation – Women 4 Change Giving Circle

  • A donation of $1,500. Our financial participation enables Zonta to contribute to evidence-based research that is conducted on issues facing women and girls I Hamilton and to support programs that contribute to the healthy development of girls. 

2014 – 2015

Zonta International

  • A contribution of $5,100 to sustain and grow efforts to advance the status of women worldwide. The projects receiving funding during 2014 – 2016 are Liberia Fistula Program, Working toward an HIV-Free Generation, Gender Responsive schools, Delaying early marriage, and Voices Against Violence.

 United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton

  • Our Zonta Club contributed over $40,000 to local projects from funds raise through our annual golf tournament, fund raising initiatives, bingos etc. This provided us with an opportunity for a matching grant as a result of Arcelor Mittal-Dofasco’s DoGooder Challenge with the United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton.  They provided an additional gift of $21,338.

 Fit Active Foundation 

  • A donation of $2,400 was made to support 240 girl between the ages of 10 and 14 to participate in a 10 week running program culminating with a 5K run in June.

Hamilton Community Foundation – Women 4 Change

  • A donation of $1,500 was made to the Giving Circle. The Circle supported the Girls Only Club for grade 6, 7 and 8 girls at Queen Victoria.

 Hamilton Health Science Foundation – CIBC Breast Assessment Centre  

  • A donation of $20,000 from the 2014 Zonta Classic Golf Tournament was made. This brought the total to $157,000 on a $200,000 pledge.

 Living Rock Ministries – Wellness Works Program

  • A donation of $4,785.00 was made to support street involved at risk female youth who may be pregnant, or parenting youth or youth needing support related to trauma and emotional health.

 Victorian Order of Nurses – Meals on Wheels

  • A donation of $1,500 was made to provide a subsidy of $3.50 per meal to frail elderly women in our community.

 YWCA – Transitional Housing

  • A donation of $5,000 was made to support temporary housing and services for women who face homelessness, poverty and violence. The funds will be used to provide healthy meals to residents who are living in poverty. 

 2013 – 2014

International

  • $5,000 to Zonta International to help sustain and grow efforts to advance the status of women worldwide. Projects were Amelia Earhart Fellowship International Service Fund, International Rose Fund, ZISVAW, Young Women in Public Affairs Award an the Jane Klausman Women in Business Scholarship Fund.
  • 2012 – 2014 Biennium, two projects are being supported by the International Service Fund – Liberia Fistula Program and Elimination of New Pediatric HIV Infection and Prevention and Response to Survivors of Domestic and Gender Based Violence in Rwanda
  • 2012 – 2014 Biennium, three projects are being supported by the ZISVAW – Mass Communication with a purpose, safe cities for women in Honduras, empowering women in rural Samoa to combat violence.

Fit Active Beautiful Foundation

  • $2,400 to the Fab Foundation provides 240 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 the opportunity to participate free of charge in a 10 week running program culminating with a 5K run.

Hamilton Community Foundation Women 4 Change

  • $1,500 to the Giving Circle established solely by women in our community to help row women’s leadership and influence to ensure that all girls in Hamilton have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation CIBC Breast Assessment Centre

  • A donation of $12,000 from the Zonta Classic Golf Tournament bringing our total to $137,000. Total allocated is $200,000.

McMaster University – The Zonta Club of Hamilton Muriel Stewart Memorial MBA Bursary

  • A donation of $5,000 to the endowment fund to enable the fund to grant $1,000 annually.

Victorian Order of Nurses Adult Day Program and Caregiver Services

  • A donation of $5,000 to VON for the expansion of services offered to clients with Alzheimer Disease and log term illness and their families. These services will be offered at a new Adult Day Program at 20 Emerald Street North in Hamilton. 

YWCA Transitional Living

  • A donation of $3,500 to the MacNab Street Branch that offers transitional living residence, providing temporary, affordable housing to women and girls struggling with poverty.

YWCA Woman Alive

  • A donation of $2,000 to meet the needs of economically challenged women facing multiple barriers to accessing health and wellness programs.

Hygiene Kits

  • A donation of $300 towards supplies for the hygiene kits. Zontians also continued to bring items for the kits throughout the year. 

2012 – 2013

The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 continues to support worthy projects that help to improve the lives of women and girls, internationally and in our local community.  Over $34,000 was contributed to local programmes which provide assistance to women in the areas of health, youth, seniors and education.  We also contributed $4,280 to Zonta International projects which help sustain and grow efforts to advance the status of women worldwide and $3,000 was contributed to the Daughters for Life Foundation.

A detailed breakdown of these donations is shown below:

 Health: 

  • ·$20,000 will be presented to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in support of our $100,000 commitment to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre. This money is raised through our annual golf tournament and presented in June, 2013.
  • ·$2,500 has been allocated to support to the Life After Breast Cancer Conference of 2013.
  • ·$300 for hygiene kits
  • ·$2,000 to a program that offers health and wellness activities and positive social interaction to women from diverse communities who often face isolation.  The program also extends job skills development as it offers the opportunity for fitness instruction certification.

Youth:

  • ·$1,025 in educational awards: two at the high school level and one at the postsecondary level.
  • ·$2,000 to promote goal-setting skills and strategies for girls ages 10 to 14.  These girls participate in a 10 week running program culminating with a 5K run thereby providing participants with a greater sense of self-confidence and esteem.
  • ·$1,500 to a Women 4 Change program aimed to develop leadership skills and influence girls in their critical teenage years.

 Women in Transition:

  • ·$3,500 was donated to a Transitional Living program offering housing and services for up to 65 women facing homelessness, poverty and violence giving them access to various skill building programmes.

 Seniors: 

  • ·$700 was donated to the VON’s Meals on Wheels subsidy program that will subsidize meals for two vulnerable senior women for the period of one year.

Zonta International and the world:

Zonta International uses donations to sustain and grow efforts to advance the status of women worldwide.

  • ·$3,200 was donated by the Club members as a whole toward advancing our International ideals.
  • ·$1,080 was additionally contributed by 7 members toward these International goals.
  • ·$500 was set aside for postage to cover the cost of birthing kits which were shipped to third world countries.  All material was donated.  These kits were prepared by our members and provide safe and sanitary conditions for the mother and child at birth.

 85th Anniversary Donation:

  • $3,000 was donated to The Daughters for Life Foundation.  The Daughters for Life Foundation was established in memory of Bessan, Mayar and Aya, daughters of Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, who was the keynote speaker at our 85th Anniversary celebration. This Foundation has signed an agreement with the Asian University for Women (AUW) to provide full scholarships at the undergraduate level to disadvantaged young women from the Middle East.

Our Club members focus on service projects which keep women safer, healthier, better educated and provide the opportunity to improve their lives and fulfill their potential. Together, we are making the world a better place for women, which makes the world a better place for all.

2011-2012

Our giving this year continued to support women and their families with emphasis on:   Poverty, Education, Legislative Awareness and Health Care to which we donated $ 35,475 toward local projects.  Additionally $8,790 was given to Zonta International to support projects helping people around the world.

Health:
·$13,000 will complete our 2008 commitment to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.

  • ·$7,000 will begin our next commitment (2012) to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre
  • ·$2,500 has been allocated to support to the Life After Breast Cancer Conference of 2013.
  • ·$300 for hygiene kits

Youth:

  • $4,000 to the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area for prevention education.
  • $1,025 in educational awards: two at the high school level and one at the postsecondary level.
  • ·$2,650 to youth sports activities.

Families:

  • ·$500 will give youth and their parent’s equipment for pottery projects.
  • ·$1,000 for child care to allow mothers to participate in Women Alive program

Seniors

  • ·$1,000 to Macassa Lodge for manicure tables to enhance the well-being of residents.

Legislative Awareness

  • ·$2,500 will complete our two year goal $5,000 for their Legal Advocate program

Donations to Zonta International Projects:

  • ·$8,200 in Club Donations
  • ·$590 given on an individual basis by all Club members

Through the Zonta International Foundation and their focus on service projects women are safer, healthier, better educated and will have the opportunity to improve their lives and fulfill their potential. Together, we are making the world a better place for women, which makes the world a better place for all.

2010 – 2011

Our giving this year continued to support our concerns relating to:   Poverty, Education and Health Care and we donated $35,680 toward local projects plus an additional $4,700 to projects serving people around the world.

“Tackling Poverty Together” continued as a major direction and we gave $8,530 to these seven projects:

  • The Living Rock Ministries in support of the project “5 girls for 5 months” ,
  •  A pottery wheel at Jamesville Community Centre,
  • The Fab Foundation providing registration of girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 to participate in a five kilometer race.
  • A skipping club, led by one of our Club members.
  • Advocacy was addressed in support of a two year project to Jared’s Place at Interval House.
  • To align with one of our Zonta International projects we chose to support the AIDS Network in an effort to reduce HIV transmission within the City of Hamilton.
  • Our Club prepares Hygiene Kits for emergency situations and these are filled using donations from the members with a small sum of money available to make necessary purchases required to complete these kits.

We provided $1,150 in educational awards:  two at the high school level and one to postsecondary education.

$26,000 was directed in support of women with breast cancer, allocated as follows:

  • 23,000 was donated to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre raised through the 2010 Zonta Classic Golf Tournament
  • $2,500 was given toward our ongoing support of the Life After Breast Cancer Conference with the next one to be held in the Fall of 2011.
  • $500 toward the film “The Magic in Life” capturing the emotional turmoil women experience through diagnosis, treatment and recovery from breast cancer.

Emergency Assistance – $1,000. was given to the Red Cross in support of relief to Japan after the earthquake and tsunami.

International Donations

  • $500 has been set aside for the cost of delivery of the birthing kits which many of our members worked to prepare.  This is a joint project with Hamilton 2.
  • Every year we make donations to Zonta International to cover the international projects.  This year we contributed $3,200 in support of these projects.

2009-2010

Our giving this year continued to support our concerns relating to:   Poverty, Education and Health Care and we donated $31,650, in support of these goals.

  • “Tackling Poverty Together” continued as a major direction and we gave $6,500 to four projects:  The Living Rock Ministries in support of the project “5 girls for 5 months” , completion of a bedroom at St. Martin’s Manor, sewing machine repair at Jamesville Community Centre and King George School for the purchase of gym equipment.  Our Club prepares Hygiene Kits for emergency situations and these are filled using donations from the members with a small sum of money available to make necessary purchases required to complete these kits.
  • We provided $1,150 in educational awards:  two at the high school level and one to post secondary education.
  • $23,500 was directed in support of women with breast cancer, allocated as follows:
    • $21,000 was donated to the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre: $20,000 raised through the 2009 Zonta Classic Golf Tournament and $1,000 from Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life Insurance Company, on behalf of our club.
    • $2,500 was given toward our ongoing support of the Life After Breast Cancer Conference with the next one to be held in 2011.
    • Emergency  Assistance
      • $500. was given to the St Joseph’s Hospital telethon in support of earthquake relief in Haiti.

2008-2009

Our giving this year targeted three areas of concern:  Poverty, Education and Health Care.

  •  “Tackling Poverty Together” allowed us to direct money to five projects:  Friends for Success, The Living Rock Ministries, Phoenix House, and St Martin’s Manor for a total of $10,500.  Our Club prepares Hygiene Kits for emergency situations and these are filled using donations from the members.  A small sum of money is available to make necessary purchases for these kits.
  • We provided $1,150 in educational awards:  two at the high school level and one to post secondary education.
  • $30,000 was directed to support women with breast cancer  and this money  was allocated as follows:
  • $2,500 for the 2009 Life After Breast Cancer Conference, completing our biannual commitment of $5,000 for the 2009 Conference.
  • $1,000 for the Patient Resource library within the Breast Assessment Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences Juravinski Cancer Centre.
  • $26,500 for the Breast Assessment Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences

2007-2008

  • Tackling Poverty Together” as established by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty and the Hamilton Community Foundation continued as our main community theme with a total of $10,500 being directed to three organizations:  The Living Rock Ministries, Woman Alive! And Phoenix House.
  • $20,000 was directed to support women with breast cancer as shown below:
  • $2,500 was directed toward the Life After Breast Cancer Conference to be held in 2009.
  •  $17,500 has been given to support the Patient Resource Library within the Breast Assessment Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences Juravinski Cancer Centre. This is the first payment in our commitment of $100,000.

2006-2007

This year The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 donated over $48,000 to local projects, continuing to support many previously selected projects.  Of this, $45,500 was donated to new projects and the following highlights these initiatives.

  • This year we chose to follow the theme “Tackling Poverty Together” as established by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty and the Hamilton Community Foundation.  Following this, The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 directed $3,500 to each of three organizations that work to improve lives of people in The City of Hamilton: The Living Rock Ministries, Women Alive! and Phoenix House.  A total of $10,500!
  • By making a $20,000 donation, The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 took a leadership position toward the purchase of an MRI guided breast biopsy coil at St Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation.
  • Education continues to be a priority for The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1.  At McMaster University, $10,000 was provided to establish the Muriel Stewart Memorial MBA Bursary.  These funds will be matched by the Government of Ontario.
  • As in the past, our Zonta Classic golf tournament provided $5,000 in support of the 2007 Life After Breast Cancer Conference.

2002-2005

  • The Zonta Clubs of Hamilton 1 and 2 partnered with the Catholic Family Services and New Faces in a joint project to create, develop and implement a program to explore alternative dispute resolution through the medium of drama, using interactive, participatory theatre with children 7-12 years of age. The goal of this project is to diminish all forms of violence against women and children in our community through the use of alternative dispute resolution strategies. “There’s Got to be a Better Way” is a fast paced and entertaining production exploring alternative ways to resolve disputes in schools, playgrounds and the community. The play was launched in May 2004 and performances are presented at local schools and community organizations. Our Club has committed a total of $35,000 to underwriting this project, which is also receiving funding from the Zonta Club of Hamilton 2 and Zonta International through its ZISVAW (Zonta International Strategies to eradicate Violence Against Women) program.
  • In September 2004, The Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 sponsored the Mother and Daughter Walk for Heart and Stroke with a gift of $5,000. Zontians and friends who carried pledges on the day of the walk raised an additional $2,740. Altogether the walk raised $82,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  • For the 3 years 2002 to 2004 our tournament transferred back to Hamilton and became known as the Zonta Classic. Funds raised were less without Bell as a sponsor, but now all monies could remain in Hamilton. In the last three years, The Zonta Clubs of Hamilton 1 and 2 have raised $25,000. This money has been donated to the Knot-A Breast” dragon boat team ($1000), the Life After Breast Cancer Conference ($5000 in 2003 and $5000 in 2005), the Lay Health Educator project ($5000) and the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre ($4000).

2001-2002

  • $20,000 to the “Growing Roots…Strengthening Neighbourhoods” Program, a 5-year program working with the residents of four Hamilton neighbourhoods
  • The 2001 “Bell Classic” raised $80,000 which was donated to St Mike’s Hospital in Toronto for their “One-Stop” breast treatment centre.

2000-2001

  • In 2000, our Club also initiated the Jane Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Candidates for this award of $500 must be completing the 2nd or 3rd year of a business-related undergraduate degree. The Club winner is eligible to compete for additional scholarships at both District and International levels of Zonta.
  • In 2001, our Club granted a total of $4,000 in operational support to the eight women’s emergency shelters in our community. In addition, we continued to provide hygiene kits, put together by Zontians.
  • $5,000 donation to Hamilton’s Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation Fund. These funds were matched by the Province of Ontario and with other donors from the community; the Fund grew to some $900,000.
  • The purpose of this fund is to help meet the recreational needs of less fortunate children, youth at risk and children with special needs.
  • In 2000 the Bell Classic donated $30,000 to the Hamilton Regional Cancer Centre; $25,000 to Wellspring in Oakville and $30,000 to a research project at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto.

1996-2000

  • In 1996, the Provincial Government launched the Student Opportunity Trust Fund program whereby donations raised by universities and colleges for student financial assistance would be matched dollar for dollar. Our Club made a $100,000 pledge to the Student Opportunity Fund payable $60,000 to McMaster University and $40,000 to Mohawk College. This would create endowment funds totaling $200,000. The income earned from these endowment funds provides financial support annually to women pursuing higher education at these institutions.
  • During 1998-99, the Zonta Club of Hamilton 1 and the Zonta Club of Hamilton 2 initiated an annual Young Women in Public Affairs Award, a financial award, valued at $400, that recognizes and encourages high school-aged young women who are committed to community service, volunteerism and a philosophy of advancing women’s status worldwide.
  • In 1998 we spearheaded the Bell Classic to raise money for breast cancer. We were joined by the Zonta Clubs of Hamilton 2, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, and Brampton-Caledon. During its first year at Glen Abbey, the tournament raised $58,000 that was allocated to Wellspring (Toronto), Wellwood (Hamilton), Burlington Breast Cancer Support Services, and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto for research. Each of the 4 charities received $13,500 (total $54,000). The second year, 1999 the tournament raised $100,000 which went to U of T (research) $50,000, Wellspring (Oakville) $25,000, Ontario Breast Screening clinic (Hamilton) $15,000, Canadian Cancer Society $3500.

1995-1996

  • $15,000 donation to Second Stage Housing, an organization that provides rental housing as women move from their emergency stay in women’s shelters as well as counseling
  • $5,000 donation to Glendale Secondary School for its English As A Second Language program for equipment and books
  • $10,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and directed to a research project in Hamilton-Wentworth into heart disease in women.
  • $3,250 to Caveat – Canadians Against Violence Everywhere Advocating its Termination to support its operations and to cover registration of 10 delegates to attend its Safetynet Conference.

1994-1995

  • $20,000 for the purchase of a van to be used by the Ontario Breast Screening Program to transport women from their home to the Centre for testing.
  • volunteer drivers to keep the van on the road
  • $7,500 to Women’s Shelters:
    $2,500 to Inasmuch House for its emergency and food supplies;
    $3,000 to Interval House for equipment, and
    $2,000 to Phoenix Place for renovation of its rental facilities.