Stronger Together 2017 grants awarded

Mark PetersenNews

Six foundations joined together in 2017 to collectively award $1,095,000 in grants to innovative projects run by Canadian Christian charities.  Participating donors included founding members Bridgeway Foundation and John & Rebecca Horwood, along with more recent collaborators Kehila Foundation, Redleaf Foundation, and River Dali Foundation.  This year the David & Dorothy Lam Foundation joined in to make us even stronger together!  These partners believe that by sharing due diligence and communicating clearly and strategically, that funds can become more productively deployed than if any one donor had given individually.

Grants are awarded for innovations such as: the merger of two similar water-delivery charities, the development of a robust digital network for Canadian Christian leaders, creating sustainable livelihoods for youth in Cambodia and Ghana, medical testing for women in the remote Colombian Amazon, expansion to a new area for education training in Rwanda, national research on what makes for flourishing churches, and the expansion of a wellness centre for students.

The following list details the 20 charities that benefited from these grants. Click on the links for more detailed information for each grant.

Organization Name Project Name Purpose of Investment Amount Awarded
A Rocha Canada Homes of Hospitality: Integrating Environmental Stewardship and Spiritual Growth To facilitate the growth of a residential internship program for environmental education through housing expansion in Surrey BC, and the launch of a new program for interns in Hamilton ON. $45,000.00
ACTS ACTS & The Water School Merger To support the merger of two faith-based, Vancouver charities focused on clean water initiatives in Uganda. $30,000.00
Ambrose University Flourishing Congregations Institute Research – National Survey Phase To conduct national research of over 3000 paid staff, board members, ministry leaders, and attendees from Catholic, mainline and conservative evangelical churches regarding the qualities that make for a thriving congregation. $56,000.00
Blue Sea Philanthropy Essentials Fundraising Academy Pilot To develop and launch a sustainable process to train and mentor charity leaders in best practices for fundraising. $40,000.00
Chab Dai Coalition Butterfly Longitudinal Research Project To complete the final years of a 10 year longitudinal study on trafficking survivors and their reintegration into society as healthy individuals. $30,000.00
City Kidz Community Engagement Program To create a new program role to enable better linking of sponsored children with community supports. $35,600.00
City Movement Inc. Movement Map To develop a digital space to network Christian leaders in Canada. $25,000.00
FH Canada Ending Poverty Together Hub To create and launch a web hub through a partnership with at least eight organizations for shared education and resources on poverty. $60,000.00
Ghana Rural Integrated Development (GRID) Ghana Youth Initiative: Growing a Future To pilot a sustainable income-generating and savings program for adolescents in NW Ghana using fish hatcheries in community ponds and gardens for agricultural produce. $100,000.00
Health Partners International of Canada Bringing Donors to the Field through Virtual Reality To produce a virtual reality (VR) video to be used in engage current and future supporters, leading to a donor base that is broadened by 10-15%. $50,000.00
Mealshare Growing Mealshare’s Capacity To hire a full-time manager for frontline staff, enabling continued strong growth of a new hunger relief charity. $40,000.00
Medical Ministry International Canada Cervical Cancer Screening on the Amazon River Utilizing New Canadian Technology To pilot HPV screening for women in remote communities along the Colombian Amazon and tributaries using new Canadian medical technology. $75,000.00
Northwest Baptist Seminary Mastering Mission through Mentoring Leadership To invest in the development of tools and resources to allow for the multiplication of competency-based theological education for over 30 other organizations or institutions. $35,000.00
Ontario Christian Gleaners Dried With Love Symposium To convene key delegates from at least 8 food aid organizations to share best practices at a gathering in Vernon BC in spring 2018. $15,000.00
Ratanak International Trafficking Vulnerability Reduction Project To launch three new rice mills into rural communities in Banteay Meanchey province, Cambodia to address local issues of poverty and trafficking with an upstream, strategic solution allowing youth to remain in their villages. $65,000.00
Save the Mothers Investing in Midwives Through Midwifery Mentorship Model To develop a model in ten Ugandan hospitals allowing for the mentoring of midwives, and to publicize the model through an academic journal. $81,400.00
Teen Challenge Canada GTA Women’s Centre Case Management System To develop and implement a new Client Management System into a regional women’s addiction centre, piloting it for introduction in centres across the country. $100,000.00
The Cridge Centre for the Family Building a Road-Map to Safety for Immigrant and Refugee Women To assist immigrant and refugee women facing intimate partner violence through an online toolkit and coordinated service team in Victoria BC, and to share best practices to over 370 transition houses across Canada. $12,000.00
The Wellspring Foundation for Education School Development Start-Up (Rubavu, Rwanda) To establish a new field office and start up teacher training operations in a new district of Rwanda, and to develop a paperless monitoring and evaluation system for grassroots reporting. $100,000.00
Trinity Western University Student Success Plan (SSP) To expand a university’s wellness centre capability and to introduce standard curriculum on human flourishing for all first year students. $100,000.00
Total Grants Awarded: $1,095,000.00