100 Women Peterborough to donate $10,000 to Teachers For Kids Foundation

Collective philanthropy group's donation will support needs of female students facing financial hardship

Kerrie Magnus and Janie Kelly of the Teachers for Kids Foundation with a cheque for $10,000, surrounded by members of the 100 Women Peterborough collective philanthropy group, who selected the charity to receive member donations at the group's meeting on June 18, 2024 at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of 100 Women Peterborough)v
Kerrie Magnus and Janie Kelly of the Teachers for Kids Foundation with a cheque for $10,000, surrounded by members of the 100 Women Peterborough collective philanthropy group, who selected the charity to receive member donations at the group's meeting on June 18, 2024 at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of 100 Women Peterborough)

At its second meeting of 2024, 100 Women Peterborough has chosen the Teachers For Kids Foundation to receive a donation of $10,000 that will support the charity dedicated to addressing the needs of students facing financial hardship.

The collective philanthropy group, which has now grown to 114 members, met on Tuesday (June 19) at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Peterborough.

At each of its quarterly meetings, 100 Women Peterborough hears presentations from three non-profit organizations randomly drawn from a larger list of organizations nominated by the group’s members. Each member commits to donating $100, and the organization that gets the most member votes receives the collective donations.

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The three organizations that presented to 100 Women Peterborough at Junes’s meeting were Teachers For Kids, One City Peterborough, and Public Energy Performing Arts, with Teachers For Kids chosen by majority vote to receive member donations.

“I am thrilled to share the lengths that this donation would bring about for girls in the community and would enhance their lives in the Peterborough-area KPR schools by letting these budding minds participate in life-changing STEM programs, helping them break free from the cycle of poverty and financial constraints,” said Kerrie Magnus of Teachers For Kids in a media release from 100 Women Peterborough.

Founded in 1986, the Teachers for Kids Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to addressing the needs of students facing financial hardship. The foundation provides crucial support for various necessities, including sports club registrations, sports equipment, meals to support academic progress and medical and personal needs.

Members of 100 Women Peterborough at the collective philanthropy group's meeting on June 18, 2024 at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Peterborough. Since its formation in 2018, 100 Women Peterborough has collectively donated over $200,000 to 24 local charitable organizations. Following a restructuring of the group in 2024, 100 Women Peterborough has increased the number of members to 114. (Photo courtesy of 100 Women Peterborough)
Members of 100 Women Peterborough at the collective philanthropy group’s meeting on June 18, 2024 at Ashburnham Funeral Home & Reception Centre in Peterborough. Since its formation in 2018, 100 Women Peterborough has collectively donated over $200,000 to 24 local charitable organizations. Following a restructuring of the group in 2024, 100 Women Peterborough has increased the number of members to 114. (Photo courtesy of 100 Women Peterborough)

According to the release, Teachers for Kids plans to use the donated funds to support dozens of female students, “enabling them to pursue their dreams and meet essential needs. This substantial contribution will make a significant impact on the lives of these students, fostering a supportive environment for their academic and personal growth.”

“The donation will surely make a significant difference, opening doors to college, university, and careers and fostering a brighter future for these young girls and women,” added Janie Kelly of Teachers for Kids. “Together we can help shape a better tomorrow and we are extremely happy to receive a gracious donation from the women of our community.”

Since its formation in 2018, 100 Women Peterborough has collectively donated over $200,000 to 24 local organizations: YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Vinnies Peterborough, Hospice Peterborough, Peterborough Youth Unlimited, One Roof Warming Room, New Canadians Centre, Cameron House, Five Counties Children’s Centre, Casa De Angelae, Lakefield Animal Welfare Society, Community Care Peterborough, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Community Counselling and Resource Centre, Peterborough Pregnancy Support Services, Heads Up for Inclusion, Kawartha Youth Orchestra, Peterborough GreenUP, Bridges Peterborough, YMCA Strong Communities, Homeward Bound Peterborough, Good Neighbours Care Centre and Food Bank, PARN – Your Community AIDS Resource Network, Camp Kawartha, and the Teachers For Kids Foundation.

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“Together, our dedicated giving group is supporting a local charity uplifting students in our community, proving that collective generosity can transform futures and create lasting change,” said Wendy Hill, a founding member of 100 Women Peterborough.

100 Women Peterborough is part of a growing collective philanthropy movement that began in the United States in November 2006, when Karen Dunigan of Michigan formed the “100 Women Who Care” group. After their first meeting, those women raised over $10,000 for the purchase of 300 new baby cribs for a local organization. The movement has grown over the past 18 years to include groups of men, women, youth, and children around the world, with hundreds of chapters in Canada alone.

For more information about 100 Women Peterborough, visit www.100womenptbo.ca.