A letter from the Saskatoon Mothers' Centre
- Saskatoon Mothers' Centre | April 07, 2016
The Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre is Crowdfunding and has a goal to reach $25,000 by end of May 31st, 2016
Recently, we shared about our Go Fund Me campaign, launched on March 1st, 2016 and are having great success. We are about 1/3 of the way and have raised almost $11,000! We want to thank everyone who have contributed and helped us spread the word. For those who have not contributed, we would like to give you a little nudge and ask that you help us “spread the word” by forwarding this letter to your networks.
Why did we launch the campaign? We rely on short-term grants from a variety of funders. This funding is not guaranteed and it is not enough to fully support our Centre. We have chosen to actively engage with our community in order to develop a sustainable funding base. We are raising funds to support the Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre core programs that assist women build self- confidence, better their skills, and provide a good life for themselves and their families.
We are hoping to raise $25,000 by May 31, 2016. To see more information about the campaign please see campaign link at https://www.gofundme.com/saskatoonmothers
Since we launched our campaign we have had some incredible growth and inspiration in the Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre. One of the highlights was the International Women’s Day event which we co-hosted with several other groups, including the Elizabeth Fry Society, Out Saskatoon, SCAYP, and DAWN, and the Paraplegic Association and many more. It was a creative, fun time with about 175 people who joined us!
On March 14th, we had our third Annual General Meeting, and it was the best yet! 25 women and their children joined us for a wonderful meal, a talking circle and to deal with some business matters. The most exciting part of the evening was the talking circle with Maria Campbell. Maria’s story of starting a food coop in Edmonton sparked the formation of a food co-op through the Mothers’ Centre. We also elected a wonderful Board of Directors who is mostly First Nations and Métis women.
We are reaching more and more people. The go fund me campaign has helped us raise the profile of the Saskatoon Mothers’ Centre. This week we are launching our business engagement strategy. We have approached locally owned businesses to ask them to help us out with a raffle for locally made products. We will be announcing the supporting businesses within the next couple of weeks.