The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is proud to introduce our first-ever official charity for the DesignThinkers Toronto Conference: North York Women’s Shelter. We are pleased to support an organization on the front lines of ending violence against women.
"As an Association, we work to connect our members within the industry, and advocate the value our profession adds to life, commerce and society,” explains Communications Committee Chair Nicola Hamilton RGD. “Naming an official charity gives us the opportunity to positively affect that society by collectively contributing to a cause beyond our industry."
This well-established charity is building a new, state-of-the-art centre that will provide shelter, safety and drop-in services to hundreds of women, children and their pets from across Toronto who are impacted by violence in their homes. Thoughtful design is at the heart of the rebuild making it possible to create a beautiful new space that will be a welcoming place of healing, empowerment and refuge.
With a planned completion date of Spring 2019, the entire cost for the Centre is over $12 million. The $9 million in government funding already secured is a 3-to-1 match for the tax-deductible donations received from people and organizations in the community.
So, what is the Challenge as part of this year’s DesignThinkers? We want to help raise $20,000 to support North York Women’s Shelter by the end of the Conference. (That’s just $10/attendee!)
Reaching this goal will fully fund the construction, interior finishes (e.g. lighting, bathrooms) and furnishings (e.g. beds, storage cupboards, bedside tables, cribs, sheets and towels) for one of the 17 new bedrooms with private baths being built in the emergency residence.
Help us reach our goal & donate today!
Text2Give: Text ‘HERBUILD’ to 30333 to donate $10 to the HER Campaign
Donate Online: Click here
Donors may request receipts for income tax purposes. Individuals / companies who donate $250 or more will be recognized onstage at DesignThinkers 2018. Visit the NYWS booth at the conference tradeshow to be entered into a draw for the chance to win a free registration to DesignThinkers Toronto 2019!