Ways to Give

It is through the generosity and support of our community that Gillian’s Place has been able to evolve into the organization it is today; a safe haven of support and resources for those experiencing abuse.

Monthly Giving

When you make a monthly gift to Gillian’s Place, you are helping provide the support, stability, and reassurance that a woman needs to build a new life for her and her children.

Less than $1 a day can have a great impact:

$25 per month can help one women receive outreach counselling*
$50 per month can help provide shelter to one woman for one day*
$100 per month can help keep our 24 hour crisis line running for one month.*
*based on a one year commitment

How it Works:

As a monthly donor, you can authorize Gillian’s Place to receive a monthly gift directly from your bank account or credit card. It is easy to get started, and you can change or cancel your donation at any time.

Becoming a monthly donor is a simple and cost-effective way to support Gillian’s Place. Join today!

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Why becoming a monthly donor is the best way to give:

It is easy and convenient for you. You set the schedule and your gift is automatically made through your bank account or credit card.

It is cost effective because we can reduce the volume of mail we send, use less paper and keep our costs low.

It is easy to change, cancel, or temporarily suspend your donations at any time.

It provides the stable and reliable source of funding that allows Gillian’s Place to plan future work.

If you have any further questions, if you would like to sign-up over the phone, or receive a form by mail to make your monthly gift by direct deposit, please contact development@gilliansplace.com, 905-684-4000 ext. 233.

Memorial & Tribute Gifts

Gillian’s Place is grateful to be the recipients of a gift honouring the life of someone who has passed. The family of the person you are honouring will be sent a card acknowledging your gift. Your donation can be made securely online, or by phone or mail.

Special Occasions & Weddings

A wonderful way to pay tribute to a special day in someone's life such as a birthday, wedding, anniversary or graduation. A card will be sent to the honouree acknowledging your donation to Gillian’s Place in their honour. Call Bev at 905-684-4000 ext. 233 or send an email for details.

United Way Donor Choice Program

Does your company participate in the annual United Way Campaign? Did you know that you can select our organization as your charity of choice? Take a stand against woman abuse by directing your United Way contributions to Gillians’ Place.

To designate United Way Contributions (or a percentage of contributions) to our organization, please indicate the following on your donation form:

Organization: Gillian’s Place
Charitable Registration #: 129718037 RR0001

Dream Builder Society

To build a strong foundation for expanding our programs at Gillian’s Place, and to provide a stable future for our organization, we recently launched the Gillian’s Place Dream Builder Society.  

There are thousands of women in our community who need the support of Gillian’s Place every year to move from lives of violence and desperation, to lives filled with safety and hope. Your support can help ensure that we can reach these women well into the future.

Becoming a member of the Dream Builder Society is not just an investment in Gillian’s Place; it is truly an investment in our children, and our grandchildren, and one of the most important investments one can make. 

There are three levels in the Dream Builder Society

Building Hope $1,000/year for 5 years.

This is the approximate cost of providing support service to two children. A gift at this level, which is approximately $83/month (or a latte a day), would let us help to break the cycle of abuse for two families., providing hope for a future without violence.

Creating Dreams $5,000/year for 5 years.

Giving at this level would allow us to help 20 women and their children realize their dream of safety and security by giving them the tools to transition from an abusive home to living independently and free from violence and abuse.

Changing Lives $10,000/year for 5 years.

This level is for those who may be part of a company or foundation, or who are just in a position to give more. A gift at this level lets you have a far-ranging impact on the lives of women and children in our community, by supporting one of our most under-funded, yet critical programs. Our Legal program is one of the most innovative in Canada, and gives women the knowledge and power to alleviate some of their deepest fears about leaving an abusive partner and helps them to reclaim their lives.

At Gillian’s Place, we know that the decision to support our organization at this level requires careful thought and decision making. Our Community Development Manager would be happy to arrange a personal meeting with you to answer any questions you may have about Gillian’s Place and the Programs and Services we offer, or to discuss other ideas you may have. Please contact Graeme at 905-684-4000 ext. 254, or graeme@gilliansplace.com.

Gifts of Goods or Services

Gillian’s Place provides essential items such as clothing, underwear and toiletries for the women and children we serve, who often need to flee quickly and do not have time to prepare and pack. Although we accept new items, financial contributions are preferred as it allows us to purchase items in bulk and buy exactly what is needed by the women and children we help. The needs at the shelter change, so it is best to contact us to ensure that we are able to accept your donation.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get regular updates of immediate needs.

We have many options for giving throughout the year. Click here for our wish list of items needed on a regular basis at the shelter.

Please note that we do not accept donations of furniture. Due to health and safety policies, we cannot accept used items or leftover food that was not prepared specifically for Gillian’s Place. We are not able to accept second-hand items, but we have developed partnerships with local organizations who are able to accept used items.

Christian Benefit Shop: 254 Grantham Ave (St. Catharines) (905) 682-8944

St. Vincent DePaul: 67 Queenston Street (St. Catharines) (905) 684-2042

Niagara Furniture Bank: 53 Ontario Street (St. Catharines) (905) 682-8371

Matthew 25: 42 Division St. (Welland) (905) 732-5555

Grimsby Community Services: 40 Elm St. (Grimsby) (905) 309-5664

Drop-off Times (by appointment only):

Monday through Friday – 9 am to 4:30 pm

To schedule a convenient time to drop off your donation, or to ask questions regarding specific items we need, please call 905-684-4000 ext. 233, or email bev@gilliansplace.com

Corporate Giving

Philanthropic Giving

We can help you align your philanthropic objectives through our many programs that help end abuse. If you are considering a tax-effective donation or wish to provide ongoing support to our organization, please call Graeme Dargavel at 905-684-4000 ext. 254

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gillian’s Place hosts a variety of events that bring together Niagara’s corporate giving community, and offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities for corporations to help end violence and abuse.

For other event sponsorship opportunities, please call Community Development Manager, Graeme Dargavel at 905-684-4000 ext. 254

Corporate Giving

Gillian’s Place and the women and children we serve rely on the support of corporate partners to fund our programs and services. There are a variety of opportunities to choose from, allowing corporations to support programs that closely align with their business priorities.

Gillian’s Place has developed a strong, established reputation for providing corporations with opportunities to leverage their brand and significantly impact the community through corporate donations.

At 4.2 billion dollars per year, the cost of domestic violence and abuse in Canada is astronomical. Based on mounting statistical evidence, researchers have concluded that domestic violence and abuse significantly impedes economic growth and investment. Maximize your social impact with a return on investment that helps prevent violence and abuse by supporting Gillian’s Place.

For more information on Corporate Giving, please contact Graeme at 905-684-4000 ext. 254, or graeme@gilliansplace.com.

Make a Legacy or Planned Gift

There’s no time like the present to ensure that you leave a legacy for the benefit of future generations. Thoughtfully prepared gifts, like a willed bequest or a gift of life insurance, are gifts that can form the financial bedrock for the future of the programs and services provided by Gillian’s Place. These types of planned gifts reflect the strong relationship between Gillian’s Place and its most solid supporters. You can make a very real contribution to the success of our mission, both today, and in the future with a little planning today.

A planned gift is a charitable donation that is planned now, and received later through your estate. Some people think that only the wealthy make this type of donation. The truth is, however, that anyone can plan a legacy gift no matter their current income or assets. And, in addition to the personal satisfaction they’ve received from supporting an organization near and dear to their heart, a growing number of our financial supporters have also been attracted by the tax benefits some planned gifts can provide. We invite you to learn more about the special opportunities to support the work of Gillian’s Place.

Wills and Bequests

Planning your will is one way of ensuring you provide for those you care about. In addition to planning for those you love and depend on you, your will also allows you to benefit Gillian’s Place through a gift of money, property and other assets.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A charitable gift annuity is a way of donating an irrevocable gift to Gillian’s Place in return for guaranteed income for the rest of your life. The portion of your gift not used to provide the annuity income is used by Gillian’s Place as you direct.

Putting Stock into ending Domestic Violence

Changes announced in the 2006 Federal Budget make it much more attractive to donate gifts of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, bills, futures and other publicly-traded securities to Gillian’s Place.

Charitable Remainder Trusts & Gifts of Residual Interest

If you have cash or an asset that you have considered leaving to Gillian’s Place in your will but would like the tax benefit now, then a charitable remainder trust or a gift of residual interest may be your answer.

For more information, we invite you to contact Nicole Regehr, Director of Development & Violence Prevention Programs, 905-684-4000 ext. 231 or nicole@gilliansplace.com.

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Holiday Programs

The 2021 Gifts of Hope Catalogue will be released in October, 2021.

Gillian’s Place needs your support during the holiday season to help the women and children we serve to celebrate the joy of the season in a safe environment. The holiday season can be a stressful time in the best of circumstances. For women struggling to make ends meet, gift buying can seem to be an overwhelming expense. To make the Holiday Season a little easier for our clients, Gillian’s Place offers many ways you can assist to share the joy of the Holiday season in a meaningful way.

Each year, Gillian’s Place provides safe shelter and support services to thousands of women and children on their journeys to safety and independence. The gifts on these pages have been carefully curated to let you know exactly what we need to enable us to continue to offer essential services and care to our community’s most vulnerable. 

 

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