Thanks to the incredible support of our WIFT-T community and the leadership of Hollywood Suite, we reached our holiday gift-matching campaign goal. Over $10,000 was donated to support the continued advancement of women in our industry.

You can view the campaign here: hollywoodsuite.ca/wift

Investing in Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television raises funds to subsidize WIFT-T’s professional development programs and offer bursaries to women to attend these programs. These bursaries and scholarships provide them with business and leadership skills, access to industry and academic leaders, and career advancement opportunities. Thus, the Foundation plays an important role in increasing access to WIFT-T’s programs.

The Foundation, together with WIFT-T, supports the development and advancement of women leaders because we believe an innovative and globally successful screen-based industry needs a diverse, committed, connected, and well trained workforce.

In 2017, with support from the Foundation, WIFT-T gave impactful support to women in this industry by providing:

  • 75 media professionals (at different career stages) with industry and business-focused learning through 4 intensive programs;
  • 8 tuition-free bursaries to those programs;
  • 40 mentorship matches through WIFT Connect; 
  • Community support through 6 awards of membership and programming passes to aspiring filmmakers in partnership with 5 schools and film festivals; 
  • In addition to industry-sponsored mentorships and networking opportunities.
Why support the Foundation for WIFT-T
Women are a driving force in our industry at the network, distribution and content creation level. It’s an exciting time for women—but there are still barriers to entry at the highest levels of our industry. WIFT-T is a key resource to provide the training and mentorship women need to reach the top levels of our industry as well as keep a competitive edge in the Digital Age. Creativity, business acumen, adaptability, the capacity to embrace technology and strong entrepreneurialism are key to success today. WIFT-T is more important than ever in ensuring that women’s role in the entertainment industry continues to grow.” – Virginia Thompson, President, Vérité Films 

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto relies upon the generous donations received from individuals, foundations and corporations. Every tax-deductable gift to the Foundation helps support the programs and services that are essential to our mission. Donors receive recognition in our Annual Reports, Crystal Awards program and on our website.


Annual and monthly gifts enable the Foundation to provide ongoing support to WIFT-T’s core programs and research, and promote inclusive access to training and mentorship. Many of our donors choose to make an annual or monthly gift to the Foundation. Annual donors receive invitations to special events.


Designate the Foundation as your charity of choice as part of your company’s United Way campaign. You may also have the opportunity to have your donation matched by your employer through a charitable matching program. Contact your Human Resources department to obtain a matching gift form. Complete your portion and submit it with your donation—we will take care of the rest!


A memorial or honorary gift is a meaningful way to celebrate your friends or loved ones while helping to support the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto.

Commemorate a special occasion—birthday, wedding, anniversary or retirement—or make a memorial gift in the name of a loved one. You can choose to make an individual one-time donation or develop a personalized bursary in honour of someone special.

When you make a memorial or honorary gift, we will send a card to notify your friend or loved one of your contribution to the Foundation. We can also include a special message from you. You will receive confirmation that the card has been sent when you receive your tax receipt.


Through bursaries, the Foundation provides professional development opportunities for underrepresented women, women with limited financial means, and women with limited access to training in Canada’s screen-based media. Bursaries are not possible without the financial support of corporate, foundation and individual donors. We are happy to discuss various options for developing a bursary for one of our programs. Bursary contributions start at $1,000.


Secure your seat early! Seats and tables sell out fast! WIFT-T’s annual Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon serves as the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Foundation. Purchase a Foundation Seat or Table and enjoy premier seating, express check-in and complimentary coat check, and receive donor recognition in the Crystal Awards program and online. Secure your seats and treat your guests, clients or staff to this momentous celebration of the achievement of women in film, television and digital media. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the cost.


Take comfort in knowing that you are contributing to the stability and ongoing work of the Foundation, without affecting your immediate income.