TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - YWCA Toronto's Director of Advocacy &
Communications, Sarah Blackstock, is one of the Toronto Community
Foundation's new Vital People and the recipient of a leadership grant.
The Vital People grant program recognizes valued leaders who are making
outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations by
supporting their continued training and professional development.
"I am honoured to be receiving this grant which I will be using to
deepen my leadership skills by taking a course at U of T's Rotman
School of Management," says Blackstock. "Investing in leaders in the
non-profit sector helps ensure the sector is able to do excellent and
innovative work. A vibrant, creative non-profit sector is vital to
solving the complex problems our communities face. I am thrilled to
have the chance to build my leadership skills so I can offer my very
best to our communities."
"Toronto benefits significantly from the not-for-profit organizations
playing a key role in addressing the city's critical issues," said
Rahul K. Bhardwaj, Toronto Community Foundation, President & CEO. "But,
we're seeing two significant trends related to not-for-profit
leadership. Many organizations are facing a lack of middle management
infrastructure and our aging population also means we have aging
leaders. We need to better support and equip the next generation of
leaders to handle the challenges ahead."
Vital People are selected for their ability to take initiative, make a
contribution, and demonstrate leadership in the not-for-profit sector.
Grants of up to $5,000 are funded through the Community
Foundation's Vital Toronto Fund and awarded to support the formal
training or other informal development opportunities that best enable
not-for-profit leaders to build their skills and knowledge or apply
their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership
contributions. Grants are available to those just taking on new
leadership challenges as well as those with many years of experience.
Since 2004, the Toronto Community Foundation has invested more than
$359,000 in the professional development of 75 leaders. This year, with
additional gifts from the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation and Griggs
Family Foundation at the Toronto Community Foundation, Vital People
grants were awarded to 12 leaders, a total of investment of $54,400.
For a complete list of this year's Vital Toronto grant recipients,
please visit www.tcf.ca.
The YWCA transforms the lives of women and girls by offering a range of
housing options, employment and training programs, community support
programs, girls' programs and family programs. The organization also
engages in systemic advocacy.
Toronto Community Foundation
With more than 325 endowment funds and assets under administration of
more than $250 million, the Toronto Community Foundation is one of
Canada's largest public charitable foundations. Our mission is to
connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities, all with a
vision to make Toronto the best place to live, work, learn and grow,
through the power of giving.
SOURCE YWCA Toronto
For further information:
Media Relations & Communications Officer
Toronto Community Foundation
416-921-2035 x 218
Director of Advocacy & Communications