PwC donates $230,000 to support the professional development of charity leaders across Canada



    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - One hundred charity leaders from across Canada
have received a grant of up to $2,500 from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Leadership Grants program.
    As part of the PwC Canada Foundation, the program was established in 2006
to support the leadership and professional development of existing and
emerging charity leaders, which is an acutely under-funded area for
non-profits.
    "For many charitable leaders, professional development opportunities are
not always within their organization's budget," says Chris Clark, PwC Canadian
Senior Partner and CEO. "The aim of our Leadership Grants program is to invest
in charity leaders - maximizing their potential as leaders by giving them the
management tools and skills necessary to successfully lead their organizations
into the future."
    Recipients can apply the funding to a formal educational program or
development opportunity of their own choice that will help them build their
skills and gain experience. In turn, recipients will be able to apply their
learning to improving their delivery of programs and services to the
communities and people most in need.
    PwC conducted an internal poll inviting employees to choose the causes
that mattered most to them. Children and youth, poverty, education, and the
environment were selected the top causes and as a result, organizations in
these categories received the majority of grants this year.
    Feedback from grant recipients has been extremely positive to date.
Margie Grant-Walsh, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pictou
County, Nova Scotia, was one of the recipients. "It is community-minded
corporate Foundations that help make agencies like ours successful," she said.
"Funding opportunities are slim for training, and in a non-profit organization
this is usually one of the first budget items that are cut."
    The following are examples of 2007 Leadership Grants awarded by PwC and
include a description of how the funds are being used:

    
    -   The Candlelighters Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, Derek
        Rumboldt-deLouche, Camp Director, will use the grant to complete the
        Canadian Society of Association Executives Management Course, which
        includes modules in strategic management, operation cost reduction,
        strategic alliances, and organizational governance.

    -   Meal Exchange, Leisha Zamecnik, Communications and Program Manager,
        will use the funds to attend the Tamarack Communities Collaborating
        Institute conference. The conference teaches attendees how to engage
        community agencies, groups and vulnerable citizens across Canada to
        address complex social issues. She will also attend the Professional
        Administrators of Volunteer Resources of Ontario conference and a
        desktop publishing workshop.

    -   Ronald McDonald House Atlantic Canada, Alison Snow, Family Room
        Coordinator, plans to travel to two existing Ronald McDonald Family
        Rooms to share best practices with colleagues and receive training.
        Upon her return from visiting the two facilities Ms. Snow would like
        to be ready to manage a successful program for her organization.
    

    The mission of the PwC Canada Foundation is to make a positive, lasting
change in Canadian communities through the sharing of time, expertise and
resources. The Foundation offers multiple programs that provide financial
resources to numerous charitable organizations and also encourages and
supports the community involvement of PwC's staff and partners. To learn more,
visit http://www.pwc.com/ca/foundation

    PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com) provides industry-focused assurance,
tax and advisory services to build public trust and enhance value for its
clients and their stakeholders. More than 146,000 people in 150 countries
across our network share their thinking, experience and solutions to develop
fresh perspectives and practical advice. In Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
(www.pwc.com/ca) and its related entities have more than 5,200 partners and
staff in offices across the country.

    "PricewaterhouseCoopers" refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an Ontario
limited liability partnership, or, as the context requires, the
PricewaterhouseCoopers global network or other member firms of the network,
each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.





For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Hicks, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,
(416) 869-2449, jonathan.hicks@ca.pwc.com

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