Why Donate to SCWIST?

Your support of SCWIST will promote and empower women working in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as encourage and provide assistance to young women and girls pursuing their dreams of a career in STEM allowing them to grow, develop, and succeed in their fields.

See below for several ways to donate, both for annual operations and into our Spirit of SCWIST endowment fund.


Your donation will support:

  • SCWIST workshops, speakers, social events and networking opportunities for early-stage or mid-career women to make valuable academic and industry contacts and to develop a sense of community with other women in STEM fields
  • Expanded programming such as job boards and scholarships. SCWIST grows with the new realities; we support and promote girls and women in their wide range of education and career choices throughout their lives.
  • SCWIST focuses on the systemic barriers and structural changes needed to have more girls entering STEM education and more women thriving in STEM throughout their careers. We advocate to multiple levels of government and provide resources and support to employers.
  • The MS infinity program that inspires young women in BC and the Yukon by introducing them to exciting career options and education in STEM. Having a role model is still one of the top ways to inspire a girl to see herself in a future STEM role and strive for it.
  • The Immigrating Women in Science program (IWIS) that offers mentoring and resources to women who have immigrated to Canada after having trained and established careers in science, engineering and technology in other countries. Our IWIS program provides support to these women who may have additional barriers to achieving their full potential in the Canadian economy and society.
  • The Make Possible program is a low-barrier mentoring and skills exchange for adults that can be accessed anywhere and anytime. This reduces barriers such as living in remote communities and balancing career and family obligations.


The Endowment

The Spirit of SCWIST fund, established in 2017, is an endowment fund that provides steady income and enables us to advance our mission over the long-term. In years where donations are down or grant funding is reduced, income from our endowment fund will still arrive. And because Vancouver Foundation administers our fund, we know it will be invested wisely, is social responsible and expertly managed.

Donate and help us ensure our critical work will continue long into the future. If you would like to make the Spirit of SCWIST fund part of your legacy, please see ways to do so below or contact us

Note, all donations from May 01 to our New Year event in January 2018 will go to establishing the fund. Special thanks to the founding donors, the SCWIST Elders (founders and past presidents).


 Thank you

Thanks to your support of SCWIST we have made great strides in the education and promotion of women in science, engineering, math and technology throughout Canada since 1981. Canadian women and girls benefit from your continued financial support and the encouragement it provides.

SCWIST is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Reg. No. 119154607RR0001). SCWIST relies on donations to help support the SCWIST Resource Centre, our signature programs as well as SCWIST scholarships and awards.

Ways to Donate:

SCWIST gratefully accepts donations for both our annual operations and to our Spirit of SCWIST endowment. Tax-deductible receipts will be issued.

Annual Operations

  • Via credit card through CanadaHelps
  • Via donation of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc.) 
  • Mail a cheque made payable to SCWIST with “Donation to SCWIST” in the memo line. Please mail to 311-525 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B3H7.


Spirit of SCWIST Endowment

The Spirit of SCWIST Endowment Fund was established to support the long-term financial stability of the non-profit SCWIST and our mission of promoting, encouraging and empowering women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math.


  • Mail a cheque made payable to Vancouver Foundation with “Spirit of SCWIST” in the memo line. Mail to: Vancouver Foundation, 200 – 475 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9
  • Via donation of securities (Canadian and American are accepted) – please contact Vancouver Foundation Donor Services for the forms for your financial broker to complete
  • Via credit card, using the Donate button on our Vancouver Foundation donor page.
  • As a legacy gift in your will. Include the following “To give [$____ / ____% / the residue] of my Estate to Vancouver Foundation, charitable registration #11928 1640 RR0001, to be added to the Spirit of SCWIST fund.” Please email us to let us know.
  • As a gift of beneficiary designation for life insurance, RRSP, RRIF and/or TFSA. Include the following in the beneficiary designation form: “Vancouver Foundation, to be added to the Spirit of SCWIST fund”. Please email us to let us know.

In-Kind Donations

  • Please email us to find out how you can support SCWIST with an in-kind donation such as technology, equipment, venues, or services.

Thank you!!