Labour Philanthropy: Union Giving in 2012



What the attendees said…

“a great presentation and I got lots of good information and ideas”

Sian Lewis

Executive Director

Phoenix Centre

“Thanks so much. This was the best webinar of this kind that I’ve attended yet.”

Susan Mersereau 

Communications Coordinator

The Gastrointestinal Society

Session Description:

  • Find out what motivates unions to give.
  • What causes do they favour?
  • What is the right way to approach a union to solicit a gift?

Do you receive funds from labour unions?

Would you be eligible for union support?

Canadian Labour unions contribute millions of dollars every year to charities and other not-for-profit organizations.

Unions also contribute internationally to organizations in many other countries.


Intended Audience: 

  • Canadian charities that are union shops
  • Not for profit organizatoins with ‘progressive’ causes
  • Any organization interested in unions as potential donors to their cause

Past Recipients include:

  • Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
  • United Way
  • The Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Canada
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada
  • Ryerson University
  • Food banks
  • Womens transition centres
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival and many, many more


Barbara Wood

 Barbara is the Executive Director at CoDevelopment Canada.

She has been involved in solidarity, human rights and development work related to Latin America for more than 25 years. Her work experience includes time with the Latin American Working Group (LAWG) and the Inter-Church Committee on Human Rights in Latin America (ICCHRLA) in Toronto. In the early 90’s, Barbara was a CUSO cooperant in Nicaragua, working with a local human rights organization to begin a program on women’s human rights.

Her job at CoDev includes overall responsibility for their CIDA-funded program as well as management of the Colombia program.  CoDev’s board includes union leaders and activists and labour support is a significant portion of their revenue.

Janice Manchee

Janice is National Director, Labour Programs and Services at United Way of      Canada/ Canadian Labour Congress

Janice Manchee has been the National Director, Labour Programs and Services, United Way Centraide Canada since 2005.  In this position, she acts as the liaison between the Canadian Labour Congress and the United Way Centraide Movement in their joint efforts to build community.   Janice worked for the Public Service Alliance of Canada for over 25 years, coordinating the national human rights program and developing and delivering a variety of other bargaining and communications projects and programs.  She has been a member of a number of unions, in both the public and private sectors, and has been a staunch supporter of the United Way Centraide throughout her working life.

Janice works with both the United Way – Centraide Movement and the Canadian Labour Congress, including local and regional organizations, to strengthen the partnership between the two and to identify and develop ways in which we can work together for the benefit of working people and the community.

She has received a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University.


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