A message to Canadian Newcomer Serving Organizations from our CEO about Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact – Deadline to apply is September 14, 2018

Earlier this year, Lift Philanthropy Partners launched a new initiative called Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact, created to help 10 immigrant-serving organizations broaden their reach and grow their impact. This commitment and support from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, expands LIFT’s ability to serve groups right across the country who have the common goals of providing newcomers with the tools, opportunities and resources they need to thrive in society.

To me, the successful delivery of this important program could not come at a better time. Skilled workers have never been more in demand with job vacancies in Canada at a record high (Huffington Post).  Through Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact, we will bring our proven capacity building formula to newcomer organizations to benefit their clients in their transition as they acclimate to life in Canada. 

Whether it’s getting them into the workforce faster, facilitating community connections or enhancing their language skills, selected organizations will have a bigger impact on newcomers and refugees who have come to Canada seeking better lives for themselves, their families and future generations.

Windmill Microlending (formally known as Immigrant Access Fund Canada), was the first organization chosen to participate in Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact. Having just completed a comprehensive rebrand as part of an ambitious national growth strategy, LIFT is supporting Windmill in the development of a national strategy and framework for outreach to the hundreds of organizations, agencies and institutions across the country who also serve skilled immigrants and refugees. We are very pleased to be continuing our relationship with Windmill as a partner in this new initiative.

“Having the resources and experience of LIFT and its partner network on our side has been an important part of our growth plan,” said Claudia Hepburn, CEO of Windmill Microlending. “I would encourage any immigrant serving organization to apply if they are interested in expanding their capacity and impact.”

What is great about being a Canadian is the true commitment by our Government to embrace our growing and diverse nation, identifying a need to provide newcomers with a smooth transition to a new life in Canada. More information on Better Beginnings, Bigger Impact can be found here on our website. The application deadline is Friday, September 14, 2018.

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Bruce Dewar

President & CEO

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