This past year, the Foundation was the grateful recipient of a $2 million legacy gift from our dear supporter and friend, Karen Green-Fischer.
In the spirit of Karen’s lifetime support of so many areas across Women’s College Hospital (WCH), the impact of her gift will be shared across the hospital, supporting the purchase of new breast imaging equipment, fueling work in education and knowledge sharing driven by the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health, and establishing a new awards program intended to fund breakthrough research.
Guided by her values and passion for supporting education, culture and women’s health, Karen became a consummate champion for women’s health and an integral member of the 100Women group. Karen’s involvement in 100Women was felt deeply by our organization and the 100Women membership. We remember Karen – her warmth and kindness, her beautiful energy and the enduring legacy she leaves behind at Women’s College Hospital.
“Our family feels it’s important to support Women’s College Hospital Foundation because we want to make a difference. Karen was proud to support Women’s over the years. When she was ill and she received care here, everyone was so kind and wonderful to her. We’ll never forget that and we’ll always be grateful. This is a very special place to us.”
Since Dr. Emily Stowe founded our hospital in 1883, we’ve been breaking down barriers to care for everyone. Today, Women’s is the only hospital of its kind in Canada with a focus on addressing the unique healthcare needs of women and advancing health equity for all.
Standing alongside us in this journey has been our dedicated community of donors and supporters, most notably our 100Women. 100Women is a community of leading women philanthropists committed to driving bold change for the future of healthcare by supporting Women’s College Hospital.
Since its launch in 2013, 100Women has evolved into one of Canada’s most powerful and impactful philanthropic groups led by women, for women. Over the past 10 years, 100Women members have collectively given more than $38 million to support care, research, innovation and education spanning across almost every program area of the hospital.
Together, the 100Women have become champions of the healthcare revolution and we stand together to inspire transformation and affect deep change for the health of women and for all.
We’re so grateful for this empowered group of women philanthropists who have been incredible champions of our hospital’s mission and vision – and are a true driving force behind our hospital’s ability to make health equity a reality for everyone.
“Women’s is a leader in research, education, and care for women’s health issues. I want to contribute to their efforts and make a difference in the lives of women and their families.”
Marissa Kassam, Donor and 100Women member