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Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health releases 2023 Impact Report, commits $50M by 2026

Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health has released its 2023 Impact Report, highlighting a $50 million commitment by 2026.

The foundation report states it raised $11 million in 2023, benefitting 371 partner organizations and positively impacting over 400,000 women nationwide. The total funds raised by the foundation since its launch in July 2023 now stand at $22 million.

“The Foundation’s vision is to build a future where care is equitable and accessible so that all women in Canada can lead healthier lives. We’re proud of the progress we made in 2023 toward achieving this goal — investing in partnerships, grants, and impactful campaigns like Run for Women and Giving Shelter — but know there’s more work to be done,” said Jeff Leger, president of Shoppers Drug Mart and chair of the board for Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health.

With approximately seven per cent of national funding directed toward women’s health research, recent studies suggest that women are three times more susceptible to various health issues, such as depression and anxiety, compared to their male counterparts.

Since its inception, the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women, the largest event series in Canada dedicated to women’s mental health, has raised over $20 million for local mental health charities. In 2023, the run garnered $2.9 million in donations with over 24,000 participants.

Furthermore, Giving Shelter, an initiative where Shoppers Drug Mart and PharmaprixMD stores raise funds for women’s shelters contributed $2.1 million in 2023. The money went to support 320 local women’s shelters and partner organizations.

The foundation supported local events, providing makeovers and skincare consultations, raising over $3.3 million in 2023, with 100 per cent of donations going to charity partners.

Community grants have also been a focus. The report highlights a $2 million commitment 2023 to back 33 community-led initiatives. Moreover, the foundation partners with organizations like Moon Time Sisters and The Period Purse to promote menstrual health.

“Gender-based violence is a crisis that touches everyone. With the support from Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health, the Canadian Women’s Foundation helps diverse women and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people break free from violence and the economic barriers that put them in a vulnerable position,” said Anuradha Dugal, vice president of community initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Leslie McCarley, president and CEO of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation, applauded the foundation’s work.

“Women’s Health Collective Canada (WHCC) is the first initiative of its kind designed to build a national movement to close the gap in funding for women’s health research,” she said. “With the tremendous support of Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health™, we are investing in ground-breaking health research and healthcare practices designed for, and by, women to make women’s health a priority.”

To read the entire Foundation’s Impact Report, visit the website.

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