Introducing the Project Change Foundation

It gives me great joy to announce the launch of the Project Change Foundation, a new public foundation and registered charity in Canada that will act as a catalyst for creating positive change in communities across our country.

Every year the Project Change Foundation will invest time and money in Canadian change makers – those endeavouring to make the world a better place by creating positive social or environmental change. The Foundation will focus on supporting emerging Canadian organizations who think big, connect with community, engage and inspire, make a difference, and respect the planet.

Apply for Support

Expressions of interest are welcome from early-stage community-based organizations in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. In its inaugural year of 2016, Project Change Foundation will be awarding investments of $1,000, as well as providing free advisory support, to help kick-start projects that produce specific and measurable impacts while contributing to community or the environment.

Please begin the conversation by telling us a little bit about your organization and the very special project you would like to put forward for funding and support. The more specific you can be about your project goals and its measurable impact, the better. For consideration in 2016, please submit your expression of interest no later than October 31, 2015. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Project Change Foundation is a public foundation and registered charity in Canada (BN: 817850381RR0001). As a public foundation, we can only support qualified donees (e.g., other Canadian registered charities).

Make a Donation

I invite you to support our work by making a donation to the Project Change Foundation. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means your donation will be invested directly in Canadian change makers who are working hard to make the world a better place. As well, when you make a donation, you will receive an official tax receipt by email that is accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Thank you for partnering with us to create positive change in the world!

With appreciation, Joe.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: An event in support of imagine1day

Imagine a child having to walk one and a half hours every single day just to attend school. Then, having to walk for another hour or more to do simple household chores, like getting fresh water or going to the market for food. That’s the reality for most children living in rural communities in Ethiopia.

Want to help change this reality? This week, I invite you to take part in Walk a Mile in Their Shoes to help support imagine1day’s educational projects in Ethiopia.

imagine1day works with rural communities in Ethiopia to build schools and infrastructure so children can get a quality education close to home. This gives Ethiopian children more time for their studies, more time with their family and friends, and simply more time to be a kid. With easier access to quality education in their community, children are better able to blossom into their full potential.

During the week of September 23rd – 27th, I invite you to join me for Walk a Mile in Their Shoes to help raise funds and build awareness for imagine1day’s work in Ethiopia. Each day, Monday through Friday, we will be holding a fun and social walk at the end of the workday. Each day’s walk will be of varying distance to help raise awareness for some of the challenges facing school children in Ethiopia. Join me for any or all of the days! The walks are by donation.

If you’re not able to take part in a walk, but would still like to support imagine1day’s goal to ensure all Ethiopians have access to quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030, please donate here. 100% of your donation will support education projects in Ethiopia.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Join us on a walk! Each day, we will leave at 4:30pm from the imagine1day office located at 2108 West 4th Avenue in Vancouver (please meet on the sidewalk on 4th Avenue at 4:25pm). The route will vary each day, but we will always end up where we started. The walks are by donation.
  • Donate – if you would like to support imagine1day’s goal to ensure all Ethiopians have access to quality education, please donate. 100% of your donation will support education projects in Ethiopia. Click here to donate!
  • Spread the word – please tell others about our walks. Everybody is welcome!

The Details:

When: everyday at 4:30pm, from Monday, September 23rd through Friday, September 27th

Where: meet at 2108 West 4th Avenue at 4:25pm

Your Guide: the walks will be led by yours truly

The Walks:

  • Monday – Average distance that children walk to get to the nearest school (in rural communities where imagine1day hasn’t yet worked) – 7km
  • Tuesday – Average distance that girls spend walking to get water – 5km
  • Wednesday – Average distance people in rural communities walk to the market – 10km
  • Thursday – Average distance boys walk to take their livestock to graze – 3km
  • Friday – Average distance a community leader walks to attend meetings with other local leaders from the district – 15km

Join me for any or all of the days. It will be a fun way to get some exercise, meet new people and learn about imagine1day’s work in Ethiopia!