Why Donate to SCWIST?

SCWIST has made great strides in promoting and empowering women in STEM since 1981. Your donations help break down barriers for women and girls interested in STEM, support a variety of programs to advance diversity in STEM and increase access for women and girls interested in STEM education and careers. 

SCWIST is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (Reg. No. 119154607RR0001). We rely on your donations to:

  • Deliver our comprehensive programs for women and girls
  • Support our advocacy work
  • Provide events, workshops, and networking opportunities
  • Offer scholarships and awards
  • Operate the SCWIST Resource Centre

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Your Donation Will Support

Workshops & Events

SCWIST workshops, speakers, social events, and networking opportunities for early-stage or mid-career women to make valuable academic and industry contacts, and to develop a sense of community with other women in STEM fields

Expanded Programming

Expanded programming such as job boards and scholarships. SCWIST grows with the new realities; we support and promote girls and women in their wide range of education and career choices throughout their lives.

Advocacy Work

SCWIST advocacy work that focuses on removing systemic barriers and creating structural changes to encourage more girls to enter STEM education and more women to thrive in their STEM careers. We advocate to multiple levels of government and provide resources and support to employers to advance diversity in STEM.


The ms infinity program inspires young women in BC, Yukon and across Canada by introducing them to exciting career options and education in STEM. Having a role model is one of the top ways to inspire a girl to see herself in a future STEM role, to strive for it, and learn how to achieve that goal.


The Immigrating Women in STEM program (IWIS) offers mentoring and resources to women who have immigrated to Canada after having trained and established careers in STEM in other countries. Our IWIS program provides support to these women who may have additional barriers to achieving their full potential in the Canadian economy and society.


The MakePossible program is a low-barrier mentoring and skills exchange online platform for adults that can be accessed anywhere and anytime. This reduces barriers and increases access especially for people living in remote communities and balancing career and family obligations.

Other Ways for You to Donate

There are many options for how you can help SCWIST create an environment where girls and women in Canada can pursue STEM interest, education and careers, without barriers.

Choose a way to donate below and make your gift today. Tax-deductible receipts will be issued.

Legacy Giving

Have you considered what legacy you would like to leave the world? By considering a gift in your will to SCWIST, you could invest in the future of the next generation of girls and women in STEM. Learn more about leaving a legacy gift. If you have any questions, please contact your financial advisor who can help make the right decision for you.

Sample Bequest Forms

Here are links to bequest forms with sample wording to leave a lasting and impactful legacy for women and girls in Canada.

One-Time Donation

Make a one-time gift to make an immediate impact for women and girls in Canada. Send us an email and we can arrange how you would like to donate, visit our CanadaHelps page to make your gift for this year’s operating fund, or visit our Vancouver Foundation page to make your gift to our endowment.

Monthly Donations

Regular donations keep our programs for women and girls running and with monthly donations this allows us to better forecast our budget. Help us achieve our mission to remove barriers for women and girls. Send us an email and we can arrange for you to send post-dated cheques or set up monthly donations through our CanadaHelps page or Vancouver Foundation endowment.

Corporate Donations

Corporate partners provide essential support to deliver and sustain impactful programming that empowers women and girls to pursue their interests, education and careers in STEM without barriers. Contact us today to learn more about how your company can partner with us to create a positive impact for women and girls in Canada.

Securities & Mutual Funds

Donate securities or mutual fund shares without the capital gains tax! Visit our CanadaHelps page to learn more.

In-Kind Donations

Please email us to find out how you can support SCWIST with an in-kind donation such as technology, equipment, venues or services.

Spirit of SCWIST Endowment

The Spirit of SCWIST Endowment Fund was established in 2017 to support the long-term financial stability of the non-profit SCWIST and our mission of promoting, encouraging and empowering women and girls in science, technology, engineering and math. This fund is an endowment fund that provides steady income and enables us to advance our mission over the long term.

In years where donations are down or grant funding is reduced, income from our endowment fund will still arrive. And because Vancouver Foundation administers our fund, we know it will be invested wisely, is socially responsible and expertly managed. Donate and help us ensure our critical work will continue long into the future. If you would like to make the Spirit of SCWIST fund part of your legacy, please see ways to do so below or contact us.

  • Mail a cheque made payable to Vancouver Foundation with “Spirit of SCWIST” in the memo line. Mail to: Vancouver Foundation, 200 – 475 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9
  • Via donation of securities (Canadian and American are accepted) – please contact Vancouver Foundation Donor Services for the forms for your financial broker to complete
  • Via credit card, using the Donate button on our Vancouver Foundation donor page.

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