Women’s Giving Circle
The Women’s Giving Circle is a group of community women of diverse backgrounds and interests who know that we are able to do more together than as individuals, and desire to have a real and sustainable impact on health care at our hospitals.
We have come together to support the brilliant and creative minds working within the health care facilities which donors to University Hospitals Kingston Foundation have helped to build and maintain. We believe that there is incredible potential being nurtured in our medical research community. We understand that without base funding, many important research projects are challenged to move past the concept and design phase to implementation and impact.
Our Giving Circle is Committed to:
- Building a sustainable fund to support medical research at our Kingston hospitals
- Fostering an enduring circle membership of concerned women with varying backgrounds, interests and perspectives
- Granting funds through a fair and unbiased process to support a broad range of medical research projects
- Promoting community awareness of the important medical research being done at our Kingston hospitals.
If I join the Circle, do I need to attend business meetings?
No, there is an excellent steering group chaired by Gillian Little which involves a number of dedicated women, including Honourary Chair Shirley Abramsky. Meetings are held quarterly.
How do I become a member of the Women’s Giving Circle?
You can play a big role in making a medical discovery right here in Kingston by becoming a member of the Circle for $500 per year. We also offer a membership for those under 40 at a discounted rate of $250. Simply click here to sign up today through our online giving site. You may wish to send a cheque payable to UHKF (please indicate it is for a Womens’ Giving Circle membership), or pay via credit card. For a printable copy of the brochure and registration form click here.
What do some of our members have to say?
“Being part of the Women’s Giving Circle has been truly inspiring in many ways. It’s exciting to be among this strong and passionate group of women. And, learning about all the amazing research that is happening here has made me a prouder Kingstonian!” – Reena Acharya
“Where would we be without antibiotics or insulin or vaccines for things like smallpox? I am delighted to support health care research. It benefits all of us!” – Carol Mackillop
Sharing information is a key part of the Women’s Giving Circle. To that end, we invite women from across Southeastern Ontario to join us for our community events, sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart.
On June 3, 2013, research funds were presented to our first three recipients for aging-related research. You can watch the entire presentation here. In 2014, funds were awarded to two more participants, in the fight against chronic pain. Hear more about those projects here.
One of the first projects to receive funding was headed up by Dr. Michael Rauh into better diagnosis and treatment of myeloid cancer. With that funding, Dr. Rauh was able to collect important information that helped him attract larger grants for further research from national funding bodies. Here’s an update:
Some of our members with recipients of the first-ever research awards:
What is the importance of local funding for research? We put that question to Dr. Roger Deeley, Vice President of Health Sciences Research at Kingston General Hospital. Here’s what he said: