GenNext+ Giving Circles
Choosing change, together.
Team up to make a difference
When you join a GenNext+ Giving Circle, you are coming together with a dynamic group of young philanthropists to learn about the issues facing Ottawa’s most vulnerable, and collaborate to drive change.
To put it simply, GenNext+ Giving Circles are a way to engage with local issues that matter most to you.
How do I join?
For just $20 a month or an annual donation of $240, you become a key member of a GenNext+ Giving Circle of your choice. You have the freedom to decide where your donation is going, and the option to be part of the process as little, or as much, as you like. You will receive a tax receipt for your gift.
What’s in it for me?
After joining a GenNext+ Giving Circle, you can expect to stay educated, engaged, and connected to your community. You will not only be part of a group that shares in your goals and successes, but you will also see the difference your investment in a shared vision can make.
You will also be the first to receive updates about GenNext news and events — including discounts on United Way Ottawa and GenNext events like:
- GenNext Mix & Mingle events
- The Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala
- Food Fusion
- spark events & initiatives
- Beau’s Oktoberfest Ride
- …and more!
Find out more about Giving Circles
Each and every one of us will be touched by a mental health issue in our lifetimes and 1 in 5 of us will personally experience a mental illness. Counselling is often reported as the greatest need, but also the need least likely to be met.
Joining the GenNext+ Youth Mental Health Giving Circle means a measurable impact will be made on the lives of youth struggling with their mental health in Ottawa. Together, members will help provide youth and their families vital local services like addictions counselling, 24/7 crisis lines and peer support groups.
“I had a hard time letting go of the things that I had gone through … I was losing hope for my future.” – Nikki
At a young age, Nikki found herself pregnant while suffering at the hands of a physically and mentally abusive partner. Feeling isolated and alone, depression and feelings of hopelessness overcame her. Fortunately, she found the mental health supports she needed to ensure a brighter future for herself and her daughter.
Our city is home to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community, each member with a unique journey. We all have a path to pride and an important role to play in creating a welcoming community for all.
Joining the GenNext+ Path to Pride Giving Circle means kids, families and seniors will have the supports and resources they need to face the diverse range of challenges throughout their journeys. Together, your giving circle can help the LGBTQ+ community overcome challenges like struggles with mental health issues, affordable housing issues, and a lack of safe and inclusive social and healthcare spaces.
“If one person stands out and says something, they can change the world.” – Charlie
Charlie was assigned the male gender at birth, but identifies as female. She knew from an early age the gender they were assigned didn’t feel right. Community supports gave her friendship, and eased her and her family’s transition.
Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good, and Ottawa is lucky to have a vibrant community of social entrepreneurs. By applying commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, these groups work to change the lives of those at-risk while paving the path to a better future.
Joining the GenNext+ Social Enterprise Giving Circle means supporting local leaders who aim to change the lives of people in your community. From providing jobs or training to people working on overcoming barriers to employment, to improving the environment through sustainability initiatives, social enterprises strive for innovative solutions that add value.
“People gain experience in a working environment that’s more supportive than other workplaces.” – Maxim
Facing depression and a lack of stability, Maxim worked towards regaining his sense of purpose. A social enterprise allowed him to reintegrate and find work that made him feel valued.