At the 2022 Fête, The FIG Fund celebrated its 10th Anniversary and Charitable Status by announcing an additional $10,000 to be awarded in grants for 2022, directly supporting Women & Girls in need throughout Newfoundland & Labrador.
On Sunday May 1st 2022, The FIG Fund kicked-off its 10th Anniversary celebrations at Quidi Vidi Brewery and announced its recently granted Charitable Status, marking a huge step forward for the locally grown fund which aims to support Women & Girls throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We are so excited to share that after a thorough application process, The FIG Fund has just been accepted as a registered charity under CRA.” – Kate McNicholas, current Chair of The FIG Fund Board.
The mission of the fund is to provide financial and non-financial support to women who are facing challenges moving forward in life or who must overcome significant obstacles to achieve their education, career, or life goals. The FIG Fund was created in 2012 by well-known community leader, Adele Poynter, through her desire to make a difference to the lives of women in Newfoundland and Labrador. The FIG Fund name represents the initials of three women who inspired Adele and set an example of how to support and encourage the women around them.
Adele passed away in 2016, leaving the fund in the hands of her daughter, Kate McNicholas and her trusted board of colleagues, family and friends.The FIG Fund Fête is an annual fundraiser held close to Mother’s Day, a wonderful time to remember, celebrate and connect with the many strong women who have shaped our lives. Kate is the current chair of The FIG Fund, and spoke to their friends and supporters at the event.
“I really want to thank our board, made up of 11 female volunteers, who through hard work and dedication grew the FIG Fund to a place where we could become our own registered charity. To celebrate this milestone we are adding an additional $10,000 to our granting total this year so this achievement can really be felt in the community.” – Kate McNicholas.
This year’s Fête was once again in person and featured charcuterie from Figs and Fromage, presentations from grant recipients and a silent auction.
Representatives of Big Sisters Big Brothers NL spoke passionately about the value of their FIG Fund grant, emphasising how it deeply affected the lives of young girls who worked under the guidance of mentors to improve their self esteem and general outlook on life.
A grant of $3,000 was presented to the Gathering Place for “My Sister’s Kitchen”, an evening cooking class for its female clients. The women will decide on the menu, make the grocery list, determine amounts, prepare the food and pack containers to take food home. The program will develop resilience for those experiencing food insecurity, improve social skills, provide nutritious food and build confidence and enjoyment in cooking.