Getting to Know the GCWCC
What do you know about the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC)? Learn about the GCWCC, those who are involved, and who you are helping by donating to the campaign.
What is the GCWCC?
The GCWCC is the largest workplace campaign in Canada and it engages federal public service employees and retirees in a combined effort to raise funds and donate time to those in need.
Public servants and retirees can support HealthPartners, United Way Centraide or any other registered Canadian charity you choose. In 2020, the GCWCC raised $29.5 Million to help communities across the country.
GCWCC: Why Does it Matter?
In 2020, the GCWCC helped more than 5,600 charities to deliver impact and help people in communities across the country. The generosity of campaign donors helped deliver critical care and services — when and where they were needed most — to make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians.
Donations ensured that:
- Canadians had the tools to cope with disabling and life-threatening diseases;
- Families were able to access food banks and emergency shelters;
- After-school programs were able to continue so children could have a safe place to learn, play and grow; and
- Seniors were able to stay in their homes and communities longer.
Supporting charities is a personal choice, so you can donate to the causes you care about most.
Leading the Charge: The GCWCC National Cabinet
The GCWCC National Cabinet provides leadership to the annual charitable campaign. The National Cabinet includes senior leaders from every region across Canada, a council of young public servants, and representatives for federal retirees.
The National Cabinet’s goal is to create a campaign in which all public servants can participate, no matter where they are.
The Youth Council’s Young and Young at Heart Play a Big Role
Simply put, the Youth Council is the future of our campaign. The Council includes representatives of every region across Canada and it serves to engage and inspire new and young (or young at heart) public servants in the campaign.
The Youth Council also runs an initiative known as ProjectBe. ProjectBe focuses on three pillars that are important to our younger public servants and are found in your local communities: youth mental health and addiction , supporting indigenous causes, and addressing homelessness. In 2020, ProjectBe raised over 1.5 million to help support those in need.
Who are Our Partners, HealthPartners and United Way Centraide?
By donating through the GCWCC, you can support the causes that matter to you. You can direct your donation to a registered Canadian charity of your choice, or you can direct it to HealthPartners or your local United Way Centraide. The choice is yours.
HealthPartners: They are your neighbours. When it comes to health, they are there for you. Your donations help 16 member charities save the lives of those you love. In 2019, $2.7 million was donated via the GCWCC which saved lives through research and development, and $1,4 million supported local families.
United Way Cetraide is committed to helping people and families across Canada build better lives. They do this by moving people from poverty to possibility, helping kids be all that they can be, and building strong and healthy communities. In 2019, $4.2 million donated via the GCWCC helped children grow and succeed, and $2.6 million helped lift people out of poverty.
Volunteers and Your Incredible Impact
In 2018, the GCWCC helped more than 5,600 charities in over 90 Canadian communities. Volunteers are the most critical part of the campaign. Volunteers help run the departmental campaigns. They work closely with the departmental chairs by campaigning, hosting events and raising awareness. They can also donate their time to charities of their choice.
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