Donation Inquiries

Thank you for your interest in donating to and Women’s Shelters Canada. is a project of Women’s Shelters Canada. Through our work, we address the continued and ongoing prevalence of violence against women in Canada. Donations go towards our work in addressing violence against women at a systemic and national level. As a national organization, we advocate for every woman in Canada to have access to comparable levels of services and protection no matter where she lives. We highlight the valuable work of women’s shelters and transition houses in responding to women and children 24/7. And we also engage in raising public awareness and creating opportunities for shelters to share best practices, which ultimately improves the experiences and lives of the women and children they serve. Check out the work we do here.

At Women’s Shelters Canada, we encourage people to support their local front-line VAW shelters. Our national shelter directory,, has recently added direct contact information for donation and volunteer inquiries to many listings, in addition to crisis contacts for women seeking safety.

Financial donations allow shelters to add resources where they are most needed. Top in-kind donation needs highlighted by shelters include local gift cards (for gas, groceries, phone, transit vouchers, etc.), new unopened hygiene products, new linens, and new clothes and outerwear for women and children.

Due to the pandemic, many shelters have faced restrictions in their capacity to accept second-hand clothing and furniture. This challenge, in addition to increased crisis needs and increased market prices, means that community donations of funds or new items means more now than ever. Thank you for supporting shelters who support women!

If you represent an organization seeking to make a larger-scale donation to multiple women’s shelters, please contact the Member Engagement Coordinator at to help plan next steps.