Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Indspire announces partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners



Toronto, ON (September 6, 2016): Indspire is pleased to announce its partnership with LIFT Philanthropy Partners to improve education outcomes for Indigenous youth across Canada.

Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that works towards enriching Canada through Indigenous education, is launching into a new period of growth within a noteworthy turning point in Canadian history. Having been recognized by LIFT Philanthropy Partners as an outstanding social purpose organization, LIFT will work with Indspire over the next three years to enhance Indspire's organizational effectiveness and expand its reach across the country.

Indspire is led by Indigenous people for Indigenous people and serves First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities and urban centres across Canada. With the support of funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education.

Indspire's K-12 Institute is a virtual resource centre that serves educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success for Indigenous youth. Indspire is the largest funder of Indigenous education outside the federal government. In 2015-16, Indspire awarded over $12.2 million through 3,792 scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous students across Canada. Each year, the Indspire Awards are broadcast nationally through APTN and Global TV, celebrating the successes achieved by Indigenous people.

Using its venture philanthropy approach, LIFT will invest up to $1 million in hands-on management support, strategic funding, and pro bono business expertise from its national network of corporate partners to increase Indspire's unique capacity to make meaningful social impact in Canada.


"We are delighted with our partnership with LIFT which will enable Indspire to continue to grow and to enhance its effectiveness at this important time in Canadian history. We are aware that now more than ever, Indigenous students, educators and communities are seeking support to achieve their potential through education, a goal that Indspire's many individual, corporate and public sector partners are committed to support. "
-Roberta Jamieson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Indspire

"With Indspire, we found a partner that is committed to building better lives for Canada's Indigenous youth through improvements in education, both at the K-12 and post-secondary levels. We look forward to working with Indspire's leadership team to build upon their proven successes and support them to further expand their meaningful work across Canada."
-Bruce Dewar, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIFT Philanthropy Partners

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Each year, the organization presents the
Indspire Awards, broadcast nationally to celebrate the successes achieved by Indigenous people. Visit www.indspire.ca for more information.

About LIFT Philanthropy Partners

LIFT is a national non-profit organization that increases the effectiveness and impact of non-profits, charities and social enterprises that build better lives for vulnerable and at-risk Canadians by addressing barriers to good health, education, skills development and employment. LIFT applies a venture philanthropy approach, which includes hands-on management support, pro bono business expertise and strategic funding, to help these social purpose organizations improve their ability to help more people in need. Visit www.liftpartners.ca for more information.

For more information, contact:
Anne Marie Gabriel, CAE 
VP, Communications & Marketing,
Phone: 416 987 0260
Cell: 226 920 5928
Holly Thornton
LIFT Philanthropy Partners
Indspire, 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 1002, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3B1 Canada

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