Press Releases

  • ANNISAA Featured in NOW Magazine

    IMG_20150716_152659305NOW Magazine

    July 16-22, 2015

    Issue 1746 Vol. 34 No. 45

    page 59

    Brought to us by Volunteer Toronto

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  • How Can Grassroots Organizations Get the Most from Their Volunteers?

    Submitted by Nimira Lalani, Researcher/ Educator

    Volunteer Toronto- Grassroots Growth Project


    Volunteer Toronto welcomes you to attend the Grassroots Growth Project-“ a series of tailored workshops, resources and mentoring aimed at building capacity amongst volunteer-run organizations in Ontario to better manage volunteers.

    Being able to manage volunteers effectively is a key part of a non-profit’s success, particularly for smaller grassroots organizations that rely heavily on volunteers to help achieve their mission.

    One Organization’s Success Story

    Annisaa is one of the many grassroots organizations that is excited to follow the progress of Volunteer Toronto’s Grassroots Growth Project. Here is their story:

    “When you educate a man, you educate a person. When you educate a woman, you educate a nation.”

    So goes the slogan on the website of the Annisaa Organization of Canada, a volunteer-run Toronto-based organization focused on improving the health and well-being of Muslim women. Nadia Sayeh, the Board Chairwoman of Annisaa, is a passionate and articulate woman, who describes Annisaa as arising out of the desire to start a magazine for Muslim women. This idea eventually turned into a non-profit organization, and Annisaa was formally incorporated in March of 2012.

    Nadia was one of the ten people who have attended Volunteer Toronto’s recent focus groups so far, exploring the volunteer management needs of grassroots groups in Toronto. The focus groups are part of Grassroots Growth, a two-year project run by Volunteer Toronto which will address the capacity needs of these unique organizations in Ontario through resources and support, all of which will be available – for free -“ on Volunteer Toronto’s website in March 2017.

    Like many other grassroots organizations, Annisaa faces multiple challenges, from fundraising to volunteer commitment and accessing space. That’s why Nadia sees Grassroots Growth as being so valuable. In her words:

    “We should support these types of initiatives and should invite other organizations to be a part of this… the non-profit sector is growing every day and this is the basis for Canadian society.”

    Ready to begin your Grassroots success story?

    Take part in Volunteer Toronto’s research by attending a focus group, or filling our the survey offered by the Grassroots Growth Project this July 2015. Want more information? Head to Volunteer Toronto to learn more about how the Grassroots Growth Project can assist your organization!

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  • International Development and Relief Foundation Canada Day Iftaar

    Nadia Sayeh, Nicole Mason, and Hafsah Hassan

    Our Iftaar dinner was featured in the Toronto Star.

    Check out this amazing article. Thanks to everyone who attended and most importantly your generous donations!

    Elite Banquet Halls,
    June 30

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  • Small Business Seminar For Women

    Nadia with event organizer Dwania, owner of Canadian Small Business Women

    The Canadian Small Business Women were excited to hold their first Small Business Seminar at The Sheraton Parkway Hotel last month. The event featured small business women from across the GTA, showcasing their businesses to the public. Attendees could also take part in a variety of workshops focused on marketing, social media, web development and more. What a wonderful day of learning and networking!


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