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The ETFO Humanity Fund

​​​ Humanity Fund imageWhat is it?

The ETFO Humanity Fund uses the resources of ETFO members to support children and their teachers around the world, enriching their lives and the lives of their communities. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is the signature charity supported by the fund. Other organizations the fund supports include the CTF Trust Fund, Save the Children, War Child Canada, the Canadian Red Cross, Pueblito, and Global Medic, among others.

How does it work?

For most of its history, the Humanity Fund has been financed through payroll deductions by members. Each participating member has a dime a day—or $20 a year—deducted from his/her salary through automatic payroll deductions. These funds are then forwarded to the Humanity Fund by the member's school board.

The fund also receives individual donations from ETFO members, staff, and locals. In addition, a resolution was passed by delegates at the 2011 Annual Meeting to contribute $200,000 a year to the ETFO Humanity Fund.

The ETFO Humanity Fund is run by a board made up of members of the Provincial Executive, leaders from participating locals, and two rank-and-file members of ETFO.

ETFO Humanity Fund Application

Charities interested in requesting a donation from the ETFO Humanity Fund should complete this funding application form.

Note: Applications for funding are considered twice a year, the Fall deadline is October 15 and the Spring deadline is April 15.

Application to join the ETFO Humanity Fund Board of Directors

​The ETFO Humanity Fund Board is looking for two members to serve as member-directors. All active members of ETFO are eligible. 

The ETFO Humanity Fund was created in 2002 to provide members with a way to work together to support children and their teachers here and abroad. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is the signature charity supported by the fund. Among other organizations the fund supports are Save the Children, War Child Canada, Horizons of Friendship, Pueblito, and Crossroads International. 

The ETFO Humanity Fund is supported by payroll deductions by members in locals, donations by members, staff, locals and by an annual contribution by ETFO provincially. 

The Humanity Fund Board is responsible for approving donations to charities who apply for funding. The board usually meets twice a year to consider applications for funds. The term of office of member-directors is two years, renewable for a further two years. The first meeting of the new term will be in the Fall of 2020.

The application form for the position of member-director​ is available now. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2020. 

If you are interested in international development and the work of the Humanity Fund, consider joining us in sharing ETFO member resources with children, educators and their communities around the world. 

Please contact James Taylor at if you have any questions.

Stephen Lewis Foundation Newsletter

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is the signature charity of the ETFO Humanity Fund. To view the most recent newsletter and read about some of the great work the Stephen Lewis Foundation does with ETFO member support: Grassroots Newsletter.

NOTE: This website section can be accessed with the following web address:​​​​