The Global Give is eBay’s unique approach to grantmaking, through the eBay Foundation, which deploys the talents and passions of eBay’s employee base, emphasizing collaboration, innovation and impact. The eBay Foundation challenges eBay employees to make their communities a better place—where entrepreneurs of all backgrounds are empowered to start and grow businesses, and help create opportunity for all and the Global Give plays an important role in making this a reality for nonprofits across the world.
Over this spring, eBay employees worldwide developed and submitted proposals with creative solutions to engage and support entrepreneurship. This summer, the eBay Foundation announced the 2019 winners and granted a total of $1 million. Grants ranged from $30,000 to $60,000 each. Additionally, employee teams will provide mentoring, project and marketing expertise, technology skills, and legal and financial counsel to entrepreneurs in the program.
MumNet is thrilled to share that we are the beneficiaries of one of these incredible grants! The partnership between MumNet and eBay will provide training and support to new-to-Canada and refugee women from marginalized Toronto communities for placement as caregivers in MumNet.
The inspiration for this project stems from a 2018 Global Give project in conjunction with the Yonge Street Mission (YSM). While working with the team on the YSM project, Robert Karbaum was introduced to a group of women who were working towards building their own childminding businesses. Because these women are new-to-Canada refugees living in marginalized communities, they do not have the opportunity to obtain the traditional credentials associated with full-time daycare employment, nor would it be easy or even possible to obtain these credentials on their own due to the high cost of certification. These women, all mothers themselves, overcame insurmountable challenges escaping horrific situations in order to start new lives in Canada, and yet they are restricted from doing what they are passionate about - taking care of children - because of their circumstantial limitations. Providing these women the ability to receive training and providing them with an opportunity for flexible employment to build up their resumes will significantly assist them in turning their budding business into full entrepreneurial successes.
Thank you to the eBay Foundation for this significant and generous grant. The project provides MumNet with a creative opportunity to expand our caregiver staffing while also providing the means to grow our program in volume, vibrancy, and physical reach.