Frequently asked questions

Q: What is Plan doing to support girls?

A: Plan operates a wide range of programs to improve the lives of girls and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, and the opportunity to participate in society. We:

  • Encourage and facilitate education for girls
  • Invest in life skills, vocational training and financial literacy so girls gain relevant skills for their bright futures
  • Support young women as entrepreneurs
  • Provide girls with training in media and a change to share their views

Q: Why is Plan focusing on girls – why not boys?

A: Because I am a Girl is an initiative of Plan International, which has been working with girls and boys around the world for more than 75 years. The goal is to lift entire families and communities out of poverty, not just girls. The reason we are focusing our attention on girls through this campaign is because girls are both uniquely disadvantaged because they are young and female, but also uniquely able to help break the cycle of poverty. Studies show that investing in girls – and ensuring they have enough to eat, an education and a safe environment – is the key to transforming lives, lifting families, communities and entire nations out of poverty.

The Because I am a Girl initiative is about harnessing the incredible power that girls and women have here at home, to change the future.

Q: Can I make a one-time donation to support girls?

A: Yes! You can make a one-time donation to the Because I am a Girl Fund, or make a one-time contribution through Plan Canada’s Gifts of Hope program, by selecting gifts that support girls around the world, like hygiene kits, girls’ scholarships and more!

Plan’s extensive infrastructure and expertise will ensure that your donation will have a profound impact on girls in the developing world.

Q: What is the difference between sponsoring a girl and sponsoring the Because I am a Girl project?

A: When you sponsor a girl, your donations will go toward community projects where your sponsored child lives – projects like construction of new schools and clinics, water and sanitation systems, microfinance training and more. Through your sponsored child, you will have a personal perspective on a journey of positive change, learning about life for a girl, her family and the community where she lives. You’ll receive annual updates on your sponsored child and the progress of projects in her community.

When you sponsor a Because I am a Girl project, you are supporting community-based projects that spread over multiple communities. Instead of being introduced to a child or community members, you will learn about a specific issue through the eyes of many children and families in the communities where Plan works. Through quarterly updates, you will learn about how your continued support is helping to change lives for girls in multiple communities where the project is located.

Q: Are financials available specifically for money spent on Because I am a Girl?

A: Transparency and accountability are important to us and each year, Plan Canada publishes annual reviews and detailed financial statements of our work online. We do not breakdown our financial reporting by specific project or fundraising campaign.

Q: How do I change my payment information?

A: Please contact us at 1-800-387-1418 to update your financial information. One of our Donor Support representatives will be happy to assist you.

Q: Can I volunteer?

A: Volunteers are very important to our organization. If you’re interested in volunteering your time at Plan Canada headquarters in Toronto, please visit plancanada.ca/volunteer to get started today!