Support SMLS

Millie Fund

What is the Millie Fund?

SMLS is a school where wonder, discovery, empowerment and resilience emerge.

Donations to The Millie Fund provide a critical source of funds that help make that possible. 

Why Giving Matters

One of the many things that makes SMLS so special is the support we receive from the members of our community - alumnae, parents, grandparents, staff, faculty and friends. Every day, we see and feel the impact of their generous support. 

Gifts to The Millie Fund create endless opportunities for current and future students. The past 130 years have shown the impact of giving for our school community. When every member of our community gives as generously as they can, the collective impact is powerful.  With your help, we can continue to provide an environment where wonder, discovery, empowerment and resilience emerge.

With your gift today, you can:
  • support key priorities across the school through our Head's Initiatives Fund
  • give more girls an opportunity to receive an SMLS education through our Student Financial Assistance Fund
  • help SMLS to be proactive and nimble in responding to the evolving and immediate needs of our students and the school
  • provide a life-changing learning experience for our students.

Did You Know?
  • SMLS is a registered charitable organization - all donations directly enhance student learning and the educational experience of our girls.
  • Donations are tax-receiptable.
  • Some companies will match your gift to SMLS.
  • You can designate your United Way donation to SMLS.
  • Every gift matters

Meet the Team

The mission of the Advancement and Community Relations department is to advance the school's mission through fundraising and community relations. Please feel free to connect with us. We are always delighted to hear from all members of the SMLS community. 

Marnie Helmy
Director of Development
Ph: 905-845-5830, ext. 315
Katelyn Kaczor Watson
Alumnae & Community Engagement Officer
Ph: 905-845-5830, ext. 813
Donna Cossitt
Community Liaison
Ph: 905-845-5830, ext. 807
Laurie Lewis
Advancement Services Coordinator
Ph: 905-845-5830, ext. 810

Funding Opportunities

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  • Head's Initiatives Fund

    The Head's Initiatives Fund supports the immediate and most urgent needs of our students and the school. This Fund enables SMLS to be proactive and nimble in responding to the evolving needs of our students and the school, and supports our key programs including our five Signature Programs. 
  • Student Financial Assistance

    The Student Financial Assistance Fund gives more girls the opportunity to receive an SMLS education. This Fund provides financial assistance to families who are already part of our community, and enhances our ability to attract exceptional girls who may not otherwise be able to afford a SMLS education.
  • The Barrett McKenna Legacy Fund

    With thanks to the Barrett McKenna family, this bursary provides student financial assistance to daughters of SMLS alumnae. 
  • Other

    You are most welcome to direct your gift to any area of the school that you wish.  Below are a few suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact the Advancement Office directly at 905-845-5830, ext. 315 or to discuss other areas of need.

    Signature Programs
    Learning Strategies
    Faculty Development

Ways to Give

SMLS is a registered charitable entity with Canada Revenue Agency. Our charitable registration number is 11919 1963 RR0001.  SMLS will provide tax receipts for income tax purposes.

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    Cash gifts can be received by the school as follows
    • ONLINE: Make a one-time gift, or become a monthly donor
    • BY PHONE:  Please contact the Advancement Department at 905-845-5830, ext. 315 to give by credit card payment. Visa, Master Card, American Express accepted.
    • BY MAIL:  Please mail cheques to: Advancement Department, St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, 1080 Linbrook Road, Oakville, Ontario L6J 2L1. Please make cheques payable to St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School
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    It is easy and convenient to designate your gift to SMLS through the charitable platform of your choice.

    Many companies use a charitable platform to enable thier employees to donate to a charity of their choice through payroll deduction. In these cases, the platform provides the tax receipt rather than SMLS. For example some SMLS donors use Benevity to make their donation to SMLS. Please check with your employer if they have this capability.

    In addition, many companies allow their employees to participate in corporate United Campaigns by making a gift to SMLS. In these cases, United Way provides the tax receipt.

    All of these platforms take an administration fee off of your gift. If you choose to make a gift directly to SMLS, you entire gift is supporting SMLS.
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    Gifting publicly traded securities avoids capital gains tax. 
    Click here for a Gift of Securities Form.

    Many companies offer programs that match the donations of their employees. Click here for a list of a few Matching Gift Companies.

    Planned Gifts include bequests, life insurance, charitable remainder trusts, and more. Please connect with to learn more.

Giving Levels

SMLS gratefully recognizes our generous donors for their annual support at the following levels:

up to $1,499

$1,500 - $4,999

Scholar's Society
$5,000 - $9,999

Jubilate Society

Legacy Society
those who lovingly include SMLS in their estate plans.

SMLS is a registered charitable entity with Canada Revenue Agency. Our charitable registration number 11919 1963 RR0001.
Donors who contribute $1,500 or more annually will receive a special invitation to our Celebration of Gratitude event. 
Donor recognition is based on our fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).