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THE ALBERTA FOUNDATION FOR THE RECOVERY OF YOUTH IN SPORTS

Guiding Principles With Annual Report Michael Mund, Asim Chawdhry, Meng-Ling Lee Released 4/25/2010 Revised 5/08/2010


Contents 1.

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4.

Overview ................................................................................................................................... 1 1.1

President’s Message .......................................................................................................... 1

1.2

About the Directors ........................................................................................................... 1

1.2.1

Michael Mund................................................................................................................ 1

1.1.1

Asim Chawdhry ............................................................................................................. 1

1.1.2

Meng-Ling Lee ............................................................................................................... 1

Guiding Principles .................................................................................................................... 1 2.1

Founding Motives ............................................................................................................. 1

2.1

Focus of Charitable Activities........................................................................................... 2

2.2

What we are trying to achieve .......................................................................................... 2

2.3

How activities help achieve the purpose .......................................................................... 2

2.4

Advertisement .................................................................................................................. 2

2.5

Carrying out of Activities ................................................................................................. 2

2.1

How we plan to raise funds .............................................................................................. 3

Applicants ................................................................................................................................ 3 3.1

Eligibility .......................................................................................................................... 3

3.2

Selection ........................................................................................................................... 3

3.3

Frequency ......................................................................................................................... 3

Annual Report ......................................................................................................................... 4 4.1

Message from the Board of Directors .............................................................................. 4

4.2

Accomplishments ............................................................................................................. 4

4.3

Challenges ........................................................................................................................ 5

4.4

Going Forward ................................................................................................................. 5

4.5

Financial Statement ......................................................................................................... 6

4.5.1

Fiscal Year Financial Statement ............................................................................... 6

4.5.2

Full Year Financial Statement .................................................................................. 8

4.6

FacebookÂŽ Statistics........................................................................................................10

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INTRODUCTION Every year the organization plans to issue an annual report to the public. This provides a valuable source and insight into the activities of the charity. In addition to being an informational guide for the public, the annual report acts serves as a snapshot of the previous year. As the organization grows, these documents will showcase how the organization has grown, what has worked well and what could have gone better. Additionally the proceedings of the directors from the previous year have been included with a plan for how the organization plans to move forward in the coming year.

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1. OVERVIEW 1.1

President’s Message

I am pleased to announce the birth of The Alberta Foundation for the Recovery of Youth in Sports. This will be the first year the organization has ever run. We face many obstacles in our first year but nothing that we cannot overcome and nothing that will trump our efforts. I am confident that my fellow directors and I, along with friends, family, and other supporters will not only be able to make a one time difference, but will also boldly cross the threshold of a long lasting organization. We will set an example for future high school students, that anyone can make a difference when hard work is mixed with passion and activism.

1.2

About the Directors

1.2.1 Michael Mund I am the president of the organization. I have played soccer ever since I was a kid. Throughout the many years I have played sports I have seen many kids get injured while on the field. I helped found this organization because I feel it is important that everyone be able to be physically active. No one should be hindered by their injuries. 1.1.1

Asim Chawdhry

I am the Vice President and Director of “The Alberta Foundation for the Recovery of Youth in Sports”. While growing up, I have participated in several sports, ranging from tennis, swimming, and soccer. As with any sport, whatever it may be, there is always a risk associated with it. It lead to my motivation to help youth who may have experienced any sort of serious injury during game play to encourage the continuation of physical activity. 1.1.2

Meng-Ling Lee

I am the organization’s treasurer. Even though I am not involved in any club sports, I know playing sports can play a huge part in the development of a child. Injuries are common in any sport and youth should be compensated if they acquire a serious injury to encourage their future participation in sports.

2. GUIDING PRINCIPLES 2.1

Founding Motives

There are many motives that led to the foundation of this organization. First and foremost, we wanted to make a difference to the community. Youth face injuries in sports everyday and we feel that it is necessary to have an organization such as this to remove the financial burden that The Alberta Foundation for the Recovery of Youth in Sports | 1


may not always be covered by an insurance company. There were two major events that prompted the creation of this organization. Michael’s brother, Braden, had been severely injured during a soccer game. He was hit in the eye by a soccer ball causing permanent retina damage. The second event which sparked the desire for the founders to create this organization happened in the winter of 2008. Greg Fraser, a soccer player and a student at William Aberhart High School had been hit in the back and was left paralyzed in the hospital for months. Upon his discharge he was told that he only had forty percent of his muscle mass remaining. If he was to return to sports ever again he would first have to rebuild is lost muscle mass. His team along with support from his soccer club pulled together to raise the funds for specialized rehabilitation equipment. This organization wishes to continue the great work of his soccer club by giving aid to other injured players of a wide variety of sports.

2.1

Focus of Charitable Activities

The focus of our charitable activates will be to provide funds for youth who are injured while playing sports. Through our organization we hope to aid in the rehabilitation of these youth so they may once again enjoy their recreational activities.

2.2   

Promote recreation Ease the burden that can be felt by families that are subject to medical bills from sports injuries Help facilitate recovery by providing or partially providing rehabilitation equipment, surgery, or physiotherapy

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What we are trying to achieve

How activities help achieve the purpose

Through the purchasing of equipment, paying for physiotherapy, or paying for other medical bills, the organization is achieving its purposes by promoting the recovery of injured youth. The treatment that youth will receive due to the organization’s support will promote a quick and proper recovery which the youth may not have received if it were not paid for by the organization.

2.4

Advertisement

The organization plans to become known by placement of advertisement at major sports facilities. The organization further plans to become known to the community by letting various sports clubs know about the organization’s existence and its purposes.

2.5

Carrying out of Activities

The organization will carry out the activities itself and will not use an intermediary to carry out the activities. The organization hopes to have at least fifteen volunteers once all the organization has been completely setup. The activities can be carried out by three people. However, it is ideal to have at least fifteen volunteers to assist with fundraising. The Alberta Foundation for the Recovery of Youth in Sports | 2


2.1

How we plan to raise funds

We plan to raise funds through multiple sources such as:     

Donations from citizens Donations from corporations Bottle-drive fundraisers (1-2 per year) Raffle Tickets (Through a licence from the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission) Casino and Bingo fundraisers (beginning in the second or third year of operation of the organization)

3. APPLICANTS 3.1

Eligibility

The board has deemed the following requirements to be the basis of eligibility:       

Be an Alberta resident The player must be under twenty (20) years of age Be registered in an official sports league located in Calgary, Alberta Sustain an injury while playing in that sport The injury severity is at an extent to which the player must refrain from participating in their sport for a period of time until they have healed There exists a need for equipment, or services which are not covered by the player’s insurance, or the player’s parent/guardians’ insurance. Or, After all possible insurance claims have been applied, there exists an outstanding balance greater than zero

3.2

Selection

The recipients of assistance must meet the criteria of eligibility. The board of directors will review eligible applicants before making a final decision on the selection of recipients. In the event that there is a conflict of interest between a member of the board and the eligible recipient, that member of the board will take no part in the decision making process in the matters relating to the selection of that person.

3.3

Frequency

Eventually, the organization plans to make contributions to almost every eligible candidate. For the first fiscal year, the organization forecasts a maximum of 5 recipients. This is because the amount of recipients is related to the amount of funds raised.

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4. ANNUAL REPORT 4.1

Message from the Board of Directors

It is hard to believe that a year has already gone by since we first came together with the common goal of improving the lifestyle of athletic kids and promoting recreation in the youth of Calgary. Sports and recreational activities are a vital part of a healthy society. Unfortunately, injuries are and always will be a part of the recreational world. Providing assistance to injured kids is a noble goal to pursue and we are hoping that it will ultimately encourage those kids to continue to maintain an active lifestyle. Throughout this year we made many accomplishments and faced several challenges. If nothing else, the year has proven to be an amazing learning experience. We came from having nothing more than the desire to help injured athletes to running fundraisers, communicating with several branches of government, opening bank accounts, and designing web pages. While we were not able to help anyone in particular this year, we made a giant step in that direction. There is a lot of logistics to handle first in the startup of a new business. Thankfully, for the most part that is over. We can move forward and focus on helping injured youth in sports.

4.2

Accomplishments

Considering that it has been one year since “The Alberta Foundation for the recovery of Youth in Sports� was founded, there have been numerous tasks accomplished ranging from obtaining volunteers, to raising awareness and gathering donations. Initially, this organization consisted of the three main founders, consisting of the president, vice president, and treasurer. Currently, we have these three positions as well as three other active individuals acting as volunteers. The main task after gaining charitable status was to have a website which people could refer to when wanting to find out more about the organization. The website was established (www.albertayouthrecovery.org) and is continually being expanded with time. An application form has also been made available for applicants to apply for support, along with general criteria for the selection of the applicant. In addition to all this, we have recently obtained a logo for our organization which simply sums up what we stand for and allows people to easily recognize what our charity focuses on. In terms of the collection of donations, we have had a few donors through the internet. We also held our first official charitable event at William Aberhart High School over the span of one week, over which we collected approximately $700.00. We plan on going back to Aberhart each year to hold the same fundraiser.

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4.3

Challenges

The main issue that was encountered by the foundation was the lack of awareness to groups such as sport organizations, the media, and the general public. This was due in part to little development in advertisement. The lack of awareness about the organization was most clearly shown during the fundraiser at William Aberhart High School where we had planned to receive the majority of our funding. In the early weeks of the fundraiser we discovered that collected donations were much lower than our expected goal, and as such, we were forced to extend the deadline for which donations could be collected. Reflecting back on choices that we made in preparation of said fundraiser, it should be noted that we only gave awareness about our existence to the leadership council and teachers at Aberhart. It had been our intention to allow the leadership committee at the high school to run fundraiser. The results suggest that our organization may need to take a more involved roll in future fundraisers. This also demonstrates our need for exposure to the media because the lack of exposure limits donations as donors do not know who we are and what we stand for. Yet another challenge we faced is our difficulty in obtaining volunteers who would support our organization. Since currently our team is only in the early stages of development, it is difficult to have many resources at our disposal. By having more members in the foundation, it would greatly expand our workforce and our ability to get things done. As mentioned above, exposure of the foundation is a necessity at this point, and by having an increased workforce would also contribute to our goal of gaining awareness. These supporters would be able to assist with the tasks that the board of directors were forced to accomplish. This in turn allows more time for planning and management toward the overall goals of the foundation.

4.4

Going Forward

We plan to move forward by increasing fundraisers, and finding possible recipients. In a couple of weeks we are running a fundraiser at Bowness High School by selling freezes which we are projecting a net profit of about $150. We may also run a fund collection at Costco Wholesale in summer. We plan on approaching the media/local news to tell them about our cause, how donations can be made, and about when/how applications can be submitted. This will increase awareness for our cause as well as our existence. In order to directly reach out to the sporting community we are also considering sending out emails to club representatives so that they are aware of us and can direct any injured players to our organization.

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4.5

Financial Statement

4.5.1 Fiscal Year Financial Statement

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This financial statement has been approved on May 8th, 2010 by the society’s auditor, MengLing Lee.

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4.5.2 Full Year Financial Statement

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This financial statement has been approved on May 8th, 2010 by the society’s auditor, MengLing Lee.

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4.6

Facebook速 Statistics

Figure 4.6.1 Demographic data

Figure 4.6.2 Page view data

Figure 4.6.3 Fan data

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