Giving Guide 2019

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PLUS: Peter Nicholson, the founder and president of The Foundation (WCPD), on why we’re in a golden age of philanthropy.


The generational shift reshaping Ottawa’s charitable sector W

hy does a demographic shift matter for charitable engagement? It’s a timely question for charities and businesses alike as a new generation of community leaders, corporate champions and decision-makers emerge. Discussions of the past five years or so have been dominated by speculation over the “millennial” generation. Who are they? What do they want? And what can they do for us? Within the charitable sector, there’s been lots of talk about the diminishing size of individual gifts and how to best solicit gifts among younger generations. Looking at Canada’s population pyramid, there are two notable bulges: The 55-65 age bracket and the 2535 demographic. When I look at those graphs, I see a proverbial passing of the torch. A large swath of business owners, managers and professionals will be retiring within the next few years and will be replaced by a younger generation of decision-makers. The fluidity of that transition and the resulting organizational culture will vary from organization to organization. Mentorship, professional development and shifting the way we evaluate hard and soft skills will likely shape the emergence of a new generation of leaders who are already making their mark (see our cover story, starting on page two). But how will this affect corporate engagement with the charitable sector? I see two major factors. First, the next generation of fundraising professionals will infuse the sector with new ways of engaging with businesses. Second, a new generation of business leaders will bring their own values into decisions about who to support and how to involve themselves in charitable initiatives. It’s unclear who exactly who will benefit from this transaction. But there is one takeaway that charities and business leaders should keep in mind as we move into this new age of corporate engagement: don’t forget that “millennials” are people too. Branding, networking and building a strong case for support will continue to matter. People might change, but decision-makers will continue to respond to relationship-building and engage in partnerships that make sense. Whether you are 30 or 60, we’re all trying to find purpose and solve problems. This transition presents an exciting opportunity to see how corporate charitable engagement will evolve as the next generation establishes itself in a leadership capacity.

generation of change-makers are making an impact on their communities and beyond – as well as how others can support them in their mission. The Giving Guide celebrates the achievements of Ottawa’s charitable sector, both through the lens of Ottawa Business Journal columnist Caroline Phillips – whose coverage of some of the region’s top galas and fundraisers starts on page nine – as well as through profiles of the 2019 Ottawa Philanthropy Awards, which starts on page 16. We also explore several trends and opportunities within the charitable space with in-depth looks at corporate philanthropy (page 19), taxation (page 21) and fundraising (page 22). The Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals also offers an inside perspective on current issues shaping the sector, including a look at what makes Ottawa’s fundraising sector unique from other markets (page 78) and reflections on what a Senate report has to say about the future of philanthropy (page 83). AFP Ottawa also explores the impact of the fundraising profession on the wider community (page 79) and encourages those working in the industry to consider their “self-preservation” (page 82). And fundraising strategist Sam Laprade explores an emerging questions facing charities and foundations: Should donations from cannabis companies be accepted? The heart of the Giving Guide once again shines the spotlight on more than two dozen of the region’s leading charities with a series of profiles starting on page 23. I encourage you to learn more about their work and explore how, through donations and volunteering, you can make your mark on our community.

What’s inside

Jeff Todd, from Giving Guide partner The Foundation (WCPD), takes an in-depth look at how the next

Victoria Stewart Associate publisher, Ottawa Giving Guide

The Ottawa Region Giving Guide is presented by founding partners The Foundation (WCPD), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Ottawa Chapter) and the Ottawa Business Journal.

Contents Cover story: ‘Fearless’ youth rise up to become leading charitable and social advocates Social giving: Highlights from Ottawa’s galas and fundraising events The ‘Phils’: Ottawa’s top fundraisers, donors and philanthropists Corporate philanthropy: Making the most of strategic partnerships Understanding charities vs. not-for-profit organizations Engaging charitable boards in fundraising






CHARITY PROFILES Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation Matthew House Ottawa The Ottawa Hospital Foundation Fondation Bruyère Foundation Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa Montfort Hospital Foundation Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) Ottawa Network for Education Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa Cornerstone Housing for Women Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County Diefenbunker Museum Foundation for the Study of Processes of Government in Cananda Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) - Ottawa Region Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation The Perley and Rideau Veterans' Health Centre Foundation Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa Harvest House Ministries of Ottawa-Carleton Ottawa Salus The Ottawa Mission Foundation Canadian Tulip Legacy The Ottawa Senators Foundation Ottawa’s unique charitable sector The impact of fundraising professionals on our community Should charities accept gifts from cannabis companies? The importance of self-care in the fundraising sector Modernizing Canada’s charitable sector Major donations and gifts in our community

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Cover story

“Young people were the most fearless ... It is very powerful to see what has been done in such a short period of time.” – Stephanie Richardson, Do it For Daron

Like never before, young people are becoming advocates for charities and social causes that are important to their future, underlining the need for society to support them with both time and treasure By Jeff Todd The trauma of losing a child, whether you are a parent or not, is painful for anyone to imagine – especially if that child is lost to suicide. But in reality, the grief is so consuming that it’s difficult to even put into words. “It is very hard to articulate,” says Stephanie Richardson, whose daughter, Daron, passed away in November 2010. She was 14 years old. “I was truly devastated, although that cannot begin to describe it. I was destroyed. We all were.” Daron’s passing sent shockwaves throughout Ottawa and beyond. Her father, former NHL defenceman Luke Richardson, was an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators at the time. Thousands of friends, family, fans and players from around the league packed Ottawa’s NHL arena five days later to celebrate Daron’s life. Then something unexpected happened. Forged from tragedy, a youth movement began in Ottawa. It started with a women’s hockey tournament just days after the memorial, when Daron’s teammates hit the ice while adorned in purple ribbons, stickers and shoelaces – Daron’s favourite colour. They trounced the opposition 27-2 in those games and went on to win the tournament. It was a statement win unlike any other. “Do it For Daron,” or DIFD, was born, aimed at ending the stigma surrounding mental health. It sparked an



Youth rising

Following the death of 14-year-old Daron Richardson, friends and family members launched “Do it For Daron,” or DIFD, to improve awareness, inspire conversations and transform youth mental health. In 2018, the inaugural Ottawa Law Classic charity hockey game, pictured, raised some $10,000 for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health. PHOTO BY CAROLINE PHILIPS

Young people around the world are becoming more involved in charitable and social causes than perhaps any time in history. In 2018, millions of young people protested in Washington D.C. (below) and other U.S. cities in response to gun violence. And, in 2019, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg helped energize the global climate change debate.


unprecedented youth movement in Ottawa that has not only resonated locally, but also internationally in communities and hockey arenas around North America. It is a legacy that continues to this day. “Young people were the most fearless,” Stephanie says. “They started it and gave everyone else permission to talk about it. It just wasn’t discussed at the time. It is actually kind of shocking, and yet it is very powerful to see what has been done in such a short period of time.”

A force to be reckoned with In many respects, DIFD was ahead of its time – a harbinger of things to come. Today, young people across Canada and the world have become more involved in charitable and social causes than perhaps any time in history. The student-led protest March for Our Lives was formed in March 2018 in response to U.S. gun violence. Nearly two million people took part in a march in Washington D.C. and other cities across the U.S.

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Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student from Sweden, who is helping to energize the global climate change debate, famously addressed the United Nations and scolded world leaders for their lack of action. “We Day,” founded by Canadians, has grown into a major international movement that celebrates the impact of young people on global issues. Whether they’re focused on mental health, gun violence, climate change or another cause, today’s youth are a force to be reckoned with. “We knew we wanted to support young people,” says Luke Richardson, who is now an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens. “(Daron's friends) didn’t stand by and accept it. They were doing it no matter what. So we decided to get involved and provide the proper backing, information and support.” The questions came streaming in: how do we get promotional material and merchandise? Where can we get information? The Richardsons were bombarded with requests to organize local events to get the message out. In particular, DIFD became a familiar cause at youth hockey games, followed by university arenas and then the NHL. The Ottawa Senators Foundation worked sideby-side with the Richardsons from the beginning. The foundation invests funds they receive from select DIFD events into youth-focused mental health programs across the region. The Senators have also hosted a “Hockey Talks DIFD Awareness Night” every year since Daron’s death to raise funds in support of the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Youth Services Bureau. “It’s because of the Richardsons that Hockey Talks became a national event that all Canadian and more and more American NHL teams are hosting,” says Brad Weir, the Ottawa Senators Foundation’s director of marketing, communications and community investments. “We hope it will one day be mandated by the league for all 31 teams.” DIFD may have taken on a life of its own, but it is the stories of young people that keep the Richardsons going. More specifically, children and teenagers who have been saved because of DIFD. It is a mother telling Stephanie that her daughter confided in her about her mental health issues and sought treatment. Or the first-year university student who wrote Stephanie an email on Christmas morning to thank the Richardsons for their crusade – because it gave her a reason to have hope. “She had loving parents and siblings, great friends. It had nothing to do with that,” Stephanie says. “It was just a feeling she had. She was now able to express it, and she was finally able to see light and she was running to it.” Daron also had a perfect life, her friends would often say. Nobody knew that this bright, smart, popular young woman was suffering in silence. “Have the conversation – don’t be afraid of it,” Stephanie adds. “Teach our children that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. They have to be equally important. Make that OK. And when they do have problems, be an advocate for them.”

Empowering youth While young people are rising up like never before, it will always be up to adults – their parents, family or friends – to empower them. This sense of empowerment is a driving force behind what is perhaps the most impressive corporate commitment in Canada to support today’s youth. Royal Bank of Canada, one of the largest financial institutions in the world, is currently in the midst of a 10-year, $500-million campaign known as RBC Future Launch. Based on its own internal research, RBC realized several years ago that there is a significant and growing gap in the skills and experiences our youth will need for the jobs of tomorrow. Our children’s ability to compete in an

“There is definitely something about this generation. They have a drive to make this a better world.” – Marjolaine Hudon, regional president of personal and commercial banking for Ontario North and East, RBC

increasingly competitive, global arena is, of course, strongly linked with their future well-being. But beyond that, the study found that this lack of preparedness could also have a profound impact on the Canadian economy as a whole. Focused on work experience, growing their network, gaining new skills and enhancing mental well-being, RBC Future Launch is an ambitious, national program that recognizes the need to focus on youth and philanthropy. In addition, to mark RBC’s 150th anniversary this year, the bank announced a special $5.5-million investment in youth in collaboration with Community Foundations of Canada. “Giving back is big,” says Marjolaine Hudon, RBC’s regional president of personal and commercial banking for Ontario North and East. “It is the right thing to do from a business perspective. We have a responsibility as a successful organization to give back. We know that for us to be successful, Canada must be successful. And our youth is a big part of that.” Here in Ottawa, this commitment has even extended into the nonprofit sector itself, as AFP Ottawa and RBC embarked this year on the first pilot project in Canada to assist young professionals interested in becoming professional fundraisers or taking up other jobs associated with philanthropy. Nearly 30 aspiring students were paired with senior fundraising professionals here in Ottawa, giving the protégés access to skills training and networking experience. The experience culminated in complimentary access to AFP Ottawa’s Fundraising Day at the National Arts Centre this past May, the city’s biggest and most important gathering for nonprofit professionals. The protégés can also attend AFP Ottawa’s ongoing Professional Development Series, where members network and engage in educational sessions with curated speakers.

But beyond the numbers and financials of Future Launch, RBC is equally proud of its corporate culture and its employees’ willingness to volunteer and give back, Hudon adds. For example, earlier this fall, more than 500 employees participated in the 2019 RBC Race for the Kids at Wesley Clover Park, all in support of youth mental health programs at CHEO. The race generated more than $370,000 in donations and attracted more than 2,200 participants. The importance of setting our youth up for success is also deeply personal for Hudon. “I am a mom. I have three teenagers. I am making sure my kids are well-prepared for the future. So this program touches me personally,” says Hudon, who is also co-chair of We Day Ottawa and serves on the board of the CHEO Foundation. “We are just new to Ottawa and I am very happy to see my kids involved in the community.” One of her favourite moments during the week, Hudon adds, is when her teenagers wake her up on Saturday morning because it’s time to volunteer at the food bank. Hudon believes that young people have never been more willing to lead. “There is definitely something about this generation. They have a drive to make this a better world,” she says.

Leaders of tomorrow Jacqueline Kennelly, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Carleton University, agrees that today’s youth have never felt more empowered through charitable and social causes. That said, she also believes it is important to consider all youth – some of whom are so marginalized that much deeper intervention is needed. With a particular focus on youth and youth homelessness, Kennelly says her research suggests that youth activism is often determined by access and economics. Youth who have resources and opportunities, along with schools or parents that support them, are far more likely to inspire change in themselves and those around them. “The ones who don’t have that, whether they are homeless or just disadvantaged, those are the young people that don’t have a voice,” she explains. “They are relatively invisible. It is very hard for them to get their voices heard and it is hard for people in power to hear them.” Based on the latest data, Kennelly estimates about 1,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 check into homeless shelters each year in Ottawa without an accompanying adult. That number significantly underestimates the problem, however, because it only counts youth who check into a shelter and doesn’t include the large number of children who are “couch surfing” at friends’ houses, living on the street or in other forms of temporary housing because their home is not safe or welcoming. Continued on next page


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The 2019 RBC Race for the Kids at Wesley Clover Park raised more than $370,000 in donations in support of youth mental health programs at CHEOand attracted more than 2,200 participants.

Continued from previous page Kennelly says that the poorest youth in our nation’s capital are “absolutely not getting the help they need.” And the problem is not getting better – it’s getting worse. This obvious need for support and guidance among Ottawa’s youth, so they too can become the leaders of tomorrow, is a reality that Stephen Beckta knows better than most. At the age of eight, Beckta was an Ottawa boy whose home “wasn’t a nice place to be” after his parents divorced. He points out that there were many children far worse off than he was. Nevertheless, Beckta describes his early years as “a really hard childhood.” He can’t recall how he first discovered the old Boys and Girls Clubhouse in Centretown. It might have been through a friend, he muses. But he does remember being apprehensive before that first visit, as any child would, wondering if he would fit in. Before Beckta knew it, he was there three or four times a week. He found his refuge. It’s where he learned to play pool and floor hockey. The Boys and Girls Club was a place of support and acceptance, a solid pillar on which his future would be built. “This is the place I wanted to be. It provided me with stability. It provided me with a sense of optimism that things are going to be OK,” Beckta says. “There are other kids going through similar stuff to me, and they look like they are doing alright. I think what could have been a very dark period, I had something to hold on to that was a very positive influence.”


Remarkably, that eightyear-old boy would not only grow into one of Canada’s top culinary visionaries, but also become a community leader and chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) – the very organization that served as his guiding light so many years ago. In Ottawa, there is perhaps no better example of the power of giving to charities that focus on our youth and the transformative impact it can have. Beckta owns and operates three of the most celebrated restaurants in the city – Play, Gezellig and Beckta Dining & Wine – and employs some 140 people. These days, his role with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa “feels like as big of a responsibility as my day jobs.” “It is an incredible organization and I’m thrilled to be in the situation I’m in to give back,” he says. The need has only grown since Beckta was a youth. Today, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa operates with a $5.5-million budget, which covers more than 100,000 visits by some 4,500 members at clubhouses across the city. The programming is varied and offers sports, education, creative arts, aquatics, leadership and social skills and even summer camps, along with regular events at clubhouses and in the community for youth between the ages of six and 18. The faces of at-risk youth in Ottawa are also more diverse than ever. Many of them are immigrants or first-generation Canadians, and dozens of different languages can be overhead inside the organization’s clubhouses.

Some of the youth are motivated and ambitious, looking to take advantage of the many scholarship and mentorship opportunities. Others have fallen through the cracks and are seeking acceptance. One very popular program, Beckta says, is the homework club, where students can go to their nearest clubhouse after school, do their homework and receive healthy snacks. The link between food and the popularity of the program is not lost on Beckta. “The need is enormous,” he says. “For many of these kids, that is the biggest meal they will get all day. Without food, they can’t learn. They can’t play. They can’t function. It is tying it into other things we know will break the cycle of poverty, with education being the biggest pillar.” Not surprisingly, food and nutrition are huge for Beckta and the BGCO. Chefs from his restaurants have come into the clubhouses to help with the fresh gardens and run cooking classes, showing kids the basics of putting together a healthy meal. Beckta has even invited his farmers and suppliers to come in and show the children how to plant and farm. Like the Richardsons, it is the stories of success and the looks on childrens’ faces that keeps Beckta going, an experience he describes as “magical.”

‘Her life will be changed’ Earlier this spring, when former U.S. president Barack Obama came to Ottawa, the BGCO was asked to bring 500 kids to see him speak, an experience Beckta describes as “remarkable.” After the speech, he was then offered two spots to go backstage for a meetand-greet with the iconic figure. Beckta chose Gloria, a young woman originally from Kenya and Rwanda, to accompany him to meet President Obama. After she greeted Obama in Swahili, Gloria was asked by Obama where in east Africa she is from, what grade she is in and what she wants to do with her life. Beckta remembers what Obama told her: “I know you will do great things in your life.” “Her life will be changed by that. The trajectory of her life will change dramatically. To see all of those kids there and seeing inspirational stories from someone who has made a huge impact on the world, was remarkable. One of my favourite moments for sure,” he recalls.

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As a child, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa was a place of support and acceptance for Stephen Beckta, who grew up to become one of Ottawa’s most well-known restaurateurs and the chairman of the charitable organization. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

“(This) feels like as big of a responsibility as my day jobs.” – Stephen Beckta, the owner of Beckta Dining & Wine, Play and Gezellig, on his role as chairman of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

Changing the lives of youth in a positive way can also change communities. Becka points out that Steve Bell, the deputy chief of the Ottawa Police Service, is also on BGCO’s board and believes strongly in “upstream investments” as it relates to philanthropy and youth. A small investment in the early stages of life can pay enormous dividends, not just so those atrisk youth avoid the criminal justice system, but also so they can become the Becktas and Obamas of the future. It only costs $10 per day for a child to visit a clubhouse in Ottawa. “So if we get a donation for $10,000, for example, it pays for a thousand new visits, a thousand more times we can say ‘yes’ to kids rather than, ‘We’re full tonight,’” Beckta says. Much progress has been made, but for Beckta, there is still a long way to go to fulfilling the needs of Ottawa’s most vulnerable kids. The BGCO needs more

funds so it can stay open later than 9 p.m., so the 17 and 18-year-olds have somewhere to stay a bit longer, for example. Or to act when their youth council says a particular clubhouse needs to expand from operating five days a week to six. Or to keep the Rochester Heights Clubhouse open in the summer so kids in that area have somewhere to go. A big piece of the puzzle is increased government funding, he explains. Traditionally, the BGCO has relied on major donors. But to become sustainable, the organization will be seeking more support from government grants. Growing the organization from a $5.5-million-a-year charity to $7.5 million would provide the sustainability needed to properly service Ottawa’s at-risk youth – for now. So for Beckta, the work continues. He credits his board, management team, staff and “a coalition of extraordinary people” for the accomplishments and continued growth of the BGCO.

And that is perhaps the biggest factor when it comes to youth and supporting charitable causes that relate to young people: a strong community. Whether it be DIFD, RBC’s Future Launch, or global issues such as gun control or climate change, money is not everything. Youth might be rising to the challenge, but we also need to hold them up. It takes a village. And it also takes vision, courage to look to the future and beyond ourselves to help the next generation be better than our own. “People have told us they’ve had tough conversations with their children about mental health,” Luke Richardson says. “People have told us, ‘This has saved me.’ And it’s heartwarming. At the same time, it’s hard for us, because we didn’t know this information for our own daughter. Sometimes it breaks you down a little bit. But we love what we have seen, and I think if it can continue to grow, then hopefully we can save lives. And I know it has so far.”

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Why we give


youth hockey inspired us Michael Wilson and Mike McGahan, both major donors to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, discuss their philanthropic journey and how flow-through shares have helped them give more When Michael Wilson moved his family from rural Manotick to downtown Ottawa, he knew there would be some lifestyle changes. What he didn’t expect was a new passion to help some of the least fortunate children in our city. Wilson, a father of four, has always loved coaching hockey. So after the move, he signed up to coach his son’s and daughter’s team in the Ottawa East Minor Hockey Association. The team drew in players from both Rockcliffe and Vanier – two very different neighbourhoods.

After a while, Coach Wilson noticed some differences between players. While they were all great kids, some of the players from Vanier came from single-parent households. Many were new immigrants, had financial difficulties or difficult situations at home. Wilson soon started to hear about how the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa was making a difference in their lives. “Graham Macmillan, who was the chairman at the time, gave me a tour of a clubhouse – and I was totally blown away,” Wilson says.

“The light came on in terms of the role these places play in these communities. It is a pillar of the community that families can lean on to keep their children occupied, safe and busy.” For Wilson, the rest is history. He joined the board in 2014 and has remained a steadfast volunteer and donor ever since. “It is a fantastic organization that flies below the radar sometimes. I think that’s because people think of Ottawa as a middle-class government town, but what surprises people, when you show them the data, is how much poverty there is here in Ottawa in certain neighbourhoods,” he says. “This poverty is fairly concentrated and that’s where (the BGCO) has a presence.”

Expansion Mike McGahan, another major donor, has been acutely aware of the economic inequalities that exist in Ottawa from day one. Growing up in “modest” circumstances in the city’s south end, McGahan saw first-hand the advantages some youth received in life. He also witnessed those at a disadvantage – and the dramatic influence it can have on future prospects. “For me and my family, if we could help some kids get opportunities they normally wouldn’t have in life, I know it can be a big differencemaker, not only for them but the wider community. I have always believed in that,” he says. McGahan has come a long way from his modest circumstances and is now the president and CEO of CLV Group. But he never forgot his roots. Like Wilson, McGahan credits athletics, specifically hockey, with providing that entry point into the BGCO. It was a childhood friend, someone he played hockey with while growing up, that introduced him to the organization.


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He also credits his father, a former high school principal, as a “huge influence” in his life, through his tireless work with underprivileged youth. It is fitting that the Don McGahan Clubhouse, which he and his siblings named after their father, is in the same neighbourhood where Mike used to play hockey as a kid. Major donors such as McGahan and his family have made a dramatic impact on the growth of BGCO in Ottawa. But it also comes with its challenges. In his role on the board, Wilson – a private equity investor who specializes in improving the value of companies – has brought tremendous expertise as chair of the finance committee. Specifically, one of Wilson’s biggest challenges is ensuring the BGCO has adequate funds to expand. Two locations – the Don McGahan Clubhouse in Vanier and the Tomlinson Family Foundation Clubhouse on Prince of Wales Drive – have recently undergone renovations, which has helped to attract more children. “After these renovations, attendance goes up by 50 per cent to 100 per cent,” Wilson says. “Which is great. You’re sending a message to these kids that you care about them, that they matter. We have raised $10 million in the last 10 years for various clubhouse renovations. It is important to understand,

Michael Wilson (left) and Mike McGahan are both donors to the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.

“It is a great way to raise money. It allowed me to fill a hole in the funding picture.” – Michael Wilson, Ottawa philanthropist

though, that membership is free for these kids. So having way more kids doesn’t bring more revenue, but rather more costs.”

Philanthropic Tax Planning As a major donor, Wilson says one way he has been able to help is through Philanthropic Tax Planning, or flow-through shares. This popular method of giving combines two tax policies – one intended to fuel Canada’s mining industry and economy, and another when you give your cash donation to charity (charitable tax receipt). Since 2013, The Foundation (WCPD), based here in Ottawa, has assisted many of the top donors in Canada give more than $125 million to charities of their choice. By combining these tax policies, both of which are older than the RRSP, you can reduce tax and give much more to a charity that touches your heart – like the BGCO – at no additional cost. “I think it is a great way to raise money. It allowed me to fill a hole in the funding picture,” Wilson says. “The important thing is that people who have the capacity to give back, there are a variety of options to maximize your impact. And WCPD is an expert at flow-through shares.” McGahan is also no stranger to Philanthropic Tax

Planning, although he only recently began using the structure. “It is something I have only just learned about, but I think it is a fantastic way to give more,” he says. “And the reality is, if we are very lucky in our professional lives, why wouldn’t you want to give as much as you can? You can affect more lives.” Major donors have and will continue to play a big role in the BGCO, Wilson says. But as a public service in the city, the organization needs more government support to ensure its sustainability. For almost six years now, Wilson has seen the huge role the BGCO plays in the nation’s capital. The BGCO operates with a $5.5-million budget, which covers more than 100,000 visits by some 4,500 members at clubhouses across the city. But there is still much work to be done. Ever since he began coaching hockey in 2014, Wilson has been dedicated to giving underprivileged children in our community a better life. “They were so happy and enthusiastic to be out on the ice,” he says, recalling his early coaching days. “They didn’t have much, so whatever you give them, they are just so grateful. I think that’s a good analogy for the club. It’s the same feeling at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa.”

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In a changing world, our giving must EVOLVE As an entrepreneur who lives and breathes philanthropy, I always find it interesting how Canadians view this essential part of our society. Canadians tend to view themselves as generous people. We’re known for our friendliness, our inclusiveness and our sense of social responsibility. So it doesn’t surprise me, in my day-today interactions with people, that there’s a general view that philanthropy is growing. People are giving more. In the media, we often see huge gifts by well-known philanthropists. Onex CEO Gerry Schwartz and Indigo chief executive Heather Reisman, for example, recently announced a $100-million gift to the University of Toronto – the largest donation in the school’s history. Mattamy Group CEO Peter Gilgan, another noted philanthropist, also cut a cheque for $100 million this year to the Hospital for Sick Children. And internationally, when tragedy strikes, it seems as if the whole world is mobilizing to assist, as seen in the aftermath of the recent blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral, or the catastrophic hurricane that hit Abaco and Grand Bahama in The Bahamas this past September. (By the way, other islands such as Exuma and Nassau were not harmed, so go visit them to help the country get back on its feet.) These awful tragedies and reports in the media of large gifts can be deceiving – philanthropy is growing, and Canadians must be giving more, too. But the reality is quite different. While the needs of society are bigger than ever, giving in Canada has actually been declining, when one measures the total number of Canadians who donate each year. According to the latest Giving Report, assembled annually by CanadaHelps using data from Statistics Canada, the number of Canadian tax filers giving back has eroded significantly over the years. In fact, from 2006 to 2015, the number of donors across every age group declined by between four per cent and six per cent. “With both donation rates and donation amounts dropping, a dangerous trend for the charitable sector has emerged,” the report stated. I couldn’t agree more. There are many reasons why giving is in decline. I think it’s harder than ever for the lower and middle class to make ends meet. The cost of living continues to rise. Meanwhile, through technology and social media, our culture has never been more obsessed with consumerism. We all want that amazing holiday or the latest gadget. We all desire that Instagram lifestyle, and at the end of the day, there just isn’t enough on the table to give back. Also, many donors have become increasingly savvy and proactive in their giving. They want maximum impact, transparency and the knowledge that their hard-earned dollars are being invested and applied with the same care and attention as their retirement savings. That’s where I come in, and what we do at The Foundation (WCPD).

A golden age of philanthropy While giving might be down across the population, my work with Canada’s top donors shows that we are now in a golden age of philanthropy.


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Gerry Schwartz, Heather Reisman and Peter Gilgan are not alone. Canada’s wealthiest people want to give back more than ever and create the maximum impact possible, knowing their gift will go straight to where it is needed most. Since 2006, our firm has been dedicated to helping our high-networth clients give more through philanthropic tax planning, using flow-through shares. This tried-and-true method of giving is simple, by combining two tax policies that are older than the RRSP: one to assist Canada’s resource sector to create jobs and produce the raw materials we need in society, and another to give Canadians a tax break for donations to charity (your conventional tax receipt). When you combine these two policies, our clients can, on average, give up to three times more to charity, at no additional cost. It is a method that has become so popular among Canada’s top donors that we often have a waiting list of philanthropists waiting to use this structure. This golden age of philanthropy is further evidenced by The Giving Pledge. Founded by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, this pledge encourages the world’s richest people to give away the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. And as of today, more than 200 people have signed it, representing some $500 billion in donations. In my experience, as a member of Tiger21, an investment club, I’ve seen this evolution in our meetings. Whereas in the past we would discuss our investments, and what we made, now there is a new question: What did you give? And what are your family's philanthropic goals? Philanthropy has become a lifestyle. Gone are the days of just writing a cheque, or leaving money aside after you die. Today’s philanthropist is active, interested in social causes and treating their donations like another business. Major donors are looking for philanthropic social impact (PSI). For some, if you have been fortunate to make millions or billions of dollars, they are asking: what’s next? Rather than being paid in cash, they are paid in purpose by making a difference in the world in a way that touches their hearts. We live in a time of complex problems. Climate change is and will continue to be a major issue for Canada and the world. Meanwhile, income inequality – the division between the rich and poor – is another issue that is growing every day. There are so many needs, charities and social causes out there – and they all deserve attention. In a world where most people are giving less, it is our job to support and encourage those most fortunate in society to not only give more, but also funnel dollars to where they are needed most if we are to effectively tackle the big problems of the 21st century. For decades, Peter Nicholson has been a recognized leader in Canadian tax assisted investments, with a specialized focus on philanthropic tax planning and tax reduction. Through his work with countless donors, foundations, institutions and boards, he has helped generate in excess of $125 million for client donations. To learn more about The Foundation (WCPD) and how it can assist in your philanthropic goals, write


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Queensway Carleton Hospital's mental health campaign reaps $465K from farm gala Saunders Farm unofficially became the most bountiful farm land in the region this fall – not for the few crops that it harvests each year but for the generous amounts of money raised that night for the Queensway Carleton Hospital and its mental health campaign. The sold-out Harvesting Hope at the Farm benefit was presented by Tomlinson Group. It drew a denim and plaid-wearing cream-of-thecrop crowd of 450 to the 100-acre, agri-tourism destination located in the village of Munster, in the southwest corner of Ottawa. Partygoers were surrounded by pumpkin patches, bales of hay, heritage log barns and bright, yellow flowers on what turned out to be a perfect late-summer evening. Guests chowed down inside the picturesque party tent while seated at long tables, just like one big family. It was our caring community at its best. The gala grossed $464,127 toward the west-end

hospital’s $6-million Hopes Rising campaign to expand and renovate its acute mental health unit. With the campaign nearing completion, organizers hope to have the shovels in the ground by this spring. Now, it wasn’t just the corn that was all ears when returning gala chair Sara Cinq-Mars addressed the room that night. Cinq-Mars, who is married to Tomlinson Group president Kevin Cinq-Mars, has been voluntarily fundraising for the hospital’s foundation since it launched its campaign in 2016. The mother of three has also been raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental illness by talking openly about her family’s struggles involving one of their sons. Cinq-Mars has the kind of smile that lights up any room but, as she spoke at the podium that night, the mental health champion took on a more serious tone while updating the room on

her family’s gloomy situation. “I would love to be up here telling you it’s a success story but, as is the reality with mental health, we are in a really rough patch,” she told the room. She spoke with tremendous courage about the impact that their son’s mental health crisis has had on her own well-being, leading her to seek outpatient help at the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). “It took me a long time, with my husband’s support, to go there,” she told the room while admitting that she'd been embarrassed, despite all her efforts to boost mental health awareness. She encouraged the crowd to continue supporting the QCH, once the Hopes Rising campaign is complete. “The hospital still needs you, and you need to let people know that, if they are struggling and they’re not themselves, that there is help at the Queensway Carleton Hospital.”

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Maddy's Gala honours child's memory while aiding Roger Neilson House Maddy’s Gala – started by a pair of grieving parents looking to give back to a children's hospice that helped them in their darkest hours – has blossomed into a beautiful and bountiful evening that raises six-figure amounts for Roger Neilson House. The 12th annual event returned to the Brookstreet Hotel in February, attracting 420-plus guests and bringing in more than $110,000. There to welcome everyone and thank supporters “from the bottom of our hearts” were Dean and Jeanine Otto, along with their grown daughter, Hannah, 19. The Ottos created Maddy’s Gala in honour of their younger daughter, Madison “Maddy” Otto, who, in 2007, passed away at the age of five. Guests heard how Maddy had gone from happy and healthy, to suffering a seizure, to going to CHEO to get checked out, to dying less than 48 hours later. She had an inoperable, terminal brain tumour.

Maddy's final hours were spent at Roger Neilson House, a pediatric palliative and respite care facility located on the grounds of CHEO. At first, the family was hesitant about going to the new facility. “We knew it would mean accepting the fact that she was going to die, but it was the best decision we ever made,” Jeanine told the room. “The six hours that we were there, and the two years that we went for bereavement counselling (at Roger Neilson House) saved our lives.” There was not a dull moment at the gala, which saw the Tunis Shriners of Ottawa, No. 179., serve as presenting sponsor. Jugglers and acrobatic artists from Cirque Carpe Diem entertained and engaged guests during the cocktail hour. Even Ottawa Senators defenceman Ben Harpur got a taste of circus life. The performers continued to wow guests

throughout the dinner with their fancy aerial acrobatics. The gala packed as much substance as it did style by bringing profound awareness to the services Roger Neilson House offers families facing progressive life-limiting illnesses. Ottawa mother Emma Gofton earned herself a standing ovation after sharing with guests how Roger Neilson House has become a “second family.” Her two children, ages 14 and 16, suffer from an ultra-rare genetic, degenerative neurological condition that weakens their muscles and makes it progressively harder for them to talk, breathe, eat and move. “What I quickly learned is: Roger Neilson House isn’t about learning how to die well, it’s about learning how to live your life as best and as full as you can, for as long as you have,” said Gofton. “Thankfully, they have helped us do that.”

Singer Kathleen Edwards delivers inspirational message at Royal Ottawa fundraiser The 16th Annual Inspiration Awards Gala for the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health offered up a bit of magic, a lot of hope and a very special performance from Canadian singer-songwriter and musician Kathleen Edwards. The Ottawa-based artist took to the stage in February with her acoustic guitar to croon an old Joni Mitchell tune, in front of a black-tie crowd of more than 550 business people and community leaders. For her, the cause of mental illness is deeply personal; she was diagnosed with a mood disorder in 2012, the same year she released her last album. “There is no greater relief that I can think of in my entire life than having a doctor say, ‘I believe you have clinical depression and I’d like to prescribe to you a medication that might help you,’” she told everyone in the Infinity Convention Centre ballroom,


which was beautifully lit up in colourful but calming hues. "Within several weeks, I was feeling like there was a piece of me that came back into the universe. “I know first-hand the feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, and they are very powerful things that disengage any rational and any true feeling you know about yourself." The gala, once again presented by TD Bank Group, was wildly successful. It raised a recordbreaking $521,724 for mental health research and care at The Royal Ottawa. There were also some amazing personal stories shared through the presentation of six awards to those who have overcome challenges related to mental illness, educated others about the importance of dealing with mental health issues, and helped to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.

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Purple Tie Gala for CornerstoneHousing for Women offers glamour, glitz and good times Cornerstone Housing for Women’s inaugural Purple Tie Gala was full style and splendour, with a light dose of comic relief, as partygoers turned out to the Ottawa Art Gallery in September to help homeless women in our community. The first-time benefit attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 300, many of whom arrived in their prettiest eye-popping purple attire and accessories. Not only is purple a trendy hue these days but it's a colour for symbolizing women, internationally. Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and safe, affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa. Many women turn to Cornerstone for help as the result of abuse and trauma, job loss and poverty, and mental health challenges and addictions. The organization’s goal is to help its clients rebuild their lives so they can have the hope and confidence to make a fresh start. The Purple Tie Gala netted nearly $50,000. That's a big step up from former fundraisers, which raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for Cornerstone. Long-time supporter Frank Sukhoo of Sukhoo Sukhoo Couture – whose annual garden party fashion shows for Cornerstone were legendary – was back to lend his support. He dazzled arriving guests with a fashion installation that stretched up the first floor staircase. Guests continued up to the third-floor Alma Duncan Salon, which was adorned with orchids and other flowers. There, attendees were served beer from major sponsor Flora Hall Brewing, signature cocktails from Top Shelf Distillers, wine by Château des Charmes and food from the OAG’s Jackson Café. What an absolute delight it was to have CBC newscaster Lucy van Oldenbarneveld host the gala with loveable community builder Joseph Cull as his outrageous drag persona, Dame Edna. She made her conspicuous grand entrance to the 1980 Diana Ross disco hit I'm Coming Out. With their playful banter and great chemistry, the pair kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening. At one point, they had everyone on their feet, singing and waving their arms to Parachute Club’s Rise Up. According to Cornerstone, there are nearly 1,000 women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Ottawa each year. Ottawa Business Journal GIVING GUIDE 2019


Wild West benefit rounds up donations for addiction treatment centre Some 230 supporters of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre saddled up in May and headed to the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne for the fifth annual western-themed benefit to build a new residential addiction treatment facility for youth in Ottawa. Unfortunately, the inspiration behind it all, Dave Smith, 86, was still recovering from a recent fall and couldn’t make it to his eponymous Wild Wild West benefit. The long-time community builder helped to bring the first treatment centre for youth to Ottawa more than 25 years ago. It’s been his dream to consolidate the centre’s three scattered facilities under one roof in Carp. Still required is another $7 million toward the $14-million project. “An organization our size doesn’t have the capacity to raise that type of money,” executive director Mike Beauchesne told “We’re still going to raise as much as we can but we’re going to need some government investment to make this critical need a reality.” The Ontario government has committed to spending $3.8 billion over the next 10 years for mental health and addiction strategies across the province. “We’re hoping we’re going to make that priority list and maybe some money will flow through that,” said Beauchesne. Guests included Paul Chiarelli, president and chief operating officer of Terry Matthews' global investment management firm Wesley Clover, along with the plaidwearing gang from family-owned Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions, and an all-female team from Telus, including its new senior manager of fundraising development, Shannon Bain. As well, Ottawa South MPP John Fraser dropped in. Back to emcee the benefit was TV personality and podcast host Lianne Laing. She managed to raise an extra grand for the cause by giving first dibs on the buffet to those attendees willing to pay the most amount of money. The dinner was catered by Lone Star. The new facility will be able to accommodate 25 per cent more clients by increasing its number of beds from 24 to 30. On average, it takes almost 20 days to get to the top of the waiting list. “For a family in crisis, that feels like an eternity,” said Beauchesne. Despite the "ups and downs" in trying to build a new treatment centre, Beauchesne remains hopeful that it will happen. “I feel optimistic,” he said. “The question is ‘when.’”


Ringside for Youth packs $3.5M philanthropic punch in final round Ringside for Youth has officially retired as the undefeated and undisputed heavyweight champion, earning its title after helping so many kids in our community. Over the course of its 25 years, the popular boxing gala has cumulatively raised more than $3.5 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. It returned for its final time in June to the Shaw Centre, filling the place with business leaders and creating a memorable ‘fight night’ full of philanthropy and fun. The evening featured “Sugar” Shane Mosley, a former American professional boxer, as this year’s celebrity guest. Some 1,200 guests dined in the centre’s Canada Hall while surrounded by banners with the names of all the celebrity boxers from years past. It’s no wonder the evening took

some nostalgic turns; a quarter of a century is a long time. We're talking about an era when Jean Chrétien was in his first term as prime minister and when the Ottawa Senators were still a new team, with Alexei Yashin as their top scorer. “Tonight, we wrap up Ringside after 25 incredible, incredible years,” event founder Steve Gallant, first vice-president and investment adviser with CIBC Wood Gundy, said while addressing the crowd from the boxing ring. “There’s not one Canadian city that’s had this many boxing celebrities in their town. It’s been beautiful.” The Ringside Celebrity Guests have been world champions of the boxing world. Andre Ward, Joe Calzaghe, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis,

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Ottawa chefs donate time and food for Shepherds of Good Hope's signature fundraiser

Smokin’ Joe Frazier, Buster Douglas, Irish Mickey Ward, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Angelo Dundee, Sean O’Grady, Larry Holmes, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Roberto Duran, Jake LaMotta, Ernie Shavers, Gerry Cooney, Ken Norton, Aaron Pryor, Scotty “Bulldog” Olson and five-time Canadian heavyweight champion George Chuvalo have all been part of Ringside. Gallant spoke about the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and how they’re often labelled by society as “at-risk youth” or “disadvantaged youth.” “We at Ringside, we call them ‘youth.’ We call them youth who deserve to enjoy the benefits that all of our children enjoy,” he said of the free weekend and after-school clubs, recreational, music and athletic programs offered by the non-profit organization at its

seven clubhouses in Ottawa and summer camp. It serves 4,500 local children each year. “The kids have tremendous potential for greatness,” said Gallant, who has met alumni who've grown up and gone into professions such as policing, law and accounting.

Everybody's got to eat, so why not eat really well, make it more fun by doing it together, and raise some funds for charity while you're at it? That’s the concept behind Taste for Hope, a successful and popular foodie event that supports Shepherds of Good Hope, one of the largest organizations in our city dedicated to meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people – homeless women and men. The seventh annual benefit returned in March at the Horticulture Building, located at Lansdowne Park. Ottawa’s culinary community is the main ingredient in Taste for Hope, which was expected to gross more than last year's total of $80,000 from tickets sales, sponsorship and auction proceeds. The restaurants participate on their own time and at their own expense. Chefs cook up a variety of gourmet canapés and cocktail snacks, washed down by local libations. It's the kind of night that offers the easy-going vibe and all-around friendliness of a wonderful cocktail party. With 350 people in attendance, it was another easy sell-out. “It's become such a well sought-after event,” John Lindsay, from returning presenting sponsor BMO Wealth Management, told “And, it's for such a good cause.” It’s the favourite foodie event for Pelican Seafood Market and Grill co-owner Jim Foster. He supports the cause every year and appreciates the level of consideration given by organizers to the food vendors. He also likes the bright and spacious venue and the size of the crowd. “You don’t feel like there’s a gazillion people,” he told Charity events like Taste for Hope are a rewarding way for restaurants to give back to the community, Foster added. “It’s obviously good for us because people get to taste our food, and that’s the best form of advertising, but it’s also nice to see a smile on their faces when they’re eating something that’s great.”

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Blue ribbon finish for Wesley Clover Parks' equestrian soirée in aid of Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Organizers have really raised the bar with a creative new soirée that promotes the equestrian sport of show jumping, while also bringing in roughly $50,000 for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Spurs & Sparkles, presented by Ottawa Special Events, roped in an impressive crowd of 370 attendees to the first-time charity event, held at Wesley Clover Parks in July. Attendees basked in some summer sunshine, in an elegant but relaxed setting. They ate, drank, and socialized beneath a gorgeous marquee tent that has been set up as part of the two-weeklong Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments. The team at Wesley Clover Parks knew the tent was going to sit empty Monday, during a break in the show-jumping competitions. They decided to put the lovely space to good use by hosting a big fundraiser for the community – one that would be unlike anything Ottawa has seen before. Brookstreet Hotel catered the food stations. Organizers recruited Zack, the top hat-wearing donkey, and his pony pal Lamb Chops to greet guests on the blue carpet. The tent's front entrance is designed as a giant horseshoe. Organizers chose the cancer foundation as a


way of “honouring those loved ones that our team has lost to this horrible illness,” said Karen Sparks, a grand prix rider and director of Wesley Clover Parks. She co-chaired Spurs & Sparkles with Catherine McLaughlin, whose 15-year-old daughter Charlotte is an equestrian rider. She won silver and gold medals during the 2018 North American Youth Championships. Charlotte and her father, Terlin Construction president Terry McLaughlin, made quite a team, along with CTV Ottawa sports director Terry Marcotte. They took top spot on the podium in the evening's much-anticipated Get Up & Gallop competition. The fun three-part race saw show-jumping riders and their horses partner up with corporate sponsors and celebrities to try and complete an obstacle course in the fastest time. The team effort involved show jumping, shooting a ball down the field with a hockey stick, and navigating a golf cart to the finish line. The course was designed by Wesley Clover Parks’ events manager, Tracy Howard. Spectators were encouraged to hedge their bets, Calcutta auction style, with all dollars going to the cause.

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Stepping up: Docs dance the night away to raise $455K for The Ottawa Hospital No second opinion was required; all the medical experts agreed that the annual Dancing with the Docs fundraising dinner has become one of the most entertaining galas in town. Nine fearless physicians shimmied and shook the night away in the ballroom of the Hilton Lac-Leamy in April during a dance competition that helped to raise $455,000 for patient care and research at The Ottawa Hospital. Cheering them on was a sold-out crowd of 840 excited spectators, of whom about 70 percent work at The Ottawa Hospital. Once the dancers were done taking their final bow, the votes were tallied and the prized medicine ball trophy was awarded amidst a shower of confetti, accompanied by party anthem music. It was presented to Drs. Arleigh McCurdy and Natasha Kekre, who wowed the judges with their group hip-hop dance, performed in partnership with the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Ottawa. They also raised the most amount of dough – bringing in more than $70,000 each – in support of their work in CAR-T therapy for treating blood cancers, such as lymphoma and leukemia.

Later, the crowd piled onto the dance floor to try out some of their own moves. Back to emcee the 5th annual gala were CTV News Ottawa anchors Graham Richardson and Patricia Boal, who also posed some postperformance questions to the dancers. Shawn Simpson, host of TSN 1200 The Drive, was back judging the dance competition with Jennifer Van Noort from The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and a candid Carlos Lourenco from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Oakville. New to the panel this year was Dr. Roanne Segal, 2017 Dancing with the Docs champ. The presenting sponsor was MD Financial Management, represented by executive vice president Mike Gassewitz. Also in attendance was The Ottawa Hospital Foundation's president and CEO Tim Kluke. “I have so much respect for the physicians,” he told “They are incredibly busy people during the day but they've taken numerous dance lessons during the evening, and some have taken more, to prepare for tonight.”

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The Philanthropy Awards: 25 years of giving back By Elizabeth Howell


ttawa’s Philanthropy Awards, or “The Phils,” celebrated its 25th anniversary this November, marking a quarter-century of recognizing local companies, businesspeople and individuals giving back to their community. “The Phils are a unique and important moment for us to pause, reflect on and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of Ottawa’s volunteers and donor community who are working in lockstep with charities and nonprofits to build a stronger, smarter and more caring Ottawa for all who live here,” says Teresa Marques, president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ottawa Chapter, which administers the awards. A few years ago, the event moved locations to the National Arts Centre to help elevate its profile as Ottawa’s signature opportunity to celebrate philanthropy in the region, Marques says. The awards have also seen an evolution in nominations over the years. “We have seen more nominations from a wider variety of charities, including smaller (organizations),” Marques says. “It speaks to the breadth and depth of diversity within Ottawa’s charitable and volunteer sector.” This year’s award recipients include a 10-year-old who is giving back to the hospital that helped him pull through a health emergency and a businessperson who helped rebuild one of the region's most well-known camps for disadvantaged children. Here are the stories behind this year’s recipients:


Queensway Carleton Hospital and is one of the founding members of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s community board. Then there is his nearly decade-long commitment to Christie Lake Kids, which runs a camp and other programming for disadvantaged children. Back in 2011, McCarney organized 30 different construction firms for a While many Ottawa businesspeople camp “makeover” that included the recognize Paul McCarney as a installation of a new dining hall roof. renowned construction professional, He still spends roughly 50 to 100 a large part of his time is devoted to hours a year working with Christie charity – both as an individual, and in Lake Kids, including helping to encouraging others to give back. start a community cabinet that McCarney is president and CEO of works on signature events such as Clean Water Works, a company a golf tournament to raise money. His specializing in sewer remediation. efforts have gone far to secure the His passion for philanthropy is so organization’s future. Paul McCarney is the 2019 wide-ranging that it is hard to fit all “Back in 2011, when I got involved, Outstanding Volunteer his projects into a short profile. While we did not have a reserve fund. It was Fundraiser award recipient. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON chair of the Ottawa Construction almost zero. Now I believe they're Association in 2014, for example, sitting on close to a million dollars,” McCarney led the board to pledge a he says. five-year commitment of $250,000 to While McCarney says his the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. And McCarney’s philanthropic work is driven primarily by a desire to help family matched the pledge through the McCarney Family others, he notes that he’s strengthened his relationship Foundation. with friends and business partners through working In September 2016 and September 2017, McCarney together in the community. co-chaired the annual Ottawa Hospital Foundation “If you’re aligned on a certain initiative, your President’s Breakfast, which attracted 600 people and relationship is far better and far deeper in the long term,” raised some $750,000 in both years. he says. “So I like to strategically work (in this area) with He’s been involved with mental health initiatives at the business partners and customers.”

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“If you’re aligned on a certain initiative, your relationship is far better and far deeper in the long term.” – Paul McCarney, on the benefits of collaborating on philanthropic initiatives with friends and business partners


Jim Orban has led the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation since 2011. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON


A culture of fundraising success The telethon should go. That was the difficult decision made by Jim Orban, who has been president and CEO of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation since 2011, as he worked to improve fundraising at the healthcare facility. The telethon was one of the organization’s bestknown events and raised $7.8 million in 2015. However, Orban says his review of the financials led him to conclude that the organization would be better served by concentrating its efforts on other initiatives – an approach that’s led the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation to raise more than $100 million since his arrival. He made sure to preserve the telethon’s most popular aspects at other events, such as recognizing corporate donations. And the oversized cheques you see at telethon events would still be presented, but throughout the year. Instead of a one-day telethon in February, the


Thinking outside the box Dymon Storage’s commitment to philanthropy comes directly from its bottom line. The firm gives 50 per cent of its operating profits and 50 per cent of its equity growth (or value creation) back to the community. “There’s not really any other company in Canada that has that as a mandate,” says Steve Creighton, Dymon’s senior vice-president. This commitment means Creighton is directed to spend half his time working to advance charitable

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institute now uses the entire month – “Heart Month” – to do media interviews and solicit donations. Orban also put his organization on social media (an emerging trend at the time), commissioned a redesign of the institute’s website and added a communications person to the institute's staff. “The most important thing we do is create a bond and a relationship with our donor base,” Orban says. This includes the “Heart of Gold” program to recognize outstanding individuals at the institute who help patients. “Like any other business, having a positive experience (is key to) retaining customers and having ongoing relationships with them,” he says. One of the major recent initiatives of the institute focuses on support for women’s heart treatment. Even though the popular perception is that older men tend to have heart issues, statistics show that women above the age of 60 are more likely to die of heart attacks than men,

Orban says. The institute is also wrapping up a seven-year campaign to build a new critical care unit and renovate existing facilities to give state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to patients across the region. “The provincial government pays for 90 per cent of construction, but the community has to come up with 100 per cent of the equipment cost,” Orban explains. The campaign has so far attracted the support of 15,000 individuals and corporations, making gifts that range from $5 to $1 million. While Orban says the foundation is “not a huge special events shop,” it holds about 75 functions a year, including golf tournaments that sell out quickly and generate significant donations. Orban says that he works as hard as possible to help his 17 employees reach success in their fundraising efforts. “We create an environment and a culture that enables our success, and to work as a team,” he says.

“The most important thing we do is create a bond and a relationship with our donor base.” – Jim Orban, 2019 Outstanding Fundraising Professional award recipient


independent of her 12 employees, her daughter, Juliana Farha (who manages the organization) occasionally spots a promising organization or individual who may benefit from donations. Kun maintains that her generosity has enhanced the work of her business, which includes 12 local employees and approximately 15 international Marina Kun has always loved music. manufacturing workers. She makes her Through her philanthropy, she’s helping a donation decisions based on the financial new generation discover and develop that requirements of individual or organization, same passion. striving to send as much as possible. Kun is the owner and president One of her passions is helping of Kun Shoulder Rest, a youth see the value of company that’s been classical music and operating for more than attending classical four decades and built performances, up a roster of violin which Kun says has and viola clientele traditionally attracted in more than 100 an older demographic. countries. “I am very anxious to She became involved have younger people in the music attend concerts and manufacturing business appreciate classical after meeting and marrying music,” she says. the late Joseph Kun, a One of her favourite Marina Kun is the owner examples of youth music professor who came and president of to Ottawa in 1968 after involvement is the Kun Shoulder Rest. fleeing communism in Ottawa Chamberfest’s SUBMITTED PHOTO Czechoslovakia. Listen Up! / ART-iculez!, a In between shipping music creation program musical support products throughout for elementary school children that the world, Marina Kun makes a point of culminates in a showcase performance giving back to her community through with the Juno Award-winning Gryphon donations to the National Arts Centre and Trio and working with Rob Kapilow, a Ottawa Chamberfest as well as individuals music educator, composer and conductor. and smaller organizations. Kun is looking at ways to expand music “I also like to support musicians ... by education opportunities in elementary sponsoring concerts and helping them, schools and is keen to increase music mainly to give joy to others and because of appreciation among students. the joy I receive,” she says. “I think this should be an element of While Kun makes her donations mostly every child’s education,” she says.

Spreading the joy of music

“I like to support musicians ... to give joy to others and because of the joy I receive.” – Marina Kun, 2019 Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award recipient

organizations and other groups requiring to support, Dymon Storage will match their assistance. While the mandate is bold, contributions. Creighton says it comes down to The company also committed how Dymon Storage founders Glen $300,000 to the Ottawa Mission for Luckman and Brent Wilson want to a new downtown health and dental organize their business. clinic and has made contributions “They are very committed to this to other organizations such as the and they see it as their purpose, really,” Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Creighton says. and a clean water initiative in Africa. Dymon Storage’s commitment to Lately, the company has focused its charity includes several aspects. They efforts on building affordable housing for offer free storage to those in need and seniors, leveraging the past experiences of use its facilities for charitable events. The Steve Creighton is senior company officials in the retirement home moving trucks that Dymon Storage sends vice-president of Dymon business. Storage FILE PHOTO through the city are often filled with goods Seniors require socialization as well as for the Ottawa Food Bank, the Snowsuit medical and dietary support in addition to Fund and other charitable missions. And if an employee housing, he says, so “it’s a rather holistic package, and we has a particular charitable organization that they want plan to work with social service agencies to put together a

“They see it as their purpose.” – Steve Creighton, senior vice-president of Dymon Storage, on the charitable mandate the company’s founders have set for their business. sustainable model.” Amid this large commitment to charity, Dymon Storage continues to expand in both Ottawa and the regions in and around Toronto. The company currently has nine facilities in Ottawa and two in the Greater Toronto Area. In another seven to 10 years, its portfolio is expected to grow to approximately 15 million square feet in 20 facilities in Ottawa and 80 facilities in southern Ontario.

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A fundraising party like no other Few children can draw more than 100 revellers to their birthday party. But Logan Hussein is no ordinary kid. Logan and his family have raised more than $50,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario over the past decade and are in the midst of planning their next annual fundraiser, which is tied to Logan’s birthday. Shortly after Logan was born, he was rushed to CHEO with a collapsed lung and spent nine days in intensive care. “They were so good to us – the nurses and doctors – and we said we would do something to give back,” says his mother, Sue Mackey. “We want every parent to have the same opportunity to bring home a healthy child.” For fundraising, Logan approaches his friends, family and “pretty much everybody” he can reach online. He spends his free time soliciting donations on Facebook, often posting videos that are then shared on YouTube and through CHEO. The party itself sees 100 to 150 people crowd into the family’s suburban south Ottawa house. Mackey, father Wael Hussein and all four kids pitch in to help with food and logistics and are supported by sponsors

Logan Hussein has raised more than $50,000 for CHEO. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON such as Loblaws, Boston Pizza and Tim Hortons. The family sets an annual target for the donation amount, usually tied to the number of years Logan is celebrating. Last year it was $10,000 since Logan was turning 10, but that was easily surpassed as the family

raised $15,000. This year, they hope to raise at least $11,000. Logan’s long-term goal is to collect donations of $100,000, enough to buy a specialized incubator for infants that allows for open-heart surgery.

“We want every parent to have the same opportunity to bring home a healthy child.” – Sue Mackey, mother of Logan Hussein, the 2019 Outstanding Youth Philanthropist award recipient


Creating HOPE across Ottawa The annual HOPE Volleyball SummerFest is known as a one-day event where teams come together to spike, serve and volley while raising money for charity. But making it all happen is a formidable team consisting of some 800 volunteers who have set the organization up to raise more than $4.8 million for 112 charities over nearly four decades. Executive director Holly Tarrison-Gaskin recalls meeting two women working at the bag check-in station who make plans to volunteer together each year as a way to both give back and reconnect with one another. “I love hearing stories like that,” she says. Under Tarrison-Gaskin’s leadership this past

decade, the event has grown to include exhibits, people to sit and look for grants.” food and concerts to increase the number of HOPE – which stands for Helping Other People activities on offer for spectators and participants Everywhere – also accommodates group alike between matches. donations and volunteer efforts, Recipient charities are chosen every such as the time a soccer team year, with volunteers picking between from England wanted to get a five and seven organizations to “real Canadian experience” support. This year, the list of in between playing some organizations included the Youth tournaments in Canada. Services Bureau and Shelter “I told them, ‘You came to Movers, a charity that helps move the right place,’” Tarrisonwomen and families out of abusive Gaskin says. The soccer team situations. helped with site cleanup at Tarrison-Gaskin says it’s important Mooney’s Bay Beach and watched to involve smaller charities, as HOPE some volleyball. can raise the profile of an organization Tarrison-Gaskin says there has that may be flying below the radar. Holly Tarrison-Gaskin is the been an uptick in applications executive director of HOPE from charities in the last five In at least one case, she added, the Volleyball SummerFest. publicity boost was a big “save” for a years, increasing the demand for PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON fundraisers such as HOPE. small organization. “That's why we're here,” she says. “Do you have the time, anywhere “It's not just big charities that require in your week, where you can give our help; it's smaller ones, ones that really need back at least an hour?” she asks. “Everybody can find the help because they don't have the funds or the the time, and they should.”

“Everybody can find the time (to give back), and they should.” – Holly Tarrison-Gaskin, executive director, HOPE Volleyball SummerFest


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A recipe for philanthropic success With its popular all-you-can eat menu, it’s perhaps no surprise that the owners of Gatineau’s Buffet des Continents support regional food banks and organize an annual non-perishable food drive. What’s somewhat less known is how deeply the spirit of giving back runs through the organization. Roughly 90 per cent of the restaurant’s 105

employees participate in a paycheque deduction program that sends funds to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. Owner Tony Priftakis says his reasoning for encouraging donations is simple: He is a part of the community, and therefore needs to give back to it. In addition to the employee contributions, Buffet des Continents uses its business model to raise funds in several creative ways including a campaign that saw the restaurant donate $10 to CHEO whenever a customer redeemed a gift card. Buffet des Continents hosts four to five major events per year for the

Tony Priftakis is the owner of Gatineau’s Buffet des Continents. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

children’s hospital, including photos with Santa Claus at Christmas and an Easter Egg hunt in the spring. Empty wine bottles are collected and returned, with the refunded deposits being added to the donation pot. There are also garage sales and face-painting events. Their various charitable efforts have brought in at least $70,000 to CHEO since opening, and Buffet des Continents has no plans on slowing down. “Every company should have a mission to help somebody,” Priftakis says. “It’s one of the basic recipes for success.”

“Every company should have a mission to help somebody.” – Tony Priftakis, 2019 Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist award recipient

When good deeds make great business sense

“Our intention was to work with a different charity each year to keep the campaign fresh,” adds Conrad. “But given our excellent working relationship and unprecedented campaign results, we decided to continue working with CHEO.” Jacqueline Belsito, vice-president of philanthropy and community engagement at the CHEO Foundation, agrees that the continuing success of the “Go Paperless” campaign is highly dependent on cultural fit between CHEO and Hydro Ottawa. “Without donations, CHEO simply cannot buy the lifesaving equipment or support the cutting-edge research that will change how we are able to treat our kids,” she says.

Corporate philanthropy programs allow businesses to make a difference in their community while gaining brand visibility


By Tony Martins Intrinsically, giving is its own reward. But when businesses and charitable entities form the right kind of strategic partnerships, outcomes can be a boon to the community and boost the bottom line. Three local examples show how cultural fit, trust and a long-term view are keys to success.


he “Go Paperless” partnership between Hydro Ottawa and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Foundation offers one of the most prominent and telling illustrations of corporate-charity partnerships in Canada’s capital. It’s a story of like-minded entities with big presence combining to make a huge difference. Now in its third year, this annual collaboration invites Hydro Ottawa customers to go paperless by signing up for online billing. Hydro Ottawa donates $5 to the CHEO Foundation for each new paperless customer. In this win-win-win scenario, Hydro Ottawa customers save time on billing, save trees by consuming less paper and help boost the size of the annual donation to CHEO. Hydro Ottawa benefits from a streamlined billing system

and a reduced carbon footprint. CHEO, the end beneficiary, uses the donated funds to enhance its programs and acquire critical technologies such as new patient monitors, a paperless Echocardiography machine, and a portable X-ray machine. “Go Paperless” has been a resounding success, generating 13,112 new online billing registrations in 2017 and 16,465 in 2018. The ongoing 2019 drive – called “Be a Paperless Hero” – ends Dec. 31 and those involved are confident of another big tally. “Year after year, our customers continue to exceed our expectations,” says Bryce Conrad, Hydro Ottawa’s president and CEO. “Thanks to their decision to go paperless we’ve been able to support CHEO in the incredible work they do every day.” For a highly visible entity such as Hydro Ottawa, community engagement and corporate social responsibility are high on the priority list – which makes a partnership with CHEO a near-perfect fit. “The CHEO Foundation is a highly respected and wellknown charitable organization,” says Conrad. “Their work aligns with our objectives of supporting youth and healthcare organizations in our community.”

The less-fortunate members of our community who have to worry about where their next meal might come from will be thankful for programs such as Mealshare – a non-profit social enterprise that began in western Canada in 2013 and took root in Ottawa three years later. Mealshare acts as a highly popular link between civicminded restaurateurs and local charities that feed the less advantaged. To date, the 70 local restaurants making donations have helped partner charities serve almost 240,000 meals. Restaurants designate a Mealshare item on their menus and donate $1 each time the item is purchased. Mealshare forwards the donations to selected charities that translate each dollar into a meal. In Ottawa, Mealshare charities are Parkdale Food Centre, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, and Operation Come Home. For community-minded restaurateurs such as Stephen Beckta, Mealshare is a great way to demonstrate a commitment to particular causes such as at-risk children and youth. All three of Beckta’s highly regarded restaurants – Beckta, Play and Gezellig – are Mealshare participants. “It’s a great partnership,” says Beckta. “We believe that it aligns us with people in our orbit who share the same values and it reinforces their choice to work, do business or dine with us, all the while lifting up one of the most vulnerable areas of our community.” Katie Hession, Ottawa’s community leader for Mealshare, says the initiative has been embraced by a wide range of Ottawa restaurants, many of which are motivated to make a significant impact. Continues on next page

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From left, Heart & Crown executive chef Mathew Gregoire, Mealshare community leader Katie Hession and Heart & Crown co-owner Shauna Bradley with the restaurant chain’s signature fish and chips. The Heart & Crown sells approximately 40,000 orders or fish and chips annually, which results in 40,000 meals being provided to youth in need through the restaurant's partnership with Mealshare. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

Continues from previous page “We encourage our restaurants to aim to provide at least 300 meals per month, which is our average,” says Hession. “We have extra-generous partners who choose their best-selling item as their Mealshare item – like the Heart & Crown, who chose their award-winning fish and chips that’s ordered more than 40,000 times per year.” In addition to the feel-good factor associated with donating, restaurateurs benefit from a significant amount of promotion that Mealshare helps to generate. “All of our restaurants are listed on our website under our ‘Find a Restaurant’ tool,” says Hession. “We are also very active on social media, where we post about our partners daily. In Ottawa, we have a Mealshare Bite Club featuring local influencers with a strong local following who share their dining experiences on Instagram.” Hession adds that, much like Beckta, a good many restaurant owners see great value in showing commitment to social causes in a way that engages clientele. “One of the main ways our program appeals to restaurants is that it involves the customer in their philanthropy,” says Hession. “Restaurants are able to improve their brand image because their generosity is at the forefront of their everyday operation.”

SHEPHERDING IN A NEW KIND OF HOPE Because charitable organizations often need donated time and expertise as much as they do funds, the right kind of business alliance can help both partners boost their brand identity. The bond between Shepherds of


“Restaurants are able to improve their brand image because their generosity is at the forefront of their everyday operation.” – Katie Hession, Ottawa’s community leader, Mealshare Good Hope and the McMillan creative agency is a great example. “McMillan did a complete rebrand and redesign of our website,” says Deirdre Freiheit, president and CEO of Shepherds of Good Hope, on the relationship that began a few years ago. “They helped us simplify our messaging and added clarity that allowed us to better communicate with our audience including donors, funders, corporations, community partners, governments, volunteers, service users and the public in general. That’s no small task.” Shepherds provides a range of services to the homeless community, including specialized shelters, supportive housing, a drop-in centre and social enterprise programs. However, communicating the heart of the mission had traditionally been a challenge. “Our previous brand was black and white and, to be honest, rather bleak,” says Freiheit. “Those who use our services tell us that our new logo and our new messaging signifies to them what we’re all about: hope.” For McMillan, meanwhile, the value of working with Shepherds was two-fold.

“So many people in the agency wanted to work on this project and were extremely excited not only to see it come to life but to speak with the Shepherd’s volunteers and clients about the impact,” says Gordon McMillan, the agency’s founder. And in terms of business value, McMillan can point to a very specific benefit. “We are the first Ottawa agency to be nominated for Strategy Magazine’s Design Agency of the Year and one of our three case studies submitted was our Shepherds of Good Hope rebrand,” says McMillan. Like most leaders involved in mutually beneficial business-charity partnerships, McMillan pointed out that establishing trust was key to the project’s long-term success. “Cultural fit is important, but I would say it is less important than having the trust of the board of directors of the organization,” McMillan explains. “Part of the process with an enterprise like Shepherds is that you are working with a group of individuals who care deeply and are emotionally invested in getting it right, not getting it tomorrow.”

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Registered charities vs. not-for-profits: A primer Different designations carry significant tax implications Businesses that sponsor a not-for-profit organization’s events may still be eligible to claim a tax deduction, even though they don’t receive a charitable receipt, says Adam Aptowitzer, managing partner at Drache Aptowitzer. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

Ottawa is home to thousands of organizations that are actively strengthening the community by organizing youth sports leagues, hosting cultural events and embarking on charitable endeavors. On the surface, the structure of these organizations can appear similar. They are typically operated on a non-profit basis and do not use its income to personally benefit its members.

What’s the difference? Registered charities Purposes

Must be established and operated exclusively for charitable purposes

Not-for-profit organizations •

Can operate for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, sport, recreation or any other purpose except profit

Cannot operate exclusively for charitable purposes


Must apply to the CRA and be approved for registration as a charity

Does not have to go through a registration process for income tax purposes

Tax receipts

Can issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes

Cannot issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes

Spending requirement

Must spend a minimum • amount on its own charitable activities or as gifts to qualified donees

Does not have a spending requirement


Is designated by the CRA as a charitable organization, a public foundation or a private foundation

Does not receive a designation


Must file an annual information return (Form T3010) within six months of its fiscal year-end

May have to file a T2 return (if incorporated) or an information return (Form T1044) or both within six months of its fiscal year-end

Tax exempt status

Is exempt from paying income tax

Is generally exempt from paying income tax

May have to pay tax on property income or on capital gains

Must pay GST/HST on purchases

May claim a partial rebate of GST/HST paid on eligible purchases only if it receives significant government funding

(disbursement quota)


Generally must pay GST/HST on purchases

May claim a partial rebate of GST/HST paid on eligible purchases

Source: Canada Revenue Agency

But many of these organizations actually fall into one of two categories: registered charities and notfor-profit organizations. It’s an important distinction that carries significant tax implications for the organization’s staff and supporters alike. In many cases, the difference starts with an organization’s mandate. According to the Canada Revenue Agency, a charitable designation is reserved for those organizations working to alleviate poverty, promote education, advance religion or benefit the community in other ways, such as by running an animal shelter or volunteer fire department. Megan Wallace, the head of the not-for-profit and charity law group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall, says this can be limiting for some organizations. “If a registered charity wishes to change its purpose or activities, it needs to seek permission,” she says, adding that the request can be denied. In contrast, not-for-profits can often have a broader scope of activities, says Wallace.

Taxes The CRA defines not-for-profit organizations as associations, clubs or societies operated for any purpose – except profit. Common examples include recreational groups such as bridge clubs, certain amateur sports organizations and some festival organizations. While not-for-profit organizations have more flexibility in their mandate, they are unable to issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes. “Donations to a not-for-profit do not have any tax consequences,” says Adam Aptowitzer, a managing partner at Drache Aptowitzer. However, there is an exception that applies to corporations, he says. If a donation is being made for business purposes – such as sponsoring a minor hockey team, for example – it can be considered an advertising expense. “The amount would be a deduction to the business because it is incurred for business purposes,” he says. Things get a little bit more complicated when it comes to businesses sponsoring a registered charity’s activity or event. If the company receives the same level of recognition as all other donors with no special treatment and that recognition is minimal – such as being named in an alphabetical list of supporters in a brochure – a registered charity can issue the business a receipt for the full amount of the donation. But, according to the CRA, if the company receives special or significant recognition, then the fair market value is generally deducted from the amount of the charitable donation receipt. “The amount given by the donor over and above the amount received in return is likely a donation,” Aptowitzer says. “If the recipient is a charity, a receipt can be issued.” – With files from Lisa Bucher

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How charitable boards can foster a fundraising culture Asking for money doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Here are several strategies to engage boards in a collective effort. By Tony Martins Don’t let the relaxed and smiling faces in the gala event photos mask the truth. These days, when progressive charitable organizations seek dollars from donors, fundraising can be a keenly competitive pursuit. Of course, not all charities prioritize or even engage in fundraising, but the ones thriving on that front are often recruiting expertise and finding ways to involve every board member in a collective effort. Consider the case of Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, an organization formed more than 40 years ago that is now once again making a concerted effort to raise funds. First steps included adding a fundraising professional to the board and creating an action plan to build a stronger fundraising toolkit. Nicole Poirier has seen the changes first-hand, having served in various capacities on the Rideauwood board for the better part of six years. “Rideauwood uses a competency-based matrix to recruit new board members and there are many skills and aptitudes that go into making a good mix of board members,” says Poirier. “I would say in the current market, it would be wise for not-for-profits to have fundraising expertise.” For the Rideauwood board, that expertise arrived with new addition Lois Graveline, a seasoned fundraising specialist whose core objective is to strengthen and deepen the relationship between donors and charitable organizations. “You need to build, cultivate and steward relationships with many types of donors and volunteers and do so in an authentic manner,” Graveline says. “Donors – just like anyone else – can see through the polished protocol and the ‘no’s that ensue just make sense in those cases.” When a fundraiser genuinely believes in the cause, sincerity shines through in conversations with donors, says Graveline. “You need to be intuitive and respectful of the donor’s interests and circumstances and be completely transparent,” adds Graveline. “Donors want to trust the fundraising professional and to know that they will honour their wishes and properly steward the donations.” With Graveline’s help, Rideauwood has begun several initiatives to bolster fundraising at the board level, starting with a new member recruitment process where the expectations discussed include fundraising. Rideauwood is also pursuing additional board training so that all members feel comfortable explaining how Rideauwood programs benefit the community. Training of this nature can be extremely


“Calling donors to say thank you, writing thankyou notes, or engaging their individual networks – there are lots of ways board members can get involved.” – Fundraising specialist Lois Graveline. PHOTO BY MARK HOLLERON

helpful because, as many boards discover, fundraising does not come naturally to all members. “Asking for money can be an intimidating and frightening experience,” says Graveline. “At various

points in my career, I too have had occasions where my knees knocked a bit.” However, almost any board member can become a valuable asset in the fundraising arena with a little guidance and perhaps a shift in mindset, says Graveline. “Taking the scary misconceptions out of the picture and just focusing on bringing donors on this amazing journey of helping people in need can be quite powerful and empowering,” she explains. “Calling donors to say thank you, writing thank-you notes, or engaging their individual networks – there are lots of ways board members can get involved.”

Clear strategies and expectations Teresa Marques is another fundraising expert and veteran charitable board member who knows that “fundraising expertise is as diverse as the charitable sector itself.” Marques is president and CEO of Rideau Hall Foundation, a non-political entity that works closely with the Office of the Governor General and other partners on a broad range of community-building fronts. Marques contends that fundraising charities doing exceptionally well have strong advocates and champions, but also work with “a clear strategy for how to best engage fundraising expertise from a volunteer standpoint,” she says. “I’ve seen many examples where there is a disconnect between the board and a charity’s directors in fundraising,” adds Marques. “The charities getting it right tend to have very clear expectations of the volunteer champions who support them.” Marques points out that such expectations may actually include having a separate cabinet or philanthropic advisory group engaged in fundraising, ideally with some board representation. Sometimes a group separate from the board “is a better structure to meet the needs of the organization while providing flexibility for the volunteers to engage in ways that makes the most sense.”

Build broad knowledge, then focus on what works Fiorella Nicorescu has been board chair for the past four years at Adult and Family Literacy Organization (ALSO), a downtown community centre that provides free guidance and support toward improved literacy, numeracy and employability skills. ALSO is a smaller entity that does not have in-house fundraising specialists – something that heightens the need for board involvement. “When an organization does not have core funding or must bridge a gap between core funding and needed revenues, the board’s expertise and engagement in fundraising becomes quite important,” says Nicorescu. Her experience at ALSO and two other registered charities has shown Nicorescu how broader fundraising knowledge among board members can help them recognize which initiatives are both a good and bad fit before they head down a particular path. And to motivate board members for fundraising, Nicorescu recommends examining how it factors into the organization’s mandate, objectives, and strategies. “At ALSO, once we established a common view on where we want to go and how we want to get there, it became clearer how fundraising fits into the big picture,” says Nicorescu. “We then engaged subject matter experts to educate ourselves on fundraising and narrow our focus on what would work,” she adds. “The education piece has been crucial to help board members start building confidence.”

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CHARITY PROFILES SHEPHERDS OF GOOD HOPE FOUNDATION..........................................24 MATTHEW HOUSE OTTAWA.......................................................................26 THE OTTAWA HOSPITAL FOUNDATION...................................................28 FONDATION BRUYÈRE FOUNDATION......................................................30 YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU OF OTTAWA................................................. 32 MONTFORT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION......................................................34 CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY (CPAWS)..................36 OTTAWA NETWORK FOR EDUCATION.....................................................38 ROYAL OTTAWA FOUNDATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH........................ 40 BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF OTTAWA..............................................42 CORNERSTONE HOUSING FOR WOMEN................................................ 44 OTTAWA REGIONAL CANCER FOUNDATION..........................................46 YMCA-YWCA OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION..............................48 THE DEMENTIA SOCIETY OF OTTAWA AND RENFREW COUNTY...... 50 DIEFENBUNKER MUSEUM........................................................................... 52 FOUNDATION FOR THE STUDY OF PROCESSES OF GOVERNMENT IN CANANDA...............................................................54 BEREAVED FAMILIES OF ONTARIO (BFO) - OTTAWA REGION...........56 QUEENSWAY CARLETON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION..............................58 DAVE SMITH YOUTH TREATMENT CENTRE............................................ 60 UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA HEART INSTITUTE FOUNDATION...............62 THE PERLEY AND RIDEAU VETERANS' HEALTH CENTRE FOUNDATION................................................................64 ELDERCARE FOUNDATION OF OTTAWA.................................................66 HARVEST HOUSE MINISTRIES OF OTTAWA-CARLETON.......................68 OTTAWA SALUS............................................................................................70 THE OTTAWA MISSION FOUNDATION...................................................... 72 CANADIAN TULIP LEGACY......................................................................... 74 THE OTTAWA SENATORS FOUNDATION..................................................76



MEET SIM. Sim grew up in a small community called Igloolik in Nunavut. As a child, he was taken from his family to a residential school, where he was abused by teachers who punished him for speaking Inuktitut. This trauma stuck with him as he moved to Ottawa in search of a better life. For nearly 20 years, Sim was homeless. He drank heavily every single day. Many people considered Sim beyond hope. Then Sim found Shepherds of Good Hope.

If they can help me, they can help anyone. I thought I’d die on the streets. At Shepherds of Good Hope, Sim found hope. He stabilized his alcohol usage and now lives at The Oaks, our supportive housing residence which contains our internationally-renowned Managed Alcohol Program. He has been able to reconnect with his culture, his family, and find peace again. Today, Sim is happy. You can find him playing cards with his friends and speaking — or often teaching — Inuktitut.


BUT ONLY YOU CAN MAKE THEM HAPPEN. • 613-789-8210 • • @sghottawa Homes for all. Community for all. Hope for all. 24

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What we do

233 Murray St. Ottawa, ON K1N 5M9 613-789-8210 Year founded: 1983 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $14,679,305 Twitter: @sghottawa Facebook: /sghottawa Instagram: @sghottawa

Shepherds of Good Hope is one of the largest notfor-profit organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless and vulnerably-housed people of all genders in the city of Ottawa. Our vision is to provide homes for all, community for all, hope for all. We foster hope and reduce harm in Ottawa by providing around-the-clock specialized services, programs and partnerships. Many of the people who access Shepherds of Good Hope’s programs and services face challenges with mental health, addictions and trauma. Founded in 1983 as a soup kitchen and emergency shelter, today Shepherds of Good Hope is beyond a soup kitchen. Shepherds

of Good Hope operates four, soon to be five, supportive housing facilities, a soup kitchen, health and wellness programming, a transitional shelter and a social enterprise day program. Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation is dedicated to ethical fundraising and sustainable financial management. We support the work of Shepherds of Good Hope through ethical, donorcentred fundraising, and to ensure sustainable financial management of the organization. The Foundation is responsible for all of Shepherds’ fundraising activities, including direct mail appeals, online donations, events and grant submissions.


Deirdre Freiheit President and CEO

Ryan Kilger Chair of the board


How you can help GIVE

Catherine Danbrook

By supporting Shepherds of Good Hope, you are making an investment in our community by helping Ottawa’s homeless and vulnerably-housed access much-needed programs and services. In helping fund Shepherds of Good Hope’s innovative and internationally renowned programming, such as our Transitional Emergency Shelter Program or our Managed Alcohol Program, you are helping to reduce emergency room wait times, free up emergency response personnel, provide shelter and feed our city’s most vulnerable adult women and men. Many of the people served by Shepherds of Good Hope suffer from mental health challenges, trauma and addiction issues. By helping support these individuals, you are making a difference in our community.

Stephen Ball




Margaret Tansey

Ryan Kilger

John Peters

Mark Roundell

Robin Sellar

Brynn McMahon

Murray Knowles

John Peters

Maureen McKeown

Angèle Mènard

Susanne Laperle

Kaveh Rikhtegar

Laurel Johnson Terry Blake Tom Burrow


FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES • Supportive housing • Harm-reduction • Emergency shelter services

More than 400 volunteers contribute their time and expertise and are an integral part of the community at Shepherds of Good Hope. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available and we strive to find the best fit to your skillset. From cooking in the soup kitchen to cutting hair, to playing music to gardening – there is something for everyone. With eight locations across the city of Ottawa, from downtown to Kanata, there are volunteer opportunities available to best suit your geographic location.


Taste for Hope

Taste for Hope gathers guests for an evening of exquisite delicacies prepared by 18 renowned Ottawa chefs and a selection of fine wines, local beers and specialty cocktails. The eighth annual Taste for Hope is Shepherds of Good Hope’s signature fundraising event of the year and has sold out for the third year in a row. Taste for Hope will take place Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne Park.

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We provide a home and settlement support to newly arrived refugees and furnish the homes of 700 lowincome families each year. Thank you for making this important work possible!




Our cost to fully furnish a home in 2019

People served since 2010

Provides room, board, and settlement support for a refugee claimant / 613.255.0168 / 380 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, ON 26

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What we do When refugees arrive in Ottawa after fleeing persecution in their countries of origin, they often come with little but the clothes on their back. Matthew House Ottawa gives refugee claimants safety, hope and the resources to start over in the wake of unspeakable adversity. We offer temporary housing, food and settlement support during

380 Centrepointe Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2G 6A1 Year founded: 2010 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $393,082 Twitter: @MHOttawa Facebook: /MHOttawa


How you can help GIVE

Allan Reesor-McDowell Executive director

Steven Kuhn Board chair

refugees' first few difficult months in Canada. We also provide donated furniture to newcomers and low-income residents setting up a home for the first time. By picking up furniture that would otherwise be discarded and redistributing it to those in need, we promote sustainability while helping vulnerable individuals start a new life.

The impact of donor support on Matthew House Ottawa services is very concrete: you help feed and house refugees, furnish the apartments of newcomers and low-income individuals, and provide settlement support for those who arrived in Canada in search of safety and a better life. With partnerships allowing us to rent both housing and furniture bank space at a minimal cost, donor dollars help purchase groceries to feed Matthew House residents, offer support in navigating the refugee claimant process and fund gas for the truck that transports furniture throughout Ottawa. Your generosity makes a significant difference in the lives of refugees.

Funding priorities As an increasing number of refugee claimants come to Canada, Matthew House Ottawa is dedicated to meeting the urgent need for safe housing and supports within our community. Our programming has two areas of focus: a physical house, which provides a safe home for vulnerable newcomers, and our furniture bank, which provides everything needed – from mattresses to tables and even kitchenware – to furnish the homes of low-income families. With donor support, we hope to open a second location to expand housing and supports for more refugee claimants. We are also in need of a three-tonne truck to transport furniture to people who would not otherwise have the essentials.


BOARD MEMBERS Steven Kuhn Chair Laura Kuhn Treasurer Hannah Marazzi Secretary Meredith Ward Aaron Webber Helen Reimer Ian McLaren

Matthew House operates on a shoestring budget with only three full-time staff, meaning our programming relies heavily on the commitment of dedicated volunteers. A variety of volunteer opportunities can be found online at We are particularly in need of cooks to prepare dinner once a week between Monday and Thursday, and warehouse assistants to help lift heavy furniture at our Furniture Bank location in Kanata. Matthew House also welcomes individuals to provide support in finding housing, refugee settlement and translation. Giving a few volunteer hours each week can make a lifetime impact on a refugee starting anew.


• A three-tonne truck to help pick up furniture from Ottawa residents and deliver to refugees and lowincome individuals starting their home.

Ottawa • Donations to help fund the acquisition of a second house to expand accommodation and support for refugees. • Household furniture in good condition.

PROGRAMMING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH Matthew House Ottawa participates in the non-competitive cycling event Ride for Refuge that supports charities that provide refuge and hope for displaced, vulnerable and exploited people everywhere. The event takes place each year in early October.

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At some point, we will all need The Ottawa Hospital. That is what inspires us to relentlessly search for cures and transformative treatments for you and your loved ones, every day. Join us in shaping the future of health care in our region and beyond.


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What we do The Ottawa Hospital Foundation raises funds to support cutting-edge research and patient care at The Ottawa Hospital. Canada’s busiest academic health-care centre is also one of the top five research hospitals in the country, and the funds we transfer to the hospital changes the

737 Parkdale Ave., 1st Floor Box 610 Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 1J8 Year founded: 1999 Total transferred to Hospital in last fiscal year 18-19: $17.4 million Twitter: @OttawaHospital Facebook: /OttawaHospital Instagram: @ottawahospital

Tim Kluke President and CEO

Michael Runia Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Subhas Bhargava Susan M. W. Cartwright Jeffrey W. Clarke Bryce Conrad Kevin Ford Whitney Fox Sandra Goldberg

lives of millions of Canadians every year. From world-first research breakthroughs that move quickly from lab to bedside to tackling the most complex health-care issues with compassion, our Foundation helps ensure our people are equipped with the very best to succeed so that when you or your loved ones need care, The Ottawa Hospital is ready.


How you can help

clinical trials, and develop better therapies and cures for the most debilitating diseases.

VOLUNTEER Many volunteer opportunities exist throughout the year. Visit to learn more.


Fundraising priorities

Throughout the coming decade, we will embark on a quest that will change Ottawa’s health-care landscape for the next century as we build a new hospital for our community. Our goal is, and will remain, providing exceptional care to every patient who walks through our doors. To do so, we must continue to fund research, equipment and care – not all of which is covered by the province. With community support we can continue to buy new, cutting-edge equipment to treat our patients, enable our researchers to lead world-first

• Our new hospital – Support the future of health care in Ottawa with the construction of our new state-of-the-art campus on Carling Avenue. • Research – Advance our research and clinical trials aimed at discovering new ways to improve patient care across all diseases. • Equipment – Help provide the newest equipment and technological innovations that will maintain world-class health care and research for cancer and other diseases.

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING From running to cycling to posh gala evenings, we have something for everyone! Be a part of it!

The Ottawa Hospital Gala – Annually October/November Our VIP black-tie event that draws together a community of business people and influencers to celebrate our leading researchers and their accomplishments.

Dancing with the Docs Gala – May 30, 2020

Gala event where physicians and researchers at the hospital are paired with professional dancers to compete in our glitzy and highly entertaining ballroom dance competition.

James Harmon Mitchell Kurylowicz Michael McGahan Dr. Pradeep Merchant Megan Paterson Natalie Raffoul Ross Rowan-Legg Tim Saunders Julie Taggart

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut

At The Ottawa Hospital Gala presented by First Avenue Investment Counsel held annually in the fall, we celebrate research and the achievements of three incredible researchers whose work is transforming health care.

A sold-out crowd was brought to their feet when Dr. Natasha Kekre and Dr. Arleigh McCurdy were announced the winners of The Ottawa Hospital’s Dancing with the Docs Gala, presented by MD Financial Management, on April 6, 2019.

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What we do Our acute hospital partners save your life, Bruyère gives you back your quality of life. Together, with their healthcare partners, Bruyère is building a future model of care through stateof-the-art technology and research. As one of the largest health care centres of its kind in Canada, Bruyère plays a key role in addressing the health care needs of the aging population in the Champlain region, delivering a wide variety

43 Bruyère St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5C8

of services in aging and rehabilitation, medically complex, palliative, residential and primary care. Driven by learning, research and innovation, our mission is to lead an integrated system of care that maximizes your quality of life and health potential. Care is provided through our three sites: Élisabeth Bruyère Hospital in the Byward Market, Saint-Vincent Hospital in Centretown, and Bruyère Village in Orléans. We strive for excellence and innovation through teaching, education and research aligned with our clinical priorities.


Year founded: 1995 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,838,000 Twitter: @BruyereCare Facebook: /BruyereCare Instagram: @BruyereCare


How you can help GIVE

Peggy Taillon President

Daniel C. Fernandes Chair

BOARD MEMBERS John Wright Vaive and Associates Professional Corp. Alain Desmarais Cushman & Wakefield Ottawa

Lesley Mackay Ottawa Tourism Mark Jackson Welch LLP Mark White Colonnade BridgePort

Dr. Alykhan Abdulla The Kingsway Health Centre

Nik Lemieux Mirabel Management

Amy Porteous Bruyère Continuing Care

Ralph Neumann Excel Private Wealth

Barbara Perrin George E. Perrin Insurance Agency

Guy Chartrand Bruyère Continuing Care

Clifford T. Lebarron Laurentian Bank of Canada

Heidi Sveistrup PhD, Bruyère Research Institute

John French Dustbane Group of Cos.

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and the Outaouais region

The Life Changing Campaign will support our efforts in these three pillars: Brain Health & Memory: By investing $10 million in research, innovation and patient care, Bruyère will reduce the incidence of dementia by 50 per cent within the next 20 years. Care of the Elderly: Bruyère will redefine the experience of aging through a $10-million investment that will improve quality of life and allow seniors to stay independent and in their homes as long as possible. Rehabilitation: An investment of $10 million in research, technology and expanded patient care programs will help even more people who require stroke and geriatric rehabilitation.

VOLUNTEER More than 800 volunteers are part of the Bruyère family. Each one is valued and plays a vital role in providing exemplary and deeply compassionate care and services to our patients, residents, clients, tenants and their families.

As essential members of our health care team, volunteers share their energy, skills and expertise in helping to fulfill Bruyère’s mission of improving the quality of life for those they serve. Together, with their team of volunteers Bruyère is committed to making each life better. To apply, please call 613-562-6262 ext. 8250 or email

EVENTS + FUNDRAISING The Life Changing campaign for Bruyère is a transformative, $30-million fundraising campaign by Bruyère Foundation to re-imagine and reinvent how and where healthcare is delivered across our community and our country. Life Changing is the largest fundraising campaign in Bruyère’s long history of caring. Its goal is ambitious: to enhance hundreds of thousands of lives by transforming care for a rapidly aging population as well as people of all ages with complex medical conditions.

BRUYERE'S LIFE CHANGING BREAKFAST allows guests to hear personal stories from members of our community that illustrate how their lives have been given back, thanks to the caring teams at Bruyère.

BRUYÈRE'S LIFE CHANGING DAY is a day of learning, sharing and storytelling as we inspire our community with how we change lives at Bruyère. Bruyère invites members of our community to visit our Saint-Vincent site and participate in interactive demos showcasing research projects from Bruyère Research Insititute, hear patient stories and catch full event coverage live from the Atrium!

BROADWAY FOR BRUYÈRE is Bruyère's electrifying signature event that brings out Ottawa's movers, shakers and live music aficionados for this highly anticipated each year! For more information on Bruyère events visit

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OTTAWA’S YOUNG PEOPLE THEIR FUTURE IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS. When we all invest in Ottawa’s youth, our community faces a brighter future. The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is one of Ottawa’s largest non-profit agencies serving more than 3,000 young people and families every month. We connect youth to options, opportunities, and hope for the future. We get results. YSB sets high standards for its programs, using proven models and measuring the results. But we can’t do it on our own.


613-729-1000 INFO@YSB.CA YSB.CA


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What we do The Youth Services Bureau (YSB) is a multiservice agency providing life-changing programs and services to youth across Ottawa. Each month, we serve more than 3,000 young people and their families in the areas of housing, 2675 Queensview Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2B 8K2

community services, mental health, employment and youth justice. With the support of our community, we have helped change the lives of tens of thousands of young people so they may lead independent, healthy and stable lives.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES 613-729-1000 x 1262 Year founded: 1960 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $30,335,679 Twitter: @ysb_bsj Facebook: /ysb.bsj Instagram: @ysb.bsj


How you can help GIVE

Patti Murphy Executive director, YSB Charitable Foundation

Kerry Patterson-Baker Vice-president, communications, Forest Products Association of Canada

BOARD MEMBERS Kerry Patterson-Baker (chair) Vice-president, communications, Forest Products Association of Canada Scott Lawrence (past-chair) Chief operations officer, HealthCraft Products Alan J. Tippett (secretary-treasurer) Partner, director of U.S. tax advisory services, Welch LLP Michael Weider (director) CEO, SHOEBOX Inc. Julie Taggart (director) Vice-president, leasing and operations, Taggart Realty Raylene Lang-Dion (director) Community activist and feminist Martin Sampson (director) Director, communications, Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs

Isabelle Perreault (vice-chair) President and founder, Differly Christopher Rheaume (director) Inspector, Ottawa Police Services Dr. Neda Amani (director) Founder, Amani Health Andrew Arnott (director) Regional vicepresident, business financial services, Ontario North and East, RBC Kirpa Grewal (director) Student, community organizer, Carleton University Kelly Youngdale (director) President, Label Innovations Maria McRae (director) Lawyer Chris White (director) President and CEO, Canadian Meat Council Sujit Nirman (director) Competition Law Office, Competition Bureau


The future of our community begins with our young people. Providing youth with support, resources, and opportunities ensures that they not only are able to meet their needs today, it means they are able to achieve their goals tomorrow. The support from our corporate partners, individuals and foundations means that YSB is able to provide critical services to youth that helps them meet their physical, emotional and psychological needs.

YSB offers a range of mental health services for young people in crisis and their families.

VOLUNTEER YSB offers individuals, corporations and groups meaningful volunteer opportunities that help us continue to improve the lives of young people in Ottawa.

YSB’s SleepOUT for Youth event held each year at The Stadium at TD Place.

FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES Our fundraising priorities are focused on two major challenges for youth in our community: affordable housing and mental health. We are raising funds to support vital services such as our emergency youth shelters, our Youth Mental Health Walk-In Clinic, our 24/7 crisis line and our downtown Youth

Drop-In Centre, among others. YSB is also working with the community with construction nearing completion on our new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Dr. It will provide supportive housing and a complete range of support services for at-risk and once-homeless youth in Ottawa.


SleepOUT for Youth

Mind Matters

Taking place on Nov. 28, 2019 at The Stadium at TD Place, community members, families and corporate teams will spend a night sleeping out on the stadium field to raise funds and awareness for housing and support programs for homeless youth that are offered by YSB. This will be the 8th annual SleepOUT event, which last year welcomed close to 700 participants and raised $241,000.

The Mind Matters event series provides practical youth mental health information and guidance to parents, family members, educators and the community. The goal of the series is to share experiences and learnings, and to understand strategies to foster healthy resilient young people. Mind Matters highlights and supports youth mental health services offered by YSB.

Youth Housing Hub To address the need for additional affordable housing for at-risk youth in Ottawa, YSB – together with the community – is building a new Youth Housing Hub at 2887 Riverside Dr. Opening this fall, this new 39-unit building will provide some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable youth with stable housing and offer a complete range of support services including mental health counselling, employment services, health care, support for substance abuse and more. These services will be provided by YSB and other community partners.

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What we do At Montfort, every person who walks through our door, whether to receive care, visit a loved one or accomplish their work, enters a safe and personcentred environment where excellence prevails. For us, excellence means providing health care and services using state-of-the-art medical

713 Montreal Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1K 0T2 Year founded: 1986 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $2,198,265 Twitter: @FondationHM Facebook: fondationmontfort


How you can help GIVE With the funding it receives from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Montfort can provide quality care during the more than 350,000 patient visits it receives annually. However, it is through the generosity of thousands of donors – those heroes

Christine Sigouin President and CEO

Ronald F. Caza Board chair Partner, CazaSaikaley, srl/LLP

BOARD MEMBERS Michel Bastarache, C.C., Q.C. Counsel, CazaSaikaley, srl/ LLP Dr. Robert D. Belzile Retired family and occupational health physician Charles Bordeleau Retired chief, Ottawa Police Service Sylvain Brisebois Managing director and senior vice-president, BMO Nesbitt Burns Lt.-Gen. (ret’d) Richard J. Évraire Philippe Grandmaitre Partner, Grandmaitre, Virgo, Evans Christiane Huneault General counsel, Ottawa Police Service

equipment in modern facilities adapted to patients’ needs. It also means conducting cutting-edge research that leads to health care discoveries and improved treatments, supporting the professional development of clinical staff, and training the next generation of health professionals.

Albert Labelle Senior partner, PearTree Financial Services Dr. Bernard Leduc President and CEO, Hôpital Montfort

who care about the well-being of others and work behind the scenes to give back to their community – that the hospital can achieve excellence and provide exemplary care and services to the population it serves. Your philanthropy leads to excellence. Excellence saves lives.

VOLUNTEER At Montfort, more than 250 warm-hearted volunteers are hard at work each day for the sole purpose of enhancing the quality of life of our patients and families. If you or anyone you know has received care at Montfort within the last two years, consider becoming a partnerpatient! As such, you will be a voice for our patients, sharing your experiences and opinions to help improve the quality of care and services offered at Montfort.

Marie-Josée Martel Retired, Public Service of Canada Dr. Guy Moreau Chief of staff, Hôpital Montfort Lise Parent Parts manager, Orléans Toyota Michel Quenneville President, Coughlin & Associates Ltd. Robert Rhéaume Partner, BDO Ottawa Guy Souligny Founder and president, Heritage Funeral Complex

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Eastern Ontario


Charity Golf Tournament Since its inauguration in 1994, this annual signature event has raised more than $2.1 million in support of Montfort. Next year’s tournament will be held on Friday, June 5, 2020, at GreyHawk Golf Club. Mark your calendar!

Orléans Health Hub As we age, we are at greater risk of multimorbidity: suffering from several illnesses at once. Whether we experience it ourselves or witness it through a loved one, we simply can’t deny the real impact multiple health conditions can have on someone’s life: a referral here, a referral there, an appointment here,

an appointment there . . . The Orléans Health Hub is a unique and innovative model that will help address gaps in health care coordination for Eastern Ontario. It will bring together a wide range of specialized and community health services under one roof, enabling health care consumers—from newborns to seniors—to focus on their recovery by allowing them to consult with all their care providers during a single visit. Although the hub’s construction is largely funded by the Ontario government, philanthropy will play an important role in its implementation. That is why the Montfort Foundation will lead, in due time, a major fundraising campaign to support the hub’s construction. Donors have already contributed more than $500,000 to help build this incredibly promising model that will help improve people’s lives.

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What we do CPAWS is Canada’s only nationwide charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land, ocean and freshwater, and ensuring our parks and protected areas are managed to protect the nature within them. CPAWS works collaboratively with all levels of governments, Indigenous peoples, industry and other environmental groups to develop

600 - 100 Gloucester St. Ottawa, Ont. K2P 0A4

innovative, science-based conservation solutions. We strive to engage Canadians in speaking up for nature conservation through our outreach, advocacy and education programs. CPAWS also works closely with all levels of governments and partners, holding them to task to meet current conservation targets by 2020, but also to set more ambitious targets for the years to come to help preserve the world’s biological diversity for future generations.


1-800-333-9453 Year founded: 1963 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $6,412,372 Twitter: @cpaws Facebook: /CPAWS Instagram: @cpaws_national


Aurora Borealis over a traditional cabin in Thaidene Nene - Tessa McIntosh

How you can help GIVE

Sandra Schwartz National executive director

Laura Colella President, National Board of Trustees

BOARD MEMBERS Erik Val (YT)​ Vice-president

Ina Lucila (NAB) Nikita Lopoukhine (ON)

Alex Abboud (AB) Don McMurtry (ON) Alicia Aragutak (QC/Nunavik) Rosemary Dohan (MB)

Lavinia Mohr (ON)

Jim Donohue (SAB)

Amber Nicol (NS) Chair, governance committee​

John Grandy (ON) Treasurer​

Richard Paisley (BC) Chair, litigation committee

Bob Halfyard (NL)​

Kathy Scalzo (BC)

Stephen Langdon (OV)

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Headquartered in Ottawa, with 13 regional chapters across Canada working locally on conservation campaigns.


Parks and protected areas Oceans and freshwater Wildlife and species at risk Outdoor education and outreach

With your help, CPAWS is able to be the voice for wilderness when decisions are being made about the use and management of Canada’s public lands and waters. Canada is well-positioned to become a world leader in conservation. Our priority is to leverage this incredible opportunity. We will continue to work with our regional chapters across the country by building their capacity to deliver conservation measures on the ground. We will also continue to implement a nationwide strategy to inspire Canadians to be the voice for wilderness.

VOLUNTEER Help make a difference in your community by connecting with your local CPAWS chapter. With 13 regional offices across Canada and a national office in Ottawa, we are working coast to coast to coast to protect more of Canada’s iconic land, seascapes and wildlife. Royal Creek joins the Wind River, a tributary of the Peel River in northern Yukon Territory, Canada © Peter Mather


CPAWS Soirée: Nov. 14, 2019 Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ottawa Valley Chapter on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. There will be a dinner and silent auction with keynote speaker Gilbert Whiteduck. Join us at the Wabano Centre, Grand Gathering Space, 299 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, Ont. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar, free street parking and loads of fun! Tickets are $75 and are available at

Giving Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019 Giving Tuesday is an international day dedicated to giving back. There’s no better way to give back to your community than to help protect Canada’s iconic landscapes and wildlife for our collective health and enjoyment, and for generations to come.

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We think every child should start school with a full stomach. Don’t you?

The Ottawa Network for Education needs to fundraise $1 million each year to provide essential programs to Ottawa schools.

Donate today at 38

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What we do


The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) is a charitable organization that collaborates with community partners to bring innovative and essential programs into K-12 schools, enriching public education in Ottawa. ONFE partners with all four school boards and works side-by-

205-900 Morrison Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2H 8K7

side with educators to meet the complex needs of our children and youth in both English and French, addressing critical issues in our schools, removing barriers to learning and supporting student well-being. No other community organization in Ottawa has the same reach and ability to deliver much-needed programs directly to schools. In fact, no other organization in Canada provides the same variety of programs to serve K-12 students in their community.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES 613-366-3085 Year founded: 1985 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $4,160,347 Twitter: @ONFE_ROPE Facebook: /onfe.rope LinkedIn: /ottawa-network-for-education Instagram: @onfe_rope


How you can help GIVE

Heather Norris President and CEO

Rob White Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Denise Andre Vice-chair Director of education, Ottawa Catholic School Board Mike Belliveau Regional vice-president for Eastern Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada Claude Brule President and CEO, Algonquin College Margo Crawford President and CEO, Business Sherpa Group Édith Dumont Director of education, Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario Paul Gardner Entrepreneur, angel investor and growth company advisor François Julien Dean, Telfer School of Management

Louise Malhotra Co-founder and director, Malhotra Foundation Mita Myers Senior assurance manager, EY Ibrahim Musa Executive director, Cuts for Kids Ian Shabinsky Principal and vicepresident, Glenview Management Réjean Sirois Director, Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Rob White CPA and growth company advisor Camille Williams-Taylor Director of education, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Grace Xin Founder, Mobile China Desk


Every year, we need to raise $1 million from the local community in order to run our essential programs for K-12 students. By donating to ONFE, you are helping us reach 76 per cent of Ottawa schools, where each year we provide 2.5 million nutritious meals, reach 52,000 students with one-on-one help in the classroom, and equip more than 7,000 youth with skills and knowledge for their future careers. The needs are only growing as Ottawa expands and the world changes. Our donors and partners share our vision for the future and want to invest in programs that will equip today’s students with the skills, experience and knowledge they’ll need to succeed now and in the future. Connect with us to discover the options for individual giving. Companies that want to invest in the communities where their employees work and live often choose ONFE because they know their contribution will enhance public education and support student success right here at home. Your donation will fund programs that remove barriers such as hunger, inadequate nutrition, skill deficits and substance abuse as well as support students’ learning, skill development and career preparation. Align your business with ONFE and give local students the chance to soar!

VOLUNTEER During the 2018-19 school year, we placed more than 3,000 volunteers in Ottawa schools. These volunteers provide vital support to students to help meet their complex needs. Together with teachers, our

Our volunteers help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.

ONFE’s School Breakfast Program provides more than 2.5 million nutritious meals annually to students in 193 schools in the Ottawa region.

volunteers help students build core skills, grasp new concepts, close learning gaps and develop greater self-confidence. Volunteers tell us that helping a student is one of the most fulfilling things they’ve done. And year after year, teachers tell us that caring volunteers make an immense difference to children in need of extra support.


The Spark Soirée is our annual gala hosted in October in support of our School Breakfast

Program. This fun event will engage you and your company in an evening of entertainment and networking with other community-minded individuals and business professionals, as well as executives from Ottawa’s four school boards. You will be recognized as a company that cares about student nutrition and a company that invests so every child in Ottawa starts the school day ready to learn on equal footing with their peers.


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4,000 Canadians will die by suicide

500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work

1 in 5 Canadians are suffering

is the time to make a difference

Mental illness affects everyone. Help us stop the suffering. Please donate to The Royal today.


613.722.6521 ext. 6527

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What we do

1145 Carling Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K1Z 7K4 613-722-6521 x6527

Year founded: 1979 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5,974,121 Twitter: @theroyalfdn Facebook: TheRoyalMHC

The Royal is eastern Ontario’s largest and one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health sciences centres. Our mandate is simple: to get more people living with mental illness into recovery faster. The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatmentresistant mental illness. At The Royal, care informs research and research informs care. We use cutting-edge research platforms – including brain imaging and translational neuroscience – all of which promise to improve both our understanding and

treatment of mental illness. Our reputation as an innovative and effective mental health leader, along with the establishment of our Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), has enabled us to attract some of the brightest research minds from around the world. The field of mental health is the most complicated health challenge our society faces today. With every affected individual displaying symptoms that are unique to them, successful diagnosis and treatment rates are just too low. By supporting The Royal, you are a part of a revolution in mental health research and patient care. Together, we can shift the landscape of mental health in our community and in Canada. Better research means better care.


How you can help Mitchell Bellman President and CEO

Gord Cudney Chair, board of directors

BOARD MEMBERS Iwona Albrecht Partner Soloway Wright LLP Mitchell Bellman President and CEO Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health Joanne Bezzubetz President and CEO Royal Ottawa Health Care Group Marie Boivin Owner Barres and Wheels Harpreet Chhabra Area sales manager CIBC Susannah Crabtree Partner, Mercer Gordon Cudney (Chair) Partner, Gowling WLG Keith Desjardins Partner, Gowling WLG Jane Duchscher Executive director Ottawa Community Loan Fund Jeff Gallant Portfolio manager, CIBC Private Wealth Management Leigh Harris Partner, EY Ernie Laporte (past chair) Regional vice-president Great West Life Joanne Lefebvre Partner Team Bennett & Lefebvre

Youcef Lekadir Principal G. Michael Simpson Professional Corporation Allan Malcomson Vice-president, United Malwood Merchants John Mathers Senior vice-president, brand and business development Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group Andrew Milne (vice-chair) McIntyre & Associates Professional Corporation Jennifer Mondoux Founder and CEO MondouxRollins Partners Inc. Brian Murray Director, leasing and business development Sakto Corporation Colleen O’Connell-Campbell (Treasurer) Wealth advisor, RBC DS

GIVE This week, 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to a mental illness. Mental illness causes more lost work days than any other chronic condition. The estimated annual cost of mental health disorders to the Canadian economy is a staggering $51 billion. Mental health treatment currently stands where we were with cancer or heart disease treatment decades ago. There is still so much that we don’t know about the brain and its connections to the mind. We know that mental illness develops when there are “malfunctioning” circuits in the brain, but we still need to understand why, when and how this is happening, in order to offer more personalized and effective care. This is where research comes in. At The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), our scientists are hard at work making innovative discoveries that are helping to close existing knowledge gaps, and are contributing to improved, evidence-based mental health care for individuals in our community and beyond.

The Inspiration Awards, March 6, 2020

David Prime (secretary) Partner BDO Canada LLP

The Royal’s Inspiration Awards is one of Ottawa’s premier social events, with more than 550 leaders in the corporate, political and non-profit sectors. As a corporate sponsor you will receive prominent logo visibility in advertisements, newsletters and social media, reaching thousands of businesses and individuals. If your company is interested in becoming a sponsor for our 2020 Inspiration Awards, please contact us at 613-722-5261 x 6707 to learn about our sponsorship levels.

Matthew Skube News anchor, CTV Ottawa Bruce Thomas President Ron Eastern Construction Ltd.

The Royal's BIC is helping us to understand and characterize mental illness in ways that we have never been able to previously. In a ground-breaking new study, Dr. Pierre Blier and his research team were able to demonstrate that not only can ketamine be effective in rapidly treating those with severe depression or suicidal ideation – but that it can also have significant and prolonged effects. With the knowledge of ketamine’s sustained effectiveness in hand, Dr. Blier and a team of scientists and clinicians at The Royal are working to determine how ketamine treatment measures up to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) – the current “gold standard” treatment for those with difficultto-treat depression. Just like we can forecast heart disease through cholesterol tests, or cancer through mammograms, our scientists are working to develop the capacity to help prevent mental illness from developing in the first place. Gifts to The Royal can be directed to patient care, research, education or priority needs of the hospital.


Vittorio Pellegrino Regional president Quebec and Eastern Ontario BMO Bank of Montreal

Doug Rankin Chief financial officer Modern Niagara Group

Dr. Pierre Blier, Director of Mood Disorders Research, IMHR

There’s Power in the Purple As DIFD Mach-Gaensslen Chair in Suicide Prevention Research at The Royal’s IMHR, Dr. Zachary Kaminsky is making major strides towards helping to better predict risk of suicide and depression, and potentially save lives. Using artificial intelligence, he has built an algorithm that analyzes speech patterns and psychological concepts related to suicide to effectively identify Twitter users at high risk of suicide. He is now working closely with community and clinical stakeholders to identify how this innovative suicide prevention tool can be best rolled out to support individuals, and strategically allocate resources where needed.

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What we do

12 - 1645 Woodroffe Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K2G 1W2 613-247-4776 Year founded: 1970 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,201,124 Twitter: @BBBSO Facebook: /BBBSO Instagram: @bbbsottawa

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa enables lifechanging mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people who are facing adversity and who are in need of an additional, consistent and supportive person in their lives. Volunteer mentors are intentionally recruited based on the needs of Ottawa’s youth and are professionally screened. The mentor, mentee and family receive training and are monitored and supported by a designated professional caseworker. An incredible transformation takes place when a young mentee is matched with an adult mentor who expresses care, challenges their growth, provides support, shares power and expands

their possibilities. These mentees build the life skills they need to be successful including social and self-awareness, responsible decision-making, self-management and relationship skills. We also see positive changes to their mental health, wellbeing, educational engagement and employment readiness. Together, each of these new skills and positive outcomes helps them realize their full potential. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa is very proud to be celebrating 50 years of creating these special mentoring relationships in the Ottawa community. Over the last half-century, our programs have grown from the traditional 1:1 Bigs community program to include young people in schools, youth in care, newcomer youth to Canada, Indigenous youth and young adults aged 18-24.


Susan Ingram Executive Director

Emily Villeneuve Chair of the Board of Directors, Transport Canada

When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, you invest in a young person’s potential and shape the future of the Ottawa community. Your donation gives local young people facing adversity access to a supportive adult mentor who spends meaningful, consistent and dedicated one-on-one time with them. Your generous gift also gives mentor and mentee matches the opportunity to engage in activities together by accessing community and group events. To join our Big Supporters Club of monthly donors or to give a one-time gift, please visit or contact Monique at


BOARD MEMBERS Tina Hill Past-president, Greenspon Granger Hill Lawyers Michel Collette Treasurer, National Capital Commission Timon LeDain Co-secretary, Macadamian Technologies Cindy McGann Co-secretary, ProntoForms Michael R. Foster Canadian Blood Services

Paul Willetts Vey Willetts LLP Mitchell Carkner IBM Canada Dr. Rana Pishva Ottawa Centre for Resilience Norah Marsh EQAO Jessica Ripley Ottawa Police Service Michael Qaqish Algonquin College

Carl Cartright Ottawa Police Service Mitchell Kutney Bruyère

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and Renfrew County


Partner with us to create employee volunteer opportunities or to sponsor a mentoring program/ group event for our mentee and mentor matches. Fundraise by hosting a corporate golf or hockey tournament, barbeque, jeans day, bake sale or clothing drive. Corporate CEO’s can also participate as a “Big For a Day.”


Mentor and mentee matches celebrated their one year milestone at our annual Big Shout Out awards ceremony.

VOLUNTEER BBBSO relies on the support of community volunteers to ensure that our programs are successful. We have many opportunities for individuals or groups to become involved in our organization and offer a variety of mentoring programs ranging in time commitment. There are also opportunities to support fundraising events, participate on our board of directors and on various committees.


CORPORATE GIVING BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER: Join local business leaders for breakfast and make a life-changing gift to ignite the power and potential of Ottawa’s young people. Become a table captain and act as a BBBSO ambassador.

ALL-STAR CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT HOSTED BY HENRY BURRIS: Corporate teams of golfers are joined by a sports figure or local celebrity for a best ball golf tournament, with dinner to follow. Your support sends up to 300 youth from priority schools to the Henry Burris All-Star Kids Camp at TD Place Stadium. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

BOWL FOR KIDS SAKE: Our signature bowl-athon has a fun new theme each year. Corporate teams of up to six bowlers can enjoy teambuilding and networking while they compete to win the championship title. The evening includes a 50/50 draw, prizes, team photos and awards.

CLOTHES FOR KIDS SAKE: Turn your unwanted clothing into dollars to help young people access supportive mentors. Corporate offices can host clothing drives or place a clothing donation bin on their property.

CONTACT: Monique Flocco at or 613-247-4776x319

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YOU CAN HELP WOMEN TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES AFTER TRAUMA, ABUSE AND HOMELESSNESS. Your gift will help women move beyond fear, hopelessness and despair into hope, healing and home.

For more information and to donate now call or visit us at

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314 Booth St. Ottawa, Ont. K1R 7K2 613-254-6584 Year founded: 1984 Total Revenue for Last Fiscal Year: $4.9 million Twitter: @HopeCornerstone Facebook: /CornerstoneHousing instagram: @hopecornerstone

Every year, almost 1,000 women become homeless in Ottawa. Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and safe, permanent housing for a diversity of women plus an outreach program called Community Connections. We offer emergency shelter to women, as well as four supportive and affordable housing residences. Our goal is for every woman to have a safe, affordable place to call home so she may reach her full potential in a caring community. We

have more than 65 full and part-time staff and almost 300 volunteers. Every year, we provide more than 140,000 nourishing meals. Cornerstone provides basic needs and a variety of support programs, such as spiritual support, safety planning, mental health and addictions support, age in place supports for senior women, life-long learning centre, employment counseling, crisis counseling and housing search.


How you can help GIVE

Kia Rainbow, Executive director

Patricia Hassard, Board chair


Mark Holzman

Barb Belohoubek

Peter Martin

Katie Black

Margaret Pachanos Lamaire

Margaret Bloodworth Marilyn Box Kara Eusebio

Wilda Phillips Sanjay Grover

Last year, thanks to the extraordinary support of our community, we opened our new 373 Princeton Ave. project. This building is now home to 42 women moving beyond homelessness into hope, healing and home. Our work is far from over. With an emergency women’s shelter in addition to four housing communities and an outreach program, we look for the help and generosity of the community to truly make Cornerstone a warm and loving home for almost 500 women each year. If you feel inspired, please give at

VOLUNTEER As a Cornerstone volunteer, you can be a vital piece of the puzzle that helps women break the cycle of

poverty and homelessness and build a new life of hope and stability. Here are a few of the ways you might like to volunteer at Cornerstone: • Sorting food donations and helping prepare the nutritious meals that fuel Cornerstone women. • Providing transportation and accompaniment for appointments, housing search and moving. • Organizing activities like arts and crafts or games nights, off-site adventures and exercise programming that keeps every day joyful and new. • Providing haircuts, tailoring a dress or a pair of pants, and sorting through donations, so residents can feel like their best selves and live with dignity. We welcome new ideas and projects to accommodate your special skill sets! We welcome everyone to start the conversation about volunteering at Cornerstone.



Food, supplies and programs for our busy, downtown emergency women's shelter that serves over 60 women each day and night. Job-readiness and education initiatives like our Life Long Learning Centre and Educational Bursary.


Purple Tie Gala

Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB)

Thanks to our generous sponsors, partners and friends we held our first annual Purple Tie Gala in September 2019. Over 300 guests danced the night away at the beautiful Ottawa Art Gallery and raised at total of almost $90,000.

Cornerstone’s Young Professionals Advisory Board members contribute to the success of Cornerstone Housing for Women through volunteering, advocacy and fundraising efforts. YPAB members deepen their understanding of the roles of non-profit board members, plus learn the value of fundraising. Members come from a range of industries and backgrounds but are driven by their common goal of bettering their community and educating others about women experiencing homelessness in Ottawa. YPAB members expand their social circle while doing good.

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One in two people in our community will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Will you give them hope for the future?

Donate today at


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What we do Almost every hour, someone in our community is diagnosed with cancer. These are our friends, neighbours and family members, and we want to make sure they receive the best cancer care and treatment right here at home. The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is exclusively 1500 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K1G 3Y9

TOP FUNDING SOURCES 613-247-3527 Year founded: 1995 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,850,977 Twitter: @ottawacancer Facebook: /ottawacancer

Linda Eagen President and CEO

dedicated to improving and saving the lives of people touched by cancer in our community. We are constantly supporting advances in local cancer care, research and clinical trials to change the lives of families facing cancer in the Ottawa region.

Carl Marcotte Chair President and CEO, Canadian Commercial Corp.


How you can help

and support they need to better manage the stress and challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.

100 per cent of money raised in this community stays in this community. When you donate to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, you are putting your trust in us, and we take that responsibility seriously. We are committed to the most important issues in the field of cancer care and will always direct funds to the areas where they will have the greatest impact for families facing cancer in our region.

GIVING TO CLINICAL TRIALS SAVES LIVES: Clinical trials not only help researchers better understand cancer and the many approaches to treating it, they help to save lives. The Cancer Foundation has supported every single clinical trial opened in Ottawa for the past eight years, ensuring our community has access to the newest and best treatment options right here at home.

GIVING TO CANCER COACHING IMPROVES LIVES: More than 7,000 visits to the Cancer Foundation's Maplesoft-GumDocs Centre for Cancer Survivorship occur each year. Cancer patients and their families are able to receive the guidance, tools, resources

GIVING TO LOCAL RESEARCH GIVES HOPE: Helping local scientists bring their discoveries from bench to bedside helps patients get the treatment they need sooner. Thanks to a strong community of scientists and the funding of local fellowship programs we are bringing some of the world’s best researchers here to our community.

BOARD MEMBERS Chair Carl Marcotte President and CEO, Canadian Commercial Corp. Past chair Cory P. Ready Portfolio manager, TTR & Associates – BMO Nesbitt Burns Vice chair Canadace Enman President, Welch Group Consulting Vice chair Julia Knox Senior Vice President and CPO, Hardgoods and Softgoods, Giant Tiger Director Nav Aggarwal Owner, A&A Pharmachem Inc. Director Dee Davidson President, Complete Care Coordination, RN

Director Robert Doucet Retired, information management and technology


Director Kevin Fitzgerald Retired, past-president and CEO of MDS Aero Support Corp.

The Cancer Champions Breakfast is an incredible networking event where you can connect with other community-minded business leaders and local experts in the cancer field. Join us for the 2020 breakfast and help lead the way in giving back to support the 30,000 people in our community currently undergoing cancer treatment and the additional 8,000 people who will learn that cancer has made its way into their lives this year.

Director Keelan Green Partner, Prospectus Associates Director Heidi Hauver Vice-president, Human Resources, Invest Ottawa Director Elaine Larsen Senior consultant (Regulated Health Industries), Global Public Affairs Director Suzanne Pellerin Associate, LaBarge Weinstein LLP

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Eastern Ontario with every dollar raised staying in our community.

Not many people can say they changed a life on the way to work. But, for the past 10 years, guests of the annual Cancer Champions Breakfast have done just that by raising nearly $4 million in support of local clinical trials, research and the Cancer Coaching services developed by the Cancer Foundation.

WAYS TO GIVE CANCER CHAMPIONS BREAKFAST: Over 500 business leaders gather at one of Ottawa’s most anticipated networking and social events. Join Ottawa's most generous business leaders and become a table captain. Contact: Paula Muldoon at MONTHLY GIVING: For just $83.33/month, you can give the gift of Cancer Coaching to a family throughout their entire experience with cancer. Contact: CRUSH IT FOR CANCER: On March 28, 2020 join us for a high-energy fitness and wellness event where you can crush it for cancer. Contact Kelly MacNaull:

LEAVING A GIFT IN YOUR WILL: What do you want your legacy to be? We will work with you to create a plan that is meaningful to you. Contact: CORPORATE GIVING: Set up a payroll deduction campaign at your business. Sponsor an event or direct existing fundraising efforts to support local families facing cancer. Contact: paula@ LEADERSHIP GIVING: Stand out. You can become a leader in your community and make an extraordinary gift through our Cancer Champions Campaign. Contact Josée Quenneville:

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Community, confidence, dreams, and vitality – they all start here, at the Y! Arielle’s Story Born with a rare genetic disorder, Arielle spent the first years of her life undergoing countless medical treatments and procedures, leaving her completely isolated from her peers. Once given the all-clear from her doctors, Arielle’s parents enrolled her in the Y’s Camp Inclusion Program - where individual support is provided to children with special needs. Arielle was able to fully participate in the same camp activities as her peers, with a little extra support. She made new friends and her confidence and independence flourished as a result. Now 7 years old, she is full of life, and has developed a passion for swimming and dance! Arielle’s parents say that thanks to the Y, she now has a foundation of friendship, independence, and belonging.

Thanks to financial support from donors like you, here’s how the Y helped our community in 2018:

$757,491 83,909 17,133

provided in financial aid

members of our community served

young lives enriched through fitness and recreation programs

12,143 6,423 766

immigrants welcomed to our community

children built confidence and life-long friendships at a Y camp

people given a safe place to live, and hope for the future


people turned away due to financial circumstances

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What we do The National Capital Region YMCA-YWCA is a charitable association dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults and families through programs that build spirit, mind and body. The Y provides opportunities for personal growth and character development by providing unique and contemporary programs for everyone regardless of race, religion, creed, ability or economic circumstance. 180 Argyle Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K2P 1B7

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1867 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $23,915,000 Twitter: @ymcaywca_ottawa Facebook: /ymcaywca Instagram: @ymcaywca


How you can help GIVE

Bob Gallagher President and CEO

Jean Laurin Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Jean Laurin Chair Ross Quane Past chair Anne Butler Secretary

Whether it is offering comfort and a safe home to families with nowhere else to go, helping children develop self-confidence and independence, providing essential training to inspire success in newcomers to our region, or celebrating our members’ accomplishments in their quests for a healthier lifestyle, the Y is a foundation from which a brighter future and a stronger community can be built. However, the Y is only able to provide these services thanks to community support. From sending a kid to camp to providing a safe shelter space for a homeless youth, Y supporters help shape positive futures.

Alan Doak


Colleen Kelley

The YMCA-YWCA relies on the time and dedication given by hundreds of volunteers each year. As a

Thanks to the Y’s most fearless fundraisers last year, 225 local children had the opportunity to camp! Camp is more than just a place to have fun; it is a place where kids learn new skills, discover hidden talents, make life-long memories and find their self-confidence.

volunteer with the Y, you might lead an exercise class, welcome new immigrants, coach swimming or basketball, mentor youth, help run a special event, engage your network in philanthropic opportunities, or advise on local issues. No matter how you help, you will be making a big difference. To find out more visit

Anna Laurence Jacques Paquette


Gary Simonsen Susannah Crabtree Treasurer

Louise Tardif

Iwona Albrecht

Mark Taylor

Dr. Lisa Chillingworth Watson

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS The National Capital Region

FUNDING PRIORITIES The Y’s programs and services address significant social and health issues with initiatives tailored to local community needs. The Y works to build healthy communities and advocate for children, teens and young adults, helping all to reach their potential and realize their goals. With community support, we fund programs that promote healthy living by ensuring everyone is given the opportunity to achieve a healthier lifestyle, nurture the potential of children and youth by engaging them and encouraging positive choices, support vulnerable people by helping them stabilize while connecting them with appropriate community resources, and inspire personal success by providing access to essential training and resources.

YMCA-YWCA Cliffhanger - June 2020

Rappel down 16 stories at the Taggart Family Y during this knee-knocking, adrenaline-inducing event. More than just a daring stunt, this is your opportunity to help kids in our community experience a life-changing summer at Y camps!

Stride for the Y - September 2020

The Y’s newest event creates an exciting opportunity for families to spend a fun-filled day together. Centered around a 2K family-friendly walk, Stride for the Y also offers participants the chance to play on the RedBlacks field as they cross the finish line, and the opportunity to take in a game at TD place – all while helping some of our community’s most vulnerable families access affordable child-care.

Y Golf Classic - September 2020

Since its inception in 2009, the Y Golf Classic has

raised more than $1.5 million in net proceeds, with 100 per cent of the funds raised helping local children, youth and families. This sellout tournament combines the opportunity for relationship development between community leaders with raising vital funds to help create lifechanging opportunities.

Y Strong Kids Campaign The Y Strong Kids Campaign runs annually from March 1 to April 30. Focused on raising muchneeded resources to support Y programs, this campaign helps give local kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential: to live happier, healthier lives today, and grow into productive adults in the future. Hundreds of local kids, teens and families are unable to afford the full cost of participation in recreational programming, but they still need and deserve safe places to be, caring and trained volunteer and staff mentors, and programs that teach vital life-skills. By supporting this campaign, you are helping each and every child realize their full potential.

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Working to improve the lives of people with dementia, their caregivers, and their advocates.

No one should face dementia alone.

Your own community of support For information and to donate now call or visit us at: Ottawa: 613-523-4004 Renfrew County: 888-411-2067 Charitable Registration No. 11878 5013 RR0001


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How will you change our future?

Your investment helps support the preservation of this National Historic Site of Canada for future generations and helps us deliver educational programs, like our award-winning Conflict Resolution Program for youth.

Thank you for your support! Let’s connect to customize a sponsorship package to fit your company’s goals and budget or to make a donation. We’d love for you to join our family of champions for peacebuilding, communication, and to preserve this significant part of our Canadian history. Email Kelly Eyamie at or call 613-839-0007 x274. 52

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What we do The Diefenbunker is a women-led charitable museum with a full-time staff of 12. As Canada’s most significant Cold War site, the Bunker is both an immersive artefact and experiential museum. Coupled with multiple award-winning programs, events and exhibitions, the Bunker

3929 Carp Rd. Ottawa (Carp), Ont. K0A 1L0

draws more than 70,000 visitors annually. In addition to regular museum visits, guided tours and group tours, we also offer educational youth workshops, corporate rentals, the world’s largest Escape Room, birthday parties and Spy Camps. An economic and tourist driver for rural west Ottawa, the Bunker is a central hub for the community and a resource for local organizations and people.


Year founded: 1998 (as museum) Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,400,000 Twitter: @Diefenbunker Facebook: /Diefenbunker Instagram: @diefenbunker


How you can help GIVE

Christine McGuire Executive director

Bernard Proulx President Maj. (ret’d), RCAF

BOARD MEMBERS Susan McLeod Vice-president Consultant, Susan McLeod Consulting

David Peters Director emeritus & founding member Lt.-Col. (ret’d), RCAF

Paul Leduc Treasurer Retired CFO, National Gallery of Canada

Inderbir Singh Riar Director Associate professor, Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University

Paul Drover Secretary Col. (ret’d), RCAF Joanne Charette Director Former vice-president of corporate strategy and communication, IDRC David Loye Director Retired COO, Canadian Museum of History Lorraine Mastersmith Director Partner, Gowling WLG

Michael Robb Director Maintenance engineer, University of Ottawa Jeff Siddall Director Department manager, M&E services, Morrison Hershfield Margaret Syms Director Senior security engineering manager, Shopify

Linda Nixon Director Strategic HR consultant, Linda Nixon Consulting

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa (National Tourist Destination)

Did you know? Despite our national significance, we receive no regular federal funding. We rely on ticket sales for 75 per cent of our revenue and we need champions like you to keep this National Historic Site alive. Your investment in the Bunker helps protect this singular and powerful physical reminder of Canada’s role in defusing world conflict. It’s a place where we encourage people of all ages – particularly youth – to learn from the past to build a better tomorrow. Consider investing with a one-time cash donation, or commit to a recurring donation, sponsoring an event or program, becoming a member or donating your professional services.

VOLUNTEER We were founded by a group of dedicated community volunteers who believed in the potential to learn from this historic site. Today, volunteers contribute thousands of hours and remain the backbone of the museum. We have volunteer guides, board members, social media ambassadors, and maintenance, event and collections volunteers. From a volunteer-run HAM radio station to special event volunteers, like zombies, there truly is something for everyone. Connect with us to discover the perfect way to build your skills and donate your time.

Funding priorities EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR YOUTH. Our award-winning conflict resolution program promotes teamwork while participants navigate the actual lock-down scenario practiced in the bunker when it was operational as Canadian Forces Station Carp.

CONSERVATION OF A NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA. The Bunker needs $3 million in specialized mechanical and electrical upgrades to meet modern building codes and to avoid catastrophic systems failures. Your investment ensures this immersive learning space remains a powerful reminder of Canada’s role in defusing world conflict. You can help ignite the next generation of peace builders to navigate our increasingly volatile world with open eyes and minds.


Atomic Love: A Touring Wine and Cheese

is held the weekend before or after Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” like exploring a Cold War bunker with wine and cheese and your main squeeze! On this tour, participants learn about the Bunker’s history while savouring delicious wine and cheese pairings along the way. You can become an event or wine sponsor for this signature event.

Escape the Diefenbunker: The Diefenbunker and Ottawa’s premier escape room company, Escape Manor, have partnered to create

the world’s largest escape room, Escape the Diefenbunker! This multi-award winning experience runs Thursday through Sunday evenings and takes place over an entire floor of our massive underground bunker.

Whisky Tasting Fundraiser is

held annually in November and is always a sell-out event. The multisensory experience includes five mouth-watering whiskies paired with epicurean taste sensations provided by our food sponsor, The Swan at Carp. Tax receipts are available. Connect with us for information on corporate tables, sponsorship opportunities and silent auction donations.

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ENGAGE Canada’s diverse and dynamic youth

EMPOWER youth towards impactful civic engagement

LEAD our next generation to new opportunities

a programme of



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What we do The Foundation's mission is to offer innovative programming that engages youth in Canada's democratic process and its institutions, empowering youth for lifelong and meaningful civic engagement. While fostering their leadership skills, program participants have the opportunity to learn about government, democracy and citizenship, to meet various

800-81 Metcalfe St. Ottawa, Ont. K1P 6K7

actors in the Canadian public sphere and to connect with other young people whose interests are similar to their own. They benefit greatly from the educational aspects of the programming, which is the primary objective of the Foundation. They become better-informed, more involved citizens, which in turn serves the Canadian public good.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1975 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,182,888 Twitter: @Forum4YC Facebook: /ForumCanada


How you can help GIVE

Marie-Michèle Laferrière Marlene Floyd Executive director Chair

BOARD MEMBERS Marlene Floyd Chair (Microsoft) Mike Abbott Secretary-treasurer (Deloitte) David Adams Ontario director (Global Automakers of Canada) David Coletto Ontario director (Abacus Data)

Helaina Gaspard Vice-chair (Institute of Fiscal Studies and Democracry) Desiree McGraw B.C. director (Pearson College) Cynthia Wallace New Brunswick director (Government of New Brunswick)

Through the Opportunity Fund, last year 91 students received bursaries totaling $60,000. Your donation removes barriers to participation and supports students from marginalized communities. The participation fee is currently $995, yet the program now costs more than $2,350 per student to run. Your donation to the Forum Experience Fund helps subsidize student fees by 57 per cent. Investments in infrastructure and technology are also needed to produce quality programming that engages today’s digitally-innate youth to maximize their Forum experience. Additionally, investments in administrative staff costs, communications outreach and training helps staff and volunteers succeed.

VOLUNTEER Participate by joining our volunteer board or become a member and sit on a committee. You can volunteer during the forum sessions or in the office year-round. Office volunteers and logistics assistants work behind the scenes and are essential for the functioning of the Foundation and its programs! Group leaders support participants during Forum by facilitating group meetings, creating an atmosphere conducive to learning, stimulating curiosity and encouraging participation by all students.


Forum for Young Canadians:

Great Canadian Giving Challenge:

Non-partisan, bilingual and inclusive, Forum’s weeklong program (three per year) allows more than 320 young people (aged 15-19) to experience Canada’s government in action in the nation’s capital. Young people travel to Ottawa to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of their democratic institutions. They gain a sense of belonging to Canada and a sense of connection to each other.

This year’s June campaign, Growing our Forum Community One Leaf at a Time, raised more than $8,000. We shared inspiring stories of Forum’s youth leaders and all funds were valuable donations to our Forum Experience Fund.


Forum Alumni Events:


Over 24,000 Forum alumni hold leadership positions in every realm of public life as politicians, public servants, diplomats, lobbyists and policy analysts. The Foundation reconnects with Forum alumni through a variety of networking events.

Giving Tuesday: A day dedicated to giving involving all of our programs. This year’s Giving Tuesday is on Nov. 27.

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What we do We offer bereavement support for many different types of losses: for adults, youth (high school age) and families; for perinatal loss, loss of a child, spouse, parent, sibling or friend; or for loss by suicide, by substance abuse/use, or by medical assistance in dying (MAiD). We are getting ready to offer a new francophone group in Orléans.

303-211 Bronson Ave. Ottawa, Ont. K1R 6H5

Each year, we run about 120 support groups attended by approximately 2,000 participants, in addition to holding two memorial events and offering educational workshops. We follow a peer support model in which participants share their stories, provide support and help each other through their experiences with grief. Our trained facilitators have lived through similar losses. Suggested donations are appreciated. Everyone is welcome.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES INDIVIDUALS: 100% Facebook: /bfo.ottawa

How you can help

Year founded: 1978 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $87,000 Charitable Registration Number: 85343 2730 RR0001

GIVE We rely exclusively on donations from individuals and organizations in our community to continue to offer our programs and services, and appreciate every donation, large or small.

VOLUNTEER With the exception of two paid staff members, we are an organization that is entirely run by volunteers. Everyone within BFO Ottawa has experienced grief, and has chosen to dedicate their time to help others in our community. Volunteer positions include trained facilitators, event organizers, digital media experts and professional fundraisers.

FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES Lorrie Beaton Program director

We would like to find corporate sponsors for our different support groups and our two memorial events. We would like to find recurring sources of revenues to help us strengthen capacity as an organization.

Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Ward Councillor Catherine McKenney present the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Mary Ellen Henniger and Barb Hayduk, two volunteer representatives of Bereaved Families of Ontario – Ottawa Region. CREDIT: Photo courtesy the City of Ottawa

BOARD MEMBERS Antoine Babinsky


Doug Cargo Elaine Dean Barb Hayduk Matthew Keogh Barrie Marfleet Sean O’Brien Executive chair: Vacant


COMMUNITY IMPACT 2,000 people supported 6,000 volunteer hours 120 support groups 2 memorial events

We run one memorial event, the butterfly release, each spring, and a second one, the Tree of Life, in early winter. This year, on June 9, 2019, more than 250 people came together to remember their loved ones at BFO Ottawa's eighth annual butterfly release. The ceremony took place inside Beechwood’s non-denominational sacred space. Afterwards, participants released their painted butterflies in the botanical gardens. It was a quiet and peaceful event, followed by a guided walk and reception. On Dec. 1, 2019, BFO Ottawa will hold our 27th annual Tree of Life ceremony, which takes place before the holidays begin, at a time when people typically feel grief more acutely. The event includes guest speakers, personalized memory ornaments, music and a candlelight remembrance ceremony, followed by a reception.

Releasing a butterfly in Beechwood's botanical gardens, May 2019.

Lighting candles in memory of our loved ones at the Tree of Life ceremony.

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ADVANCING SURGERY. ADVANCING CARE. Help us upgrade our 11 operating rooms with new equipment and technology, so we can save even more lives in our community! DONATE TODAY AT


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What we do People tell us all the time that if they need to be in hospital, they want to be at Queensway Carleton Hospital. That’s because we are focused on healing people. We’ve built our reputation as one of the region’s leading acute care hospitals by seeing the person in each of the nearly 500,000 patients who come to us each year. Our agility and collaborative culture allow us to respond quickly to today’s pressing healthcare challenges by investing in advanced programs and services that put the person at the centre of patient care.

3045 Baseline Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K2H 8P4 Year founded: 1986 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $5.5 million Twitter: @QCHOttawa Facebook: /QueenswayCarletonHospitalFoundation

Queensway Carleton Hospital is home to Ottawa’s busiest emergency department with more than 80,000 visits per year, the Myers Automotive Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit for seniors – one of only two in Ontario that are transforming geriatric care – and is a leader in people-centered advances in orthopedic surgery. Located in fast-growing west Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital helps to create vibrant and healthy communities that we can be proud to call home. By supporting Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation, you are investing in advanced patient care and healthcare excellence for our community.


How you can help GIVE Judith Scott Interim president and CEO

Karen Sparks Chair, board of directors

BOARD MEMBERS Dr. Andrew Falconer

Lorraine Mastersmith

Ed Herweyer

Jagdeep Perhar

Doug Hewson

Ronald Richardson

Mischa Kaplan

Chad Schella

Dr. Kathi Kovacs

Fred Seller

Ryan Kelahear

Art Slaughter

Cal Kirkpatrick

Jennifer Spallin

Barbara Lippett

Wynand Stassen

Amy MacLeod

Shaina Watt

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Western Ottawa and the Ottawa Valley

Queensway Carleton Hospital has been ranked the #1 Ottawa hospital, and 25th nationally in Newsweek Magazine’s 2019 ‘World’s Best Hospitals’ rankings.

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation is the only accredited hospital foundation in the Ottawa region under Imagine Canada’s National Standards Program.

Advancing Care for All Ages is a $30-million campaign to enhance the delivery of care for patients at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. Currently our focus is to transform our Mental Health Unit to provide enhanced care through the Hopes Rising Campaign, and to upgrade our 11 surgical suites with the best and latest equipment and technology through the Advancing Surgery Campaign. Your donations will allow us to double the space of our Mental Health Unit, provide a more welcoming and healing atmosphere, and improved

emergency care for people in the midst of a mental health crisis. Your investment in our ORs will benefit every surgical patient, from simple diagnostic procedures to life-saving care.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers play a key role in helping Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation achieve its mission, and we are grateful to receive support from volunteers throughout the year in a variety of different ways. There are a number of volunteer opportunities available, including board, committee and advisory group roles, as well as fundraising event support, hospital volunteer roles and opportunities to act as ambassadors in the community on behalf of the Foundation.


Hopes Rising

Women In Philanthropy

HOPES RISING is a campaign to enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families in our region. It is a campaign inspired by the hopes of families throughout our community to enhance acute mental health services for adults of all ages at Queensway Carleton Hospital.

WOMEN IN PHILANTHROPY is an exciting new program that brings together like-minded women who want to help transform healthcare for Ottawa and our region. Collectively, members will invest in advanced programs and services at Queensway Carleton Hospital that respond to our community’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

Event EMCEE Jason MacDonald, MacDonald Moussa Team, Event co-chair Sara Cinq-Mars, Judith Scott, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation Interim President & CEO, and Dr. Andrew Falconer, Queensway Carleton Hospital President & CEO at the Harvesting Hope at the Farm Gala, September 2019. Funds raised will enhance acute mental health services for adults of all ages at Queensway Carleton Hospital, as part of the Hopes Rising Campaign.

Catherine Clark, honorary chair, with founding members at the Women In Philanthropy launch, at the Château Laurier in December 2018. This new program helps fund urgent healthcare challenges within our community.

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80% 98% of clients struggle with at least one mental health condition

of our clients have experienced homelessness

77% have reported suicidal thoughts or actions

84% started using substances prior to their 15th birthday

My mental health has improved so much while being here. I do not have suicidal thoughts every day anymore and I’m not so foggy. I can make decisions based off of my values, not by my impulses. My life doesn’t revolve around using and chaos. I have found peace in the calmness of life. – past graduate of DSYTC

Donate today. For 26 years our live in treatment centre has been dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and mental health related issues.


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What we do The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (aged 13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use and and mental health related issues. DSYTC programs and services include: comprehensive assessment, three-month live-in treatment,

112 Willowlea Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K0A 1L0 Year founded: 1993 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,619,263 Twitter: @DaveSmithYouth Facebook: Dave Smith Youth Treament Centre

academic programming, pro-social recreation, psychiatric support, nurse practitioner primary care, post-residential continuing care and family services. Our mission is to provide youth and families in need with integrated, evidence-based addiction and mental health treatment, delivered by competent professionals within a caring and compassionate environment. Our vision: Healthy, resilient youth and families who have hope and life skills for creating a positive future.


How you can help GIVE

Mike Beauchesne Executive director

David Kinsman Chair

Our critical funding needs fall into two main categories: capital and operational. Our capital requirements pertain to our ongoing campaign to build a new 30-bed treatment facility and merge our three aging facilities into a single-campus model. Doing so would increase access to muchneeded treatment, reduce wait times and provide sustainable long-term infrastructure for our health sector. Operational funding needs include resources that support day-to-day programming such as recreation/sports equipment, art supplies, smoking cessation medication, staff training, IT equipment (e.g. laptops) and scholarship funds for graduating students.


BOARD MEMBERS Dave Smith Founder and honorary chair* David Kinsman Chair* Derek Johnston Vice-chair* Tricia Goulbourne Treasurer* Mike Beauchesne Executive director* Rene Bibaud Member

Dr. Mary Brown Member Cameron Hopgood Member Dorothy Laflamme Member

Given our vulnerable population and the sensitive issues they are dealing with, we must restrict ourselves to the recruitment, selection and incorporation of volunteers who bring specific skills to help meet client needs (as opposed to those who have a general interest in helping). Examples of current or past volunteers include: yoga/fitness instructors, financial management coaches, career

counsellors, hair stylists, photography teachers, support animal guides, grounds maintenance, and educational tutors. However we do welcome fundraising volunteers to help our philanthropy team. Call 613-594-8333 x 1201 to inquire.

Marilyn Reddigan Member Michael Smith Member *Part of the executive committee

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa and broader Champlain region and provincial resource for all of Ontario


Corporate Partnership

Drop The Shame Golf Tournament

Lives in the Balance

Let us be your corporate charity of choice. By partnering with us you will get a fulsome, employee engagement partnership package which includes marketing materials, booth, guest speaker, etc. Inquire today about how you and your team can give back to youth in our community.

The Drop The Shame Golf Tournament was founded by one of our past graduate clients who created this annual tournament to drop the shame around youth addiction and mental health. Every year he honours a member of the community for being part of his village of change. Join our village of change by participating in our 4th annual tournament. Visit for details.

Lives in the Balance is a fundraising campaign to support the construction of an all-new, 30-bed youth treatment facility in Ottawa. Current facilities are inefficient and costly to operate. The new facility would provide a home-like atmosphere for youth and their families, enhance operational efficiency, expand treatment capacity and reduce wait times to access life-saving treatment.

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Adrianna Foster was born with a heart defect known as pulmonary atresia. After multiple surgeries and a wait of 18 months, Adrianna underwent a heart transplant shortly after her second birthday. For 17 years, Adrianna led a relatively normal life, but the symptoms returned as she neared adulthood. By the time she was 19, she was in full-fledged heart failure, known as cardiogenic shock. Adrianna spent two painful, anxietyfilled years waiting to hear whether a suitable donor match could be found. During that time, she spent a total of three months in the Heart Institute, including six weeks in the intensive care unit, undergoing efforts to stabilize her. On April 7, 2019, Adrianna got the call that would change her life. This photo of Adrianna was taken 16 weeks after she received her new heart. She is making plans to finish her schooling, becoming a mentor to other heart patients and expanding “Adrianna’s Army” to increase awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Adrianna Foster, with her support dog Remington

Filled with grateful appreciation for her gift of time, Adrianna is giving back.

Thank you for the Gift of Time.



Purchasing specialized diagnostic and surgical equipment, investing in innovative research and supporting programs to enhance the patient experience.

The gift of time for thousands of heart patients just like Adrianna who strive to live the best life they can because your donation to the Heart Institute changed their life.

Support cardiac care in your community today. Contact us at 613-696-7030 or to make a donation. 40 Ruskin Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4W7  #GiveWithHeart


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What we do Supporting life-saving care is at the heart of everything we do. With an enormous amount of compassion and hard work, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute has become an international leader in cardiovascular care, treatment and innovative research. The Heart Institute Foundation is the bridge that

40 Ruskin St. Ottawa, Ont. K1Y 4W7 Year founded: 1994 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $16.3 million Twitter: @HeartFDN Facebook: /HeartInstituteFoundation

connects the programs, facilities and people who save lives every day with the individual and corporate philanthropists in our community. With their generous support, the Foundation plays a vital role ensuring that the most critical components of world-class care are available. Funds raised are used for the purchase of specialized equipment, patient programs and research – all of which help an exceptional team of health care professionals advance cardiovascular care.


How you can help

the Foundation are also invested in research and innovation that will improve cardiac care for this and future generations. The Heart Institute is also home to the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre, ensuring that women and their care providers have access to the tools needed to better understand the gender differences in cardiovascular disease and treat appropriately.


Jim Orban President and CEO

Barbara Farber Chair, board of directors President, Leikin Group

The Foundation is accountable to donors to ensure every donation is used as directed to meet the funding priorities of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. In April 2018, the new Critical Care Tower opened and fundraising continues to purchase 100-per-cent donorfunded equipment. The Heart Institute continues to be a busy construction site as renovations to the original building near completion. These renovations will enhance the experience and outcomes for patients with the new Cardiac Imaging Centre. Donations to

VOLUNTEER The Foundation has a variety of volunteer opportunities: • Foundation-hosted events such as the Fuller Keon Golf Tournament and Team Heart. • Community volunteer-led activities such as curling bonspiels, talent shows and walks/runs. • Sharing your Heart Institute story in our Foundation Connection newsletter. • The Heart Institute Auxiliary.


Steve Gallant Krista Kealey

Elizabeth Roscoe Vice-chair Mark Shabinsky Secretary

Ed Lumley Michael Vladescu Mike Murphy

James Annis Treasurer

Nick Pantieras

Jim Orban

David Rattray

Dr. Thierry Mesana

Fayez Thawer

Dr. Donald Beanlands

Matt Davies

Jean Bilodeau

Catarina Silva

Rose Gage

Ken Jennings

GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS The University of Ottawa Heart Institute is the primary cardiac referral centre for hospitals (and other health care facilities) throughout Eastern Ontario. In addition, patients from across Canada receive specialized care at the Heart Institute. Donations to the Heart Institute Foundation also support the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre – the first of its kind in Canada – which is located at the Heart Institute in Ottawa.

The Fuller Keon Golf Tournament (May) and Capital Oktoberfest (September) offer opportunities for business networking while supporting the purchase of highly specialized cardiac equipment. The Jeanne Fuller Red Dress Charity Golf Classic (September) is an all-women’s golf tournament in support of the Canadian Women's Heart Health Centre. Heart Month (February): The February is Heart Month campaign is an opportunity for individuals, groups and businesses to take the lead in raising funds for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Throughout the month, you can support the Heart Institute in a number of ways: • Participate in an event. A full list of Heart Month events is available at and foundation. • Organize an event. Contact Lindsay Firestone ( for more information • Join the paper heart program through the sale or purchase of paper hearts at participating businesses. Throughout Heart Month, Corporate Community Match Champions will match all donations received, significantly increasing the impact of each Heart Month donation! Learn more at

Major Donation Highlight In the fall of 2018, Tom Kaneb, Dr. Paul DeYoung and Ed Lumley (Heart Institute Foundation board member) led a three-month fundraising campaign in Cornwall and Stormont-DundasGlengarry, successfully raising $1.26 million for the purchase of specialized, life-saving equipment. In recognition of this outstanding contribution, a nuclear cardiology room in the all new Cardiac Imaging Centre will be named to honour the community of Cornwall. This donation helped equip one of the most comprehensive imaging facilities for cardiac care in Canada, providing the Heart Institute with advanced tools to guide cardiologists and cardiac surgeons to select the right test for the right patient at the right time.

Nuclear Cardiology Room

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Caring for the Future

Imagine a growing community of seniors who live independently, and enjoy a variety of services and activities. They age in place, accessing whatever care and therapies they need through a team of trained professionals. The team benefits from a collaborative research effort that identifies, evaluates and shares evidence-based care protocols and best practices, along with a program that effectively trains the next generation of care professionals. The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre has the experience, expertise and culture of innovation needed to realize this vision. It is only thanks to the support of donors that Perley Rideau can deliver exceptional care and realize its Caring for the Future vision. The Perley Rideau Foundation raises money to pay for the equipment, services and programs essential to top-quality care but not funded by government. The Foundation is also raising funds for the Seniors’ Village expansion and the creation of the first Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care.

To learn more, please call 613-526-7173 or visit


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What we do The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre is one of Canada’s most progressive and successful long-term care homes. Of the 450 health centre residents, approximately 250 are Veterans who served overseas in the Second World War or Korean War. The Perley Rideau Foundation raises the funds to pay for the many life-giving services

1750 Russell Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1G 5Z6


Year founded: 1988 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $3,753,728 Twitter: @prvhc_seniors Facebook: /perleyrideau Instagram: @perleyrideau


Funding priorities Caring for the Future Capital Campaign: $6 million campaign to support the expansion of the Perley Rideau Seniors' Village and the establishment of Canada's first Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care.

Delphine Haslé, CFRE Executive director

Keith De Bellefeuille Percy Chair of the board

BOARD MEMBERS Carol Ann Banks Director, operations and finance, International Actuarial Association

Jeff Hill Vice-president, branch manager and investment advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns

Doug Brousseau Past-chair Former senior policy advisor, Office of the Mayor

J.L. Gilles Levasseaur Business and law professor, University of Ottawa

Daniel Charron Former investment and financial planner, Investors Group

Col. (ret’d) Dominic McAlea Vice-chairperson, Military Grievances External Review Committee

Keith De Bellefeuille Percy Chair Past-president, Ottawa Tourism Authority

Louise Mercier Vice-president, defence procurement group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

A. D. Boettger Labour relations consultant

Maj. (ret’d) Sandra Perron Senior partner, A New Dynamic Enterprise

Steve Desroches Former deputy mayor and city councillor, City of Ottawa Lt. Col. (ret’d) Robert Eagan Treasurer Former chief financial officer, Commissionaires Ottawa

Nancy Schepers Vice-chair Former deputy city manager, City of Ottawa Sheila Venman Principal consultant, Sparked Solutions

Christine Hakim Estate and trust advisor, MD Private Trust Company


and equipment needed to ensure that health centre residents receive top-quality care. Donations to the foundation also support the initiatives needed to meet the long-term needs of Canada’s aging population, such as the construction of independent-living seniors’ apartments and the Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care.

How you can help GIVE The health centre foundation publishes an annual list of equipment and services not funded by government but essential to excellent care. The foundation also raises funds for strategic initiatives designed to meet the many challenges associated with Canada’s rapidly growing seniors population, such as adequate

housing and caregiver training. The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care, for example, researches, develops and shares evidence-based best practices in care. The centre will improve the care of frail seniors and enable those at risk of frailty to stay healthy, independent – and out of hospital – for as long as possible.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers improve residents’ quality of life and strengthen Perley Rideau’s connection with surrounding neighbourhoods and the larger community. Each year, more than 400 people volunteer at Perley Rideau in a wide variety of roles – from accompanying residents to appointments for care or services, to assisting with arts programming and outings, to serving on or advising the board of directors and Capital Campaign Cabinet.

Personal support worker Jhoy Sipol-Williams helps 92-year-old Mary MacDonald live her life to the fullest. Mary resides in a part of the Perley Rideau’s Seniors Village known as the Commons, made up of units of 10 studio apartments, each equipped with a private washroom and clustered around large communal living and dining spaces. Creating accommodations that meet the evolving needs of Canada’s rapidly growing population of seniors is a key priority for the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre.


Fundraising priorities Hi-Lo beds and mattresses are prime examples of equipment not funded by government but essential to quality care. Fully adjustable, they help protect the safety of both residents and staff – particularly during transfers. Perley Rideau’s Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts programming – among the finest in any Canadian long-care home – also contributes to quality of care. Compelling evidence suggests that recreation and creative arts activities trigger significant mental and physical health benefits. The Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care develops the care and training protocols needed to care for Canada’s rapidly growing seniors population.

Programming and community outreach Our largest annual fundraising event is Night at the Races. Each year, almost 400 people enjoy a buffet dinner, harness racing and a silent auction at the Rideau Carleton Raceway. This fun-filled evening has been a Perley Rideau tradition for 18 years and raised more than $500,000 since it began! Another important fundraising event is Ottawa Race Weekend. In 2019, the Perley Rideau entered 28 runners and raised more than $16,150 for the health centre.

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You can impact their quality of life Life in not-for-profit long-term care is made richer by: • • • • • • •

Companionship Physical comfort Safety and security Stimulating activity A sense of dignity Spiritual well-being Your support

Your generosity lets us accomplish our mission – to enrich the quality of life of seniors living in not-for-profit long-term care.

To donate, please visit or call 613-866-0924


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What we do

Your generosity lets us accomplish our mission – Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is dedicated to to enrich the quality of life of seniors living in the continuous improvement of quality of life in not-for-profi t long-term care. Ottawa’s long-term care (LTC) facilities. Firmly rooted in the belief that all senior citizens in

13 Esquimault Ave. To donate, Nepean, Ont. K2H 6Z2

TOP FUNDING SOURCES please visit or call 613-866-0924

Year founded: 2008 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $180,000 Twitter: @eldercareottawa Facebook: /theeldercarefoundationottawa

Adam Nihmey Founder and chairman

Adam C. Nihmey Founder and chairman, Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa Betty Hope Gittens Retired


How you can help GIVE Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa is focused on raising monies to help enrich the quality of life at the 13 notfor-profit long-term care homes across Ottawa. The vast majority of our donations come from individual donors. Each year, the 13 homes are invited to submit funding proposals requesting financial support for everything from equipment (e.g. Hi-Lo beds, special bathtubs, etc.) to capital refurbishments that improve the lives of residents (e.g. benches, gardens, etc.) to unique, engaging programming opportunities (e.g. The Butterfly Home model, stationary bikes with VR capability, etc.). Our supporters understand that not-for-profit LTC homes are underfunded and operate with financial constraints that can impact the experience of LTC residents. With this, they are passionate about the mission of Eldercare – to enrich the quality of life of seniors living in not-for-profit long-term care.


BOARD MEMBERS Daniel Saikaley Financial advisor, CIBC Wood Gundy

LTC deserve every opportunity to live a happy, healthy, comfortable life, no matter what their financial situation might be, Eldercare issues community grants that effect meaningful change.

Cathleen Cogan Bird Chartwell Rideau Place Scott Boassaly Founder and principal, Balance Investments Oriana Trombetti Retired senior executive and general counsel, Department of Justice Canada


FUNDING PRIORITIES The Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa funds programs, initiatives and equipment that promote innovation and new models of care for seniors living in not-for-profit long-term care. Our funds contribute to projects that improve emotional and cognitive strength, including those with dementia. We also support initiatives that focus on physical well-being, including mobility, strength, dexterity, and overall comfort.

Eldercare is a volunteer-run organization. Because we are overseen by a board of directors, this is the best way to make an impact. The initial term for all board members is two years, with five one-year options to extend upon majority vote of the other board members. The maximum term of any board member

Recreologist, Erika and resident, Doreen participate in the horticultural therapy program at St. Patrick’s Home of Ottawa.

is seven years. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact founder and chairman, Adam Nihmey. Occasionally, we also have fundraising events that we may require volunteer assistance with as well.

FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES The types of things that are made possible by donors' generosity include but are not limited to dementia care investments (Butterfly Household Model of Care, dementiability, VR equipment), new operational equipment (Hi-Lo beds, bariatric beds, automated bathtubs, wheelchair sanitizers, etc.) as well as recreational programming and equipment (art programs, patient excursions, social and inclusion programming, video and audio equipment).


SAVE THE DATE! The 1st annual Ottawa Betty’s Walk will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2020 In the spring of 2019, 80-year-old Betty HopeGittens accomplished a remarkable feat. She traversed the 800km Camino de Santiago in support of the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa. Betty’s Walk managed to raise over $200,000 and the Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa was able to issue a $10,000 grant to each of Ottawa’s 13 not-forprofit long-term care homes. Due to the success of Betty’s incredibly generous

efforts, we have decided to introduce an annual local Betty’s Walk fundraiser in Ottawa. Open to all ages and abilities, the community walk will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020. Please visit our website for more information and feel free to reach out with any questions about participation or sponsorship.

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Harvest House Ministries EST. 1979


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What we do Harvest House is a Christian-based, long-term drug and alcohol treatment program for men who are between the ages of 16 and 30. Harvest House is a one-year, live-in treatment facility and provides recovery education, skills development and relapse prevention in a safe environment.


3435 Ramsayville Rd. Ottawa, Ont. K1G 3N2 Year founded: 1979 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,863,000 Twitter: @HHM_Ottawa1979 Facebook: /harvesthouseottawa Instagram: @harvesthouseottawa


How you can help GIVE Our donors believe that with the proper support and guidance, the men we serve will overcome their addiction and lead a happy, healthy and sober life, free from addiction. Our donors believe in second chances and donate generously so that Harvest House can serve our local community.

VOLUNTEER Harvest House has at least two annual fundraising events and welcomes the participation of volunteers! Volunteers can reach us at Dr. Gary Wand, D.D. (Hon) Executive director

Jill Ferne President

BOARD MEMBERS Andre Lamonde Treasurer

Debbie Brown Director at large

David Haight Secretary

Peter Brown Director at large

Tim Easter Director at large

Andrew Robertson Director at large

Joseph Plaschy Director at large


Programming and community outreach GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS Ottawa-Carleton

FUNDING PRIORITIES Harvest House is expanding its treatment program to include classes on changing the patterns of spousal abuse.

Harvest House has fundraising year-round. The two major events at Harvest House are our Redemption Run which will happen in the Spring of 2020. There are 5km, 11km, and 21km routes along the scenic Greenbelt region of Ottawa. The 33rd Annual Recovery Cup will take place in the Summer of 2020. The Recovery Cup is the longest running softball tournament of it’s kind, where the residents of Harvest House take on local law enforcement groups to build comradery. The most significant outreach program at Harvest House is the “Values, Influences and Peers” (VIP)

program. Every year, our VIP program speaks to 4,000 students in Eastern Ontario, one classroom at a time. This program reaches your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or granddaughter and is designed to help youth avoid the path of addiction and criminality. The key messages are faith, community, accountability and open and honest communication. These key messages aren’t just the pillars for recovery at Harvest House, they’re the foundation for a healthier and more vibrant community. Ones we can all embrace.

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Help Salus make a house a home GIVE HOPE

Everybody is talking about mental health. You can help us do something about it. For over 40 years, Salus has helped adults with mental illness transition from chronic hospitalization and homelessness to a life of hope and independent living. Through the Salus model of housing and support, adults living with serious and persistent mental illness can find independence, recovery and the opportunity to enjoy a quality of life that many never dreamed was possible. Salus is changing lives but hundreds more individuals in Ottawa need our help now. Please give to Salus today.

Contact us at (613) 729-0123 ext 2502 70

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What we do For more than 40 years, Ottawa Salus has been an unwavering champion in meeting the rehabilitation and supportive housing needs of adults living with serious mental illness in the Ottawa area. Salus offers a range of supportive housing options for adults with serious mental illness and concurrent challenges, including addictions, homelessness and cycles of 2000 Scott St. Ottawa, Ont. K1Z 6T2

hospitalization. In addition to providing housing, Salus' dedicated, professional staff provides the following mental health support services to meet the individual needs of clients: case management, community development, residential transitional rehabilitation programs, occupational therapy, as well as recreational and wellness programs.

TOP FUNDING SOURCES Year founded: 1977 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $9,328,608 Twitter: @salusottawa Facebook: /salusottawa Instagram: @salusottawa


How you can help GIVE

Lisa Ker Executive director

Camille Therriault-Power Chair

Donations are critically important at Salus because they help us address the current gaps in our community for individuals living with serious mental illness. Despite the immense need, many individuals will wait years for a stable home with Salus. For many, that can mean many years of living in shelters or hospitals. Salus cannot do our important work without help from the caring individuals who support our organization. When you give to Salus, you are helping individuals who are in need of homes and critical mental health supports.

VOLUNTEER Volunteers are greatly appreciated! Salus offers meaningful opportunities to make a hands-on impact in the area of mental health. Volunteer opportunities will vary throughout the year, but could include

BOARD MEMBERS Camille Therriault-Power

Bernard Etzinger

Deborah Rowan- Legg

Philippe Lachapelle

Paul Taylor

Tim Moran

Sarah Bertrand

Sanjay Srivastava

Susannah Dalfen

Lindsay Taub

Michelle Comeau

Harpreet Grewal

Chantal Albert

Myles Kirvan

Michel Boulay

Fiona Murray

Salus Holiday Campaign As many of our neighbours prepare their homes to welcome family and friends and celebrate with holiday cheer, at Salus we see how difficult, stressful and lonely this time of year can be for people with mental illness. Giving to our Holiday Campaign helps to ensure that people living with mental illness can continue to depend on Salus for their important housing and support services.

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Addressing the multi-year wait list for supportive housing.

assisting with our fundraising or outreach events and activities around the community, in gardening or arts programs, or cooking special community meals for our clients. We are always looking to connect with people who are passionate about mental health and making a difference. Please contact hope@ to learn more.




Salus’ Green Committee celebrates at the Living Lightly Project Wrap-Up Celebration, an initiative which encouraged staff, clients and tenants to adopt practical strategies in order to help reduce their environmental impact. Special thanks to EnviroCentre for its generous support of this initiative.

Soirée Salus Soirée Salus is an exclusive, annual fundraising event that has been generously hosted by French Ambassador Kareen Rispal. This was the fourth year for the special event, which took place on Oct. 2 at the French embassy on Sussex Drive with approximately 300 guests in attendance.

Legacy Gift: In the 1980s, while she was living in Salus housing, a client’s family established a trust to care for their loved one after her parents had passed away. More than 30 years later, the client passed away. With no remaining family, the client’s trust was transferred to Salus. It was later revealed that the remaining donation was valued at more than $1 million in funds. This substantial gift was used to purchase a new eight-unit building on Churchill Avenue in Westboro, which has helped to provide much-needed housing for individuals living with mental illness.

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What we do Since 1906, The Ottawa Mission - our city’s oldest and largest emergency shelter - has been at the forefront of caring for people who are homeless and in need in our community. We do this by providing the basic necessities of life, including food, shelter and clothing. And then we do even more – we help people regain their dignity, hope and purpose in life.

35 Waller St. Ottawa, Ont. K1N 7G4 613-234-1144 Year founded: 1906 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $9,404,923 Twitter: @OttawaMission Facebook: /OttawaMission


How you can help

Peter Tilley Chief executive officer, The Ottawa Mission

Matt Triemstra President, board of directors

BOARD MEMBERS Matt Triemstra General manager, Ensight Canada

Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey Lead minister, Parkdale United Church

Gord Lorimer Architect and partner, Hobin Architecture Inc.

Dr. Robert Cushman Director of biologics and genetic therapies directorate, Health Canada

Jack Murta Former member of parliament and coordinator of the National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast Margaret Alexander CPA at McKechnie & Co. Scott Hannant Carleton University professor and director of public affairs and communications at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addictions Sgt. Carl DeJong Detective, Ottawa Police Service

Kaite Burkholder-Harris Senior policy analyst, Government of Canada Homelessness Policy Directorate Peter Saunders Associate director of national operations, Canadian Blood Services Alan McCafferty Founder, The Strategic Consulting Group Shaun Baron International policy advisor, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


Today, in Ottawa, there are too many people who struggle with poverty, addiction and poor mental health. Last year we served 495,360 meals and provided safe shelter to more than 2,000 people. We also provided addiction and trauma treatment, mental health services, care at our medical and dental clinics, housing support and care for terminally ill men and women at our hospice. The Mission also offers education and job training to help people change their lives for the better.

Through corporate donations, we are able to expand our programs to help more individuals and increase opportunities for those who use our services to improve their situation. As a corporate partner of The Ottawa Mission, you can give back to your community and also provide engaging and meaningful opportunities for your employees. A newly launched corporate giving program, Business on a Mission (BOAM) offers companies the opportunity to make change happen directly in their community. By making a symbolic gift of shelter for one year - from $1,000 for a single bed and up to $15,000 for an entire floor – corporate partners are not only providing the immediate help that so many need, but their gift will directly support a full spectrum of core programs at The Mission this year that enable people to move on to meaningful and productive lives. These gifts will be a much-appreciated way to support the significant rising costs required to keep

shelter services at The Ottawa Mission operating. For example, in terms of operational costs, we estimate that one shelter bed costs more than $55 a day to maintain or more than $20,000 per year. As a BOAM corporate champion, companies will be able to access a range of great marketing and recognition benefits. For more information please visit:

VOLUNTEERING & EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT A great way to help make a difference in the lives of people in need is to volunteer at The Ottawa Mission. The Mission not only supports volunteer opportunities for groups, but we also have many dedicated individuals who support us on a regular basis. There are many volunteer opportunities, such as helping with food prep for meals in our kitchen; organizing clothing donations; or tutoring someone at The Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre. On average, 250 individuals a week volunteer at the shelter and together they have a significant impact on the quality of services offered to people who are homeless and hungry. We are always seeking volunteers to join our team. If you are interested in having your workplace involved with The Ottawa Mission, please contact Erin Helmer at ehelmer@


Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) On February 22, 2020, you have the opportunity to support a unique fundraiser to benefit The Ottawa Mission. CNOY is an annual Canada-wide event that raises funds for people in need. Participants in CNOY experience the challenges that our homeless population faces during the winter by walking on 2, 5, or 10K routes through Ottawa's downtown core. You can join us as a corporate team or sponsor. For more information on our corporate offerings for CNOY visit or please contact Erin Helmer at

Young Professionals Network (YPN) YPN is a volunteer-led collective of young professionals and philanthropists who want to network, volunteer, advocate and raise money to help people who are homeless and in need at The Mission. To learn more visit or contact Jennifer Graves at

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Support our Heritage! Soutenez notre patrimoine! A Commemorative Celebration of the Gift of Tulips and Canada’s role in the Liberation of the Netherlands in the Second World War.

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What we do The Canadian Tulip Legacy was established to celebrate the historic Royal gift of tulips from the Dutch to Canadians immediately following the Second World War as a symbol of international friendship. Each year, it funds the Canadian Tulip Festival focused on preserving the memorable role of the Canadian troops in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe, as well as commemorates the birth of Dutch Princess Margriet in Ottawa during World War II—the only royal personage ever born in Canada.


Mailing address: 404-2020 Lanthier Dr. OrlĂŠans, Ont. K4A 3V4

GOVERNMENT: 70% CORPORATE: 20% INDIVIDUAL: 2% OTHER SOURCES: 5% Year founded: 1953 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $1,374,632 Twitter: @CdnTulipfest Facebook: /CanadianTulipFestival Facebook: @cdntulipfest

Jo Riding General manager

Grant Hooker President

How you can help GIVE As the festival is a free admission event that lasts 11 days, funding and donations are crucial to its survival. Now in its 67th year, the festival's goal is to keep as much of the programming open to the public at no charge. We rely heavily on government grants, which are volatile at best. Our funding focus has shifted to include a stronger mix of corporate and individual funding opportunities. Corporations can sponsor different aspects of the festival and donors can support programs, the overall festival or participate in our fall planting programs. For as little as $15 (plus taxes and shipping) individuals can plant the signature tulip or tulip blend. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the Royal Canadian Legion, while the balance will support the festival.


BOARD MEMBERS Grant Hooker Chairman Andy Cullen Treasurer Pam Hooker Secretary

The Canadian Tulip Festival operates with a small board of directors, and a special advisory group, to help shape direction for the festival. The festival

Photo credit: Canadian Tulip Festival Archives

would not happen without the help of volunteers. We typically work with 300+ volunteers involved in many different aspects including administration, wayfinding, retail sales, program management, photography, technical support and tour guides, among others. For more information on volunteer opportunities, visit

FUNDRAISING PRIORITIES The Canadian Tulip Legacy is looking for funding this year to help ensure this commemorative celebration remains free for all Canadians. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. The festival, in close cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is looking to create experiential programming that will bring history to life.


The Canadian Tulip Festival, Commissioners Park, May 8-18, 2020 GEOGRAPHIC REGION OF FOCUS The festival welcomes a blend of local, national and international tourists to Ottawa every spring.

FUNDING PRIORITIES The festival's true mission is to celebrate and honour the 1.1 million Canadians who participated in the Second World War, with a focus on the liberation of the Netherlands and the gift of tulips.

Our Commemorative Planting Campaign, which runs in the fall each year, is an online sale of signature tulip bulbs. The campaign not only allows us to fundraise but creates a beautiful display of tulips from coast to coast each year. Our 2019 campaign is focused on planting 1.1 million Liberation75 Tulip Bulbs for the 1.1 million Canadians who participated in the Second World War. Photo credit: Jose Santos

ADDITIONAL INFO In 2019, the festival welcomed more than 700,000 people to Commissioners Park. Not only is this event important to preserving history, but it is also an important economic driver for the City of Ottawa.

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What we do The Ottawa Senators Foundation empowers children and youth to reach their full potential by investing in social recreation and education programs that promote both physical and mental wellness. From August 2018 to July 2019 the investments made to support incredible programs and charitable partners in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec directly helped more than 60,000 kids. Below is a snapshot of how supporting the Ottawa Senators Foundation is truly changing the game for children and youth in our region:

1000 Palladium Dr. Ottawa, Ont. K2V 1A5



$1.2 million invested

100+ students awarded scholarships from our endowment funds

1. SENS RINKS (15 of 20 completed). 613-599-0323

2. SENS Camperships: 2,200+ kids attended 30 camps in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.

Year founded: 1998 Total revenue for last fiscal year: $6,537,049 Twitter: @sensfoundation Facebook: /ottawasenatorsfoundation Instagram: @ottawasenatorsfoundation

3. SENS I Love to Skate: 500+ kids received free skates, helmets and skating lessons. 4. SENS Sport and Leadership League: 1,184 kids participated in five competitive sports leagues. 5. SENS RecLink: 389 kids accessed nearly 40,000 hours of free sport and recreation programming. 6. SENS Power Plays Program: 319 kids received financial assistance to try 12 different sports. 7. SENS Play & Music Program: 1,200 kids accessed free therapeutic sessions.

Danielle Robinson, President and CEO

Goldy Hyder, Board chair President and CEO, Business Council of Canada

ALGONQUIN COLLEGE: 1. Ottawa Senators Foundation Scholarship Program. 2. MBNA/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary. 3. Ottawa Senators Foundation Military Families Fund Bursary. 4. Bell Canada/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary (1). 5. Bell Canada/Ottawa Senators Foundation Bursary (2). 6. Direct Energy/Ottawa Senators Foundation. Bursary/Bill Patterson Memorial Bursary. 7. Just One Person Scholarship. CARLETON UNIVERSITY: 8. Bell Canada/Ottawa Senators Bursary. 9. Daniel Alfredsson Scholarship in Mental Health.

8. SENS Seats: 2,684 tickets were donated.

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA: 10. Bell/Senators Educational Bursary. 11. Just One Person Scholarship.


CITÉ COLLEGIALE: 12. La Bourse des Sénateurs d’Ottawa.

$275,000 invested The following programs we support provide at no cost:


$315,000 invested Barbara Crook Danbe Foundation

1. Project s.t.e.p.: Youth drug and alcohol addiction education and counselling in 57 high schools.

David Boyko Senior legal counsel

Brendan Bell Sens Alumni Member and Partner, Stratum Advisory Group

2. Youth Hub: Residential shelter and wraparound-wellness programming.

Roxanne Bouchard Treasurer Vice-president and market manager, BMO Private Bank

Jason McMahon Managing director, Canada Life

3. Oncology Wellbeing Program: Counselling for oncology patients and their families at CHEO.

Tara Borowiecki Ottawa Senators players representative

Michel Drouin President, Charlebois Trépanier and Associates Connor McGarry Associate, Welch Capital Partners Ian Sherman Vice-chair Tax practice leader, EY


Christine Bezaire Ottawa Senators coaches representative Dr. Robert Ganske Partner, Holland Cross Dental Centre Mark Bonneau Second vice-chair Chief revenue officer, Ottawa Senators Hockey Club

Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec

• Acute end-of-life care. • Grief and bereavement support. • Pain and symptom management. • Perinatal hospice. • Respite care. • Transitional care.


How you can help 1. Make a donation


Roger Neilson House was at 98 per cent occupancy offering families the following support:

2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Sponsor an event Attend an event Host an event Buy 50/50 raffle tickets online Participate in our auctions

7. Donate your Sens hockey or concert tickets 8. Volunteer your time 9. Like and share our social posts 10. Subscribe to our newsletter 11. Visit our YouTube channel 12. Attend an Ottawa Senators hockey game

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CHARITABLE LANDSCAPE: Diverse, thriving and unique By Teresa Marques

I moved to Ottawa three years ago to join a national charity with a strong emphasis on promoting a culture of giving in Canada. Making the transition from Toronto, with its enormous scale of charitable giving, it was obvious my new home would be a smaller market. But what I’ve discovered is that it’s also a community that has a particularly unique giving culture unlike those in similar-sized cities such as Edmonton or Quebec City. The story of Ottawa’s philanthropic culture has four key origins. Ultimately, it’s a product of its proximity to government, the dynamism of its thriving tech sector and its status as a popular location for the headquarters of many national and international nonprofits – all within the confines of a sharing and caring city. Layered on top of these factors is Ottawa’s bilingualism – including a rich charitable tapestry in the francophone community, with its own institutions – and its growing ethnic and cultural diversity, which makes it an increasingly attractive place for people to live and work. Leading communications expert Catherine Clark had this to say about CARE Canada’s home in Ottawa: “From the context of an international humanitarian organization like CARE Canada … being located in the capital city is a logical choice. It puts us at the centre of the government, corporate and private partnerships that are so integral to our ability to deliver international projects that help women and girls lift themselves and their families out of poverty and crisis.”

Here in Ottawa, the AFP chapter lives at the heart of charitable giving in the city, representing close to 300 members across a wide range of sectors. AFP Ottawa plays a leading role in many annual events, while our members – this city’s professional fundraisers – are the backdrop to so much of the good work happening in Ottawa in ways that are both profound and eminently practical. Greg Kane, counsel at Dentons and a community leader for many causes, notes that his experience at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation board leaves him “constantly impressed with the sincerity and generosity of Ottawans. “Philanthropy in our community is quintessentially Canadian – quiet, generous and effective. We value and support our local institutions. Donors rely on the quality of the services delivered by our charitable institutions and the institutions, in turn, can rely on this amazing level of support from the community.” This perfectly sums up the magic of the charitable sector in Canada’s capital. It’s something to be celebrated, championed and cherished.

Ottawa’s charitable fabric is built upon what makes this city so special – reflecting our physical landscape, our proximity to government, our history as well as the city’s changing demographics and industry. All of which come together to make this a pivotal and exciting time to be connected to the world of giving – right here at home. Teresa Marques is president and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation and serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ottawa Chapter.

Giving trends In 2017, Statistics Canada, using taxfiler data, reported that 175,000 people in Ottawa-Gatineau gave to charity. While this represents a decrease from previous years, the average gift size is going up. This trend is in keeping with what we know to be happening across Canada over the last 30 years, according to research by the Rideau Hall Foundation. I have the good fortune of serving as president of the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Active through 240 chapters worldwide, AFP is an international organization supporting philanthropy and providing education, training and best practices for those working in the fundraising profession.

“Philanthropy in our community is quintessentially Canadian – quiet, generous and effective.” – Greg Kane, counsel at Dentons and Ottawa Hospital Foundation board member


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New Senate report puts national focus on modernizing Canada’s charitable sector Sector must change to continue playing a strong and dynamic role in the development of our country

Ratna Omidvar, heard from more than 160 witnesses through 24 public hearings, and a further e-consultation with 695 respondents. Four key topics were raised: 1. The people working and volunteering in the sector; 2. Funding for the sector; 3. The rules governing the sector; and 4. The need for a “home” within the federal government for the sector. Committee witnesses reflected the complexity of the sector – professors, lawyers, social entrepreneurs and activists as well as charity and nonprofit staffers and executives like myself. (One of the goals of The Rideau Hall Foundation is to widen the circle of giving by reinforcing giving as a fundamental Canadian value.) This variety of witnesses demonstrates that the health of our charitable sector is an issue that affects all Canadians in every community in every region of our country.

A pivotal first step By Teresa Marques As someone who has made a career in the charitable and nonprofit sector, I’m always inspired when I see or hear about people taking action in their daily – and often very busy – lives. Canada’s charities, nonprofits and voluntary organizations – all 170,000 of them – play a pivotal role in strengthening and enriching our society. The impact of the sector (and its millions of volunteers) cannot be overstated, whether it’s by bolstering scientific research or enhancing healthcare, safeguarding our environment or enriching our communities through arts and culture, the strength of Canada’s charitable sector is a remarkable asset for our country. Significantly, the sector also contributes more than $150 billion to our national economy, representing eight per cent of Canada’s GDP – the third-highest globally behind the United States and New Zealand. This means it is even more critical for the sector to change if it is to continue to play a strong and dynamic role in the development of our country.

innovation and infrastructure deficit, as well as the absence of a centralized “home” for the sector within the federal government, which usually views it primarily through the lens of the Canada Revenue Agency.

A stronger, smarter and more caring Canada depends on a thriving charitable and volunteer sector.

Disruption And yet the sector as a whole is facing serious challenges. This is due in part to demographic changes and the shifting giving and volunteering patterns of Canadians. The giving habits of millennials are particularly distinct. The donation rates and average donations of this group are low and increasing very slowly. Many charities and nonprofits are also facing an

A landmark Senate report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector, outlines this disruption facing the charitable and non-profit world and calls for a new roadmap “to enable the sector to continue to build on its strengths and adapt to new and emerging realities.” The Senate committee, led by senators Terry Mercer and

Of the 42 recommendations put forward in the report, among the most pressing are a call for a national strategy to support and encourage volunteerism; an emphasis on more innovative funding models to ensure the stability and sustainability of charities; and revamped legal and policy frameworks to reflect how the sector needs to modernize and adapt to the current realities in which it operates. A stronger, smarter and more caring Canada depends on a thriving charitable and volunteer sector. Specifically, a sector that is valued, safeguarded and truly equipped to drive the kind of social, environmental, health and education-based changes Canadians demand for our country every day. Furthermore, in addition to the two million Canadians employed by the charitable and nonprofit sector, there are millions of Canadian volunteers laying the foundation for a better country by strengthening their communities and championing a myriad of causes. They move us as a country away from the centrality of the individual, towards the importance of community, and further reinforce the meaning of civic engagement. In the end, to maintain and build on the impact that Canadians expect from our charities and nonprofits will not be without cost, and will require a more modernized approach to how the sector is regulated. The Report of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector is a pivotal and hopeful first step in this direction. Teresa Marques is president and CEO of the Rideau Hall Foundation and serves as president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Ottawa Chapter.

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THE PROCEEDS FROM POT: Should charities accept gifts from cannabis companies? By Sam Laprade When cannabis became legal in October 2018, it created a $6 billion industry virtually overnight and sparked new questions for Canada’s philanthropic sector. In May 2018, I wrote an article on the debate over nonprofits accepting gifts from the cannabis sector. Throughout my career of writing articles on fundraising topics, this was unquestionably the piece that received the most attention.

Many nonprofit leaders and cannabis companies were having hushed conversations about the issue and yet no one seemed to be talking about it publicly. Since the article’s publication, I have presented on this hot topic at several fundraising conferences, including the Western Canadian Fundraising Conference and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Many nonprofit leaders are still on the fence about accepting gifts from cannabis companies. For some, it is cut and dry. Organizations working with children or addressing addiction issues have typically opted out of pursuing cannabis companies for any philanthropic giving. Many other nonprofit boards and staff, however, continue to debate if this new industry is a match for them.

Gift acceptance policies Taking the time to decide if your organization aligns with cannabis companies is a wise move. As many charities have discovered, there are many angles to this new relationship. You want to get it right.


One perspective that has complicated the issue for many is the medicinal use of cannabis. Nonprofits focused on healthcare and research are becoming more and more open to the idea of collaborating with cannabis companies. Working with your board of directors is a key step in this process. Your board will likely have varying opinions on the right direction for your organization. Some board members may want to take a wait-andsee approach. Some may be nervous. Other board members may want to start pursuing major gifts from well-known cannabis companies immediately. This is where your gift acceptance policy will be a lifesaver! The majority of professional fundraisers are so busy raising money that their policy binder tends to only get dusted off if there is an issue. If there was ever a time to revisit (or write for the first time) your gift acceptance policy, it is now. Do you have a list of categories from which your organization will not accept gifts because they do not align with the mission of your work? These may include cigarette companies, firearm manufacturers, strip clubs, casinos and alcohol producers. Work with your team to decide if you will accept a gift from a cannabis company. If the answer is yes, are there any parameters around recognition? This will be a crucial component for full transparency.

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Ottawa-area cannabis producer Canopy Growth gave $2.5 million to the University of British Columbia in 2018 to support research into how cannabis can help in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

AFP OTTAWA FUNDRAISING DAY Thursday, May 21, 2020 National Arts Centre

For example, will you post photos on social media or in your annual report of a cheque presentation featuring a cannabis company executive? Some charities have been leery to accept gifts because they are worried about loyal donors reacting negatively. Are you going to be public about everyone’s giving? It is only fair to all donors to establish this in advance of any gift.

Building relationships Once you have established if your nonprofit is ready to accept gifts, where do you start? Like any sustainable fundraising, building relationships based on joyful giving is essential. In many ways, the cannabis industry was ready for giving before we were ready to receive donations. Some of the most recognizable cannabis producers shared corporate social responsibility statements on their websites and gave substantial gifts for research prior to legalization. In June 2018, for example, the University of British Columbia accepted a donation from Canopy Growth. The Ottawa-area pot producer donated $2.5 million to support research by establishing the Canopy Growth Cannabis Science Endowment Fund. This donation was earmarked to study how cannabis can help fight the opioid epidemic.

Researching cannabis company board members or staff that have established connections to your organization is the next step. Reviewing your case for support to ensure you are clear on what the company would be funding is always a wise move. We are often so focused on hitting revenue targets that we forget to revisit the document we use to engage donors. Inspiring the C-suite of cannabis corporations will be your mission, should you choose to accept it! This is done with dynamic storytelling. Like all donor relations, a stewardship plan that includes impact, accountability, vision and an opportunity to listen to the prospective donors is essential. Charities struggle with donor retention, second gift conversion and reactivation. Giving by cannabis companies will continue to increase and may provide some much-needed funding for your organization. But we must also continue to work with all donors to engage them for the long term. So are you going to take the next steps towards working with a cannabis company on philanthropic giving or let the opportunity go up in smoke?

AFP Ottawa is bringing its A-game with keynote speaker Simon Scriver and executive track speaker Jason Lewis. Keep your eyes glued to for early bird pricing information and to register for the conference we will be talking about for years! Other upcoming events December 2019: Panel discussion on the special Senate committee report, Catalyst for Change: A Roadmap to a Stronger Charitable Sector. Visit for more information on this special event. AFP OTTAWA PHILANTHROPY AWARDS: November 2020 National Arts Centre, Canada Room The Philanthropy Awards is an annual awards dinner recognizing seven outstanding individuals, groups and corporations for their philanthropic contributions to the community. Purchase your event ticket online:

Sam Laprade is a fundraising strategist and host of the weekly radio show An Hour to Give.

Will you post photos on social media or in your annual report of a cheque presentation featuring a cannabis company executive?

For the most up-to-date information on AFP Ottawa events, including the ongoing professional development series, please visit the chapter’s new website at

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Saving lives. Changing the world. Making a difference.

BUT WHAT ABOUT SELF-PRESERVATION? A challenge for professional fundraisers and those around them By Leah Eustace When people ask what I do for a living, I’m proud to tell them I’m a professional fundraiser. I share that I spend my days working for a variety of causes that I care about, and I talk about how much I love the work that I do. Invariably, they respond with something along the lines of, “It must be amazing to sit back at the end of the day and know that you’ve done such good.”

Yes, it does feel good. Most of the time. Maybe even just some of the time. What those outside the fundraising profession don’t see is what it takes out of us to do the work we do. Often we’re in this business because we’ve experienced injustice or adversity. We can’t imagine not doing something to make the path easier for the next person who walks in our footsteps. Using passion as our fuel works for a while. But it isn’t long before the high expectations, lack of leadership support, poor salaries, long hours, tremendous workload and lack of resources catch up to us. That’s why I wasn’t all that surprised by the findings of a recent study published by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The study looked at job satisfaction and workplace issues in the nonprofit sector, and some of the stats that emerged were downright disturbing:

30% of fundraising professionals are likely to leave the fundraising field within the next two years; 61% of Canadian fundraising professionals are likely to leave their current organization within the next two years; 20% of respondents cited workload as the primary reason they’re considering leaving; and 35% intend to leave (or have left) because of not having enough staff (the No. 1 reason chosen by Canadian respondents).

Implications Canada’s charitable sector is the second-largest in the world, generating $176 billion in revenue, and contributing eight per cent of Canada’s GDP. That charitable sector is reliant on the good work of fundraisers to generate that revenue. If there’s an exodus of professional, knowledgeable and ethical fundraisers, what does that mean for the future of the charitable sector?


If you see someone who is struggling, go and be with them. You don’t have to say anything. Just sit with them where they are. Certainly there are things we can do to change systems, but I’d like to focus on how we approach this crisis from the perspective of the fundraiser. System change takes years, but changing how we take care of ourselves and each other is much quicker. Imagine a sector where professional fundraisers (and all staff and volunteers) are respected, heard and treated with true caring. Where they have someone to turn to if they’re feeling mentally unwell. What a tremendous difference it would make in preventing burnout and creating psychologically safe workplaces. As a professional fundraiser who happens to live with PTSD, anxiety and depression, I know first-hand what a difference it makes to be surrounded by people who care. That’s why I’m choosing to speak out and say, “Hey – I see you. You aren’t alone.” I leave you with a challenge. If you see someone who is struggling, go and be with them. You don’t have to say anything. Just sit with them where they are. And, if you are the one struggling, do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. Take a walk, call a friend or find an ally at the office. Remember that no cause is more important than your health and happiness. Leah Eustace is the president of Blue Canoe Philanthropy and vice-chair of professional development on the AFP Global Board.

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Who wants to change the

WORLD? The impact of the fundraising profession on our community By Holly Paulin When you support a charity, you’re helping to change the world. The positive effects of charitable organizations can be seen in every community across Canada, especially here in the National Capital Region. Whether the mission is related to health care, education, social services, environment, culture, religion or sports, charities exist to serve Canadians of all ages and walks of life. But these organizations can’t change the world without the generous support of donors. And the fundraisers working in these organizations play a crucial role in engaging those donors with their causes.

How do fundraisers raise money? It’s more than just asking. Fundraisers engage and celebrate supporters. They help educate donors about their giving options. They make data-based strategic decisions about how to secure new donations. They support volunteers in their fundraising efforts. They share stories of impact to demonstrate that donors’ gifts were used as promised. They heartily thank supporters, often. Fundraisers are vital to the missions of charitable organizations by raising funds in the most effective and efficient ways possible. “I'm incredibly proud to serve my community as a professional fundraiser. Working with donors to help them realize their philanthropic goals and to improve care for their neighbours – it's an absolute joy for me, every single day!” says Jennifer Van Noort, vice-president of philanthropy at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and a past recipient of AFP Ottawa’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional award.

fundraisers need to balance the needs of their organization with those of the donors they are asking to support that cause. That takes experience and professionalism, aided by those ethical standards to which all fundraisers must adhere. The charitable sector is also a major Canadian employer, representing about 10 per cent of the fulltime workforce in our country. And that means even more professional development opportunities for fundraisers here in the National Capital Region through conferences and learning events hosted by the Ottawa chapter of AFP, as well as fundraising and nonprofit leadership programs at Carleton University and Algonquin College.

Improving the donor and volunteer experience Ryan Kelahear, director of business development for Eastern and Northern Canada at Colliers Project Leaders, has volunteered with many local organizations. He’s helped raise money for Christie Lake Kids Camp, CHEO, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation and Canadian Blood Services, to name just a few, and currently sits on the board of the Queensway

Carleton Hospital Foundation. “My goal is to give back, and to help bring people together with some of the wonderful causes in our city. I’ve had the privilege of working with a number of professional fundraisers, and it’s been a fantastic experience,” he says. “I’ve been impressed with how the fundraisers at these organizations have helped me be a better volunteer,” Kelahear adds. “They’ve provided clarity about the project, about the impact of what donors make possible, and they’ve connected me with experts and front-line staff who are able to help me communicate that impact and those stories to donors. The level of fundraising professionalism and expertise in our community is second to none.” Professional fundraisers are an intrinsic part of the fabric of our society and help make their organizations’ missions come alive in the eyes of supporters. They help change the world for the better, one amazing donor experience at a time. Holly Paulin is the director of strategy and storytelling at Agents of Good and serves on AFP Ottawa’s board of directors.

Professionalism and ethical standards Many fundraisers think of their roles as a calling but also point out that there’s both an art and a science to the profession. “Fundraising is exceptionally rewarding. I’m continually inspired by colleagues in this field who hold themselves to an increasingly high standard of ethics and accountability, and share an ongoing commitment to learning and professional development, to help the communities we serve even more,” Van Noort says. The Association of Fundraising Professionals requires all of its members to adopt a code of ethical standards as well as a donor bill of rights. After all, professional

Fundraisers are vital to the missions of charitable organizations by raising funds in the most effective and efficient ways possible.

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Raised at SoirĂŠe Salus in support of community mental health services.



Donation by Claridge Homes CEO Bill Malhotra to the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health.


$8,550 Raised for the Ottawa Food Bank at Rockable Hours, a benefit concert put on by lawyers and law students.

$175,000 Amount expected to be raised at the Igniting the Spirit Gala in support of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Donation by Thunderbolt Contracting president Andy McNeely to assist the OSEG Foundation help local kids take part in sports.

Raised at the Chamberfest Gala for community engagement and education programming.

Major donations and fundraising achievements in our community

$14,000 Raised at Refugee 613's Kindness of Strangers night.


$600,000 Donation by Urbandale to 11 Ottawa charities as the homebuilder marked its 60th anniversary.



Raised for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute at Capital Oktoberfest benefit. Ottawa Business Journal

Raised for The Writers’ Trust of Canada at the Politics and the Pen literary gala.


$1.26 million Raised in a three-month fundraising campaign led by Tom Kaneb, Dr. Paul DeYoung and Ed Lumley in Cornwall and Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry for the purchase of specialized, life-saving equipment at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.



Raised at the Hellenic Gold Plate Dinner for the Hellenic Community’s cultural and language programs, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and the Lymphedema Association of Ontario.


Raised by Eldercare Foundation of Ottawa at the Betty's Walk fundraiser.

$22,000 Raised at the Dining in the Dark fundraiser for CNIB.

Raised at CHEO's For the Kids Auction


Raised at the Stepping Out fundraiser in support of Dress for Success Ottawa.

$303,000 Raised at the Ottawa Riverkeeper Gala

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