Holiday Donations 2010

This year, we have taken a new approach to allocating our annual donations. The Inform staff was charged with the responsibility of finding charitable organizations which we would contribute to. Several wonderful charities were chosen, some for personal reasons, some simply for the better good. Below is a brief description of the organizations and the reasons why each donation was made.

If you are fortunate enough to have a little extra time and/or money to spare this year, we encourage you to give to those who could really use your help.

Covenant House Vancouver exists for those young people for whom there is often no one else — young people aged 16 – 24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, those who have been forced from their homes or those who have aged out of foster care.

They bandage victims’ cut-up feet from days and nights walking the streets; give them hot food and a warm bed and support them in their choice to change their present circumstances while helping them heal from past traumas.

Covenant House relies on the generosity of over 50,000 individuals and organizations to provide shelter, food, clothing and counseling to over 1,700 young people each year.

Covenant House financial report.

Nominated by Nancy B.

BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, agencies of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provide expert care for the province’s most seriously ill or injured children, including newborns and adolescents.

BCCH Foundation financial report.

“My 13 month nephew recently underwent surgery at BC Children’s Hospital, the level of care and attention he received was phenomenal. Going to a hospital for a child as well as the parents can be quite traumatic. The staff and the facilities made the whole experience lot less painful.”

“I needed major surgery when I was very young. The doctors and nurses at BC’s Children’s Hospital continually go above and beyond to give the extra attention that kids require when healing. I will never forget and forever be grateful to the wonderful people there.”

Nominated by Michael H., Michael Y. and Niels B.

TLC The Land Conservancy of British Columbia is a not-for-profit, charitable land trust based in British Columbia, Canada.

TLC financial report.

“Choosing a charity to donate to must be a no-brainer -in fact, there are too many options for a simple act of kindness. I am a medium-grade sentimentalist and therefore undoubtedly have chose the Land Conservancy of BC (TLC) for the donated target. The history traces back to volunteering for the nonprofit organization in Victoria, BC; I volunteered to work as a social media researcher at their head office where I observed exceptional dedication and energy to the ongoing campaigns. The current projects at TLC are the Horsefly River conservation where the vital salmon habit is to be preserved, Wild Hills and Beaches campaign which covers over 5800 acres of preservation area, and the Clearwater and Wetlands Wildlife Corridor. Most times the success of these projects hinges on donations from individuals and organizations; 88% of all donations are contributed to the preservation campaigns and as of today October 25 2010 there are 8,312 member who subscribe annually to the TLC with a small fee of CDN 35.00 and more significantly a persistence in preserving the heritage sites and natural landscape. Our environment composes our life. From my perspective as someone who spent a substantial trunk of her adolescence in a polluted industrialized city such as Shanghai, I see my environment on the West Coast a privilege not a right which requires constant care and altruistic dedication. Hence, the choice of donating to TLC is perfect from either a psychological and logical front. To everyone who loves architecture, I am also proud to have discovered that TLC owns the exclusive access to the Baldwin House at Burnaby designed by Arthur Erickson, who designed the current two story cottage within the same time frame as he designed SFU, from 1963 to 1965. A retreat now for a weekend getaway, the Baldwin house speaks sharply Erickson’s personal signature in modern Canadian architecture and how timeless design travels gracefully. Hope my humbleness finds its way to the door of TLC this Christmas.”

Nominated by Luna W.

The White Ribbon Alliance is an international coalition bound together by a common goal: to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all women and newborns in every country around the world.

White Ribbon Alliance financial report.

“I would like my donation to go to White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. Being pregnant has opened my eyes to the amazing services I am able to access that assist me in making my pregnancy, labour and delivery as safe as possible for both me and my child. So many women in developing countries have no access to the simplest of amenities that would mean the difference between surviving childbirth and dying. White Ribbon Alliance works to bring skilled healthcare workers, educators and volunteers to the areas of the world where becoming pregnant is a health risk instead of being one of the most natural and beautiful aspects of being a woman.”

Nominated by Danielle R.

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.

Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, they have only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.

Plan Canada financial report.

“Kids in Canada are fortunate to live in an affluent country.  I want to make a difference in the lives of kids that are not so fortunate by giving the little bit I can.”

Nominated by Heather W.

The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national volunteer-based organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer.

Contact your region’s branch for current financial reports.

“My mother has overcome Breast Cancer two separate occasions. Like so many, she continues to battle each and every day. I want to donate to the research needed to find a cure.”

Nominated by Noah M.

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