About CHHA Foundation
What is the CHHA Foundation?
The CHHA Foundation is a registered charitable fundraising organization, established in 2001 to support the activities and programs of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association (CHHA), Canada’s only national non-profit consumer organization run by and for people with hearing loss.
Who Sits on the CHHA Foundation Board?
The Canadian Hard of Hearing Association Foundation (CHHAF) held elections on May 25, 2013. Its new Board of Directors is composed of Carole Willans of Gatineau, Quebec (President), Doreen Laszlo of Vancouver, B.C. (Vice-President), Don Halpert of Thunder Bay, Ontario (Treasurer), Anne Follows of Nanaimo, B.C. (Secretary), and Leon Mills of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (Director).
Why do we have a CHHA Foundation?
CHHA currently depends on government grants and membership fees to fund its activities. However, Canada’s hearing loss population is growing and CHHA requires additional resources to fund its innovative programs. The CHHA Foundation was formed as a separate body to raise and manage the investment of funds to generate new income on a year-to-year basis.
The CHHA Foundation spends only the income on its investment, rather than the actual capital from donations. With their gifts to the CHHA Foundation, donors are, in effect, establishing a perpetual legacy through their donations. The interest from their capital provides income to support CHHA activities.
The CHHA Foundation is positioned to accept and manage not only money, but also other forms of donations such as life insurance, real property, and stocks and bonds.
What is the Foundation's relationship to CHHA?
CHHA and the CHHA Foundation are two separate entities with their own Boards of Directors, Presidents and Officers. The CHHA Foundation makes its own decisions on how to invest its assets, but it will fund only activities as requested by CHHA. Every year, the National Board of Directors of the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association makes its financial requirements known to the CHHA Foundation, which then pays out as much of its earned income as possible to satisfy the request.
How is it different from other hearing foundations?
The CHHA Foundation supports only CHHA and its activities. This policy ensures that the funds donated are used for the needs and objectives of Canada’s hard of hearing community. CHHA also appoints a representative to the CHHA Foundation Board to provide a direct voice in the management of the Foundation's affairs.
Do I give to the Foundation or to CHHA directly?
We appreciate your interest. If you wish your money to be used for immediate operational purposes in CHHA, you should donate to CHHA directly. But if you wish to help generate income for CHHA on a perpetual basis, you should make your donation to the CHHA Foundation. Even better, please consider donating to both organizations as your support is sorely needed and deeply appreciated.
How do I contribute?
Cash donations can be made by sending a cheque to the address below. But giving cash is not the only way to support the CHHA Foundation. Other forms of gifts not only make a substantial contribution, but may also provide you, or your estate, with substantial tax advantages. A brochure is being prepared to outline how you may donate life insurance policies, investments, ownership in a business, and other assets, or make a bequest in your will. If you have an immediate decision to make, and have some questions, please contact the CHHA Foundation Secretariat and we will get expert advice to you right away.
To reach the CHHA Foundation, please contact the following organization:
CHHA Foundation Secretariat c/o CHHA 2415 Holly Lane, Suite 205 Ottawa, ON K1V 7P2 Toll Free: 1-800-263-8068 (in Canada) Voice: 613-526-1584 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org