Civitan International Foundation of Canada

F.A.Q

1. WHAT IS THE CIVITAN FOUNDATION OF CANADA?
2. WHAT HAS BEEN DONE?
3. WHAT ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAM?
4. WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION?
5. HOW DO YOU GIVE TO THE FOUNDATION?
6. WHAT IS THE CANADIAN FELLOW PROGRAM?
7. WHAT IS THE CANADIAN CENTURY CLUB PROGRAM?
8. CAN DONATIONS "IN MEMORIAL" BE MADE TO THE FOUNDATION?
9. WHAT IS THE COST OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE FOUNDATION?

WHAT IS THE CIVITAN FOUNDATION OF CANADA?
The Civitan International Foundation of Canada is a non-profit corporation which seeks to encourage and recognize good citizenship; to develop understanding of basic human freedoms; to provide Bursaries in higher education; to support work in health related fields with special emphasis on aid to the mentally, physically, and developmentally challenged. It offers Private members, Corporations, Civitan members and Civitan Clubs of Canada the opportunity to voluntarily support the good programs of the Civitan International Foundation of Canada and "to make this world and country a better place in which to live".
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WHAT HAS BEEN DONE?
The Civitan International Foundation of Canada, established in 1971, provides funds for a variety of worthwhile causes. Funding for a feasibility study on the integration of mentally challenged children into community summer camp programs was underwritten. Funding has been provided to the Canadian Down Syndrome Society to develop and finance a Public Awareness booklets. In addition grants have been made to develop equal access playgrounds in both Ontario and Quebec, National and International Special Olympic Programs, Children Hospitals, Community Living Association, and various associations for education, public awareness, and research programs to benefit the physically, mentally and developmentally challenged - in all, over $1,000,000 in thirty-five years.
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WHAT ABOUT THE BURSARY PROGRAM?
Due to the death of Past Governor William (Bill) Murphy, the Wm. L. Murphy Memorial Bursary was inaugurated. Since then the Dick Ivens Memorial Bursary and the Palmer/McNeil Memorial Bursary were established. In 2010 the Credit Valley Civitan Club Bursary was inaugurated. This bursary includes grandchildren in the eligibility. Applications for this Program are accepted annually by the Foundation.
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WHY SHOULD YOU SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION?
It is the means by which all Civitan members and clubs can join together to expand projects. Just as a Civitan Club can often accomplish what an individual person cannot, the Civitan International Foundation of Canada can undertake projects which are too broad or too great for a local Club or District to finance. Foundation activities increase public awareness of the purposes and objectives of Civitan. As an individual you can direct a portion of your annual charitable contributions to your Foundation and receive a tax deductible receipt. Clubs should devote a portion of their project budget to the Foundation. Together we can ensure a significant force able to translate the beliefs and concerns of all Civitan members into major projects. Equally important, it will bring deep personal satisfaction from the knowledge that you have joined with other Civitans and Clubs to work towards a better world.
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HOW DO YOU GIVE TO THE FOUNDATION?
Civitan Clubs of Canada, Districts, individuals, business organizations, other foundations and charitable organizations may make gifts or bequests of money or property to the Civitan International Foundation of Canada. Funds may, at the option of the donor, be designated for a specific program or charity. Under the provisions of the Canadian Income Tax Act, funds contributed are tax deductible.
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WHAT IS THE CANADIAN FELLOW PROGRAM?
This program is designed to honour outstanding individuals. An individual, organization, Club, District or Region can establish a "FELLOW" through a contribution of $1,000 or more to the Civitan International Foundation of Canada. The Fellow program is a permanent means of recognizing the life and work of an outstanding individual who is named a "CANADIAN FELLOW" or posthumously named a "MEMORIAL CANADIAN FELLOW".
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WHAT IS THE CANADIAN CENTURY CLUB PROGRAM?
This has been designed to encourage individual participation in and contribution to the Civitan International Foundation of Canada. With a contribution of $100 to the Foundation, an individual is enrolled as a member of the "CANADIAN CENTURY CLUB" and is recognized with a plaque. Not only can an individual contribute to the "Canadian Century Club", but a Club or District can donate the money in the name of a Civitan or other individual whom they wish to honour in this way. Naming a person as a Canadian Century Club Member could be a special recognition for years of perfect attendance, work in the District, or a different way of saying "thank you".
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CAN DONATIONS "IN MEMORIAL" BE MADE TO THE FOUNDATION?
At times of bereavement families and friends often prefer to make memorial donations to a charitable organization. The Civitan International Foundation of Canada is so designated to receive donations and issue tax receipts. Memorial cards are available through your Club President or a Foundation trustee.
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WHAT IS THE COST OF MEMBERSHIP IN THE FOUNDATION?
Club / Corporate Membership - $100.00 minimum initial, $25.00 minimum annual donation. Private Member - $10.00 minimum initial donation, $10.00 minimum annual donation. Governor's Council $100 minimum annual donation.
Note: Our fiscal year runs from October 1st to September 30th.
For further information please contact the
Civitan International Foundation of Canada
52 Boullee Street, London, ON N5Y 1T6

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