SUPPORTING CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS
a. Heart & Stroke Foundation;
b. Cancer Foundation / Juravinski Hospital (Cancer); Hamilton General Hospital (Heart); Joseph Brant Hospital; McMaster University Medical Centre; Carpenter Hospice (Burlington): Bob Kemp Hospice (Hamilton).
c. Ronald McDonald House Charities (Hamilton Location)
d. CAMH (Centre for Addiction & Mental Health)
e. ROCK) (Reach Out Centre for Kids)
Since we have BCB members - in the past and up to the present - who have experienced the death of loved one(s) in their immediate family due to significant chronic / long term health diseases, and relied on available resources for support (i.e. a / b / c), those are organizations always appealing for funds for either scientific research (for the "cure") or improve on their services.
I am also aware that there are members who face challenges either personally / has a family member - spouse / son / daughter / grandchild(ren) - who must cope with issues like depression, bi-polar; anxiety; ADHD, etc. that look for extra support / resources in addition to their family doctor/specialist prescribing the "suitable" medications ("hit or miss") to manage these types of conditions.
As a community band supporting any of the above charities, BCB will be duly acknowledge in their newsletter and social media platforms; therefore, publically enhances the band's own profile for servicing other's respective needs.
@Kamara we did Ronald McDonald House a few times when I first started on the Exec. They have lots of donors so we giving a couple hundred here and there didn't seem significant - I think that's why we tried to redirect to more local charities like the Food Bank, Halton Women's Place, Nelson Youth Centre and Halton Learning Foundation.
I am open to exploring other charities especially if we are able to increase our ability to donate through partnerships, sponsorships, considering higher ticket prices for more fancy charity events, etc.
@lisa-yl @Kamara I agree completely with Lisa on Ronald McDonald House vs local charities. They are a big charity with many donors. After we made a donation to Ronald McDonald House, they sent BCB begging letters just like the ones many of us probably receive from many charities, - i.e., "personalized" advertising mail, aka form letters. They probably had no idea we had a fund raising concert, we could have sent them a cheque in the mail and they would have treated BCB the same way.
I prefer local charities with reps who can speak about their cause at the concert. Many of the charities Kamara lists would do that.