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United Way Toronto and York Region and the City of Toronto generously fund approximately 33% of the monies required by Distress Centres to operate annually. 

This means that 67% of the funds required to keep the life-sustaining work of Distress Centres in operation needs to come from other sources.

Our valued donors help ensure that:

  • The tens of thousands of vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our community can call our helplines annually
  • The hundreds of men and women who suffer a loss through suicide or homicide receive the bereavement and trauma support they require
  • The at-risk seniors we support continue to receive the case-managed specialized outreach through the Caller Reassurance Program

Distress Centres is incredibly grateful for our donors.

Each donation helps to create a safety net for those who are at risk, and at their most vulnerable in our community by providing life-sustaining support.

There are a variety of ways to support Distress Centres. You can donate online, by phone, or by mail. You can also donate in memory of a loved one or leave Distress Centres funding through planned giving. It's always great to check if the organization you work for has a gift matching program as well - This is a very simple way to significantly increase the impact of your support without additional investment on your part. 

Please connect with us via the methods below to start the process or receive additional information. Tax receipts are issued for all eligible donations. 

 

Donate Online

You can donate now through our secure online giving form.

 

Donate by Phone

Please contact the Distress Centres Resource Development office at 416-598-0292 to make your secure donation over the phone.

 

Donate by Mail

Please fill out the donation form. Once filled out, please send to the below address:

Distress Centres
P.O. Box 243
Adelaide P.O.
Toronto, ON M5C 2J4
 
Please download our donation form here.
 

In-Memoriam & In-Honour Gifts

Giving in-honour or in-memory is a wonderful way to cherish a loved one. 

Please contact the Resource Development Office at 416-598-0292 to discuss making a in memoriam or in honour gift.

Alternatively, you may donate today through our secure online giving form

Distress Centres
P.O. Box 243
Adelaide P.O.
Toronto, ON M5C 2J4
 
Please download our donation form here.
 

 

Leave a Will Bequest

Did you know that including charitable giving within your will comes with significant tax advantages? A charitable will bequest can reduce taxes owing upon death. This results in an increase of the inheritances to loved ones. Leaving a charitable will bequest is one of the most valuable and thoughtful gifts that you can choose to make.

There are many other ways to support Distress Centres through planned giving including donating registered assets (RRSPs, RESPs, RRIFs), donating life insurance, annuities or using charitable remainder trusts.

Connect with the Distress Centres Resource Development office at 416-598-0292 to further understand how you can tailor your charitable gift to meet your personal and financial circumstances while maximizing tax and other financial benefits. We highly suggest consulting your personal qualified finance advisor or support team and we are happy to work with them to find the best solution for you.

 

Donate Securities & Mutual Funds

You can give a gift of publicly traded securities and avoid incurring the capital gains tax. By donating directly to Distress Centres, you can reduce your tax bill and at the same time, change the lives of those most at risk or at their most vulnerable in our community.

In addition to tax advantages, many brokerages will forego fees for charitable transactions. Your gift can also be honoured during your lifetime!

Securities are easy to transfer. Your broker simply transfers the shares from your account to our Distress Centres brokerage account. The date of your donation will be the date the securities are deposited into our brokerage account. The securities will be valued using the price at the close of trading the previous day. This will be the amount used for the tax receipt. 

Connect with the Distress Centres Resource Development office at 416-598-0292 to further understand how you can tailor your charitable gift to meet your personal and financial circumstances while maximizing tax and other financial benefits. We highly suggest consulting your broker or a qualified financial advisor and we are happy to work with them to find the best solution for you.

Please note - The gift will not qualify for the capital gains tax elimination if the securities are sold and the cash is then gifted to a charity. 

 

Gift Matching

Gift matching is an easy way to significantly increase the impact that your support is able to give Distress Centres! 

Many organizations match charitable contributions made by their employees either directly or via their corporate/employee foundations. To find out if your company has a matching gift policy that will double your support to Distress Centres, please contact your Human Resources or Charitable Giving department.