Distress Centres is incredibly grateful to each of our donors. Every contribution 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. 

Transformational gifts have the ability to radically change and immeasurably impact the lives of hundreds if not thousands of individuals, and ensure that we're able to continue providing access to resources and programming and or expand our offerings to best help those who desperately need our support. As an organization we pride ourselves on ensuring that each and every dollar is allocated in the optimal way to maximize the delivery of our mission. 

Distress Centres is highly committed to ensuring that each transformational gift's  is customized to meet your organizational needs and resources. It's essential to us that you team feel that your investment is mutually beneficial and truly delivers the impact you envision. To have visibility to this impact, we provide customized progress and outcome reporting for internal and external sharing as you see fit. 

There are many different ways to contribute a transformational gift. Below you'll find suggestions on how you may want to approach your investment in helping us to increase the breadth and or extend the reach of our services. That said, if there is a particular approach you would like the take, we'd welcome the opportunity to discuss with you directly to best understand your thoughts and determine whether we'd be a great fit from a partnership perspective.

 

Donate Online

You can donate now through our secure online giving form below.

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Annual Support

Undesignated transformational annual support gives Distress Centres the flexibility to direct your contribution to the program or service most in need and sustain our ability to deliver services for the days, weeks, months and or years to come. 

Please connect with Talia via email at talia@torontodistresscentre.com to discuss annual support opportunities.

 

Program or Project Support

Your can directly support specific programs or projects by working with Distress Centres to identify which best aligns to your personal affinities, mission or values. We also have the ability to build net-new customized programs and projects (that align to our mission and support our community). 

Please connect with Talia via email at talia@torontodistresscentre.com to discuss current and potential program and project opportunities.

 

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 theinheritances 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 financial 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. 

Cause-Related Marketing

If you organization is in the process of sourcing opportunities to invest in a transformational program relating to mental health, community services, crisis intervention or suicide prevention, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss how we can work together to best serve the community.

Statistics don't lie - Customers are more inclined to purchase when there is a charitable component to a product or service. Cause-related marketing is an incredible way to strengthen your customers' loyalty while giving back to the Canadians. Curious about how consumers view charitable partnership and cause-marketing? Here are some recent cause-marketing statistics (via Ipsos): 

  • 95% of Canadian consumers agree that companies supporting good causes is a good idea
  • 84% of Canadian consumers claim they would switch brands to the one affiliated with a good cause if price and quality were similar
  • 45% of Canadian consumers consider themselves loyal to brands that support good causes
  • 39% of Canadian consumers say that a company's affiliation with good causes is "extremely important/important" to them when making purchase decisions
  • 61% of Canadians have a high level of interest in the actual impact made. When asked how they want to find out about the impact, the top four results were on packaging (43%), at the shelf (38%), on TV (35%) and at the checkout (32%)
  • Nearly half of respondents (47%) cited "my budget at the time" as the reason they give, and 30% said because "the cause is personal to me"

Distress Centres is open to discussing a wide variety of cause-marketing initiatives. Please connect with Talia via email at talia@torontodistresscentre.com to discuss current and potential program and project opportunities.

 

Sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship is an effective way to generate media exposure, advertise your organization'scommitment to social responsibility, and build positive brand recognition from your consumer base. Distress Centres has a variety of sponsorship packages available. 

Please connect with Talia via email at talia@torontodistresscentre.com to discuss sponsorship availability and potential investment.

 

Gift-Matching & Employee Engagement

According to a recent survey via Cone Communications on Employee Engagement, 74% of employees say their job is more fulfilling when they are provided with opportunities to make a positive impact at work. Many organizations are making the decision to match charitable contributions made by theiremployees either directly or via their corporate/employee foundations. 

Please connect with Talia via email at talia@torontodistresscentre.com to discuss potential employee engagement and gift-matching opportunities.

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INQUIRY FORM

To connect regarding a partnership opportunity please submit the partnership inquiry form to Talia by filling out the form below and including:

  • Specifics of your partnership (short summary, location, date and audience details)
  • The topic(s) you're interested in exploring together
  • Your contact information