About the charitiesOn September 29, 2017 by Mark Thomson
Here are the designated charities. These were chosen because they have the broadest reach possible.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association
- The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Donation options for non-Canadians
The Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness through advocacy, education, research and service.
This volunteer organization directly provides services to more than 100,000 Canadians, and affects many more through it’s research and advocacy activities. The importance of this advocacy work cannot be over-stated since raising awareness and understanding is one of the biggest challenges to be faced.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform lives.
CAMH also works with the government to help shape the public policy and resource development process to ensure it promotes health and works towards eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction. CAMH has been recognized as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
Donation options for non-Canadians
Americans, Brits, Australians and other supporters are invited to donate to the local Mental Health charity of their choice so a tax receipt can be obtained. Or, consider the Brain Behaviour and Research Foundation. The BBRF’s policy to spend 100% of donations on scientific research – research which can truly have a global impact.
Wherever you donate – please let me know the details so I can keep track of fundraising progress.
Special mention: CanadianHelps.org
All donations are processed through CanadaHelps.org. As a charity organization, their processing fees are about half of what (for-profit) competitors like GoFundMe and IndieGoGo charge.