In Indigenous tradition, the drum represents the universal heartbeat of Mother Earth and the first sound heard in the world. The rhythm of drumming facilitates healing and balances mental, spiritual, emotional and physical realms.
During this season of celebration and ceremony, our thoughts and hearts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible and we say thank you for your continued support of the Indigenous community in Toronto. From all of us at Anishnawbe Health Foundation, best wishes for the holidays and in the New Year.
About the Artist
Ted Hoffie was born and raised in the city of Toronto. He is Anishaabe from the wolf clan. As an Anishnawbe Health Toronto client, he is pleased to offer the art for our card this year. Ted is currently studying at OCAD University and taking courses in Indigenous Visual Culture. His work is influenced by Japanese and American comics and illustrations. He works in many different mediums from photography to drawing and painting. Ted’s current focus is Woodland Art, which blends traditional Indigenous legends and myths with contemporary mediums.
Campaign donor Deborah Meyer presents the Peter of Canary Eye Care, winner of the Corktown Toronto Holiday Party fundraiser for Anishnawbe Health, with the basket she made and filled.
Corktown Toronto Matching Gift Campaign Tops Fundraising Goal
The results are in for the Corktown Toronto Matching Gift Campaign. The campaign, started by the Corktown Residents and Business Association (CRBA), had set a goal of raising $25,000 in order to dedicate a room in the new Anishnawbe Health Centre. We are happy to report they have surpassed their goal by $15,000 and in only a few short months!
“Thank you to everyone that has contributed. The dollars donated are extremely important but more meaningful were the comments and notes about the excitement of having this centre in our neighbourhood. I’m encouraged that my friends and neighbours wanted to be part of reconciliation in our city in this way," says Tricia Waldron, Corktown News Editor and one of the donors matching donations. The CRBA fundraising efforts culminated in a holiday party with an additional fundraiser for Anishnawbe Health and the announcement that the goal of $25,000 had been exceeded.
Learn more about the Corktown Campaign here. If you are interested in hosting your own fundraiser for Anishnawbe Health, please visit here.
Anishnawbe Health staff Raiden, Alex and Julie with Foundation Board Member Lyndsay preparing to deliver turkeys and holiday hampers.
Anishnawbe Health Delivers Hampers and Holiday Cheer
Anishnawbe Health Staff with Foundation Board Member volunteers delivered holiday hampers and turkeys to 45 Anishnawbe Health clients with families.
HUGE thank you to our donors for providing the gifts and turkeys for our hampers - CP24 CHUM Christmas WISH, Just Socks Canada and Publishers Group Canada, and Anishnawbe Health Foundation supporters.
Top photo: Young Creek Drummers
Middle photo: Recognition for our donors in the November 30 edition of the Toronto Star
Bottom photo: Andre Morriseau (AHF, Chair) & City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 13 - Toronto Centre)
Honouring Our Circle of Campaign Supporters
On November 25, at the Gardiner Museum, Anishnawbe Health Foundation honoured and celebrated our circle of amazing donors, sponsors and volunteers who have helped establish AHF over the past three years. To date, the Foundation has raised $6.5 million toward its $10 million goal!
The celebratory event honoured all supporters, with special recognition to our top four campaign donors who received hand-painted drums, painted by Sofi Rostampour, an Osh-ka-be-wis at Anishnawbe Health Toronto. Star blankets were presented to donors who have contributed $100,000 or more. Guests enjoyed traditional drumming by Young Creek and delicious cuisine by Chef Joseph Shawana of Ku-Kum Indigenous Kitchen. Traditional Healer Pete Keshane opened the evening with a prayer and smudge.
The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation Gift Doubles Its Impact
In December 2018, we partnered with The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation who issued a special matching challenge. The Foundation matched all donations to the campaign for a new home for Anishnawbe Health, dollar for dollar, up to $300,000. We are thrilled to say that we have met the match. The match was promoted widely through our website, social media, publications and events.
The matching challenge has helped us to broaden the support of our new Foundation and to bring us closer to the vision of a new home for Anishnawbe Health Toronto. The majority of the donors qualifying for the match were new to our organization. The match also encouraged several donors who had previously given to our Foundation to increase their support-some even double and tripled previous giving levels!
Our deepest appreciation to The John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation.
You still have time to make a 2019 donation...
As the end of the year closes in, time is running out on tax deductible donations for 2019. About 25% of Canadians take advantage of the sizeable benefits Canadian Federal and Provincials governments offer to Canadians who give to registered Canadians charities. These tax incentives can be significant, amounting to as much as 53% of your charitable donation.
For many Canadians, it’s by leveraging these tax benefits that they can give more generously to charities. It's a win-win - donors feel good and charities are able to do more with gifts. Donations of all sizes are important to our Foundation.
Please consider keeping us in mind as you make your end-of-year donation.
Please note our offices will be closing at noon on December 24 and 31st. We will be closed December 25 & 26, 2019 and January 1, 2020.
If you are interested in making a year-end donation, please see below for ways to contribute.
All donations sent by mail and postmarked on or before December 31 will be receipted for the 2019 Year. Donors can mail cheques made payable to Anishnawbe Health Foundation to 225 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1S4.
By Credit Card
Can be made online using the "GIVE NOW" button on our website www.supportanishnawbe.caor by phone during office hours at 416-920-2605 ext. 552. If you are calling after hours, please leave a message and we will return call when we are back in the office.
Gifts of Publicly Traded Securities (Stocks)
Did you know that publicly traded securities transferred directly to a registered charity are not subject to capital gains tax and also receive a charitable receipt for the value of the stock? If you would like to donate publicly traded securities to Anishnawbe Health Foundation, please use this form. Stock donations must enter our account before December 31st at midnight for a donor to receive a 2019 tax receipt. Donors are receipted for the closing price of the stock on the day of transfer.