Prior to the Kiwanis International convention in Geneva, the leadership of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada made an early and pivotal decision to commit as a lead gift supporter of The Eliminate Project’s fundraising campaign.
“The Eliminate Project strums all our heart strings,” said Collin Reichle, president designate of Kiwanis Foundation of Canada. “The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada board was most enthusiastic about finding some way to mobilize the support of the Canadian Kiwanis clubs. We decided that the foundation could best do that by leveraging Canadian donations—give every member a sense that their donation would get more bang for their dollar.”
The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada will set aside C$250,000 (US$265,000), which they will use to match funds raised by the Kiwanis clubs in Canada. For every C$3 raised by Kiwanians in Canada, the foundation will add C$1 (up to C$250,000), and in doing so inspire C$1 million to be raised for The Eliminate Project by Kiwanis clubs in Canada.
“We are all part of one organization, and we have a responsibility as true Kiwanians to support our international programs that help children,” said Chuck McIlravey, Kiwanis Foundation of Canada president and campaign region coordinator for Canada and Caribbean.
When asked how Chuck led the foundation leadership to commit to this matching pledge he said, “It was not a difficult process. We simply presented a strong case, had some honest discussion and the board came together.”
District and club foundations are encouraged to reach out to The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada and consider how their foundation can inspire Kiwanis-family members to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus, a deadly yet preventable disease. To learn more about this gift or evaluate whether a match or challenge gift opportunity is right for your foundation, contact The Eliminate Project campaign office: Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org or +1-317-217-6213.
Oct 03 2011, 03:37 PM