Why Your Gift Matters
Deaf people face systematic barriers to language access in a predominantly spoken language society. When those barriers become insurmountable to Deaf adults, youth, children and their families, they come to Silent Voice and your contributions help to remove these barriers and create empowered individuals who have the resources to take advantage of what society has to offer.
Barriers to Success
For Deaf individuals, barriers in society are found in barriers to language access. Whether Deaf individuals go to a restaurant, seek information or support from a government agency, or are being educated in their neighbourhood schools, they face barriers to language. Without access to language, they do not have the type of access to information and participation taken for granted by the rest of the society.
American Sign Language (ASL), like other signed languages, has been unequivocally recognized as a natural language by linguists and by neuroscientists who have determined that it is acquired in the same way and processed in the same areas of the brain as all other human languages. Nevertheless, many members of the Deaf community face isolation and marginalization due to the fact that they do not access spoken language information on TV and radio (especially news broadcasts), in their neighbourhood schools where their teachers do not know ASL, and from interactions between their family members, friends, and co-workers, etc. Silent Voice supports the most vulnerable of these Deaf community members.
You Are Agents of Change
Silent Voice programs and services create the type of impact you want to see flourish in society. Coming together as individuals, corporations, foundations, and service clubs, you provide support that is critical for Deaf people served by Silent Voice. Together with our clients and your generosity, we can work to break down existing language barriers and ensure an equitable society for EVERYONE.
Together, we can accomplish more. Join us in helping vulnerable Deaf adults, youth, and children realize their full potential.
Your generosity makes a difference every single day!
Sign Language Summer Program:
Your gift of $815 sponsors a Deaf child at camp for one week
Your gift of $290 sponsors a Deaf child’s bus transportation for one week
Your gift of $3000 sponsors a camp trip
Your gift of $4,400 sponsors a Deaf student for 9 weeks of summer employment
Our Commitment to Donors
Philanthropy is a heart-centered activity. It is the voluntary action by donors to make the world a better place by rallying around an organization that fulfills their vision for social change. To assure Silent Voice Canada becomes the perfect vehicle that helps donors realize their goal of making a difference, and merits their respect, trust and confidence, we declare that all of our donors have these rights:
1. To be informed of Silent Voice Canada’s mission, programs and services and the major landmarks it accomplishes in reaching its vision
2. To be informed of the way Silent Voice Canada intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purpose
3. To be informed of the identity of those serving on Silent Voice Canada’s governing Board, and to expect the Board to exercise prudent judgment in its fiscal responsibilities
4. To have access to Silent Voice Canada’s current financial statements and that of the past two years
5. To be assured their gifts will be invested where it is needed most or where it is designated
6. To receive timely acknowledgement, excellent customer service, and appropriate recognition based on Silent Voice Canada’s gift recognition levels
7. To be provided information on how their gift has been invested in Silent Voice programs and the impact it made in the lives of members of the Deaf community
8. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law
9. To ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers
10. To provide feedback on the stewardship, solicitation and recognition they receive and participate in surveys that are designed to enhance and nurture these relationship cycles
11. To be engaged directly with the cause by learning about the issues affecting members of the Deaf community and their families and understanding the barriers faced by the vulnerable members of the Deaf community
12. To be given the opportunity to see Silent Voice programs in action and witness firsthand the impact they make in the lives of Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families.
Donor Recognition Policy
We heartily and duly acknowledge ALL our donors and supporters:
i. on our website which attracts an average of 3000 unique visitors per month
ii. in our Silent Voice Annual Report
iii. in our quarterly newsletter that reaches Deaf community members, donors, stakeholders and organizations
iv. through news flashes and event updates on our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) which have a subscriber base of over 310 users.
Event sponsors receive additional recognition during events in the form of logo displays, title recognition, etc. Please see the “Sponsorships” section for more details.
We also welcome funders and supporters to visit any of these sports events/training events to witness firsthand the difference they make in the lives of Deaf children and youth.
Recognition Levels for Individual Donors
|$20 – $74||FRIEND||$5.00|
|$75 – $149||BUILDER||$12.00|
|$150 – $499||HERO||$30.00|
|$500 – $999||LEADER||$300.00|
|$1000 – $10,000||VISIONARY||$300.00|
Recognition Levels For Corporations and Foundations
|PARTNER||$250 – $999|
|BENEFACTOR||$1,000 – $2,999|
|INVESTOR||$3,000 – $6,999|
|LEADER||$7,000 – $9,999|
|PACESETTER||$10,000 – $25,000|
|TRENDSETTER||$25,000 – $50,000|
Sky is the Limit to Give
- Corporate Philanthropy
- Employee Engagement
- Event Sponsorships
- Gift In Kind
- Individual Giving
- Host Your Own Event
- Planned Giving
- Tribute and In-Memorium
The impact that we create in the GTA multiplies when businesses and corporations partner with us to affect change in the lives of vulnerable members of the Deaf community. Through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, our corporate partners realize that investing in the community in which they live and work everyday, pays valuable dividends.
Together with your corporate support, we are building resiliency in the lives of vulnerable Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families. Your generous corporate gifts help lift Deaf clients out of poverty, build financial literacy, strengthen independent living, increase ASL fluency, and support Deaf children in developing social, recreational, leadership and sports skills from Deaf role models and others who understand who know their language and understand their culture. We invite you to partner with Silent Voice and the Deaf community to improve the lives of vulnerable Deaf individuals. Through collaboration with leading businesses and corporations like yours, Silent Voice will continue to make a real difference and build beneficial and long-lasting partnerships while, at the same time, ensuring your organization realizes its CSR goals.
Engaging your employees through a social responsibility initiative creates a positive impact on both your workforce and the wider community. This is forward-thinking by socially responsible businesses and corporations.
By volunteering with Silent Voice, your employees can benefit in many ways:
They can meet and work with Deaf professionals and Deaf volunteers. They can learn about the Deaf community, a linguistic and cultural minority, from Deaf people. They will discover that many Deaf adults have successful careers and professions in spite of their on-going battle to achieve language access. They can interact with Deaf children and Deaf counsellors at the summer camp, Deaf adults in the tax clinic, or Deaf parents in the parenting program. They can appreciate that Deaf people can benefit greatly from supports, such as Silent Voice, that help them navigate a world that does not recognize the isolation and exclusion caused by language barriers. They can observe the resilience and determination of Deaf individuals. They might even learn another language – ASL.
To discuss specific requirements for volunteering opportunities your employees in our programs, or to develop strategies for consumer/employee engagement that encourage them to volunteer, promote, or donate to Silent Voice, please contact Kelly MacKenzie, Executive Director at 416-463-1104 x 203
By soliciting corporate sponsorships, we strive to keep event costs to a minimum, helping to maximize your donor dollars to Silent Voice. Sponsorships provide our corporate and business partners a unique opportunity to increase the visibility of their company by the various stakeholders of Silent Voice and the Deaf community, and enhance their reputation as an engaged, committed, caring corporate citizen.
Currently, Silent Voice offers the following sponsorship opportunities with ample recognition:
1. Sign Language Summer Camp 2. Spring Fundraiser (at Shamba space, donated by The Shamba Foundation) a. (currently held at Shamba – space donated by The Shamba Foundation) 3. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 4. International Week of the Deaf Open House 5. Mayfest
Sponsorship levels and recognition details can be found here:
Benefits to Gold Sponsors
Our participants are your customers and community members. Extensive promotional support through public relations efforts will ensure that your brand is highlighted as a Gold sponsor during our events.
In addition, • Logo identification at the event • Recognition on Silent Voice website, which generates 3000 unique visitors per month. • Social media recognition (Facebook, Twitter) through news flash and event updates. We have a subscriber base of over 310 social media users • Title recognition of Gold sponsor in our annual report
• Opportunity to display your company brochures at the registration table
Benefits to Platinum Sponsors
Our participants are your customers and community members. Extensive promotional support through public relations efforts will ensure that your brand is highlighted as a Platinum sponsor during our events.
In addition, • Logo identification at the event • Recognition on Silent Voice website, which generates 3000 unique visitors per month. • Social media recognition (Facebook, Twitter) through news flash and event updates. We have a subscriber base of over 310 social media users • Title recognition of Platinum sponsor in our annual report
• Opportunity to display your company brochures at the registration table • Opportunity to place your retractable banner at the reception area • Direct, verbal acknowledgement of your organization & representatives during the event
Benefits to Silver Sponsors Our participants are your customers and community members. Extensive promotional support through public relations efforts will ensure that …………… brand is highlighted as a Silver sponsor during our fundraiser event at SHAMBA.
In addition, • Recognition on Silent Voice website, which generates 3000 unique visitors per month. • Social media recognition (Facebook, Twitter) through news flash and event updates. We have a subscriber base of over 310 social media users • Title recognition of Shamba Silver sponsor in our annual report
We, as a lean and efficient organization, largely benefit from Gifts in Kind from businesses, foundations, service clubs, and individuals. You can donate good quality non-cash products and goods, through us, to our Deaf clients. Examples include: toys and books, personal care items, dry food, baby products, entertainment coupons, tickets, etc. One example is that clients in our Deaf parenting program benefit from our Diaper Bank that has been successfully running for the past ————– years.
In addition, GIK donations such as office furniture and supplies and well as equipment, projectors, computers, printers, sports equipment, etc., are another way to support our operations. These help us keep our administrative costs low, well below the CRA guidelines and industry average.
Philanthropy and volunteerism are strong identifiers of being Canadian. We are proud to be associated with actions that make our country one of the best in the world to live, work, and raise our families in.
There are over 170,000 charitable and non-profit organizations in Canada and 85,000 of these are registered charities like Silent Voice. All these organizations operate because of the generosity of multiple sources that include governments, corporations, foundations, service clubs, etc. However, by far the largest source of income for charities can be found in the donations made by the general public. This makes you an agent of change.
Individual giving and fundraising are two sides of the same coin — the request and the commitment. At Silent Voice, we are honoured to ask our loyal supporters for their gifts and we are inspired by your commitment. Your dedication to Silent Voice further motivates our Deaf and hearing staff to work diligently for the betterment of the more vulnerable members of the Deaf community.
You can support us through one-time gifts, sponsorships, gifts in kind, and monthly donations. We introduced these are new forms of giving in the fall of 2015. Your monthly gift provides ongoing support to our programs throughout the year. It is meaningful, convenient, efficient, streamlined, and above all, demonstrates your unwavering commitment to our vulnerable Deaf clients.
Example: Your monthly gift of $25 will sponsor a Deaf child’s bus transportation for one week of camp Your monthly gift of $75 will sponsor a Deaf child for one week of camp Your monthly gift of $250 will sponsor a camp trip Your monthly gift of $375 will sponsor a Deaf student for 9 weeks of summer employment
Please donate online using Canada Helps or download and mail the pledge form with a void cheque to our address.
Hosting an event in support of Silent Voice could be really fun because it holds special meaning for you. A bake sale, lemonade stand, ticket sales, live auction, a BBQ, or a talent show – you name it. So, explore your hobbies. Find a particular issue facing the Deaf community. Bring together family, friends and neighbours. Raise awareness. Generate fun and funds. Anything that is meaningful to you could be turned into a small fundraising event and give real meaning to the work we do to support vulnerable members of the Deaf community.
Because these events are flexible, you can fundraise on your own time and in your own unique way. Essentially, any funds collected beyond your break-even amount will go toward supporting our clients, the majority of whom live under poverty levels. Whatever your plan is, we are ready to help you get started. We can even provide you with popular event ideas or brainstorm with you for some unique ideas.
We can also provide you pledge forms, online fundraising tools, branded collateral, a support letter that validates the authenticity of your event for one year, include your event on our website, and social media pages and in the Calendar of Events, authorize use of our Silent Voice name and logo, and (if applicable) issue tax receipts according to Canada Revenue Agency Guidelines.
To get started, please read our Fundraising Toolkit, then complete our Event Proposal Form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 416-463-1104 x 201
Sustainability is a crucial word for all charitable organizations. We care about the Deaf community and its vulnerable adults, youth, children, and their families. Our planned giving initiative ensures that this tradition of caring continues into the future.
Some types of planned gifts are: • Stocks & securities • Life insurance • Bequests • Charitable gift annuities • RRSPs and RRIFs • Charitable remainder trust • Residual interest gift
When you make a planned gift donation, the capital remains intact, only the income earned is used. This perpetuates your gift for the benefit of generations to come and allows Silent Voice to make long-range plans.
All planned gift assets are professionally managed to achieve a balance between long-term security of capital, asset growth, and a level of annual income that will allow for the funding of our vital programs and services all the while making a lasting impact on your legacy.
Funds can be named for donations over $10,000. A named fund to celebrate your legacy or your family’s support can be established either by a lifetime gift or by a bequest.
To learn more about our Planned Giving Program, please contact Silent Voice at 416-928-2500 x 201. We are happy to work with you, your family, and your advisors on a confidential basis to ensure all your future philanthropic and recognition needs are met.
Would you like to honour the memory of someone special or mark a special event for a lifetime? You can through tribute and in-memorium gifts to Silent Voice.
Through a tribute gift, you can mark a milestone or a special occasion – someone’s birthday or anniversary, a new job, a new baby, a graduation, or a promotion, etc. Those you honour will receive a card from us uniquely expressing your connection with them. They will also be remembered in our Annual Report.
An in-memorium gift to Silent Voice is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of a loved one. When you make an in memoriam donation, we will send a card of your choice to the next of kin to notify them of your gift.
In each instance, you will receive a tax receipt (for donations over $15) and a handwritten note of thanks for your generosity.
Our Donors (Heroes, Leaders, Visionaries)
Silent Voice is fortunate to have the formidable support of our donors. They are the true heroes in our journey. They help to increase empowerment within the Deaf community. They help to inspire commitment to service recipients. They ensure our continued work toward all Deaf people finding security in a strong Deaf community and a place in the hearing community when desired.
We gratefully acknowledge the loyal and generous individuals, businesses, corporations, foundations, service clubs, and government entities who supported us in 2014.
As Deaf and hearing staff, our accomplishments belong as much to our donors as they do to us. Without them, the work of Silent Voice would not be possible. We are fuelled by their generosity, compassion, and sense of social justice every day.
There is truly no way to fully express what the support of our donors means to the members of the Deaf community and their families; so we use two simple words to express our deep-felt gratitude. THANK YOU!
We invite you to join the calibre of people heroes, trendsetters, visionaries, and cornerstones, that support Silent Voice. When you give to Silent Voice, you are making a personal investment that reflects your desire to improve the lives of Deaf adults and children who find themselves in need of our programs and services. In addition, your commitment sets an example and motivates others to give.
* Based on Canada Revenue Agency’s 2014 Tax information
First-Time Donor’s Super Credit
As part of the 2013 federal budget, the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FTDSC) gives first-time donors and those who haven’t claimed a charitable donation in the last five years an extra 25% on their tax credit for charitable gifts. The FTDSC is applicable to any single cash donation of up to $1,000 made by an individual or couple between 2007 and now.
A donation to Silent Voice Canada boosted by the First-Time Donor’s Super Credit means a super-charged investment to support members of the Deaf community – and more money in your pocket after taxes.
Gift of Time and Talent
Time, Talent and Treasure are the solid pillars of philanthropy. While the treasure denotes the financial commitment, when you give your time and talent to Silent Voice, you are making a non-financial investment which increases our potential to run a lean, efficient organization. We keep our administrative costs low because of the passion and professional skills you bring to us.
Each year, the work of Silent Voice is supported by the time and talent of over 125 volunteers.
Behind each and every activity and event we conduct at Silent Voice, there are committed volunteers who have put their hearts into the organization. Our volunteers are an essential part of our program delivery as well as fundraising efforts.
As Silent Voice expands the fundraising activities, we look for enthusiastic, responsible and dedicated volunteers to join us.
By volunteering with Silent Voice, you make a difference in the lives of Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families. Deaf and hearing volunteers who know ASL can bring skills and professional knowledge directly to our programs and services. Volunteers who do not know ASL can bring skills and professional knowledge and, in addition, have the opportunity to learn about another culture (Deaf Culture), learn how to use interpreters, and may even learn a little ASL.
What’s more, Deaf and hearing volunteers can:
• learn new skills
• gain experience and boost your resume
• build your confidence
• meet new people and make contacts
• have fun while making a valuable contribution.
Please complete the volunteer application here.
Becoming a member of Silent Voice Canada shows that you care about members of the Deaf community who use our services and that you stand in solidarity with our Deaf and hearing staff to remove the systemic barriers in society faced by Deaf people generally and, in particular, the vulnerable Deaf adults, youth, children and their families who use our services.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
1. Members are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting to elect the Board.
2. Members are entitled to vote at special meetings that decide the future direction of our agency.
3. Members will become ambassadors of Silent Voice and advocate on our behalf.
4. Members will feel a stronger sense of affiliation with the work we do in the Deaf community.
5. Members will gain satisfaction from knowing that they are making a difference.
6. Members will be the first to get information related to our strategic direction and future plans.
7. Members will receive quarterly stewardship reports from Silent Voice
8. Members will be able to build their capacity and network to contribute to others in the city
Annual Membership Fee $10
Our Membership Drive for 2015 will run from June 1 – Aug 31. We aim to get 100 new members this year. Would you like to join our wonderful group of supporters to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Deaf adults, youth, children, and their families?
Please complete the membership application form here.