About Us
We raise funds and manage donor gifts to support outstanding clinical care and research for the communities served by Hamilton Health Sciences.

A Message From Our CEO

May / June 2021

For more than a year, the teams across Hamilton Health Sciences have been working tirelessly to combat COVID-19. There is a light at the end of the tunnel as vaccines continue to roll out, but the pandemic is far from over and it is truly taking a toll on so many within our broader community.

Our Foundation family continues to weather this storm as we remain committed to fundraising in support of highest-priority needs across Hamilton Health Sciences. By continuing to purchase new equipment, we are doing our part to try and ease the stress and burden for those on the frontlines.

This pandemic has unquestionably transformed the way we fundraise. Technology now plays an increasingly essential role in how we connect and interact with our donors.

Navigating a virtual world is our new normal. One shining example is our MacKids Walk & Wheel fundraiser. While pivoting the event to a virtual fundraiser was necessary for our safety, I will certainly miss seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter of children and families at Bayfront Park. However, I look forward to experiencing all the camaraderie on social media.

This year’s event is from June 4 to 13. Participants will be “choosing their own adventure” and walking or wheeling from the safety of their own community in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital, including Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre. My personal adventure is walking 14 km during this time – 1 km for every year I have been with Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation. I hope you’ll join me by registering and fundraising!

The spring season is also a time of celebrating milestones like weddings and graduations. Although it can be difficult to celebrate during such challenging times, it’s always humbling when we receive donations in honour of these momentous occasions. If you are celebrating a milestone this season, we hope you’ll consider making it even more meaningful by supporting patient care.

Health care is vital to everyone in the community and your support is critical. We are so thankful for your support during the first six months of 2021. The next six months will undoubtedly have its share of challenges, but we can overcome any obstacle if we work together.

On behalf of all patients and caregivers, thank you for your ongoing dedication. Please stay safe and follow all public health measures.

Sincerely,


Pearl F. Veenema, FAHP
Chief Executive Officer
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
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It’s Vital To Care

Each dawn brings into our world a new mosaic of people, patients, staff, and critical needs. Needs for funding to support patient care, medical equipment, specialized programs, education and research. It is a unique blend of needs that inspires us to do our very best.

While we are a mosaic, each one of us unique in our skills and talents, we unite in our desire to make a difference as we bring our own passion and commitment to our roles. We inspire those we encounter on our daily journey to join with us, as we raise funds to support our region’s health and well-being.

We seek to inspire by telling the stories of patients and staff. They are the friends, families and loved ones of people who rely on the care we support. It is their stories that have the power to influence why It’s Vital to Care.

Gifts come in many forms, each with its own unique value and role in supporting our Foundation. We remain focused building the community’s confidence as their charity of choice. A charity that welcomes contributions great and small, providing for the needs of our hospitals. A contribution that enables each hospital in our family to have the equipment and environment that enables caring and compassionate health care.

An environment, where through funding for world-leading research, the next treatment, cause or cure can be found. Each day we remain focused on those who can help us to impact a life. The life of today’s patient or tomorrow’s.

Together, we are committed to inspiring donors to understand why It’s Vital to Care.

Our mission is to raise funds and manage donor gifts for the purpose of supporting outstanding clinical care and research for the communities served by Hamilton Health Sciences.
To see a community of inspired and committed donors who embrace It’s Vital to Care.
The Foundation believes that relationships and partnership are the basis of excellence in fundraising. Therefore we will:
  • Treat all donors, the Hospital and others with integrity, respect and appreciation
  • Be accountable to our donors and the community
  • Encourage creativity and innovation in our activities

Donor Policies

We take pride in our accountability to donors and the community. Please view our policies below:

Privacy Policy

The guiding principles reflect our commitment to safeguarding our donors’ personal information.

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Tax Receipt Policy

We have been issued a Charitable Registration Number by the CRA, which permits us to issue charitable donation or gift receipts for income tax purposes.

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Complaint Policy

We are committed to creating a transparent and fair method of receiving and responding to external complaints.

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Our Leadership

Our leaders are community ambassadors who work tirelessly to help us raise funds for patient care.

Board of Directors

Our board members are passionate advocates for our mission and serve an important governance role.

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Our Management

Meet the team that oversees the daily operations of The Foundation.

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Careers - Current Opportunities

We are an equal opportunity employer and will accommodate any needs under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. Hiring processes will be modified to remove barriers to accommodate those with disabilities, if requested.

Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Deadline for receipt of applications:
Monday May 10, 2021
The VP Marketing and Communications is the chief brand steward and storyteller responsible for all content produced by The Foundation - planning, developing and executing all integrated marketing programs including, cause marketing, signature events and direct response to grow their revenue.

The role also  provides critical support in the development of The Foundation’s strategic plan and annual operating plan, while being responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the annual strategic marketing and communications plan.
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Planned Giving & Estates Officer Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Deadline for receipt of applications:
Monday May 10, 2021
This role champions private sector support with a focus on relationships with individual donors who have a propensity to make a planned gift to HHSF in their will or through other planned giving instruments such as life insurance, trusts, and so on.

The position is also responsible for administration of estates gifts and relationships with executors, family members, lawyers, trust and insurance companies and others involved in gifts of bequests, trusts, life insurance and other estate gifts.
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Senior Financial Analyst
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Deadline for receipt of applications:
Friday May 21, 2021
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, CFO of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, The Senior Financial Analyst is an experienced professional with an in depth knowledge of the financial responsibilities of a Not-For-Profit organization.

This position has responsibility for the ongoing daily financial activities for Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation.
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Manager, Direct Response
Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Deadline for receipt of applications:
Friday May 14, 2021
The Manager, Direct Response is responsible for attaining the annual fundraising goals for all elements of an integrated direct response program. This includes managing the strategy and executing the day-to-day functions of our direct response, telemarketing and tribute giving campaigns, staff 50/50 lottery and managing a call centre staff of three.
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