Top 10 Reasons to Make a Donation this Holiday Season

December 7, 2015
 
While many people do give year-round; the holiday season is a time when many are inspired to give back.  So today, we take a look at the top ten reasons to make a donation to Parkinson Alberta this holiday season.

 

  1. Parkinson Alberta provides almost $2 million directly towards support services, programs, education, advocacy and research to the Parkinson's community in Alberta.  With no permanent/consistent funding from outside sources (including government), we rely on the generosity of donors, grants, memberships and of course, fundraising initiatives to provide the necessary funds.
  2. When we say "No Albertan should have to face a Parkinson disease diagnosis alone," we mean it.  We offer direct support and services in seven regions across the province -Grande Prairie, Lloydminster, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.  We continually reach out to new communities to see what support opportunities (like support groups) may be required.  And for those who do not reside near one of those centres we offer three very unique ways to connect with the help they need:  a toll-free number to connect directly with staff support, a toll-free call in monthly tele-support group, and our website which offers a myriad of valuable information and the opportunity to ask questions of medical experts via our Ask the Experts section.  
  3. We have seen a steady increase in the number of people needing our support and services.  The number of people accessing our services increased 52% from 2013 - 2014.  Albertans are diagnosed with Parkinson disease at an average of just over 2 people per day...this is without taking into consideration that both aging and rural populations have higher incidence rates of Parkinson disease.
  4. It is with pride that we can report our Client Services account for the largest portion of our expenditures.  Our core services, which we offer at no cost to those who require it, include individual and family support, home visits, support groups, learning resources, referrals, peer programs, in-services and community awareness programs.
  5. At Parkinson Alberta, we also look ahead to a brighter future for those with Parkinson's by earmarking 10% of our gross revenues to research.  Whether it is a cause, more effective treatments, complimentary therapies or, ultimately, a cure; we continue to be committed to research!
  6. 100% of the money raised for Parkinson Alberta directly benefits Albertans affected by Parkinson disease.
  7. Alberta has one of the highest charitable tax credits in Canada.  For every dollar you donate over $200 total (for the year), you can receive a non-refundable tax credit of 50%!  For more information CLICK HERE
  8. Contributions are deductible in the year they are made, so there is still time left before year's end.  Online donations charged to a credit card before the end of 2015 count for 2015.  This is true even if the credit card bill isn't paid until 2016.  Cheques also count for 2015 as long as they are post-marked in 2015.
  9. Charitable giving is good for your health!  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tennessee found that those who give experience reduce rates of stress and lower blood pressure compared to those who do not.
  10. Size doesn't matter!  Every donation really does make a difference.  Consider this:
  • $5 = one Parkinson's information package given or sent to an individual of family new to Parkinson's
  • $25 = one hour of individual/family support
  • $100 = one month of access to our toll-free PD Helpline
  • $500 = honorariums for 2 educational speakers
  • $2,500 = one support group for a year

 

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