Frequently Asked Questions

Donating to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation


Donations

Why should I donate to the JGH Foundation?

The Jewish General Hospital is one of Quebec's largest and busiest tertiary and quaternary acute-care hospitals, providing general and specialized care of the highest quality in a humane and caring manner, with an emphasis on specialized and ultra-specialized services. It is a McGill University teaching hospital and trains approximately 22 per cent of the students of the Faculty of Medicine. The JGH and its Lady Davis Institute (LDI) are also at the forefront of cutting-edge research with major discoveries in such areas as AIDS, aging, cancer and human genetics, leading to the continuous development of more effective means of prevention, treatment and patient care.

The JGH Foundation provides essential assistance to the Hospital to enhance its extraordinary patient care, to further scientific discovery and to acquire the most recent and innovative medical equipment. By donating to the JGH Foundation, you are helping to save lives, to improve the quality of life of countless patients and their loved ones, and you are ensuring continued excellence in research, teaching and patient care for the people of Montreal, Quebec and beyond.

What is your Charitable Business Number?

The Registered Canadian Charitable Number of the JGH Foundation is: 10487 2304 RR0001.

Isn't the Jewish General Hospital funded by government?

Yes. Like most hospitals, the JGH is given an annual inflation-adjusted global budget by the provincial government. However, this funding only covers daily operational costs and a portion of the Hospital's programs and services. It does not supply all of the latest, state-of-the-art equipment that is critical to providing the very best in patient care. Government budgets only fund a portion of the costs of the latest in diagnostic equipment that is critical to the early detection of disease, or the much-needed renovation and expansion of hospital premises, or the establishment and operation of important support programs that will be of immeasurable benefit to patients. Likewise, scientific research that will lead to new breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of disease is only covered in part by public granting agencies.

Today, superior health care depends to a great extent on the generosity of private donors, corporations and foundations and their indispensable partnership in our medical mission.

How can I donate to the JGH Foundation?

You can donate by phone, by mail, in person or over the Internet through our secure online donation application. You can make a donation by cash, cheque, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard and American Express). You can also join our Monthly Giving Program, which allows for convenient, automatic monthly withdrawals from your bank account or credit card. You can also use strategies to maximize the tax benefits associated with charitable giving through our Legacy Program, by choosing to make a gift in your will, donate securities, purchase a life insurance policy or strip bond, fund a charitable remainder trust or bequeath your RRSP or RIFF. You can also take part in or support one or more of the many fundraising events that are held each year. For more information, please contact us at 514-340-8251.

By phone:

Dial 514-340-8251

By mail or in person:

The Jewish General Hospital Foundation 3755 Côte St. Catherine Road, Room A-107 Montreal, Quebec, H3T 1E2

By Internet:

Visit jghfoundation.org. Simply click on the Donate Now button located on the top portion of the Home Page of the website. Then fill in the required contact, credit card and gift detail information. Your donation will be securely processed and a confirmation message as well as your tax receipt will be instantly sent to your email account.

Is it safe to make a donation online?

The JGH Foundation uses industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep your personal information as secure as possible. The Foundation helps to protect your information by working with partners that provide a secure and safe environment for credit card donations. The Foundation website also uses industry standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information you provide on this site. All information is stored in a secure database. Your credit card information will never be saved on our site. For more about SSL Certificates, click here.

What is the best way to support the Jewish General Hospital?

There are so many ways in which you can support the Hospital in fulfilling its mission of doing outstanding research and delivering excellent healthcare to the people of Quebec and beyond. Please consult the Giving Opportunities page of our website for a complete overview. Many of our donors find the Monthly Giving Program and online giving to be the most simple and effective ways to support our wonderful hospital. Both help reduce the JGH Foundation's administrative costs and support our efforts to be more environmentally-friendly. A monthly gift debited from your bank account or credit card ensures a reliable source of funding for the Hospital and offers you the added convenience of receiving a consolidated receipt at the end of the year. You may also consider our Legacy Program, which provides you with the opportunity to make a significant gift in your will and take advantage of interesting tax benefits without affecting your current assets or lifestyle.

Can I decide what my donation is used for?

Yes. Our online donation application allows you to designate a specific Hospital department, research or program to be the recipient of your gift. You can also make an online donation in the memory of loved ones (Memorial Fund) or to honour special people in your life (Honour Fund). Likewise, many vital initiatives and events are featured on the website with appropriate links to facilitate your donation. The online donation application gives you the option of notifying someone of your donation and including a short personal message by email or mail. When making a donation by phone, mail or in person, simply indicate the specific department, research, program, event or fund you wish to support.

What is my donation used for?

The JGH Foundation provides essential assistance to the Hospital to enhance its extraordinary patient care, to further scientific discovery, to acquire the most recent and innovative medical equipment and to renovate, modernize and expand existing facilities. Your donation will support a wide variety of initiatives, including leading-edge research, treatments and programs, the upgrade of technology and facilities, the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment and the recruitment of leading professionals. By donating to the JGH Foundation, you are helping to save lives, to improve the quality of life of countless patients and their loved ones, and ensuring continued excellence in research, teaching and patient care for the people of Montreal, Quebec and beyond.

You can designate what your donation is used for (see above). Undesignated gifts are allocated to the Hospital's Greatest Priorities Fund and applied to the departments, programs and areas with the most pressing needs.

How will I know what my donation was used for?

Reports are posted on the JGH Foundation website regularly. The Foundation's Annual Reports can be consulted or downloaded from the Reports page on the JGH Foundation website. Campaign Progress Reports, detailing how every dollar donated to the Power to Heal campaign is making a difference, are available by mail to donors to the Capital Campaign and can also be consulted online on the Your Dollars at Work page in the Reports section as well as under the Campaign tab. Finally, the JGH's newsletter, JGH News, a general-interest online magazine of news and features about significant events, programs and personalities at the JGH, is available on the JGH website.

Is there a minimum amount that I can donate?

All contributions make a difference and are appreciated. However, income tax receipts are issued only for contributions of $10 or more. Accordingly, our online donation application, which automatically generates a tax receipt for each donation, only accepts gifts of $10 or more.

Can I cancel my donation?

Please understand that any one-time donation made to the JGH Foundation cannot be refunded. However, you can end or change the amount of a pledge or monthly donation at any time, by contacting our Accounts office at 514-340-8222, extension 25838.

I can't make a donation at present. Is there any other way I can help?

Yes. You can still make a difference and contribute to continued excellence in research, teaching and patient care at the JGH in the following unique ways:

  • By volunteering your time and skills either at the Hospital (514-340-8222 ext. 25983/25984), the JGH Auxiliary (514-340-8216) or the JGH Foundation (514-340-8222 ext. 23069).
  • By organizing your own fundraising event in support of the JGH.
  • By switching to Charitel for all of your telecommunication needs (residential phone lines, long-distance calls and high-speed Internet).
  • Gifts-in-kind

For more information, please consult the Giving Opportunities page of our website.

Can I make a gift-in-kind?

Yes. A gift-in-kind is a gift of property other than cash. It includes numerous types of property, such as a company's new and surplus inventory and an individual's donation of personal items. To make a gift-in-kind or for more information, please contact us at 514-340-8251.

Back top


Monthly Giving Program

Why join the JGH Foundation Monthly Giving Program?

Monthly donations help reduce administrative costs and provide a continuous and reliable source of funding to support continued excellence in research, teaching and patient care at the Jewish General Hospital for the benefit of the people of Montreal, Quebec and beyond.

On what date are monthly gifts processed?

Monthly gifts are processed on the 1st or 15th day of each month. The specific date is chosen by you and can be changed at any time by calling us at 514-340-8222, extension 22678 (Accounts office) or by email at jpope@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Who should I contact to make changes to my monthly gift?

You can make changes to your monthly donation at any time simply by calling us at 514-340-8222, extension 22678 (Accounts office) or by email at jpope@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Back top


Legacy Program

What are the advantages of the Legacy Program?

Many people recognize that a legacy gift is the best way to make a meaningful gift to the JGH—one that will provide concrete and lasting benefits to the community. You might not be in a position to make the kind of significant gift you would like to the JGH right now or during your lifetime, when the future remains uncertain and the overriding concern is to preserve and enhance your current standard of living. Leaving a legacy gift to the JGH as part of your overall financial, tax and estate plan—through your will, life insurance policy or various other means—gives you the opportunity to make such a gift and contribute to the health and well-being of your community even when you've passed away, thereby perpetuating your memory and giving additional meaning to your life. Your legacy,whether big or small, will make a difference by helping all those who are in need of compassionate medical care; it will provide vital support to an institution that you value and is dear to your heart. It will also set a wonderful example and send a beautiful message to those who follow you. By making a legacy gift to the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, you can remain secure in the knowledge that your gift will contribute to ensuring continued excellence in research, teaching and patient care for many years to come. Consider creating your lasting legacy today! For more information on the Legacy Program, please click here or contact Danyael Cantor at 514-340-8222, extension 28844 or dcantor@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Back top


Tax receipts and benefits

What is the current tax credit rate for donations?

The first $200 you donate is eligible for a federal tax credit of 15% of the donation amount. After the first $200, the federal tax credit increases to 29% of the amount over $200. Generally, you can claim all or part of this amount up to a limit of 75% of your net income. For gifts of certified cultural property or ecologically sensitive land, you may be able to claim up to 100% of your net income. If you are a first-time donor in 2014 (neither you nor your spouse or common-law partner has claimed a charitable donation tax credit for 2008 and subsequent tax years), you can benefit from the First-time donor's super credit. This credit supplements the value of the federal charitable donations tax credit by 25% on gifts of money up to $1,000 on donations made after March 20, 2013. For more information, please refer to the Canada Revenue Agency website at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/dnrs/svngs/clmng1-eng.html.

In addition, you will generally be eligible for a provincial tax credit, depending upon the province in which you reside. The provincial tax credit in Quebec is 20% on the first $200 and 24% on amounts beyond this. For more information, please refer to the Revenu Québec website at http://www4.gouv.qc.ca/fr/Portail/citoyens/programme-service/Pages/Info.aspx?sqctype=sujet&sqcid=1717 (in French only).

Will I get a tax receipt for my donation?

Income tax receipts are automatically provided for all donations of $10 or more. Donations must be received by us by December 31 for us to issue the appropriate tax receipts for that fiscal year.

Will I get a tax receipt for my gift-in-kind?

As a general rule, tax receipts are issued for gifts-in-kind. The Foundation must be able to establish the fair market value of items donated from a company's inventory and that no material benefit accrued to the company in consideration for this donation before a tax receipt can be issued. Items of nominal value and services do not qualify as gifts-in-kind for the purposes of issuing a tax receipt. Please contact us at 514-340-8222, extension 25838 (Accounts office) for more information prior to making a gift-in-kind.

Will I get a tax receipt for my contribution to fundraising events?

Contributions to fundraising events such as admission and raffle tickets, auction and food or item purchases and the like are treated differently than straight donations for income tax purposes. A portion of the ticket or purchase price may be eligible for an income tax receipt if the amount paid for said ticket or purchase exceeds the fair market value or actual costs of the event or item in question. For example, if you paid $150 for an admission ticket to an event that provides a meal, entertainment and other advantages valued at $80, you would be considered to have made a charitable donation of $70 and would receive a tax receipt for that amount. If the advantages of the event were valued at $150, then you would not be considered to have made a donation and would not be issued a tax receipt.

When will I receive my tax receipts?

An income tax receipt is automatically generated and immediately sent to your email account when making a donation through our online donation application. You can expect to receive your receipt for a one-time donation within one or two weeks from the date you made a donation by phone or mail. If you have joined our Monthly Giving Program, a monthly receipt (if requested) will be issued at the end of each month or a single annual receipt (by default) will be sent out at the beginning of January each year.

I lost my tax receipt. Can I get another one?

Please contact us at 514-340-8222, extension 25838 (Accounts office) and we will issue a replacement receipt in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency's income tax regulations.

I made an online donation but no electronic tax receipt was sent to my email account. What should I do?

The most common reasons for not receiving the electronic tax receipt are either a wrong email address or the email being blocked by a spam filter. Please contact us by phone at 514-340-8222, extension 25838 (Accounts office) or by email at harvaniti@jgh.mcgill.ca for assistance.

Back top


Financial statements

Can I have access to the JGH Foundation's financial statements?

Yes. The JGH Foundation Board of Directors adopted Imagine Canada's (formerly known as the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy) "Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code" as its policy in June 2006. In so doing, members of the governing board commit to being responsible custodians of donated funds, to exercise due care concerning the governance of fundraising and financial reporting, and to ensure to the best of their ability that the Foundation adheres to the provisions of the Code. Every year we produce an audited summarized statement of financial position and summarized statement of operations as part of our annual report. Our annual reports can be downloaded or consulted from the Annual Reports page. A printed copy is also available upon request. You can also consult or download the JGH Foundation's audited financial statements from the Financial Statements page of our website.

Back top


Personal information

Do you protect my personal information?

Yes. The JGH Foundation is strongly committed to protecting your privacy. We do not rent, lease or sell the names, addresses, emails or any other personal information of our donors for any reason. Your personal information is not used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which it was collected without your prior consent. Please consult our Privacy Policy for more detailed information.

The Jewish General Hospital Foundation uses industry-leading Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology to keep your personal information as secure as possible. The Foundation website also uses industry standard security measures to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information you provide on this site.

Can I update or change my personal information?

Yes. Please contact us by phone at 514-340-8222, extension 25838 (Accounts office) or by email at harvaniti@jgh.mcgill.ca to help us keep our database current and meet your preferences regarding how you would like to be contacted.

Back top


Mailings

Why am I on your mailing list?

First and foremost, you are on our mailing list because you have made a donation to the JGH Foundation or participated in one of our fundraising events in the past two years. In addition, the JGH Foundation sporadically sends general appeal letters to the outlying communities it serves in an effort to raise awareness and funds on behalf of the Hospital as it strives to meet the increasing healthcare needs of Quebecers.

Can I get on / off your mailing list?

If you would like to be added or removed from our mailing list, simply advise us by phone at 514-340-8251 or by email at info@jghfoundation.org as soon as possible. Please note that our mailings are prepared well in advance and that a delay may therefore occur before your request comes into effect. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

Can I receive fewer mailings from the JGH Foundation?

Yes. Simply contact us by phone at 514-340-8251 or by email at info@jghfoundation.org to notify us of your preferences with regards to mailing period or frequency.

Why did I receive a letter written in French or English, when my language is the opposite?

We are a fully bilingual institution and our communications are done in both languages. We cannot always ascertain your language preference in advance especially if you are receiving a letter from us for the first time. If you received a letter from us in the wrong language, please contact us by phone at 514-340-8251 or by sending an email, including your full name, address, postal code, telephone number and preferred language to: info@jghfoundation.org. We will quickly correct your information once you inform us.

Why is the JGH Foundation sending out so many mailings?

Our donors tell us that they want to know how their donations are used and be kept informed about new developments, activities and initiatives of interest occurring at the Hospital and the JGH Foundation. All people who have made a donation to the JGH Foundation in the past two years automatically receive 2 annual appeals with 2 follow-up letters by mail every year. Members of the JGH Foundation Governors' Circle also receive the Lady Davis Institute Research newsletter along with invitations to special events twice per year. Finally, donors may receive other mailings during the year, which may include publications such as our Campaign Progress Reports, the JGH Foundation Special Reports, the JGH News magazine (the official magazine of the Jewish General Hospital, one of which is a special edition featuring the annual reports of the JGH and the JGH Foundation) as well as special announcements or notices of meetings. You can help us reduce our administrative costs and support our efforts to be more environment-friendly by choosing to consult or download all of these newsletters directly from the Publications and Reports pages on our website instead of receiving them through the mail. Please contact us by phone at 514-340-8251 or by email at info@jghfoundation.org to notify us of your preferences. Electronic versions of the JGH News magazine can be found on the JGH website at jgh.ca/en/jghnews, while the Lady Davis Institute Research Newsletters can be accessed from the LDI's website at ladydavis.ca/en/newsletter.

Why did I receive more than one appeal letter or campaign donation request this year?

The JGH Foundation spares no effort to keep its donor database up to date. If you have changed your address since the last donation or have made donations in the past in the name of your spouse, a sibling, a company or a personal holding, it is possible that we have duplicate records. Please notify us of any discrepancy as well as your preferences either by phone at 514-340-8251 or by email at info@jghfoundation.org, and the appropriate changes will be made immediately.

Why do I receive JGH Foundation appeal letters for different events and fundraising campaigns?

The JGH Foundation and its partners and friends organize many different events and fundraising drives every year. Each of these events may benefit a different department, program or area at the Hospital, which may be of interest to you. We don't expect you to answer every letter or support every event, but we feel it is important to keep you informed about all new developments, activities and initiatives and to always give you the opportunity to support them as the case may be. If you prefer not to receive any mail or fewer mailings from us, or if you want to receive our communications and publications by email instead, please advise us either by phone at 514-340-8251 or by email at info@jghfoundation.org.

Back top


Donor recognition

How will my donation be recognized?

Every donation to the JGH Foundation makes a difference for the thousands of people who visit our Hospital each year. All donors are recognized with a thank you letter, along with a tax receipt.

Donors who give $250 or more in support of research and patient care at the JGH in any given year become automatic members of the JGH Foundation Governors' Circle for the following calendar year. Governors' Circle members are invited to exclusive events in the spring and fall, such as insightful lectures from leading JGH doctors and researchers. There are four categories of members based on the aggregate contributions made in any given calendar year:

  • Bronze – Contribution of $250 or more
  • Silver – Contribution of $500 or more
  • Gold – Contribution of $1,000 or more
  • Platinum – Contribution of $1,500 or more

To learn more about the JGH Foundation Governors' Circle, please click here.

Donors who make a one-time donation of $5,000 (excluding memorial gifts) or more are recognized by having their name featured on a plaque in the Hershey & Raisy Friedman Hall of Honour, a centralized location in the Hospital which runs from the Côte-Ste-Catherine entrance to the Côte-des-Neiges entrance. Memorial funds that reach $2,500 or more cumulative are recognized on the Tribute Board in the Hall of Honour. Donors who have made cumulative donations of $2 million or more are honoured with a plaque on a special monument located outside the main entrance of the Hospital. Naming, signage and personal donor recognition opportunities are also available for capital gifts.

For more information about these donor recognition opportunities, please contact Adrianna Di Pardo by phone at 514-340-8222, extension 22549 or by email at adipardo@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Back top


Events

Can I organize a fundraising event in support of the JGH Foundation and its mission?

Thank you for thinking about holding a fundraising event for the JGH Foundation. The JGH Foundation receives numerous inquiries each year from individuals and groups who wish to stage their own fundraising event in support of our mission to advance healthcare and medical research at the Jewish General Hospital for the benefit of the people of Quebec and beyond. Examples of fundraising events include raffles and auctions, bowl-a-thons, bicycle rides and even cabarets! These events are run independently, by interested volunteers, and funds raised can benefit a hospital program, department, initiative, or can even be used to purchase much-needed equipment. If the proposed event is accepted, the JGH Foundation may provide assistance and guidance in certain areas of preparation and coordination, provided it is on a nominal level.

If you are interested in organizing a third party event, please click here. For more information or an application, please contact Mary Etzitian by phone at 514-340-8222, extension 23986 or by email at metzitian@jgh.mcgill.ca.

Back top


Administrative costs

What percentage of my donation is spent on operating/administrative costs?

All donations received by the JGH Foundation are subject to a 5% administrative charge to cover operating costs. This reflects our sound financial management and the strong commitment of our board of directors towards keeping administrative costs as low as possible. An additional 5% is levied to support part of the operating costs of the Lady Davis Institute—the research arm of the JGH—as well as the recruitment, retention and a portion of the time devoted to teaching and/or research by Geographical Full-Time (GFT) physicians who practice exclusively in our hospital.

What percentage of my donation will be allocated to the area I designate?

10% of each donation received is placed into an Innovation Fund. A great majority of the donations we receive are designated for specific departments, programs, areas or funds. For example, the areas of cancer and cardiology are the best funded in the Hospital. The Innovation Fund policy emanates from the thoughtful and widespread initiative of the Jewish General Hospital's medical staff who want to ensure that essential hospital services, even though not specifically designated by donors, will nonetheless receive the financial support they need. The Innovation Fund is designed to respect donor choices while maximizing the impact of donor support, based on the fact that all hospital departments are interdependent and that areas designated for donations could not function properly without these essential services. For example, gifts that are designated for cancer research will also contribute to Pathology and Radiology, which are essential for both cancer research and treatment.

The fund is managed by the Innovation Fund Advisory Committee, composed of the Hospital's senior medical leaders, who determine each year the departments and programs to be supported according to the Hospital's clinical, research and academic priorities.

Back top