TYPES OF GIFTS

Unrestricted DonationsRestricted DonationsIn Honor/In MemoryCorporate Matching GiftsEndowment Gifts
Unrestricted donations are without a doubt the most important ­donations to the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.
These donations are used to support OI programs and activities:

OI Scholarships program
– Oratorical Scholarships
– CCDHH Scholarships
– Essay Scholarships

OI Internet Safety program

OI Community Activities
– Respect for Law/Promotion of Non-Violence
– Youth Appreciation
– Youth Safety
– Tri-Star Sports

Youth Club (JOOI)
– JOOI of Reading
– Personal Growth Camp; Involvement (PGI)
– Souper Bowl of Caring
– KaBOOM! Play Days

These donations are used to support services offered by CCOF:
– CCOF Club Grant Program
– Outsourcing Program

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Donors may designate contributions to an existing CCOF program such as the Childhood Cancer Matching Grant Program and Outsourcing ­Program.

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Honor Gifts
These gifts are given in honor of a living individual from an individual or a club. The honoree is notified of the donor’s gift, but not the amount of the gift. The donor may request a banner patch if the gift is at least $100. An honor gift is the perfect way to express good wishes to fellow Optimists or to family and friends celebrating a special event.

 

Memorials
These gifts are given in memory of a deceased individual from an ­individual or a club. If the donor provides the contact information for a remaining ­family member, the family is notified of the gift but not of the amount of the gift. The donor may request a banner patch if the gift is at least $100. ­Making a memorial gift to the CCOF is a loving tribute honoring the memory of a departed loved one. Giving a gift that will be ­perpetuated through the lives of young people is a wonderful way to ­remember someone special.

­Honor/­Memorial gifts are included in the dollar-per-member calculation. Clubs and ­individuals receive annual recognition and lifetime gift credit.

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Many companies have matching gift programs in which the ­company will double and sometimes triple the amount an employee contributes to a qualifying non-profit organization such as CCOF. In some cases, this also included retired employees. Donors should check with their employer for specific guidelines and appropriate forms.

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Endowments are permanent funds that use only a portion of the earnings. The balance of the earnings is invested for growth. Clubs, ­districts or individuals may establish endowments. An endowment must have reached at least $10,000 and be invested at $10,000 for a full year before funds are paid out. Funds are paid out once a year in March.

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