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FAQ

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
1. What is the difference between the Kinark Foundation and Kinark Child and Family Services?
2. Is Kinark Child and Family Services funded by the government or United Way?
3. Who oversees the Foundation?
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MAKING A DONATION
1. How do I know that making an online donation is safe?
2. What if I prefer to make a donation the "regular way"?
3. Do you accept donations of securities (e.g. stocks)?
4. Can I specify that my gift be used in a particular way?
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FUNDRAISING AND PRIVACY
1. How can I be sure the Kinark Foundation uses ethical fundraising practices?
2. Does the Foundation use commission-based fundraising methods?
3. How is my privacy protected?
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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

1. What is the difference between the Kinark Foundation and Kinark Child and Family Services?
The Kinark Foundation is a public foundation and registered charity (BN 83823 6164 RR0001) launched in early 2007 to raise funds and create awareness in support of Kinark Child and Family Services and other organizations focusing on children's mental health. With our donors' support, we fund effective programs and projects that make a positive impact in the lives of children and youth with mental health problems and their families. In addition to the funding provided to support programs offered by Kinark Child and Family Services, other registered charities serving children and youth in Ontario are eligible to apply for a grant from the Foundation.

Kinark Child and Family Services is a registered charity (BN 11898 1125 RR0001) and the largest children's mental health organization in Ontario, serving more than 10,000 children, youth and families every year. A range of services related to children's mental health, autism and youth justice are provided to children and youth and their parents/caregivers. Kinark works alongside many community partners to deliver services in Peterborough, Northumberland, Durham, York and Simcoe County and it operates the Syl Apps Youth Centre in Oakville and the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Minden. For more information on the services provided by Kinark Child and Family Services, visit www.kinark.on.ca
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2. Is Kinark Child and Family Services funded by the government or United Way?
Yes, Kinark Child and Family Services receives regular funding from the provincial government and United Way funding in some communities. Grants made by the Kinark Foundation do not duplicate government funding. Instead, these grants enable Kinark, and other recipient organizations, to launch pilot projects, foster community partnerships, engage in research related to innovative practices, and enhance the lives of the children and families they serve (e.g. through respite, education and recreational activities). Several of the programs now being offered by Kinark were made possible through donations from individuals and corporations.
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3. Who oversees the Foundation?
The Kinark Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors chosen for their commitment to the well-being of children and youth, their professional and volunteer experience, and their community leadership. The Foundation has also established an Advisory Board comprised of experts in children's mental health research, clinical practice, and policy and community development. The Advisory Board plays an important role in providing guidance to the Foundation's Board of Directors by sharing their knowledge and expertise related to children's mental health services, research findings and community/sector needs.
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MAKING A DONATION

1. How do I know that making an online donation is safe?
The Kinark Foundation uses CanadaHelps to process our online donations. CanadaHelps is a registered charity (BN 89656 8417 RR0001) that acts as an "e-donations portal" allowing donors to make online credit card donations to registered Canadian charities and receive an "e-receipt". Using CanadaHelps enables the Kinark Foundation to accept online donations without having to bear the full cost associated with operating a secure online donation website.
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2. What if I prefer to make a donation the "regular way"?
Please print out and complete our donation form and send it along with your cheque or credit card details to:
Kinark Foundation
500 Hood Road, Suite 200
Markham, Ontario L3R 9Z3

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3. Do you accept donations of securities (e.g. stocks)?
Yes. Gifts of appreciated publicly traded stocks, bonds or mutual funds can be made to the Kinark Foundation enabling you to avoid paying any capital gains tax and receive a donation receipt. If you would like to make a gift of securities, please contact the Executive Director at (905) 944-7086 to make arrangements or click here to donate via our CanadaHelps secure online giving page.
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4. Can I specify that my gift be used in a particular way?
If you would like to designate your gift to one of our featured projects, you are welcome to do so. You may also want to consider making a donation to the Champions for Children's Mental Health™ Fund, which supports a number of projects and addresses the areas of greatest need.
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FUNDRAISING AND PRIVACY

1. How can I be sure the Kinark Foundation uses ethical fundraising practices?
The Kinark Foundation follows a comprehensive Ethical Practice and Financial Accountability Policy developed to ensure integrity, transparency and accountability of all the Foundation's activities in order to maintain the trust of our donors and other stakeholders. We have adopted Imagine Canada's Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code (PDF 76 kb) and were recently named a Code Builder by Imagine Canada as an early adopter of their 2008 revised Code. Professional staff and volunteers of the Kinark Foundation also operate in accordance with the Association of Fundraising Professionals' Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice and the Donor Bill of Rights.
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2. Does the Foundation use commission-based fundraising methods?
No! It is against our Ethical Practice and Financial Accountability Policy and the additional professional standards we follow.
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3. How is my privacy protected?
Maintaining the privacy of our donors', volunteers' and supporters' personal information is paramount. Please click here to review our privacy practices and policy.
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