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Philanthropy

I have long been of the opinion that philanthropy is good business, not in terms of tax deductions and publicity, but as a means by which many great works are accomplished. Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed supporting many outstanding charitable organizations focused on improving the lives of children and the less fortunate in our society.

We are in the process of establishing a 501(c)(3) charitable organization for the purposes of providing financial, healthcare and educational support for children and families impacted by economic hardship and unemployment.

Current charities supported:

UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org/)
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations Programme headquartered in New York City, that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, UNICEF is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions

SHRINER’S HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN (http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/)
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (http://www.msf.org/)
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

KILIMANJARO ORPHANAGE The Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre currently provides children between the ages of 4 and 12 with matron supervision, regular nutritious meals, clothing, as well as, education that includes uniforms, books, materials and fees.

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OXFAM INTERNATIONAL (http://www.oxfam.org/)
Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

CANADIAN RED CROSS (http://www.redcross.ca/)
The Canadian Red Cross Society is a Canadian humanitarian charitable organization and one of 187 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, whose mission is to mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION (http://www.childrenswish.ca)
The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada is a registered national Canadian charitable organization whose mission is to fulfill the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Founded in 1983, the foundation has chapters in every province and territory of Canada. As of 2012 has granted over 18,000 wishes.

UNITED WAY (http://www.unitedway.ca/)
The United Way is a national organization comprising of 117 autonomous, volunteer-based United Ways across Canada. United Way campaigns raise money for local groups that address community issues and problems.  In Canada, United Ways are led and supported by more than 200,000 volunteers all dedicated to improving the lives of individuals in their community. Each United Way is responsible to its own community, raising the resources and distributing it back to their community.