At Deaf & Hear Alberta, we understand the fear, frustration, loneliness and isolation experienced by those who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission helps to bring together Deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing Albertans with service and technology solutions to advance access and opportunity.
Whether it’s a piece of assistive listening equipment, coping strategies, information or insight, your gift will impact those who access our services in a lasting way.
Increase your FUNraising capacity and make your event go viral.
When you gather together with friends and family, imagine what your gathering would be like if you could not understand each other through shared communication. When you host an event on behalf of Deaf & Hear Alberta, your dollars will help break down barriers and give the gift of communication for those who are Deaf or hard of hearing.
With 23 percent of the general population and almost 20 percent of youth with an irreversible hearing loss, there is an increasing need for citizens, as indiviudals, groups or corporations, to get involved and help build awareness and find solutions to address the increasing incidence of hearing loss.
Hosting an event sends an inspirational message to your partners, co-workers and friends: collectively we will all build stronger, healthier communities.
What can you do to host an event?
Events can range from dinners to silent auctions, friend get-togethers, jewellery parties and golf tournaments to even challenging co-workers to test their hearing in the workplace. Be creative –pick your event and rally your friends, family, co-workers and those in your networks to get involved and have fun raising funds. If you have a passion for one of our programs areas we will do our best to match your donation to that area.
Make your event successful
Please discuss your event idea with our fund development team, who can provide practical advice on permits and licences required and event marketing tips.
Once the event is approved, we will provide a letter of endorsement authorizing you to host your event on our behalf, lending credibility to your event. To incorporate the Deaf & Hear Alberta brand and logo to promote your event, please submit all print and promotional material for approval. Once approved, we will e-mail you our logo with guidelines for its use.
Your event will be promoted through our website, social media tools and our electronic newsletter. A limited quantity of Deaf & Hear Alberta marketing material will be available for your event upon request. If possible, a representative from our organization would be happy to attend and speak at your event.
Steps to planning and holding a great event
1. Gather friends and colleagues and start brainstorming. To get you started, some ideas include: sporting events, “-a-thons” of any kind, tournaments, barbecues or parties, garage sales, street/block parties, holiday, birthday or anniversary celebrations, dinner-dances, auctions, challenges. Make it fun and involve as many people as you can.
2. Set goals. Decide how much money you would like to raise to support Deaf and hearing health causes and develop a budget. Most hosted events aim for a minimum profit of 30 percent or higher.
4. Share news of your event widely with all your contacts through your social media tools.
5. Start a committee by inviting some great people to help you plan, run and promote your event.
6. Attend to the details — put together a checklist of tasks to ensure your event runs smoothly: eg. set the schedule, book the location, arrange for food, invite one and all!
7. Promote your event with great flyers, invites, social media and posters. Don’t forget to personalize the invitation by making phone calls and approaching people face-to-face to make the invite.
8. Keep track of income and expenditures! Please submit your financial information and profits to our organization within 30 days of holding your event.
9. Celebrate your success! Communicate the outcome to everyone who was involved and remember to thank all those who played a part in making your event a success.
If you are interested in holding a fundraising event on our behalf, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication is our lifeline to the outside world. The work we do helps to break down communication barriers, whether it is through a face-to-face interaction or by incorporating assistive technology.
Some of the ways your gift will be put to work:
- Provide equipment for low income hard of hearing individuals so they can communicate with family, friends caregivers, and be productively engaged in the community
- Provide awareness and prevention education to youth and young adults to protect and preserve their hearing so that their futures are not compromised
- Provide highly skilled interpreters to facilitate communication so Deaf individuals will be able to enjoy weddings, ceremonies, events, lectures, arts and entertainment
- Help families with Deaf children learn critical skills in American Sign Language to be able to communicate effectively within the family and begin the all-important early learning development process
- Provide Hearing Loss Prevention programs for Alberta children and youth to ensure that they do not suffer from permanent noise induced hearing loss
A corporate gift boosts the power of what we can accomplish — improving lives through the gift of communication. A variety of opportunities allow corporations to support programs that closely align with their business and community priorities and help build healthier, stronger communities.
The demographics that are Deaf and hard of hearing are truly astounding. Over 730,000 Albertans are hard of hearing and over 38,000 Albertans are Deaf or deafened. More shocking is that one in five adolescents have developed a permanent noise induced hearing loss – and it’s completely preventable.
Once thought to be the scourge of old age, increasingly, hearing loss is a phenomenon occuring in children and youth. With more support, we will be able to increase our education and prevention efforts and do a better job educating our children and youth to prevent permanent hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss is increasing along with the baby boomers approaching their senior years. Unfortunately, a hearing loss is something that is usually denied or ignored for too long; research from audiologists show that it takes five to seven years for someone to admit they have a hearing loss, and to do something about it. Early identification and intervention can help avoid all those years of struggle, frustration and embarrassment. Solutions do exist.
Because the language of the Deaf is a visual, not a verbal, one, communication between the Deaf community and the hearing world presents unique challenges. Difficulties in acquiring equal access to communication for the Deaf leads to lower education and employment rates and therefore a reduced lifetime income. Research indicates that a Deaf student completing high school graduates with a Grade 3 or 4 reading level. Early intervention literacy programs need to increase as we know that early intervention provides the strongest return on investment.
The ability to effectively communicate impacts every aspect of our life. With powerful education and early intervention programs and the provision of appropriate communication devices, we can reduce hearing loss and the associated stigma, or provide early intervention in literacy education for Deaf children.
An investment in Deaf and Hear Alberta will help us achieve those goals and will provide a solid social return on investment. Address your philanthropic objectives by helping to reduce or remove communication barriers for the Deaf or hard of hearing. Consider supporting our organization with a tax-effective donation.
Planned giving refers to a deferred gift that a person decides to give at some future date, as outlined in a legal contract. These gifts can be made in many forms, such as cash donations, annuities, trust funds, real estate, business interests or proceeds of a life insurance policy. Funds from planned gifts can be designated for current funding needs or a specific program or service and provide donors with great charitable tax benefits.