Where Your Money Goes

“HIM’s Change Advocacy program helped me discover myself and define who I am. Although my goal initially was to find employment (I eventually got a great job), the process of discovering who I really am and what profession and career belongs to me…changed my whole perspective of looking at myself and my life.”

~ Change Advocacy Participant

HIM receives generous support from our partners (health authorities, government funders, private foundations, etc.) to engage in our core work. However, with YOUR financial support, HIM has the added capacity to deliver programs in ways that are proven to be most effective for gay men. Your financial support helps HIM engage with gay men and deliver programs and that are tailored and targeted for our communities, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • HIM Health Centres (HIM on Davie, HIM on the Drive, HIM in New West, HIM in Surrey and HIM in Abbotsford)
  • Totally Outright (leadership development program for young gay guys)
  • HIM Groups (physical, sexual, social, and mental health)
    • Fruit Camps, Dragon Boat, Yoga, Tango, Learn to Run, Flex Fit, 55+, Aging Fabulously, Learn to Swim
  • HUSTLE at HIM (in person and online outreach program for men in sex work)
  • research into gay men’s health issues
  • HIM’s volunteer professional counselling program and peer-based Change Advocacy program
  • building capacity in the health care system to meet the needs of gay men

“The Summer Fruit Camp program is amazing. I not only get out almost every night of the week to do some exercise, but I make new friends and develop my social life, I even think I may have found a special someone, but it’s too early to tell. Thanks, HIM! You guys are great!”

~ Fruit Camps Participant

Your support allows HIM to engage the community through our programs and foster mutually beneficial relationships among gay men and health professionals to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Ways to Give

Donate Now (via CanadaHelps.org)

HIM uses the Canada Helps portal to manage online giving. Please visit CanadaHelps.org to learn more about the options you have for financial support. Canada Helps allows you to provide general financial support OR designate your support to one of the specific areas that HIM has identified that would benefit the most from that support (eg. HUSTLE at HIM, Totally Outright, Counselling and Coaching, Health Centres, Research, Groups, etc.).

Give to HIM in Honour or in Memory

HIM also provides opportunities for you to make a financial contribution in honour, or memory, of someone. Contributions made in honour, or in memory, of someone will be noted on HIM’s online donation recognition page.

Plan a Third Party event to benefit HIM

Planning a community fundraising event (ie. golf tournament, raffle, pub night or anything-a thon)? Please contact HIM for our Third Party Events Guidelines for more information.

Legacy Giving

Legacy giving is a wonderful way to support the things you care about most, now and after you’re gone. For many donors, it’s also an important part of their estate planning and exemplifies the vision and forethought of their philanthropic beliefs. Also, by including charitable gifts in your estate planning, you may eliminate significant taxes payable upon your death.

Whatever your reason, creating a legacy gift for HIM provides vital funding towards health promotion programs, engagement with the community, research and education to benefit future generations of gay men.

Your donation may be outright, providing funds for immediate use, or it may be planned now for a future date. There many ways to make a legacy gift which include, but not limited to:

  • wills and bequests
  • life insurance
  • RRSPs and RRIFs
  • charitable trusts
  • property
  • endowments
  • securities

HIM is committed to working with you to ensure that your legacy gift exemplifies your philanthropic vision. For more information on how to leave a legacy gift to HIM, please contact us at office@checkhimout.ca.

How To Donate

All you need to do is follow this link to Canada Helps and you’ll be able to make a donation with your credit card.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

If you prefer to send a cheque or make a cash donation, please either drop by our Davie Street office, or send us a cheque in the mail.

“This is my first time getting tested. Having HIM here in New West is so great for the community.”

~ HIM in New West client

We Care About Our Donors

HIM has adopted a Privacy Policy, Donor Bill of Rights, and Code of Ethical Prinicples and Standards.  These documents guide our Staff, Board Members and Volunteers in caring for our Donors.

How We Fundraise

Most importantly, HIM believes our healthcare system is responsible for providing health care services for gay men.  HIM has strong partnerships with its funders that support our core operations, and your financial support allows us to enhance, not replace, that support.

HIM is respected for providing trusted, tailored and targeted services to gay men and we don’t want to be defined by fundraising. HIM became a registered charity in 2013 and is currently working on a responsible and responsive fund development approach.  To that end, it is not our plan to host major events, chase down unsuitable funding opportunities, or compete for donations from other organizations serving our community.  We accept your donations and put them to good use – simply and effectively.

Our approach includes:

  • evaluating fundraising opportunities
  • entering into partnerships/fiscal agencies with other community groups
  • recognizing our individual and corporate donors
  • responding to our community’s desire for planned giving
  • creating an endowment fund to ensure perpetual funding for the services tailored for gay men

“I’m in the closet but I’m out when I’m at Connect with HIM. I never feel like I’m being pressured to come out to my family. I can be myself and I really like that.”

~ CONNECT at HIM participant

Contact Us

Stay connected with HIM’s initiatives by subscribing to our monthly newsletter, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter (@HIMtweets).

For more information on how your donations can make a difference in the health and well-being of gay men, or if you are thinking of making a significant contribution, please email us at office@checkhimout.ca or phone (604) 488-1001.