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Cause For Giving

“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, etc.) to engage in our core work. However, with YOUR financial support, HIM has the autonomy to deliver additional programs and engage around their health 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
  • Totally Outright
  • HIM’s physical health programs (including Fruit Camps, Dragon Boat Team, Yoga, Tango, Learn to Run, Aging Fabulously, Swimming)
  • HUSTLE at HIM in person and online outreach program for men in sex work
  • Research into gay men’s lives and health issues
  • HIM’s 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

CASE STUDIES

Brian cares about his and his partners’ health.  He has many options for HIV and STI testing, but he consistently chooses to visit HIM’s Health Centres.  When he walks into a HIM Health Centre, he feels a warm and comfortable environment: a volunteer greets Brian and helps him navigate the clinic, he finds relevant health-related material, as well as other gay men….both working there and using the services.  The sense of community is palpable.  We’re grateful to our community partners (Vancouver Coastal Health and BCCDC) for providing the basics – rent, staff, nurses, medical supplies, lab work, etc….but, your financial support allows HIM the autonomy to deliver health services in a way that Brian, and other gay men, want them.

Juan hasn’t been out very long – he’s only 20 after all – but is determined to engage in the community in a positive way.  He needs some tools to do this and wants to meet other young, fun, smart guys. He found them in HIM’s Totally Outright, a program which helps young gay men become healthy, sex-savvy leaders. Totally Outright is a program important for Juan’s, and other young gay men’s lives. Your financial support allows HIM to offer this program to 20-25 young gay guys on an annual basis.

Wei found HIM’s Fruit Camps a fun way to meet other gay men and stay fit. Fruit Camps, HIM’s version of boot camp, guides Wei, and a group of other gay guys through running, cross-training, yoga and general physical exercise.  While volunteer instructors teach the classes, your financial support allows us to promote and support Fruit Camps in the community. Without your financial support, Wei wouldn’t have heard about this amazing HIM program.

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.