The Vitanova Foundation is committed to ethical fundraising in support of programs and program components not otherwise funded. To that end, it has adopted the following policy.
All fundraising activities by or on behalf of The Vitanova Foundation (Vitanova) shall be informed by legal, ethical and moral considerations, with respect for donors’ wishes being at all times paramount.
General guidelines in respect of fundraising activities:
- All information (whether in printed, electronic, or other format) published in respect of a fundraising project or program intended to benefit Vitanova shall feature its name, address or other contact information.
- Any description of Vitanova’s activities and achievements will be accurate and timely (e.g., noting that Vitanova has been providing addiction-related services to individuals, families and the community at large since 1987, such services including education, prevention, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, shelter and aftercare, all at no charge; and that the proceeds of any fundraising are used to support program components not otherwise supported by Vitanova’s principal funders).
- Being a registered Canadian charity (Canada Revenue Agency Reg. No. 124239054 RR0001), Vitanova will issue Official Income Tax receipts for donations over twenty dollars ($20.00) unless requested not to do so.
- Vitanova will, upon request, indicate whether the party seeking donations is a volunteer, employee or contracted third party and, if the fundraising activity is conducted in person, ensure the individual has clear authority to act for Vitanova.
- Vitanova will respect any donor or prospective donor requests regarding frequency of contact, preferred method, receipt of printed material, discontinuing contact, and anonymity.
- The Vitanova Foundation, as a registered charity, undertakes to adhere to the standards set out in the Imagine Canada Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code in its treatment of donors and the public, its fundraising practices and its financial transparency, and to be accountable through its Board of Directors for doing so, as set forth in detail below.