Frequently asked questions about the Foundation

How much money does the Foundation raise every year?

St. Boniface Hospital Foundation is grateful for the support of our many donors.  Below is an overview from our most recent Annual Report showing trends in revenue and how those funds were generated.

As always, we closely monitor the use of your gifts.  We ensure funds entrusted to us are put to work conducting life-changing medical research and delivering caring, compassionate health care.

Will you ever sell my information to other charities?

Never. We strictly protect the confidentiality of all personal information we collect regarding our donors, prospective donors and volunteers.  We do not sell, trade or lease this information.  Please read our Privacy Policy for more information.

Can I direct my gift to a specific area?

Yes. You may support any of our fundraising priorities, or a particular program, unit or piece of equipment that is deemed needed by the hospital. Learn more about different areas you can support.

How does the Foundation invest and manage its endowment funds?

All endowed funds at St. Boniface Hospital Foundation are invested in common with other endowed funds. The fund is professional managed, with oversight by the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors and guided by a very detailed Investment Policy.

How can I find out the impact of my gift?

We strive to keep our donors informed about the impact of their support.  Every year we publish our newsletter, Believe, and Annual Report to share successes and updates on fundraising initiatives.  In addition, donors who establish their own endowed funds receive an annual update on what was accomplished as a result of their generosity.

Questions about our lotteries

How does the lottery program fit into the Foundation’s fundraising activities?

There are two fundamental revenue streams that contribute to St. Boniface Hospital Foundation: charitable giving (donations and income earned from endowed gifts); and business/social enterprise (such as lotteries). Because lotteries are run as a business, lottery ticket buyers are customers, not donors. As such, lottery ticket buyers do not receive a charitable tax receipt. Net proceeds (profits) of a lottery provide essential support for programs and initiatives at St. Boniface Hospital.

Is donor money used to pay for and/or market the lottery program?

Absolutely not. St. Boniface Hospital Foundation lotteries are completely self-funded. Not a penny of donated dollars is used to fund the lottery program. The cost of the ticket pays for the prizes, promotion, and administration of the lottery.

Does 100% of my ticket purchase go to the Foundation?

100% of the net proceeds (profits) of the lottery go to support improved clinical care and research at St. Boniface Hospital. It is just like a golf tournament or a fundraising dinner: when all the expenses are paid, the remaining amount is distributed to the Foundation.

Should foundations be running businesses?

Donations alone are not enough to fund the Foundation’s programs and operations. Business and social enterprise are novel ways to increase revenues so that the Foundation can carry out its mission, while ensuring donor dollars go where they are intended.

A study done by the Muttart Foundation revealed that nine out of 10 Canadians believe that running a business is a good way for a charity to raise money it could not otherwise obtain from other sources. To find out more, please go to: http://www.muttart.org/surveys.

How can I be sure the lotteries are well run?

At St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, integrity, transparency, and good governance are at the core of our mission; these values guide us in everything we do.

Our lotteries are licensed, reviewed, and regulated by the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba; financial controls are provided by a professional accounting firm and they are approved annually by our volunteer Board of Directors.

What is the value of the lottery to the Foundation and to Manitoba?

Lottery proceeds are instrumental in funding the areas of greatest need at St. Boniface Hospital, Research, and its Foundation. St. Boniface Hospital Foundation lotteries have contributed over $10 million in net proceeds in the past 6 years alone.

The lottery program is also a “win-win-win” for the province of Manitoba: Funds raised stay right here in Manitoba to provide improved health care in our province. The bulk of prizes are purchased in Manitoba. And of course, lottery winners are Manitobans.

Moreover, the marketing of lotteries brings vital awareness of the Foundation and its important cause to the attention of the public.

Does the lottery program contribute to gaming addiction?

Studies conducted in Canada and abroad have all come to the same conclusion: charity lotteries are considered low risk for gambling addictions.

The conclusions point to the fact that charity lotteries do not have the features consistent with common addictive traits (low-cost, high game/player interactivity, and instant or quick feedback). The relative high cost of lottery ticket packages and the fact that buyers must wait several months between ticket purchase and final draw make it a lower form of risk than other gaming activities.

To find out more, please go to:

Centre for Public Sector Research, Sweden: https://gupea.ub.gu.se/bitstream/2077/26165/1/gupea_2077_26165_1.pdf

2007 Adult Gambling Prevalence Study (Nova Soctia): http://novascotia.ca/dhw/addictions/documents/Adult-Gambling-Prevalence-Study-2007.pdf