Donate To Hospice Waterloo Region

We invite you to become part of our Hospice family by considering one of the following ways to support us. Your gift is greatly appreciated. Ongoing donations are vital to ensure that Hospice Waterloo Region can provide exceptional services and care, free of charge, to hospice clients and their families.

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Partial funding from the government covers only about 55% of our annual operating budget. This goes towards medical costs, which include the clinical staff in the residence. The rest is raised through the generous support of our community.

Donations will be acknowledged with a thank you letter, and a receipt will be issued to the donor for income tax purposes. Should a donor ask that their gift remain anonymous, the request will be respected.

Hospice is committed to fundraising best practices to ensure the transparent and responsible management of all donated funds. Ongoing fundraising initiatives encourage the community’s philanthropic culture to support present and future hospice palliative care services within the region.

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In Memory Of

A donation in memory of a family member, friend or colleague is a meaningful and lasting way to show your support.

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Families will be notified of gifts received in memory of their loved one.

There is a Season Memorial Wall

The Memorial Wall, composed of weathering steel that ages gradually with time, is located just outside the south entrance to the Cook Family Residence. With a minimum donation of $1,000, we offer families an opportunity to honour the memory a loved one who has stayed in the residence or participated in one of our hospice programs. For more information, please contact a member of our development team at (519) 743-4114.

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General Donations

Your donation to Hospice Waterloo Region ensures that we can provide compassionate care to residents and families at The Gies Family Centre and in the Cook Family Residence. Your gift also helps support our many programs in the community.

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Monthly Giving

Monthly donations represent consistent, ongoing support and are important in ensuring that we can continue to provide all our programs and services to residents, program participants and their families. Monthly donations can be set up on-line or with assistance from our fund development team. Please call (519)743-4114.

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Give a Gift in Honour

Make a donation to Hospice Waterloo Region in lieu of a gift for birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays and any other occasion. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or greater.

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Lights of Love

Hospice Waterloo Region’s Lights of Love is a wonderful way to become part of our compassionate community by helping to support family, friends, and neighbours at this critical time in a life journey. To learn more please visit our Lights of Love page.

Your generosity makes a difference!

It helps provide:

  • Compassionate & individualized care
  • Comfort and support for the whole family
  • Home cooked nutritious meals for residents
  • Counselling programs and art therapy
  • Healing, grief and bereavement support group programs
  • Training and development for staff and volunteers
  • Ongoing upkeep of the facility


Gifts of Securities

By donating a gift of securities directly to Hospice, you will not be taxed on capital gains. By contrast, if you sell the stock and donate the cash proceeds, you will pay tax on capital gains. If you are interested in making a gift of a qualified security, please contact our Director of Fund Development.

A Lasting Legacy

Planned giving offers a unique opportunity to ensure support in the future for a cause you care about deeply. By designating a future gift, such as a bequest, securities, or life insurance policy, you will help provide palliative care for generations to come. We encourage donors who are considering a planned gift to speak first with their financial advisor or lawyer and family before contacting our Director of Fund Development.

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Annual Appeals & Signature Events

Lights of Love, our annual appeal has a tremendous impact on the continuous care that we provide in our community and in the residence. Each year, we highlight a family’s experience to share with our donors allowing them to see the difference their support makes. Our signature and memorial events give us the opportunity to honour those who have been in our care, increase awareness about the programs and services we offer, engage those in the community as well raise funds.

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We are here to help!

If you have questions about donating to Hospice Waterloo Region, supporting a signature fundraising event, hosting a community fundraiser or other fundraising initiatives, please let us know.

Tracy Helm

Tracy Helm

Director, Fund Development
519 -743-4114 ext. 120

Melissa Parker

Melissa Parker

Donor Relations & Stewardship Manager
519-743-4114 ext. 123

Melissa Parker

Magda Wisniewski

Executive Assistant/Fund Development Coordinator
519-743-4114 ext. 131

Hospice Waterloo Region is a registered charity.
Charity# 140415795 RR0001

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