The David Foster Foundation has received a $1 million, ten-year commitment from the Slaight Family Foundation, formalizing a relationship between the two organizations that began more than three years ago.
The long-term financial commitment by the Slaight Family Foundation to the David Foster Foundation, which works to support the non-medical expenses of families with children undergoing life-saving pediatric organ transplants, will allow the organization to support up to ten families annually. It is estimated that the cost to support the expenses of one family averages $10,000 per year. Since its inception, the Foundation has worked to assist 1,000 families across Canada.
“The David Foster Foundation has set a goal to raise $30 million by our 30th anniversary in 2017 and the support of our Life Legacy members like the Slaight Family Foundation means that we are on track to reach our goal,” says Michael Ravenhill, CEO of the David Foster Foundation. “It’s estimated that 85 per cent of families with children waiting for organ transplants end up in either divorce, bankruptcy, or both. Our Foundation strives to alleviate the burden of paying the costs of added bills during this difficult time, in turn allowing parents to focus their attention on their sick child and their family.”
With seven pediatric transplant hospitals across the country, families are often required to temporarily move to live in larger centres while they wait for a successful match and transplant surgery. This means two sets of bills to pay, often with at least one parent taking leave from their job to move with their child. The financial commitment by the Slaight Family Foundation means that up to 100 families will be supported during this difficult time.
“We like to see the difference our support can make and this gift will truly make an immediate difference for those families who require some financial assistance during this very stressful period for the family and their child,” says Gary Slaight, president of the Slaight Family Foundation. “We also hope others will see the benefit such support can provide to families who are coping with lifesaving medical procedures.”
The Slaight Family Foundation joins other Life Legacy members of the David Foster Foundation (those who have provided $1 million or more) including TELUS, the Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh, and the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. For more information, visit www.DavidFosterFoundation.com.
About the Slaight Family Foundation
Established in 2008, The Slaight Family Foundation is committed to making a difference. The Foundation supports projects related to health care, social service initiatives, arts and culture. The Foundation is particularly supportive of projects that help at risk or disadvantaged youth. To date, the Slaight Family has supported more than 100 projects within Canada and overseas, assisting at-risk youth, supporting various health research initiatives, encouraging new works of art and providing bursaries and endowment for students in need of financial support to continue their studies.
About the David Foster Foundation
David Foster is a proud Canadian, Recipient of the Order of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, 50-time nominee and 16-time Grammy Award winner (including three for Producer of the Year), three time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner, seven time Juno Award winner, Emmy award winner and has the distinguished honour to have his star on both the Canadian and Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the man behind the biggest hits, with more than half a billion records sold.
Foster launched the David Foster Foundation in his hometown of Victoria in 1986. Across Canada, the David Foster Foundation financially supports families for all non-medical expenses while their children are undergoing lifesaving organ transplants. Thanks to its annual fundraising efforts and the generous support of national partners like TELUS, WestJet, Aird & Berlis LLP, Schnitzer, AMJ Campbell Vanlines, Hope Air and Deerfields Clinic families receive support for expenses incurred when travelling away from their homes to be with their child during transplant.
In 2014, the Slaight Family Foundation, Newton Glassman Foundation in partnership with Catalyst Capital Group Inc., Jim & Sandi Treliving, and Tan Sri Dr. Francis Yeoh joined the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and TELUS as the Foundation’s $1M Life Legacy members.
The Foundation also promotes organ donor awareness and registration in both Canada and the United States. For more information, visit www.davidfosterfoundation.com.