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Letter to the Community from OSMH Foundation

7/18/2012 12:00:00 AM

As the hospital works to establish its 2012/13 budget, there have been some questions about the role of the OSMH Foundation and how donations could assist the hospital to maintain certain services.  


First of all, thank you to everyone for your comments and suggestions, and your past support.  


A hospital, like most businesses, has both operating and capital expenditures.   Operating expenses are the day-to-day costs of providing a service and include items like salaries, supplies, utilities, etc.   Capital expenses are costs generally allocated to items like the purchase of equipment, construction of a new building, or renovation.   


In adherence to CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) guidelines, the Foundation’s articles of incorporation, and fundraising best practices, donations to a hospital foundation can only support capital or one-time expenses, not operating or ongoing expenses.   The Foundation can also fund education, pilot or research projects. 


The current discussions around the hospital budget are primarily focused on the operating costs and therefore cannot be funded by the OSMH Foundation with community contributions. 


OSMH donors have been generous supporters of the hospital and have helped purchase numerous items over the years.  Contributions that enable the hospital to purchase equipment or renovate space are vital and can have a major impact on the hospital’s ability to deliver the best possible care.   Providing services like inpatient rehab, inpatient mental health, Complex Continuing Care and the Geriatric Day Hospital , all located in our new Community Tower , would not have been possible without your generous support.  


If you have additional questions, please contact the OSMH Foundation at (705) 325-6464.


Chuck Burton

Chair, OSMH Foundation


Nicole McCahon

Executive Director, OSMH Foundation

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