Canadian Association for Equality is creating Canadian Centre for Men and Families ALBERTA
47

patrons

$849
per month
BREAKING NEWS: Government of Canada awards us our first major government grant, $23,511 to study male homelessness and domestic abuse. This lends support to our Government of Alberta funding application for new Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary and Edmonton. But remember, that's only available to match funds raised on Patreon.     

Imagine if Your Contribution to Men and Families Was Quadrupled!

Become a Patron Now and Support the Expansion of Men's Centres to Western Canada
 
What if you and your son lived in constant fear of violence, but no one believed you because you're a man? Or what if you were kept from seeing your daughter for over a year? Or your brother attempted suicide because no one knew how to reach him? I hear heart wrenching stories like these on a daily basis at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

Although it seems to rub against the grain, in many ways boys, men and fathers are in crises. The suicide rates of males is rising just as their university enrolment rates are falling. Men are twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and comprise over 75% of the emergency shelter population. As more couples divorce or separate, children increasingly suffer the consequences of father-absence. That's where we come in.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a game-changer in reversing these devastating trends. In Toronto and Ottawa, these Centres have become a place of hope and transformation for boys, men and fathers who come to us when no other support is available.



In Calgary we operate a part-time Centre, but the demand is overwhelming and the time has come for us to take a big step forward. That's where you come in.

We need your help to open Alberta's first full time Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary. Make a tax-deductible charitable donation today. It will be doubled immediately and it might even be quadrupled! Let me explain.

First, we have a sponsor who is matching every dollar that we raise, up to $25,000, until December 31st, 2018. That's Match #1. Second, the Government of Alberta's Community Initiatives Program will provide a grant to support new charitable services that will bring a benefit to the community, but they will only match funds raised through other means. That's Match #2.

That means your funds are at a minimum doubled, and if we're successful, every dollar you donate turns into four dollars helping men and families! You can make a one-time donation here, but to sweeten the deal even more, if you become a Patreon subscriber, we will count six months worth of your monthly contribution against Match #1 (ie $50/month = $300 match!).




Here's why we're confident we will be awarded a Government of Alberta Grant.
 
Our Vision focuses on three critical area that are directly in line with the Government's own priorities, plus we have established partnerships with key Alberta health and social service agencies in order to deliver on our commitments to:

1. Reduce suicide among men at high-risk through intervention programs and advertising campaigns that confront head on the barriers that men face in getting help
2. Empower fathers undergoing separation or divorce through legal clinics and services that strengthen father-child relationships, while advancing public policies that promote positive social attitudes towards fatherhood
3. Support men who are experiencing domestic abuse while pushing for gender inclusive public policies with respect to Intimate Partner Violence



Over the last three years, the Government of Alberta has undergone a paradigm shift and is now signalling its interest in financially supporting services for boys and men. With few agencies having responded, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families is ideally positioned to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

The following analysis of Government of Alberta policy priorities demonstrate how our unique focus on services for boys and men makes us an attractive agency partner.

a) Suicide
The Government of Alberta Health Services created the Alberta Suicide Prevention Strategy which lists "Middle aged males" under priority groups for suicide prevention, acknowledging that "Middle aged males are an identified group at risk of suicide in Alberta." The Strategy calls for intervention programs designed for those at greatest risk of suicide - including men. 

b) Fatherhood
The report  How and Why to Include Fathers in Government-Funded Parenting Strategies: No Man Left Behind (April 2016) acknowledges that "Research unequivocally shows that fathers play a vital and distinct role in supporting children’s health and development" and then advocates for “investing in the development of a focused fatherhood strategy that would increase the number of programs available for fathers throughout the province.” The report called for an explicitly gendered approach to parenting programs as a temporary measure to balance the traditional focus on mothers, noting that "By investing in policies, programs and services that support fathers, the GOA can promote a message about the importance of positive father involvement to healthy child outcomes and help to redress an imbalance that affects us all."

c) Domestic Violence
The Family Violence department within the Alberta Human Services Ministry published a very progressive manual Men Abused By Women which offers a clear understanding of men as victims. The manual acknowledges the similar rates of domestic violence victimization between men and women and states "Our society is beginning to recognize and study the abuse of men by their partners. Society’s inappropriate beliefs and attitudes about men have kept this kind of abuse hidden." The Alberta Government’s Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta pledged to ensure every victim was supported and called for extending domestic violence treatment services to "people who might not otherwise have access to those services."

Please note that you can made a pledge in any amount. When presented with the tier options, scroll to the bottom for the option to "Make a Custom Pledge". Also, please be aware that Patreon charges all donations in USD.
Tiers
Annual Report
$15 or more per month 20 patrons
Recognition in the Annual Report.
Ribbon Cutting
$30 or more per month 7 patrons
Attendance at ribbon cutting ceremony.
+ All the above benefits.
Commemorative
$40 or more per month 1 patron
Personalized commemorative thank you card and campaign poster.

+ All the above benefits.

First Tour
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
Join us for a visit to the Canadian Centre for Men and Families for a behind the scenes tour prior to the public opening.

+ All the above benefits.

Recognition
$60 or more per month 0 patrons
Recognition through a donor profile on our website and print material.

+ All the above benefits.

Special Events
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
VIP passes to special events.

+ All the above benefits.

Conferences
$80 or more per month 0 patrons
Discounts to all conferences.

+ All the above benefits.

VIP Circle
$90 or more per month 0 patrons
Membership in the VIP Circle, with invitations to exclusive events including dinner receptions with dignitaries and entertainment events.

+ All the above benefits.

On the wall
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name featured in perpetuity on the wall at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families as a recognition of your generosity.

+ All the above benefits.

Public Thanks
$150 or more per month 0 patrons
Public recognition and invitation to introduce speakers at conferences and presentations.

+ All the above benefits.

Named Event
$200 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Annual event named in your honour.

+ All the above benefits.

Named Room
$400 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
A room is named after you with a plaque by the door at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

+ All the above benefits (except Named Event)

Goals
$849 of $4,200 per month
Our goal is to raise $4200/month in order to move forward with opening a full-time Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary.

This will accomplish two critical objectives:

1. It will trigger the immediate contribution of $25,000 by our philanthropist sponsor (who is matching 6 times the value of each monthly contribution). Those total funds will then be eligible for a second doubling through a Government of Alberta grant.

2. It will result in guaranteed funding of $50,000/year, which is the basic operating budget for the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.
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BREAKING NEWS: Government of Canada awards us our first major government grant, $23,511 to study male homelessness and domestic abuse. This lends support to our Government of Alberta funding application for new Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary and Edmonton. But remember, that's only available to match funds raised on Patreon.     

Imagine if Your Contribution to Men and Families Was Quadrupled!

Become a Patron Now and Support the Expansion of Men's Centres to Western Canada
 
What if you and your son lived in constant fear of violence, but no one believed you because you're a man? Or what if you were kept from seeing your daughter for over a year? Or your brother attempted suicide because no one knew how to reach him? I hear heart wrenching stories like these on a daily basis at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

Although it seems to rub against the grain, in many ways boys, men and fathers are in crises. The suicide rates of males is rising just as their university enrolment rates are falling. Men are twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol, and comprise over 75% of the emergency shelter population. As more couples divorce or separate, children increasingly suffer the consequences of father-absence. That's where we come in.

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a game-changer in reversing these devastating trends. In Toronto and Ottawa, these Centres have become a place of hope and transformation for boys, men and fathers who come to us when no other support is available.



In Calgary we operate a part-time Centre, but the demand is overwhelming and the time has come for us to take a big step forward. That's where you come in.

We need your help to open Alberta's first full time Canadian Centre for Men and Families in Calgary. Make a tax-deductible charitable donation today. It will be doubled immediately and it might even be quadrupled! Let me explain.

First, we have a sponsor who is matching every dollar that we raise, up to $25,000, until December 31st, 2018. That's Match #1. Second, the Government of Alberta's Community Initiatives Program will provide a grant to support new charitable services that will bring a benefit to the community, but they will only match funds raised through other means. That's Match #2.

That means your funds are at a minimum doubled, and if we're successful, every dollar you donate turns into four dollars helping men and families! You can make a one-time donation here, but to sweeten the deal even more, if you become a Patreon subscriber, we will count six months worth of your monthly contribution against Match #1 (ie $50/month = $300 match!).




Here's why we're confident we will be awarded a Government of Alberta Grant.
 
Our Vision focuses on three critical area that are directly in line with the Government's own priorities, plus we have established partnerships with key Alberta health and social service agencies in order to deliver on our commitments to:

1. Reduce suicide among men at high-risk through intervention programs and advertising campaigns that confront head on the barriers that men face in getting help
2. Empower fathers undergoing separation or divorce through legal clinics and services that strengthen father-child relationships, while advancing public policies that promote positive social attitudes towards fatherhood
3. Support men who are experiencing domestic abuse while pushing for gender inclusive public policies with respect to Intimate Partner Violence



Over the last three years, the Government of Alberta has undergone a paradigm shift and is now signalling its interest in financially supporting services for boys and men. With few agencies having responded, the Canadian Centre for Men and Families is ideally positioned to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

The following analysis of Government of Alberta policy priorities demonstrate how our unique focus on services for boys and men makes us an attractive agency partner.

a) Suicide
The Government of Alberta Health Services created the Alberta Suicide Prevention Strategy which lists "Middle aged males" under priority groups for suicide prevention, acknowledging that "Middle aged males are an identified group at risk of suicide in Alberta." The Strategy calls for intervention programs designed for those at greatest risk of suicide - including men. 

b) Fatherhood
The report  How and Why to Include Fathers in Government-Funded Parenting Strategies: No Man Left Behind (April 2016) acknowledges that "Research unequivocally shows that fathers play a vital and distinct role in supporting children’s health and development" and then advocates for “investing in the development of a focused fatherhood strategy that would increase the number of programs available for fathers throughout the province.” The report called for an explicitly gendered approach to parenting programs as a temporary measure to balance the traditional focus on mothers, noting that "By investing in policies, programs and services that support fathers, the GOA can promote a message about the importance of positive father involvement to healthy child outcomes and help to redress an imbalance that affects us all."

c) Domestic Violence
The Family Violence department within the Alberta Human Services Ministry published a very progressive manual Men Abused By Women which offers a clear understanding of men as victims. The manual acknowledges the similar rates of domestic violence victimization between men and women and states "Our society is beginning to recognize and study the abuse of men by their partners. Society’s inappropriate beliefs and attitudes about men have kept this kind of abuse hidden." The Alberta Government’s Family Violence Hurts Everyone: A Framework to End Family Violence in Alberta pledged to ensure every victim was supported and called for extending domestic violence treatment services to "people who might not otherwise have access to those services."

Please note that you can made a pledge in any amount. When presented with the tier options, scroll to the bottom for the option to "Make a Custom Pledge". Also, please be aware that Patreon charges all donations in USD.

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Tiers
Annual Report
$15 or more per month 20 patrons
Recognition in the Annual Report.
Ribbon Cutting
$30 or more per month 7 patrons
Attendance at ribbon cutting ceremony.
+ All the above benefits.
Commemorative
$40 or more per month 1 patron
Personalized commemorative thank you card and campaign poster.

+ All the above benefits.

First Tour
$50 or more per month 3 patrons
Join us for a visit to the Canadian Centre for Men and Families for a behind the scenes tour prior to the public opening.

+ All the above benefits.

Recognition
$60 or more per month 0 patrons
Recognition through a donor profile on our website and print material.

+ All the above benefits.

Special Events
$70 or more per month 0 patrons
VIP passes to special events.

+ All the above benefits.

Conferences
$80 or more per month 0 patrons
Discounts to all conferences.

+ All the above benefits.

VIP Circle
$90 or more per month 0 patrons
Membership in the VIP Circle, with invitations to exclusive events including dinner receptions with dignitaries and entertainment events.

+ All the above benefits.

On the wall
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
Your name featured in perpetuity on the wall at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families as a recognition of your generosity.

+ All the above benefits.

Public Thanks
$150 or more per month 0 patrons
Public recognition and invitation to introduce speakers at conferences and presentations.

+ All the above benefits.

Named Event
$200 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Annual event named in your honour.

+ All the above benefits.

Named Room
$400 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
A room is named after you with a plaque by the door at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families.

+ All the above benefits (except Named Event)