What an exciting but sad time over the last month! Two of our long-time barbershoppers who passed away a short while ago wanted to remember the Harmonize For Speech Fund in their wills and both of these fine gentlemen donated $10,000.00 each to assist us in carrying on our mission.
Ray Collins was a member of the Etobicoke Chapter prior to it merging with the Mississauga Chapter, and Jack Kelly was a member of the East York Chapter. They will certainly be missed.

This is just another example of where the donations that YOU give are used to benefit those who need it most.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your generous gift of $900.00 to support the Summer Camp for Teens Who Stutter at the Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Rideau.
The clinic offers important, high quality services to the community. With the support of donors like Harmonize For Speech, we are able to strive for excellence in interprofessional care, clinical teaching, and research.
We’re truly grateful to you for helping the Perley Rideau and Interprofessional Clinic play a significant role in the health and well-being of those we serve.
Sincerely yours,
Delphine Haslé, CFRE, MSC
Executive Director
The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation.

The following was sent to us and I encourage you to read it to the end.
Over the holidays, individuals can give generously by asking for donations instead of gifts.

Since its creation in 2010, the Giving Pledge has been signed by 154 billionaires – ages 30 to 100, from 16 different countries and with combined wealth of nearly $800 billion (U.S.), a sum greater than the gross domestic product of most countries.
These individuals have generously promised to donate at least $400 billion of their money to help others.
Many other wealthy individuals and families who fall below the billionaire threshold also contribute large sums to philanthropy – without compromising their ability to take care of themselves and their loved ones in their chosen lifestyles.
But what about the rest of us? The vast majority of Canadians cannot afford to give away half of their net worth and still be in a position to meet their essential needs.
The original intent of the Giving Pledge was not only to create a group of billionaire philanthropists, but also to encourage, by example, increased philanthropy at all levels of capacity.
Robert Rosen, the director of philanthropic partnerships at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, encourages people across the financial spectrum to consider making a pledge to philanthropy.
“Not all of us can give away half our wealth,” he says, “but the idea of the Giving Pledge can help encourage an important conversation with your spouse or family about what’s possible in terms of generosity and the positive impact that giving can have on a society.
“Making a commitment or a pledge also means that you’re more likely to be proactive – deciding what your philanthropy budget is, exploring what causes you feel passionate about and researching which organizations can ensure that your donations have the greatest impact.”
Soon, the holiday season will be upon us. Families will gather to celebrate and give each other gifts. Online charitable giving days will be held and many people will make year-end donations to their favourite non-profits. It’s a great time to make a personal “giving pledge” that takes into consideration your financial and volunteering capacity as well as your willingness to make a deeper commitment to help repair the world. Consider the following:
> Lead a family conversation about what issues or causes are most important to each family member. Then, make a pledge to give less stuff to each other as gifts. Designate the money that would have been spent on those gifts to a charity that reflects the family’s values.
> At holiday and other celebrations, pledge to request that guests make a donation in your honour to a specified charity.
> As an individual or family, pledge to volunteer a certain number of hours to a favourite charity over the holidays or in the coming year.
> Pledge to evaluate your philanthropic capacity, with the goal of increasing your giving to the highest level that still allows you to reach your personal financial goals.
> Finally, pledge to be more thoughtful, informed and strategic about your philanthropy – engaging all generations in your family in an effort to make a difference in your community. Approach your giving with the same rigour as you do your other investments.

Bruce Deboskey,
Tribune News Service