National Projects and Causes
Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF) / Kin Canada Bursaries
The Hal Rogers Endowment Fund (HREF) provides much-needed support to deserving students in the form of $1,000 Kin Canada Bursaries. The amount of bursaries awarded varies from year to year, as it depends on the donations of Clubs and the Fund's balance. With mandatory high school volunteer hours, the bursary program is a great way to build awareness and engage youth with your club.
Student bursary applications are due to clubs on February 1, and clubs must submit their endorsed bursary application to HQ by March 1. For tips on promoting Kin Canada Bursaries in your community and how to go through the scoring process, check out the Club Bursary Guide.
National Day of KINdness
Our 5th National Day of KINdness is on February 25, 2017. The online participation form is now available. Please fill this out even if you do not require materials.
National Day of KINdness is for our members and clubs to celebrate our founding (February 20, 1920) and commitment to Serving the Community's Greatest Need. We celebrate the fifth year of National Day of KINdness on Saturday, February 25, 2017.
With thousands of acts of KINdness occurring each year on this day (and during Founder's week), participating clubs raise awareness of their role in the community, while leading and encouraging others to perform selfless acts of kindness. Big or small, every kind gesture matters. To get involved, KINdness cards, Ideas, tips and other relevant materials are made available in the NDK folder of our Resource Library.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Since partnering with Cystic Fibrosis Canada in 1964, more than $40 million has been raised to fund CF research and care programs. We've celebrated many milestones and breakthroughs during our Kin-CF Partnership, and we continue to fight for #AWorldWithoutCF.
Are you organizing an event in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada? Need a CF speaker, information, or fundraising ideas for your event? Contact your District Service Director who will be able to assist you.
Canadian Blood Services
As a National Partner for Life with Canadian Blood Services (CBS), Kin Canada members, friends and families pledge to donate blood each year, as well as raise awareness of the cause. Whether you set up a group appointment or go on your own, make sure your donations are counted by accessing your District Partner ID # available on our Partnership Goals with CBS page. For more resources, click here.
Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness
Kin first got involved with organ and tissue donor awareness in 2001 through our first national public awareness project, Kin-ODAC (Organ Donor Awareness Campaign). Knowing how to properly register as a donor is important, but it varies by province and many aren't aware of the process; on top of discussing it with your family and friends, you must sign up via your provincial organization. Help spread this message and encourage others to consider becoming a donor.
The Disaster Relief Fund provides short-term immediate financial assistance to both national and international areas declared a disaster area. If you would like to make a general donation to this fund, make your cheque payable to National Disaster Relief Fund. If you want your donation to be put to a specific cause, indicate the name of the disaster on the memo line of your cheque.