You can make mental health matter. There are many ways you can help CMHA-NS Division promote and support better mental health awareness and support for all Nova Scotians.
- Host a fundraising event
- Donate: Make a monthly, quarterly or annual pledge
- Leave a gift in your will
Hold a Fundraising Event
Your unique fundraising efforts will help us to promote mental health, and support the resilience and recovery of 1 in 5 Canadians who are affected by mental illness. We deeply appreciate every donation!
If you would like to fundraise for the CMHA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know what you have planned. Once we have your details, we will get back to you within 10 business days.
What to include in your email:
- Name [first and last]
- Phone number
- Name of your event and information about the event [ex. description of the event, details including time, date, venue,website address, social media links, etc.]
- Organization or company name and position [if applicable]
- List of sponsors [if applicable]
- Will you require tax receipts?
- Where would you like the proceeds to be allocated? [Which programming area and division?]
- Fundraising goal
- Estimated date and method of donation
There are many different ways to donate to CMHA-NS Division. We gratefully accept monthly, annual or one-time donations. Please note we are currently unable to accept donations in person due to COVID safety concerns.
Donate by mail
You can send a cheque or money order by register mail to:
Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division
Please make payable to Canadian Mental Health Association – Nova Scotia Division
Donate online – You can donate online through Canadahelps.org; a secure online donation platform that allows users to donate to any registered Canadian charity.
Click HERE to donate now.
Charitable Tax Receipts: Tax receipts for donations made over the phone will be mailed to donors. Receipts for donations made in person can be collected on the spot. Online donors will be sent a tax receipt via email within 24 hours.
CMHA-NS Division Charitable Tax Number 133465609 RR0001
All donations to CMHA-NS Division remain in the province and go to initiatives, services and programs for Nova Scotians.
Give the gift of yourself, your time, your effort, and discover the benefits of volunteering.
Our volunteers play a crucial role in our organization and our community. Without the dedication of volunteers, many programs offered by our local branches would not be possible. We truly appreciate the dedication and initiative of those who unselfishly contribute their time and energy to further our mission.
Volunteering is at the core of any charitable organization. It is about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large; it is working with others to making a meaningful contribution to a better community.
Who can volunteer?
Typically, individuals must be 18 or older to volunteer in our programs; however, we will try our best to find a valuable opportunity for anyone wanting to get involved/contribute their time… with CMHA. In particular, we encourage people who have experienced a mental illness themselves to volunteer as a way to engage with the community, and provide great inspiration to others. Volunteering is a way to give back to the organization and make a difference.
How do I become a volunteer?
To begin, you will need to fill out a volunteer form [Use our branch locator to find the closest CMHA office] The information you provide on this application will help us find an opportunity for you that matches your interests.
While the process may vary from branch to branch, once you have submitted your application, you will likely be asked to do a brief interview—either by phone or in person—so that we can get to know you and discuss your interests. In some cases, you may be interviewed a second time by the CMHA program or branch where you would be working. This will help us to make a decision about your placement. The last step will be to go through police information and reference checks. While these checks may sound intimidating, this is a standard procedure when engaging people to work with a vulnerable population.
Support our Supporters
CMHA NS Division is grateful to have strong community support in Nova Scotia.
Check out CMHA News to learn more about third party fundraising efforts happening around the province.
Despite being part of a national organization, CMHA branches are independent operationally and programs and services vary between provinces and territories. All support received by CMHA-NS Division goes to mental health programs and services for Nova Scotians.
Leave a gift in your will
Planned gifts can include bequests, securities, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement accounts and more. In addition to getting your affairs in order and ensuring that causes that matter to you are reflected in your planning, you can actually help reduce the amount of tax owing by your estate and preserve as much as possible for your heirs through charitable giving.
There are so many ways you can include Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division in your planned giving.
Here are a few options:
- Leave a gift in your will. It’s common for people to leave residual bequests which are simply gifts from whatever is left after all of your gifts to loved ones, taxes and debts have been paid. More often than not charitable bequeaths reduce the amount of tax owed by your estate, actually leaving more for your family. It’s worth talking to your financial advisor and lawyer about.
- Name CMHA-NS Division as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy.Life insurance policies are an affordable way to make a gift. Depending on where you are in life you may find yourself in a position to transfer ownership of a paid-up policy, and existing policy with premiums still owing or a new life insurance policy. Either way, you will be eligible for charitable tax receipts for the fair market value of the policy and/or premiums paid.
- Gift an RRSP or RRIF to CMHA-NS Division. Again there’s the likely benefit of tax savings to your estate. Check with your financial advisor.
- Gift publicly traded securities. Securities left to CMHA-NS Division will result in full charitable tax value. Check with your financial advisor.
If you are interested in making a planned gift please contact:
Erin Christie | Communications, Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator
Please note that your inquiry about this type of giving in no way implies commitment. We’re here to help make sure that leaving a legacy gift to CMHA-NS Division makes sense for you and your family and all conversations and correspondence are confidential.
DISCLAIMER – The above information is intended to provide general information on legacy giving options. Neither the Canadian Mental Health Association, PEI Division or it’s employees provide legal, tax or accounting advice. Be sure to consult with the appropriate legal and/or financial advisor when planning your gift.