In early June 2011, Chuck McIlravey felt confident as he prepared to present the Eliminate International Project case to the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada’s board members. This wasn’t the first time the foundation board members have heard of The Eliminate Project. Chuck, after discussions with Foundation President Designate Colin Reichle, asked him make the presentation to the board. Both Chuck & Colin felt very strongly that the foundation needed to show leadership to the Kiwanis Clubs in Canada and send a positive message that the foundation believed and supported The Eliminate Project.
The presentation was received very positively and 100% of the board expressed the same passion as well. They felt this was the project that could bring more visibility to Kiwanis everywhere.
With this unanimous support, the leadership of the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada made an early and pivotal decision to commit as a Lead Gift supporter of The Eliminate Project’s fundraising campaign. The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada will set aside 250,000 Canadian dollars (US$265,000), which it will use to match funds raised by Kiwanis clubs in Canada. For every CA$3 raised, the foundation will add CA$1 (up to CA$250,000) to play an active role in raising the first CA$1,000,000 (US$1,060,000) towards The Eliminate Project goal in Canada. Once all funds are matched, Kiwanis clubs in Canada will have saved and protected nearly 600,000 lives from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
“It wasn’t difficult,” says McIlravey, past governor of the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District and one of 12 region coordinators for The Eliminate Project. “Everyone feels passionate about this project.” It’s about children, it’s about who we are and what we believe in as volunteer members of an international service organization.
The Kiwanis Foundation of Canada has been a leader in service for nearly 40 years, working with Kiwanis clubs to create programs designed to help the young people of Canada and the international community. The foundation’s commitment to The Eliminate Project furthers its historic role as an international and community leader.
“Leadership by example is the best kind of leadership, and it is never more so than when a good opportunity to save lives and improve the conditions of life presents itself,” says Collin Reichle, the foundation’s 2011–13 president. “The Eliminate Project gives us that opportunity. If the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada has the capacity to maximize the contributions of Kiwanians from across Canada, then we surely want to do so.”
And so it will.
“One child and one community at a time—that’s what this is all about,” McIlravey says.
Learn more about this gift and evaluate whether a match or challenge gift opportunity is right for you or your foundation. Contact The Eliminate Project campaign office at Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org or at +1-317-217-6213.
Photo caption: Presenting the challenge at the Kiwanis International convention in Geneva (from left): Kiwanis International Foundation President-Designate Hugh Siggins; Kiwanis Foundation of Canada leaders Chuck McIlravey, Colin Reichle and Jim Steele; and Kiwanis International Foundation President Jack Harten