St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation (SCGHF) Circa 2006 -2010


For a number of years this was the website for the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation (SCGHF), a non-profit, fund-raising organization.
Content is from the site's 2006 -2010 archived pages.

OneFoundation for Niagara Health System represents the next generation in fundraising for the Niagara area's hospital sites and those they serve. Go to:, if you are interested in raising funds to support Niagara Health for the advancement of health care in Niagara.
The Foundation was created on January 1, 2014 after an amalgamation among the Douglas Memorial Hospital Foundation (Fort Erie), Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation (Niagara Falls), Niagara Health System Foundation, Port Colborne Hospital Foundation, St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation and Welland Hospital Foundation.


142 Queenston Street,
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C6
Ph: 905-323-FUND(3863)
Fax: 905-684-3226
Charitable registration #:11925 7509 RR0001
Office Hours:
8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Monday to Friday


About the SCGH Foundation

The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation (SCGHF) is a non-profit, fund-raising organization that supports the St. Catharines General Hospital site of the Niagara Health System in securing innovative health care equipment and state-of-the-art technology in modern facilities.

Our Foundation incorporated in 1976 as a separate legal entity and active since 1986, is governed by a nineteen member volunteer board. Our articles of incorporation state that our fundraising activities apply to “the advancement of health education, medical and health research and the improvement of patient care for the St. Catharines General Hospital.

Over the years, The Foundation has led many highly successful fundraising initiatives in the community. These efforts, combined with overwhelming generosity from thousands of donors, have enabled The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation to purchase many urgently needed patient care equipment items for the St. Catharines General Site of the Niagara Health System.

In 2007, The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation transferred $3.3 million to the NHS for the purchase of urgently needed patient care equipment. Today, equipment totaling over $3.6 Million is required for the St. Catharines General Hospital and the Ontario Street sites.


While we are pleased that plans for the new healthcare facility continue to move forward, it is important to note that while the new facility is forthcoming, the patients are here, their conditions are real and their needs are urgent. Any and all equipment purchased today, can and will be moved to the new healthcare facility.

With your help we will be able to provide our dedicated teams of healthcare professionals with the state-of the-art equipment we all deserve.




Our Mission

The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation is a non-profit, fundraising organization that supports the St. Catharines General Hospital site of the Niagara Health System in securing innovative health care equipment and state-of-the-art technology in modern facilities.


Our Donor Bill of Rights
Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good.  It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life.  To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the SCGHF mission, of the way SCGHF intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the SCGHF governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the SCGHF most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.
  • To expect that all relationships with inpiduals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, empoyess of SCGHF or hired consultants.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that SCGHF may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Developed By: Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP),
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP)

As members of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) we believe that ethical standards and principles are the foundation for maintaining public trust.  The foundation of philanthropy is ethical fundraising, and a key mission of AFP is to advance and foster the highest ethical standards through its Code of Ethical Principles and Standards of Professional Practice.


Our Stories 2010

The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation is proud to feature just a few of the many wonderful donors, volunteers and friends that support our fundraising initiatives.


Thanks to the generous donations made in memory of the late Jacquelin Cavasin, three new wheelchairs were purchased for current and future patients of the Outpatient Oncology Clinic. Equipped with oxygen tank holders, foot rests and comfortable padded seats, these wheelchairs will offer comfort to those seeking treatment.

We are truly grateful to the Cavasin family and friends for their generosity toward the St. Catharines General Hospital.


Over the 32 years of his teaching career with the Niagara Catholic School Board, John Newberry hosted an annual turkey dinner for his class. After being diagnosed with terminal lymphoma and leukemia three years ago; John and his family decided to host a fundraiser to support others fighting cancer. Hundreds of people attended the 1st Annual "Roast the Turkey" Event on November 13th, 2009 at Coppola’s Ristorante which featured music, silent auction and turkey dinner. An incredible $4,553 was raised for the Walker Family Cancer Centre.

We are deeply grateful to organizers Michelle, Ted, Dawn and John and look forward to another successful event in 2010.


A big Thank You to MoonAtMidnight, the Batman apparel webstore, for helping us raise much needed funds for the new bone density scanner at the diagnostic center. The store donated a portion of the proceeds from the Batman T shirts, Batman sweatshirts and pullover Batman hoodies website that were purchased during the months of May and June. We are very aware of the global appeal of Batman t shirts and other Dark Knight gear, and it clearly works to our advantage. FYI, this is now my favorite Batman t shirt store. Keep an eye out for all the supporters who are now wearing Batman apparel and be sure to thank them for participating in our fundraising effort.


Thank you to the members of Club Capri who made a generous $500 donation toward urgently needed equipment for the St. Catharines General Hospital. Since 1993, Club Capri has donated an incredible $11,000!

The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful to have their continued support.


 Monica Gomis-Steele understands first hand the fear, confusion and heartache of having cancer touch your life.  Her best friend, soul mate and husband Glenn Steele passed away after courageously battling Multiple Myeloma - a type of blood cancer. Glenn required treatment from a Plasmapheresis machine that was only available in Hamilton; and travelling outside the city for treatment added additional burden to Glenn’s suffering. Realising the need for a Plasmapheresis machine in Niagara, it has become Monica’s quest to ensure that Niagara residences will not have to travel for treatment.

With help from Kathy Iftody, Monica organized a magical fundraiser that took place on August 28th and 29th. Danny Zzzz, Magician & Illusionist, donated proceeds from two of his Magic Hypnosis Shows in Niagara Falls to support the cause.

An incredible $23,265 was raised! Thank you for your dedication towards improving healthcare in Niagara.


Our Stories 2008



In December, the New Apostolic Church held their 2nd Annual Holiday Concert at Brock University.

Once again our friends from the New Apostolic Church directed proceeds from their 2nd Annual Holiday concert at the Sean O’Sullivan Hall at Brock University to the SCGHF in support of the new health-care complex. the New Apostolic Church Orchestra & Concert Choir consists of 45 instrumentalists and 90 vocalists. These talented musicians come from Kitchener, Toronto, Hamilton and surrounding communities.

The concert successfully raised over $2,500. We would like to thank the musicians and the members of the congregation who organized and participated in this annual event.


Thank you to the Niagara Celebration Church who organized a highly successful Christmas performance with over $2,000 directed toward capital equipment at the SCGH.


In October, Larry & June Zehr delivered 15 portable DVD Players and an assortment of DVDs for the outpatient oncology unit at the SCG site.  This donation was made in memory of June’s parents, Eva & George Jedicki.  The DVDs will help pass the time and provide hours of entertainment for oncology patients as receive treatment at the clinic.


Our friends at Gary Waters hosted another successful Ladies Christmas Shopping Open House.  Proceeds totaling $1,900 were directed toward the Evangelista/Adams Cenpe for Breast Screening.  We are always grateful to be the recipient of this generous donation.  Paul DiFelice of Gary Waters Ltd. presents Ameer Wakil, of The SCGH Foundation Board of Directors, with the proceeds of the 2007 Christmas Shopping Open House.


In May, the 3rd Annual Jeannette Giammarco Memorial Ball Tournament raised $2,000 for the Inpatient Oncology Unit. This successful event was organized by Laurie Melhus & Amy Giammarco, in memory of their mother and aunt, Jeannette. Thank you ladies for your continued effort to support the needs of the oncology unit.


We are pleased to acknowledge a recent donation from Eric Meth, which has been dedicated to the memory of his wife, Penny.  This generous donation has enabled the purchase of a Chemotherapy Chair for the Oncology Unit at the SCG.   A special thank you to the Meth family, whose support, will have a significant impact on our future patients.



Legacy Giving

Legacy Gifts to The St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation

What is Legacy Giving?
Legacy Giving is when a charitable gift is made in such a way that you maximize the tax and estate planning benefits.  It may be a “present gift” the charity can use now or a “deferred gift” available in the future, perhaps after your death.  Participating today with your legacy gift will leave a living legacy to help others.

How To Leave A Gift
Leave A Gift In Your Will
Fewer than 7% of all Canadians have included nonprofits in their estate plan.  Can you imagine the positive impact on our hospital if each of our donors also left a bequest in their will?

Purchase A New Life Insurance Policy
You can name The St. Catharines General Hospital as the owner and beneficiary to your life insurance policy.  For just a small monthly premium you can make a substantial gift to the Foundation.  Because premiums are far less that the eventual gift this is an excellent way of making a significant gift.  You will receive a tax receipt annually for the premiums paid on the policy.  If you choose to make St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation the owner of an existing policy, you will receive tax receipts for the cash surrender value of the policy and for subsequent premium payments.

A Charitable Remainder Trust
This enables you to make a sizeable commitment to the Foundation while maintaining the income benefit of your assets for the duration of your life.  Assets placed in the trust can include: cash, stocks, bonds, securities and other investments.  You will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the value of the assets which is calculated using your life expectancy and prevailing interest rates at the time the trust is established.

Donating Public Shares

Our government is now realizing that the turning of our nation’s economic wheel is fueled by both personal and corporate donations.  The evidence is in the more liberal changes in the tax act, specifically, regarding the donation of public company shares to qualifying foundations.
Prior to the budget of May 2, 2006 when a share was donated it triggered a capital gains tax that had to be paid by the donor which, in effect, reduced the net benefit of making the gift.