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Donor Recognition and Stewardship

Stewardship: Our philosophy

The Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation (SJRHF) conducts itself according to an operating philosophy that is based on good management, a strong focus on donor stewardship, and sustainability.

Please be assured that your contribution to the SJRHF is private and confidential.
All personal information provided (including your name, address, and the amount of your donation) is retained by the SJRHF for the purposes of receipting, donor recognition and as required by law.
SJRHF mailing lists are not sold, traded or exchanged.
Your gift will be acknowledged with a letter and official tax receipt.
Cumulative gifts are acknowledged on the Wall of Friends in the Light Court, Level One at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
Donors have the choice to remain anonymous.
The SJRHF is a registered Canadian Charity: BN 119132363RR0001.
The SJRHF's financial accounting is audited annually by an independent accounting firm.
Copies of the SJRHF's annual audited statements are available here.

Service is the goal:
The ultimate goal of the Foundation is to help improve patient care at the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Donors are respected:
Those who provide gifts of cash, goods or time are the Foundation's greatest assets. Gifts are always acknowledged promptly and gratefully.

Governance is voluntary and independent:
The SJRHF is a Registered Canadian Charity governed by an independent Board of Directors.

Commitment is to community participation:
In pursuit of its mission, the SJRHF strives to involve the business community, philanthropic community, groups and individuals in the City, Region and Province. Community participation is a measure of success.

Volunteers are essential:
Volunteers add value to every initiative and help us in keeping our costs low.

Efficiency ensures stronger support:
Directing funds to the purchase of equipment is the priority. Sponsors are important to keep costs to a minimum.

Need is paramount:
Funding is provided for projects on the basis of need and priority, as established by the Saint John Regional Hospital.

Responsible stewardship:
Funds, when accepted for a designated purpose, are used for that specific purpose. Exceptions are made only with the approval of the donor.

Image is earned:
The SJRHF will cultivate and nurture a positive, top-of-mind profile in the mind of the community.


Donor Recognition: All donors are gratefully acknowledged with a letter accompanying their official tax receipt.

We also publish an annual report highlighting all named endowments each spring. Our top donors are invited to and honoured at our annual Donor Dinner, held each October.

We are always happy to discuss recognition options with you, or to respect your wishes should you choose to give anonymously.

The Wall of Friends recognizes our donors who have given over $5,000 or more. It is on permanent display in the Light Court of the Saint John Regional Hospital. There are eight levels:

Benefactors - cumulative gifts ranging from $5,000 - $9,999
Developers - cumulative gifts ranging from $10,000 - $24,999
Patrons - cumulative gifts ranging from $25,000 - $49,999
Leaders - cumulative gifts ranging from $50,000 - $99,999
Builders - cumulative gifts ranging from $100,000 - $249,999
Founders - cumulative gifts ranging from $250,000 - $499,999
Innovators - cumulative gifts ranging from $500,000 - $999,999
Visionaries - cumulative gifts of $1,000,000 and over

Donor 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 organization's mission, of the way the organization 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 organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization's 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 law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing the organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

The text of this statement represents the recommended standards and practices of North America's largest and most influential associations of fundraising professionals. It was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).


An official tax receipt is issued for all cash and securities donated to the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation.

Receipts for in-kind donations (i.e. donations of goods or services) are subject to special regulations under Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA). Not all donations of goods and services are eligible for a receipt. Confirmation of the value of the item or service must be determined by independent assessment. Because of the possible cost of independent appraisal, this confirmation of value is the responsibility of the donor.

Replacements for lost receipts can be provided upon request.

Members of our monthly gift club will receive one annual receipt (usually mailed in the last week of December).

According to CCRA regulations the following are not eligible for tax credits:
Donations from registered charities, associations, churches
Donations where the return to the donor exceeds nominal value (this includes events that offer the chance to win prizes of more than nominal value)
Donations of goods already written off from inventories
Donations are dated for the calendar year in which they are received.

Additional information on charitable receipts can be obtained from the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca

It is our aim to have receipts issued as soon as possible.

If you have a question about your receipt, please contact us.