UPDATE: AUGUST 6, 2017
After being ignored for almost 20 years by the JGHF I heard from their Chairman. While it was wonderful to finally hear from someone, the not invented here attitude is a terrible thing, unless one is happy with stagnation. I do hope that the JGHF will realize that my goal is to have them raise more $$ and do it with greater efficiency. With that in mind I have created https://www.canadahelps.org/en/pages/murray-levines-jewish-general-hospital-challenge/
As the request is impersonal I will not hold my breath for donations BUT if I were still in business (not retired) I would very easily reach my goal.
Very unfortunately “YES”!
IF YOU DONATE TO THE JEWISH GENERAL HOSPITAL FOUNDATION (JGHF) THEN THIS MATTER SHOULD BE OF GREAT CONCERN TO YOU, AS IF YOU WORK HARD FOR YOUR MONEY WHY SHOULD THEY SIMPLY PISS IT AWAY?
If you are unhappy to hear that 24.6% of what they raised went to expenses in 2014, please be proactive, call them up and tell them that you are shocked: 514-340-8251
In their last disclosure to the Canada Revenue Agency the JGHF reported that it raised $40.7 million. Expenses were $10 million. That is 24.6% going to expenses! In their last disclosure, the Montreal General Hospital Foundation reported that they raised $19.3 million. Expenses were $2.2 million. That is only 11.4% going to expenses!!! Do you see anything wrong with this picture? 24.6% versus only 11.4%!
Economy of scale dictates that the foundation raising the higher amount, should have the lower percentage of expenses. IMHO the JGHF is highly inefficient and its about time that people knew and finally spoke up!!!!
(The links to the Canada Revenue Agency site and the financial statements of the JGHF and MGHF are in the comments at the bottom of the page.)
In my personal opinion the JGHF’s problem is none other than Myer Bick, its President! Why does Myer Bick, insist on spending as much as 40% of what the JGHF raises on expenses in the Ride to Conquer Cancer/Weekend to End Womens’ Cancers, but not at the same time use events such as Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal, Marathon de Montreal and thousands of others, where the cost would be only 3% (credit card fees) of what is raised?
Does it not make sense that 97 cents of every dollar go to research/equipment at the JGH, rather than only 60 cents? My goal is simply to have the JGHF use both types of events, as it is better to raise $$ than not too!
IF MYER BICK CAN PROVIDE REAL LOGICAL RATIONALE FOR NOT ADOPTING MY CONCEPT I WILL DONATE $1,000 TO THE JGHF!
What is Myer waiting for? (This offer was initially made in March/15 and still stands!)
IF THE CONCEPT IS ADOPTED THEN THE AVERAGE RAISED PER PARTICIPANT WILL BE OVER $1,000. THIS IS A WIN WIN SITUATION FOR THE JGHF!
In my personal opinion, contrary to popular belief, the #1 cause of death and suffering are fundraisers that are incapable of seeing past their nostrils. The #2 cause? People who do absolutely nothing to open up the eyes and ears of the fundraisers!!!
If you would like to see the JGHF, and many other charities become more efficient, please forward this blog to other concerned individuals that you know/put out on Facebook/Twitter, and at the same time please encourage Larry Sidel, the JGHF’s Executive Vice-President, to adopt. His email is: LSidel@fon.jgh.mcgill.ca Please Cc. your email to PAFoundation@gmail.com Please ask Larry for the rationale that the JGHF has for NOT adopting the concept. Remember; the cost in $$/time for the JGHF to piggyback on events such as those mentioned above is ZERO.
Other charities use my concept. Why not the JGHF?
From the mission of the JGHF: Openness We encourage new ideas and feedback, and we respect differences with a spirit of inquiry and sensitivity. We work in an open environment where we continuously seek to understand the needs, interests and opinions of others. Myer Bick joined the JGHF 14+ yrs ago.
He has ignored every form of attempt to contact/meet him!. So much for encouraging new ideas and feedback! 🙂
Here is the concept for use by hospitals: http://ourhospitalcharitychallenge.wordpress.com/
Can you think of any intelligent reason(s) why the JGHF should NOT employ it?
IF YOU FORWARD THIS BLOG CAN ACTUALLY HELP TO SAVE LIVES,PERHAPS EVEN YOUR OWN!
Here are 2 exceedingly short videos (interview) as I demonstrated in Cote St. Luc for the purpose of bringing attention to a sad situation that exists at the Jewish General Hospital Foundation:
Please see the video at the bottom of this post.
If you would like to see the Jewish General Hospital Foundation, and other worthy causes raise more funds, and do so more efficiently, please forward this blog!
I am a volunteer fund-raiser. My ideas bring in far, far more to charities every year, than the Jewish General Hospital Foundation raises. Twenty-three years ago I first asked the JGHF to adopt a now, extremely successful, fund-raising concept. They advised that they would adopt but never did. When the current President took the reins, I attempted to contact him on several occasions. I was ignored. Interestingly enough, 90% of the numerous major US charities that I approached with the concept thanked me, while 90% of the charities that I approached in Canada, ignored me! Canadians do not rush to accept innovation The idea went on to raise over $1.4 billion for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society alone, and the idea is now very widespread in the US. The JGHF should be inviting Montrealers to run, cycle, x-c country ski, etc. in existing essentially non-fund-raising mass participation athletic events like Le Tour de l’Ile de Montreal, Marathon de Montreal, Canadian Ski Marathon, etc., etc. and raise funds directly for whatever each one chooses to raise funds for at the JGH. WHY? It would cost the JGHF next to nothing to do this. Each and every area of the hospital stands to benefit. Volunteers could raise $100 or even $1 million each (as have some well connected individuals in events that adopted my concepts). The Ride to Conquer Cancer and the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers cost the JGHF 40% (according to a cyclist/fundraiser) of what is raised in ordet to stage the events. My idea would cost 3.9% or less!!! What is the JGHF waiting for? Numerous overtures made to the JGHF have been ignored. Does the JGHF have a problem, a not invented here, attitude? Are they closed minded, or slightly stubborn? Likely equal parts of all three. 🙂 There is no logical reason for any charity NOT to adopt the concept, as it happens to employ the single most efficient and successful fund-raising approach known. This past year, $12 million was raised in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, and the Walk to End Women’s Cancer. My concept only costs a fraction of what those events cost.* If you do not voice your opinion, the JGHF will never know, and of what use is democracy? Most people talk about the weather, but far too few do anything about it. Are you a talker or a doer? The only thing necessary for stupidity to prevail, is for intelligent people to remain quiet. I have nothing against Myer Bick, President and CEO of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation except for the fact that in the years that he has been at the helm of the JGHF that he not once acknowledged anything that I sent to him. He does a great job on a tiny budget. 🙂 The only thing is that I am a volunteer, with no budget, and I cause far more funds to be raised than the JGH Foundation, so I really think that the JGHF should listen. Do you agree? Thank you very much for your assistance in increasing charitable giving! IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN ANY CHARITY AT ALL, AND WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM RAISE MORE $$$ EFFICIENTLY, PLEASE HAVE THEM CONTACT ME AT: email@example.com Murray Levine Founder Philanthropic Athletes Foundation ALL OF THE ABOVE IS IN THE PERSONAL OPINION OF THE AUTHOR. “Let them call me rebel, and welcome; I feel no concern from it. For I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul.” Thomas Paine * I am not suggesting that those events be done away with. I am simply saying that events that cost next to nothing should be used as well. It is better to spend $$$ to raise $12 million than to spend $0 and raise $0