YES! And in my personal opinion that 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 $$ than not too!
Please note that the Walk to End Women’s Cancers and the Ride to Conquer Cancer both encounter market resistance and have seen major declines in what they raise. “2015 marks the 11th annual Weekend in Montreal. Over the last 10 years, the Weekend has raised more than $55,9 million” In 2014 the event raised $3.5 million. This in spite of peer to peer fundraising increasing by 70% in the past two years alone!
IF MYER BICK CAN PROVIDE REAL LOGICAL RATIONALE FOR NOT ADOPTING MY CONCEPT I WILL DONATE $1,000 TO THE JGHF! What is Myer waiting for? IF THE CONCEPT IS ADOPTED THEN THE AVERAGE RAISED PER PARTICIPANT WILL BE OVER $1,000. THIS IS A WIN WIN SITUATION FOR THE JGHF!
If you would like to see the JGHF, and many other charities become more efficient, please forward this blog to other concerned individuals that you know/put out on Facebook/Twitter, and at the same time please encourage Larry Sidel, the JGHF’s Executive Vice-President, to adopt. His email is: LSidel@fon.jgh.mcgill.ca Please Cc. your email to PAFoundation@gmail.com
Please ask Larry for the rationale that the JGHF has for NOT adopting the concept. Remember; the cost in $$/time for the JGHF to piggyback on events such as those mentioned above is ZERO. Unfortunately, most charities are not as open minded as one would hope. I do hope that the JGHF will come to the realization very quickly, that having an open mind does not mean that their brain will fall out! :)
Other charities use my concept. Why not the JGHF?
As long as Myer Bick has been with the JGHF (started there around 2001) , he has never responded to any phone message, email or fax that anyone, including myself has left/sent for/to him regarding this matter!
Could it be that Myer Bick does not have any logical rationale that he can offer?
In view of the fact that the following appears in the mission statement of the JGHF, What kind of foundation president is Myer Bick? Does Myer Bick have the best interest of the hospital at heart, or is the not invented here attitude so strong that the hospital suffers due to what may be Myer Bick’s ego?
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.
What else goes on at the JGHF under Myer Bick?
During the H1N1 scare, the top 200 donors received vaccines before those in greater danger of dying received them. The excuse, of course was a joke as if any were on the board of the JGH/JGHF any meetings could have been held elsewhere. Here is a newspaper article on the topic: http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2009/11/vaccinations_should_not_be_for_sale/
The board of the JGHF is supposed to be made of impeccable individuals yet one of the members is a known business associate of the notorious Tony Accurso! Then it even gets worse but I happen to like the other person on the board who had a slight problem several years back. :(
The purpose of this blog is to have you encourage the exceedingly closed minded Jewish General Hospital Foundation, to adopt a fundraising concept that raises $$ more efficiently than the JGHF currently does, AND at a much lower cost!
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 the concept?
FORWARDING 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:
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.
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
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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