Ways to Give

As a donor, our team will work with you to ensure that your partnership with us is a rewarding and fulfilling experience; fostering a long-term positive relationship!

Phoenix raises over $1M per year to be able to provide meaningful and impactful services to youth and families who come to us for support. Contributions from those who believe youth matter, make great things possible! We appreciate every donation! 

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Give a Gift

Phoenix relies on generous support to fund our daily operations. Every dollar given to Phoenix is an investment in the future of our youth and their families, helping our community thrive together. 

You can support Phoenix through a one-time donation by:

  • Online (Visa, Master Card American Express, PayPal, Interac)
    Follow the secure link here.
  • By Phone
    902.422.3105
  • Through Gifts of Stocks/Securities
  • By cheque (payable to Phoenix Youth Programs)
    Phoenix
    PO Box 60006
    RPO Professional Centre
    Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R7
  • In Person (Note Address Change as of April 2018)
    Administration & Fund Development Office
    5880 Spring Garden Road, Suite 200, Halifax NS
    Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Receipts will be issued for donations of $10.00 or more.

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Contact us for more information (902-422-3105).

Monthly Giving

Monthly giving is an easy, stress-free and secure way to show your commitment to youth and families who need it most.

In 2013 Kes and Ashley were blessed with their beautiful daughter.  Being in a fortunate position to be able to provide for their child already, they decided to direct the tax credit they receive from government as a donation to Phoenix.  Not only is their monthly gift a cost-effective, convenient way to give; it helps to provide a foundation from which Phoenix can be proactive and strategic in addressing the needs of youth in the year ahead.

By setting up a monthly payment plan you provide Phoenix with a reliable funding source, helping to ensure sustained support for our programs. Think of the impact if ten people gave just $10 a month! That’s $1,200 worth of support each year!

For your loyalty and commitment, Phoenix will provide you with program updates and information on how contributions have helped youth and families through our eNews, Donor Report and bi-annual newsletters.

Download our Monthly Donor Information Form here.

By using our safe and secure online giving page, you can feel comfortable knowing your information is protected. Each month the donation will appear on your bank or credit card statement. You will receive an annual, charitable receipt from Phoenix, with your total contribution for the year. It's that easy!

Contact us for more information (902-422-3015).

Stocks & Securities

A gift of securities is an opportunity that can be applied immediately to the work of the agency or operationalized over the long-term for lasting impact and stability.

Shirley and Neil chose to support Phoenix in a new way: they gave a gift of stock. While meeting with their financial advisor, he asked them if they had considered making their donation through stock rather than a cash donation. This type of gift allowed them to avoid capital gains tax and, after discussing this option with their financial advisor, they decided this was a great way for them to support Phoenix. When asked about their nearly two decades of committed support for Phoenix, the answer is simple, “It’s an opportunity to help youth.”

When you donate securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax* that would otherwise be payable if the securities were liquidated and then donated as cash. Securities are often given as part of planned giving strategies and are enormously mutually beneficial for both parties.

Securities can be given online through our secure giving page, making it safer and simpler than ever to support Phoenix programs and services. 

Please find the printable form for the Transfer of Stock to Phoenix here

Or give online through CanadaHelps:

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* Speak to a trusted financial advisor to ensure the elimination of capital gains tax applies to your donation, as rules and regulations may vary.

In Honour

There are so many great people out there!

“We are proud of Robert and wanted to celebrate his work, our young people, and the special connection they often form with teachers who go above and beyond.  We see the positive results of Phoenix working closely with teachers – it takes a village. We hope those who have been inspired by an extraordinary teacher will also consider making a donation in their honour.” – Deb Woolway

From teachers to assistants, mail carriers to childhood friends, family members to coaches, everyone smiles from an act of appreciation– big or small. But, it can be challenging to know what to buy. Giving a gift to youth and families in their name could be just the thing!

We will send a letter/card to the honouree letting them know of your gift and you’ll receive a charitable tax receipt.

Contact us to learn more (902-422-3105), or donate online by selecting “in honour” near the bottom of the giving page.

In Memory

Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. It’s hard to know how to move forward without a special person in our lives. Moving through grief takes time and can be very challenging. For some, giving a gift in their memory is a healing way to honour them.

“I choose to honour the lives of friends or family by making a donation in memory of them to Phoenix Youth Programs.  What better way is there to celebrate their lives than by making a young person’s life a little better through Phoenix?”- Janet Donohue

We are grateful for those who give in memory of loved ones in lieu of flowers.

Contact us to learn more about giving a gift in memory (902-422-3105), or donate online by selecting “in honour” near the bottom of the giving page.

Fundraise for Phoenix

Gift your Celebration to Phoenix

Instead of receiving gifts or giving party favours at your upcoming special occassion, consider using the celebration as a way to give to the many youth and families who access Phoenix each year! Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, reunion, or wedding, you can make your special day extra special by giving back!

“It felt good, making a donation to support others in need on our wedding day instead of spending money on guest favours for things they likely didn’t want, and didn’t need. They appreciated it, and they felt good about it, too!”- Carol and Paul Smith

Choose one of the following gifting in lieu options:

1. Make a donation to Phoenix in lieu of party or wedding favours. We can help craft a Phoenix branded note so your guests know you contributed to bright opportunities instead of giving 'stuff'! 

2. Ask people to bring donations for Phoenix to your event instead of giving gifts. Then, drop off the donations at Phoenix Centre for Youth, 6035 Coburg Rd.,  (Open: Monday to Friday 9AM-5PM). Please include your name or group's name on the envelope and what type of milestone you celebrated.

If donors would like tax receipts, we can make that happen for gifts of $10 or more when accompanied by the completed pledge form. Call our fund development team at least one week before your event if you would like more information about our simple receipting process: 902-422-3105.

3. Ask your guests to give online through Phoenix's CanadaHelps page. Be sure to tell those celebrating with you to indicate in the "notes section" what their gift is celebrating (i.e., Jamie Doe's Birthday; Sam Upshaw and Joe Smith's Anniversary; High School ABC's reunion). Tax receipts will be provided immediately by email.

4. Create your own CanadaHelps page for your celebration. Here you can customize your request to give to Phoenix in lieu of gifts by adding images and details about your 'in lieu campaign'. 

Contact us! We're happy to help with your planning (902-422-3105).

 

Coordinate a Third Party Initiative

Third party initiatives are those that are organized by external groups (e.g. school groups, individuals, families or buisnesses) to raise money in support of Phoenix programs. By hosting a third party event, whether big or small, you’re not just helping to raise essential funds, but also a greater awareness about the services and programs Phoenix provides to your community.

"We originally heard about Phoenix through our church in Fall River. We have three beautiful, loving and kind daughters and to ever think of them on their own without support would be tragic. Phoenix Youth Programs is something we feel the need to support because we want somewhere for young people to go in case of a crisis in their lives. All of the people that come to our movie night have young kids and are happy to support something local in our community." - Steve & Julie Archibald

We want your event to be a success so we provide you with support and resources as appropriate. Our Third Party Toolkit  includes information on how to make your event a huge success!

Contact us today to learn more about hosting an event in support of Phoenix (902-422-3105).
 

Items for Youth & Families

We are very grateful to have a generous community that supports our work!

Thoughtful gifts of time, money and items from our community help Phoenix support youth, families and communities in their journeys to thrive. 

The "Purplettes" team at Grant Thornton challenged their colleagues to collect personal care items for Phoenix. Wherever the team traveled for business, they were encouraged to collect personal care products from their hotels and brought them home to Phoenix. "At Grant Thornton, it’s simple -  we want to help those in our communities who need us and Phoenix Youth Programs is a powerful example of how a community can be enriched when people mobilize for a cause," Nicole Deveau, Grant Thornton LLP

Examples of in-kind gifts include:

  • Goods, such as groceries, gently used clothing, personal care items, or bus tickets.
  • Services, such as volunteer hours.
  • Expertise, such as tax, legal, or business advice.

To ensure new and gently used items you wish to kindly donate are best suited to Phoenix youth and families, please refer to the following list of accepted items and donation drop-off locations: 

  • Phoenix Youth Shelter – 1094 Tower Rd., Halifax - Sunday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Food donations
    • Youth appropriate, new or gently used clothing and footwear
    • Gift cards
    • Event/programming tickets
  • Phoenix Centre for Youth – 6035 Coburg Road, Halifax, NS - Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Food donations
    • Youth appropriate, new or gently used clothing and footwear
    • Gift cards
    • Event/programming/bus tickets
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Household cleaners agents and cleaning tools (i.e., laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges, cloths)
    • New baby items – diapers, lotions, bottles, food, car seats, etc. (all relevant items must not be expired and CSA approved)
    • Quality, useful kitchen items
    • New or gently used towels, linens & curtains

Here are some more details for your consideration:

Bus Tickets
Help youth travel within the city safely to and from Phoenix, jobs, interviews, school and more.

Gift Cards
Allow youth the independence of choosing what they need and when. Examples include grocery stores, clothing stores, phone cards and movies.

Non-Perishable Food
Provide youth with healthy food options. Examples include canned foods, pasta, nuts and dried foods.

Gently Used or New Youth Appropriate Clothing
Ensure young people are well-equipped for outdoor weather. We accept both winter wear (coats, gloves, scarves, toques and blankets) and summer wear (t-shirts, bathing suits, shorts, khakis and rain jackets) that is youth appropriate.

Personal Care Items
Contribute to the health and self-esteem of our youth. Examples include deodorant, facecloths, razors, feminine hygiene products, travel-sized laundry detergent, sunscreen and skin cream. No alcohol-based mouthwash, please.

New Socks and Underwear
Provide youth with the basics to keep them comfortable. We accept both regular and thermal underwear, along with hand and feet warmers.

Items for Children Under 5
Phoenix has a Parent Support Program for young parents. We are happy to receive diapers, clothing, wet-wipes, hats/mittens, unwrapped toys, baby food and children’s books.

Household Items
Think “apartment starter kit” and give youth the tools they need to succeed in their own home environment. We gratefully accept new or gently used towels, facecloths, dish towels, dish cloths, linens, blankets, pots and pans, dishes, can openers, pillows, and curtains.

*We are typically unable to accept donations of furniture, exercise equipment, musical instruments, electronics, books, DVDs, CDs, computer/office equipment, home decor, toys and expired baby items. If you have questions about a certain item, please contact a member of our team before bringing it to Phoenix. Depending on timing and quality of the item, it may be just the right thing at the right time for a particular youth! 

Leave a Legacy

Planned giving is a thoughtful way to create your legacy while also helping Phoenix youth and their families on their journey to thrive for many years to come.

As a long-time resident of Halifax, Phoenix supporter, and an active member of St. Andrew’s United Church, Annie Mary (Mary) Holmes was no stranger to the needs of the youth in our city. During her life, Mary held young people and music near and dear to her heart. Upon her passing, in 2013, Phoenix was eligible to apply to Mary’s Trust and we became the grateful recipients of a legacy gift that has supported our music programming for three years.

Legacy gifts can take many forms including bequests, real estate, stock/securities, Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs), Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), and life insurance policies.

For example, the gift of life insurance is an affordable way to make a significant impact on the lives of the youth and families in our community. There are several methods of donating life insurance policies including: naming the organization as the beneficiary of your policy, donating a new or existing plan, or gifting policy dividends. 

Donating a life insurance policy provides the opportunity to make a substantial contribution while providing you or your estate with potentially significant tax benefits.

We know planned giving options can seem intimidating and complex, that’s why Phoenix and our trusted network of friendly, financial planning professionals are ready to help guide you through the process. 

Contact us for more information (902-422-3105).

Matching Gifts

Working together, companies and employees can maximize their donation efforts by establishing a matching gifts incentive program. Through this program, employers can commit to match any donations raised by employees, either as individuals or as a part of a third-party fundraising event, doubling the impact of your gift!

By matching contributions to Phoenix, employee donations are going even further to help support local youth.

“RBC believes that when employees and retirees volunteer their time and expertise, they play a vital role in helping build better communities. Since 1999, RBC has donated almost $29 million in celebration of employee and retiree volunteer efforts at non-profit agencies through the Team RBC Grant. We have partnered with Phoenix to cook delicious meals, support their community outreach and goodwill efforts, complete gardening projects and are about to embark on financial literacy and learning to coding education sessions.  As an employee at RBC, I get to spend time with Phoenix and my peers, helping the agency achieve its objectives, while providing financial support. This same support is available year round to all RBC employees around the world. I am proud to be part of an organization that believes a key part of their purpose is helping communities prosper!” - Janet Martin, Global Contingent Workforce Management (CWM), Human Resources Shared Services, RBC Canada

Contact us to find out how you and your employer can establish a matching gifts program (902-422-3105).
 

Phoenix Signature Events

Throughout the year, Phoenix hosts annual signature events to raise awareness and funds to help meet their mission of supporting youth and families in their journey to thrive.

Our signature fundraising events include Dreamscape and the Phoenix Holiday Luncheon.

“The Phoenix Holiday Luncheon has always served as the kick-off to the holiday season for us. The Berkeley has bought a table every year, for at least the last five, so that we can treat our staff to this lovely, festive event. Every year, we all feel truly uplifted by the good work done by Phoenix. The stories of featured Phoenix youth are so heartfelt, triumphant and inspirational. The joy exuded by the music is also such a special part of the luncheon, and proof that music can be both therapeutic and challenging - encouraging personal growth and healing the soul. The Berkeley is a committed supporter and partner of Phoenix.” - Catherine Campbell, The Berkeley Retirement Residences.

The goal is simple—host an unforgettable event for our donors while raising funds for a great cause. Each signature event is entertaining and inspiring, allowing our supporters to enjoy engaging company, delicious food and the opportunity to learn more about the amazing work being done at Phoenix.

You won’t want to miss our next Phoenix signature event! It’s guaranteed to be a memorable night of philanthropy and fun. 

Phoenix Holiday Wish List

Help us make the season bright for youth and families by coordinating a donation drive at your office or school, or make your next event/get-together/party that much more meaningful by asking guests to donate items from our Holiday Wish List! 

For 'stocking stuffing purposes', we ask that all items be dropped off on or before noon on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at the Phoenix Admin Office (5880 Spring Garden Rd. Suite 200) Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The holidays are a wonderful time for giving, beyond our youth party we use items that we receive over the holidays to stock up for the rest of the year! Donations will always be accepted at 1094 Tower Rd., Halifax - Sunday to Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

1. Socks and underwear - as simple as it sounds, youth rely on donations to keep them warm and comfortable throughout the year. Thermal underwear would also be appreciated for the cold months, along with hand and feet warmers. Note: Male identifying youth prefer boxers and boxer briefs.

2. Bus tickets - Bus tickets provide a safe way for youth to get to their destinations.

3. Cold and wet weather clothing & accessories – ensure that Phoenix youth are well-equipped to weather the cold winter months. Coats, mittens, boots, umbrellas, rain jackets, gloves, hoodies, scarves and hats (toque-style) as well as warm blankets are great gift ideas.

4. Personal care products - deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, lip balm, shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, feminine hygiene products and, skin cream are always in need, full-sized items preferred. No alcohol-based mouthwash, please. Note: Hair care products for natural and relaxed African Canadian hair is always appreciated

5. Gift certificates - examples include grocery and department stores, coffee shops, movie passes, pre-paid phone cards.

6. Age-appropriate items for children under 5 – you can choose to help Phoenix’s young parents by providing items for their children such as diapers, clothing, wet-wipes, hats & mittens, unwrapped toys, and baby food.

7. Art and stationery items - when school's out, youth have time to reflect, get creative and express themselves. Foster the creative with markers/pens, sketchbooks, journals, paint kits.

8. Apartment kick-start needs/household items – help a youth moving on to live independently to make their place feel like home by supplying sheets and pillowcases, towels & face cloths, dish cloths & towels, cleaning supplies, laundry soap, pillows, pots/pans, dishes, utensils, mixing bowls, bathroom supplies

Don't feel like shopping? Provide a financial gift instead to help ensure all needs are covered!

Volunteer

Phoenix is thrilled to have the support of over 200 volunteers from our community with diverse skills, interests and backgrounds!

“Volunteering continues to teach me new things about people, cooperation and compassion, and it reminds me that we are all in this together. We need to support each other. Hearing the success stories of Phoenix youth makes for the best motivation.” – Jackie Crouse, Volunteer and member of the Canadian Progress Club – Halifax Cornwallis

From workshops to preparing meals, tutoring to events committees, there are many ways to get involved. To learn more about Phoenix's volunteer programs check out our Volunteer Section.