FAQs

Frequently asked questions..

Why is cardiovascular disease so prevalent in Canada?
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We have become a lazy country, prone to eating more than we need to survive. Recent research has uncovered that only 1 in 3 Canadians get sufficient daily exercise while our average daily intake of calories is considerably more than most of us need to survive. Obesity and diabetes are major precursors of cardiovascular disease with 62% of adults being either overweight or obese.

Why are donations from the general public so vital?
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While we receive some funding from the state and federal governments, more than 80% of our income comes from the general public. We have a number of fundraising programs and it is thanks to loyal supporters at various levels that we are able to continue our work. Regardless of the size of the financial commitment, our donors’ assistance remains vital in helping to achieve our ultimate goal of a future without heart disease.

What percentage of HRI's income comes from government grants?
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Our state-of-the art research has enabled us to win a number of very competitive research grants. As a not-for-profit organisation, we generate the majority of our funds from the general public via our fundraising campaigns. Currently we receive about 15-20% of our income from grants. 

How does the work of our researchers impact the lives of everyday Canadians and what are HRI’s long-term goals?
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Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, responsible for 30% of Canadian deaths annually. Better detection methods – like using ultrasound to detect atherosclerosis, a technique pioneered by the HRI’s Clinical Group – and better treatments – such as the improved stents being developed by the Translational and Immunobiology Groups – can have a huge impact on the lives of everyday Canadians, due to loved ones being spared from heart disease.

How does the HRI raise funds from public donations?
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Our income from public donations is mainly received from individuals who make regular monthly donations to support our work. Most people hear about our work from our face-to-face fundraisers. Some activities are run by our small in-house fundraising team, others are outsourced where they can be more cost-efficiently run by doing so. In total over 80% of our income comes from the public through these activities and provides a vital independent source of income. We are incredibly grateful for such strong financial support from our community

What is a legacy?
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A legacy is a gift made to The Heart Research Institute (Canada) from your Estate, through a mention in your Will. Gifts in the form of legacy to The Heart Research Institute (Canada) help accelerate the vital research projects we undertake and support new methods of preventing, detecting and treating heart disease. It is your legacy for helping future generations to enjoy a longer and more fulfilling life.

Many people, particularly those who have supported organizations during their lifetime, choose to leave legacies of varying forms and sizes to one or a number of organizations. Leaving a legacy is a way of ensuring that after you have remembered your own loved ones, you can continue to support the causes that are special to you, even after you have gone. Arranging a legacyy is quite straightforward. It can be included when you first make your Will or be added to your existing Will as a codicil. Find out more

My personal information: how is my privacy protected?
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In keeping with our commitment to protect supporters’ privacy, and in the light of The Privacy Commissioners Privacy Principle Act 2006, we would like to inform you of our data handling practices. The information we collect may include contact details such as postal and email addresses, telephone number, date of birth, bank account details or credit card number and expiry date.

This information may be used by us to:

     • Process donations, lottery and raffle tickets and product purchases

     • Send receipts 

     • Send invitations to events 

     • Maintain accurate details of our supporters’ history with us

     • Keep our supporters informed of our work

     • Help us develop cost-effective marketing and fundraising activities.

All information you provide remains confidential and protected. We do not sell, rent or lease the addresses on our database to anyone for any purpose and the information will not be used in ways other than those to which you have consented.

How can I donate?
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All donations are tax deductable.  You can donate securely to the HRI via credit card online.

 

Can I give a regular gift to HRI?
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Yes. Regular giving is our most precious asset. It gives us certainty and continuity in an unpredictable funding environment and provides us with an independent source of funding. Put simply, regular donations allow great science to flourish. 

You can sign up for a regular gift online.

You will receive one tax receipt for your total monthly donations after the end of the financial year.

How does regular giving work?
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Regular giving is an easy and flexible way to support The Heart Research Institute (Canada) on an ongoing basis. Each month your chosen amount is automatically debited from your credit card or bank account. You can increase, decrease or cancel your monthly donation at any time.

Why are regular ongoing donations the most effective way to support heart research?
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All donations are gratefully accepted and make an important contribution to heart research.

Regular monthly donations are vital as they help us to plan for the future by allowing scientists to devote more of their time to science and less to applying for grants and raising funds.

When will I receive a tax receipt for my donations?
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Donations are tax deductable. A tax receipt will be sent after the end of the financial year for all regular donations. One-off donations will be receipted as soon as they are received. If you have provided an email address, your receipt will be sent by email, otherwise by mail. By providing us with your email address, you can help us keep our administrative costs down and leave more funds available for scientific research.

What is The Heart Research Institute’s Charity Registration Number and address?
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Charity Registration Number: 83580 6936 RR0001

Registered Address

Heart Research Institute (CAN)
Suite 1200
350 Bay Street 
Toronto ON MSH 256

What is the difference between The Heart Research Institute (Canada) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation?
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The Heart Research Institute (Canada) is a member of The Heart Research Institute group, a centre for cutting edge scientific research, while the Heart and Stroke Foundation uses donations from the community to fund heart research, to develop guidelines for health professionals, support patient care and generally help Canadians to live healthier lifestyles.

Is cancer now Canada's and the world’s biggest killer?
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Cardiovascular disease, which encompasses heart attack and stroke, still kills more people every year than any other condition, including cancer.