For over 2 years Dementia Advocacy Canada (DAC) has built membership across the country and operated as a true grass-roots organization with a volunteer team comprised of people with lived dementia experience and care partners. It has achieved remarkable success in influencing a Canadian Dementia Strategy, participating in relevant research studies , educating, informing and assisting individuals in navigating the healthcare system. It did this with no budget and relied entirely on volunteer goodwill.
In 2021 DAC undertook a strategic review and a branding exercise with external pro-bono consultants. The next logical step is to formalize and incorporate as a not-for-profit (NFP) organization. Funds are needed to cover legal fees, registration and start-up expenses. Once established as a NFP, DAC will be able to solicit funds for general and specific programs, with the ability to provide tax receipts for contributions.
But we have to start somewhere and that is why your initial financial support is requested through this GoFundMe campaign. Please help us establish DAC on a more solid foundation so as to better serve the needs of an ever-growing community. In his 2021 book, Neglected No More, Medical Globe & Mail journalist André Picard has painted a graphic picture of what awaits us if we do not act. The time is now!