People supporting people. Donors to ACT continue to be an integral part of advancing our mission to support people living with and at increased risk for HIV. As partners and investors, each of our donors has their own unique story for why ACT is special and important in their lives. Whether an individual or family donor, a corporation, or charitable foundation, we are proud to partner with those who share a passion and commitment to those we serve. For only together, can we achieve our goal of net zero.
Glen Johnson:Glen is partner at Torys LLP, a law firm in Toronto, and a new donor to ACT. This past year he joined the Charles M. Roy Giving Circle as an inaugural member, so we decided to ask him about his decision to support ACT. Here’s his story:
“I had fallen out of touch with ACT for a while – quite a while, in fact. While I was at law school in the ‘90s, my team at the student legal aid clinic organized outreach sessions, where a couple volunteers would come to ACT's old offices. What really stood out at the time was how committed ACT's staff were to looking after everyone who came through the door – community members, volunteers, clients and each other.
Fast forward 25 (or so) years, and I had a chance earlier this year to visit ACT's new offices and learn about the new strategic plan. While a lot has changed over that time, it was clear that ACT's commitment to the communities it serves, and the commitment and generosity of its staff, are as strong as ever.
So I wanted to do my part to help ACT continue on that path by contributing the Charles M. Roy Circle.
There's great work happening at ACT, with great people – and I would encourage others to help however they can, working Together Towards Zero for our kids, our friends, and our city.”
Dr. John Goodhew:"People live their life outside my office – they live their life in the community, which is where ACT is."
Dr. John Goodhew is a family physician who has been serving people living with HIV for over twenty years. Through years of service he has also been solidified within LGBTQ circles as an inclusive and compassionate physician. Dr. Goodhew is also a monthly donor to ACT, a crucial group of people whose generosity helps ensure the financial stability of the agency. Without donors like John, we would not be able to offer the slate of programs and services that we do.
How did you first hear of ACT?
It turns out that I had been working with ACT from the beginning of my career, although in the early years I wasn’t aware of the role they were playing in the lives of my patients. I only became aware of ACT as my patients came in and told me that they were going to a support group, receiving educational material or volunteering at ACT. So even though I didn’t know it, ACT has been my partner in the community since day one.
And what made you feel like becoming a donor was right for you?
I had been indirectly using ACT services for years. Certain aspects of education I can cover in my office but, let’s face it, people live their life outside my office – they live their life in the community, which is where ACT is. From the time I started practicing to the time I became a donor, there was a growing awareness of how important “People live their life outside my office – they live their life in the community, which is where ACT is.” ACT was in the lives of my patients. One day it dawned on me that this doesn’t happen for free, and if I wanted my patients to continue to have this resource then I needed to step up and do my part to ensure these services continue to exist. The work ACT does in the community compliments the work I do in my office and enhances the health and wellness of my patients. This is why I became a monthly donor. We really appreciate it.
How do you find monthly giving?
Monthly giving works perfectly for me because it’s easy. Running a medical practice can get hectic at times and having automatic, monthly withdrawal means there’s one less thing I have to remember to do. I want to make a significant contribution each year, but given my budgeting skills if I had to do it as a lump sum it either wouldn’t happen or would be for a lesser amount. As a monthly donor however, it’s only when I sit down to do my taxes each year that I realize my level of contribution through the annual tax receipt I receive.