I’m really excited and grateful to inform you about a Pakistan Flood Relief Benefit Concert I am co-hosting with the St. Andrews United Church in Port Moody this coming Wednesday September 8th at 7PM. Entrance is by donation at the door. (Event Details Below).
All donations will be directed through Focus Humanitarian Assitance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network. http://www.akdn.org/focus
With the announcement of Government of Canada matching funding for donations made before September 12, we hope to maximize the amount of funds generated through our collective effort for the flood victims.
Please help us to make a difference in any way you can.
EVENT DETAILS (See also attached poster)
Pakistan Flood Relief Benefit Concert
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 7PM
St. Andrews United Church
2318 St. John’s Street, Port Moody
British Columbia Canada
(Free Parking around the back)
**Entrance by donation AT THE DOOR. Donations directed through Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Amir Haghighi and Amy Stephen (Persian Vocals & Celtic Harp)
Alumni of the Vancouver & Canadian Ismaili Muslim Youth Choir and Friends
Members of the Aurora Celebration Choir, Amy Stephen Conductor
FOCUS is an international crisis response and disaster risk reduction agency established in Central and South Asia, Europe and North America. It provides humanitarian relief and support during and following natural and man-made disasters, primarily in the developing world. It helps people in need reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid and facilitates their transition to sustainable self-reliant, long-term development. FOCUS is affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of institutions working to improve opportunities and living conditions for people of all faiths and origins, in specific regions of the developing world. For more information, please visit http://www.akdn.org/focus
If you are unable to attend the concert, online donations for the FOCUS Pakistan flood-relief effort can be made through a Canada Helps fundraiser by Toronto Ismaili Youth Shanifa Nasser at http://www.canadahelps.org/gp/9036
It should be noted that CanadaHelps assesses a transaction fee (3.9% – 4.9%) to accept donations.
Focus would benefit much more if donations were made directly to it.
789 Don Mills Road
Suite 201 Don Mills
Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T5
Tel: + 1 416 423 7988
From the CanadaHelps Website: http://www.canadahelps.org/Info/4/29/ss#Cost2
How much money gets sent to my charity?
CanadaHelps assesses a 3.9% transaction fee on donations before EFT disbursement. Donations to charities that aren’t registered for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) of donations are assessed an additional 1% (for a total of 4.9% per transaction).
Thank you for this note. Does focus have a way donors can make online donations?
FOCUS has a world-wide contact page here: http://www.akdn.org/focus_contact.asp?type=p
You may inquire with them directly. The above information about CanadaHelps charging 3.9% service fee is also accurate.
At the moment, the official website does not suggest that there is a facility for direct online donations. It would certainly be helpful if individuals email or call them directly to donate instead of paying convenience fee to a third party service. Organized group fund-raising efforts could also benefit by pre-arranging appropriate methods by calling local FOCUS offices.
For information, please check http://www.akdn.org/focus.asp