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Guidelines

LifeLabs has a long tradition of supporting Canadian charitable and non-profit organizations through donations and sponsorships. This spirit of giving is seen at a company level and also through our employees’ individual efforts within their own communities.

At LifeLabs we are committed to building a healthier Canada. We want to use our organization’s knowledge and resources, our health-care leadership and the commitment of our people to meaningfully impact the health and well-being of people in our communities.

We receive hundreds of requests each year—more than we can support. To help us make some difficult choices, we’ve developed the following community engagement guidelines:

  • LifeLabs community giving is focused on healthcare services in Canada. We make no exceptions.
  • We only fund projects with measurable results. We cannot provide general operating support.   
  • Preference is given to programs that benefit communities where our employees live and work.

We only support organizations that are fiscally sound and have strong management and accountability practices.

Eligibility

Funding grants, sponsorships and other forms of community giving are only made to organizations that are one of the following:

  • registered charity with a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) number
  • registered provincial non-profit society
  • publicly funded educational institution
  • publicly funded healthcare institution

Also, to be considered, organizations must not fall within our list of restricted organizations and causes.

Focus: healthcare

Since, like most companies, we receive more worthy proposals than we can support, we focus community giving towards the following three key areas of health care:

  • Health promotion – promoting healthy lifestyles in order to prevent illness
  • Healthcare delivery (disease treatment and management) – helping people who require acute care or who have a chronic or life-threatening illness receive the care they need to improve their health and quality of life.
  • Health education and advancement – training and developing healthcare workers; advancing our knowledge of disease and effective treatment

Funding proposal requirements

To be considered for funding, proposals must clearly fall within LifeLabs’ community giving mandate. They must also contain the following elements:

  • name, address, phone number, fax number and web address for your organization
  • name and email address of a contact person familiar with the proposal details
  • overview of your organization, including an audited financial statement for the previous year
  • title of the project or program for which you are seeking support
  • one-page summary of your project or program needs, including: what it is, why it is needed, who it serves, and how it fits into one or all focus areas of our community giving program
  • proposed timeline
  • estimated budget
  • charitable registration number, Non-Profit Registration Number, or other evidence of meeting our eligibility criteria

Restrictions

LifeLabs has also instituted the following limitations within our Community Engagement Program. We will not consider funding for the following:

  • individuals
  • general operating costs
  • for-profit organizations
  • arts and cultural organizations
  • sports teams, both professional and amateur
  • travel costs, including student trips and tours
  • educational programs not related to health or science
  • projects or services outside of regions where we have operations
  • organizations not registered as non-profit or charitable organizations
  • political organizations (such requests are referred to our Government Relations department for consideration)
  • organizations that restrict their services to members of a particular religion or ethnic group
  • organizations that discriminate on the basis of colour, sex, religion, nationality, age, disability or sexual orientation
  • organizations with a limited constituency, such as service clubs, fraternal organizations or labour organizations
  • organizations that may in any way pose a conflict with our vision, values, goals, programs, products and services or employees

Major proposals

Proposals seeking $5,000 or more should also include the following:

  • statement on the organization’s history, purpose and goals, size of membership and constituency, geographic service area, use of volunteers, and general accomplishments to-date
  • description of how the proposal addresses needs not met by other non-profit organizations
  • explanation of how the applicant organization is qualified to get the job done
  • definition of the audience served and estimated numbers to be served
  • statement of expected results, a communications plan and evaluation plan
  • background statement on the executive director and key staff involved in the program 
  • list of officers and board members and their affiliations
  • copy of the organization’s operating budget
  • copy of the organization’s most recent annual report 

Submitting your request

LifeLabs considers funding proposals between November and January of each year. If you have missed this request period, please consider submitting a request next time.

Have questions? Email us at Community@lifelabs.com.

Want to submit a proposal? Email us at Community@lifelabs.com.

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