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December 2019

Message from the Executive Director 
How people were helped: November 2019
Supporter Spotlight: The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation
Season of Giving: Thank you to Our Supporters
The AFC's Holiday Schedule

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I think a few of you might have the impression that The AFC is a depressing place to work.

Granted, we do have some difficult moments here. And there are times when we can’t help but be troubled by some of the harrowing experiences our clients have lived through. But what sustains us is our understanding that this is a place where we can help to make things better for people. We are the optimistic ones in dark times. We are the bringers of hope who, fuelled by our passion for this work, use our skills to think creatively to find options for people who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn.

When contemplating the state of the world around us, many of us yearn for change that we fear we will not see. It is easy to be overtaken by cynicism and to feel overwhelmed by all that seems to be going wrong.

In the grand scheme of things, buying a few groceries or paying a month’s rent for someone so they can go back out and make a film or act in a play is not headline-making news.

But here in our infinitesimally small corner of the universe, there are some of us – you and me included – who believe deeply that culture is of inestimable value to our society and that the people who make the work we love to see not only deserve our help but must be supported through times of crisis in order to create the conditions required for that important work to continue.

The power to do something good for someone, even if that something seems insignificant in the context of the larger problems we face, is within all of us.

Ours is a small flame burning on a cold night. Your generosity keeps it alight.

Warmest wishes from all of us at The AFC for a hopeful holiday season.

David Hope
Executive Director

How people were helped: November 2019

Last month, your support helped us distribute $39,516.53 in emergency financial aid to arts and entertainment professionals facing crisis situations. Here's how people were helped:

  • $18,132.65 to help keep a roof over people’s heads
  • $4,290.00 for groceries and other necessities
  • $1,135.25 to cover utilities
  • $4,735.76 for travel and transportation
  • $1,059.55 to keep the phone and internet connected
  • $9,050.32 for emergency dental care, medical expenses, and physiotherapy
  • $1,117.00 to cover child care, union dues, and more

Supporter Spotlight: The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation

We are extremely grateful to the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation (AMDF) for their generous gift to support the healthcare expenses for our clients in the Emergency Financial Aid Program. Their support helps cover physiotherapy costs, prescription drugs, counselling, dental treatments, medical equipment and devices, extended health insurance premiums, and fees for addiction treatments.

AMDF’s Executive Director Alyse Dan says: “The Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation supports community, healthcare and education with a focus on youth mental health and homelessness. We are committed to the prevention of both. Research shows there is a direct positive link between the arts and mental health. The AFC’s Emergency Financial Aid Program ensures that entertainment professionals have access to funds and supports, which help them to maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. By helping artists when they are in a health crisis or state of emergency, The AFC works to ensure the long-term success of their clients."

"The Emergency Financial Aid program combats poor mental and physical health outcomes on two fronts through intervention and prevention. The organization uses an integrative approach by intervening when necessary and providing guidance through the Financial Wellness Program and Personal Support and Advocacy to help artists to build and maintain financial, physical and mental wellness. AMDF is proud to support a program that connects to our giving priorities and ensures that individuals lead healthy and productive lives.”

Learn more about the Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation and other projects they support here

Season of Giving: Thank You to Our Supporters

It’s the season of giving! Industry organizations, film sets, theatre companies, and individuals across the country have been raising funds in support of The AFC by hosting benefit performances and fundraising events and organizing audience collections since the day The AFC started in 1958.

We are humbled by their kindness that underwrites our vital work – below are just some of our long-standing supporters. This holiday season, we celebrate our community and say THANK YOU to all who contributed to The AFC this year.

Theatre Cares Vancouver raised $20K this year to benefit three important charities, including The AFC! Thank you for your continued support and your tremendous work to raise funds and awareness around HIV-related issues. 
Stratford Festival has been a long-standing supporter of The AFC for decades. This year, the Festival raised over $37K through audience collections and benefit performances. Huge thanks to Stratford company member and our Board Director Steve Ross for leading the fundraising efforts at the Festival.
Shaw Festival continues to support The AFC by raising over $10K this year through audience collections. Special thanks and cheers to company member Jenny Wright for spearheading the amazing fundraising efforts this festival season.
A Christmas Cabaret by our friends at Drayton Entertainment is probably our most favourite holiday tradition. Huge thanks to everyone at Drayton for donating the proceeds from the event to support The AFC!
Special thanks to Larry Goldhar - the founder of The Characters Talent Agency - who is donating all the proceeds from the sale of his book A Character Study to support the work of The AFC. Get this poignant and hilarious volume in paperback directly from the agency or order an e-book here, just in time for the holidays!

The AFC's Holiday Schedule

Our offices will be closed for the holiday break on December 23, 2019, and will re-open fully on January 6, 2020

Please note that all applications for emergency financial aid received during the break will be considered in January 2020. If you are experiencing a crisis, please contact your local crisis line, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room. Click here for more information on the available resources and how to get help can be found here.

We wish you a safe, warm, and festive holiday season!

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