Health charities share space and services to leverage operational costs and increase efficiencies

March 1, 2017

Office moves taking place in Calgary and Ottawa this spring between three major not-for-profit charitable organizations are just the latest in a series of steps by The Arthritis Society and our partners in the health charity sector to leverage our common infrastructure needs and introduce cost-saving efficiencies to our operations.

In Ottawa, The Arthritis Society is joining the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (MS) and Diabetes Canada to consolidate their offices in a single location. In Calgary, following similar moves in Regina and Winnipeg, The Society is sharing space with MS and maximizing common areas to create a “hub,” while retaining their separate and distinct mission, programming and fundraising initiatives. The strategic move allows each organization to reduce overhead, benefit from shared space, and in turn direct more donor funds to mission programming that more directly benefits the people we serve.

“We always strive to maximize our donors’ impact on the lives of people living with arthritis,” says Janet Yale, president and CEO of The Arthritis Society. “To that end, we’re actively leading collaborations like these with health charities across the country to create communities of mutual support, built around the goal we all share: freeing Canadians from the ravages of chronic disease.”

The Arthritis Society already provides shared space at our head office in Toronto to ALS Society of Canada, The Cancer Research Society and the Arthritis Alliance of Canada. We also have a long-established history of sharing space in our BC offices in Vancouver and Victoria with Vancouver Coastal Health, an organization that shares our patient-focused model of service delivery.

“The challenges currently facing health charities in Canada require new solutions,” Yale explains. “We have been entrusted with our donors’ generous support, and it’s incumbent on us to be responsible stewards of those funds, so that donors can be confident that their gifts are actively supporting the needs of people with arthritis in their community. We are thinking creatively to help ensure that happens – and building fruitful partnerships along the way that will help strengthen the Canadian health charity sector as a whole.”

“Each organization worked collaboratively to plan the logistics of this move in Ottawa. We now have a solid plan—allowing each of us to continue to deliver on our mission and make an impact in the community in a more cost-efficient way,” says Rick Blickstead, president and CEO of Diabetes Canada. “We look forward to serving the needs of those with, or at risk of, diabetes, at our new location.”

“It’s been gratifying to work with our partners in the health charity space in this way,” says Lisa McCoy president of the MS Society of Canada’s Ontario and Nunavut Division. “Our locations may have changed, but the high quality of programs and services we deliver in these communities has not.”

Move information is communicated in-market via email, phone and internet, with the support of local media outlets where appropriate, to ensure continuity of services for those who rely on our services.
It’s just one more way The Arthritis Society is working to help our donors make lives better for people with arthritis.