A gift to the Learning Centre is a lasting legacy for you and your loved ones. Your gift in honour of a friend, relative or colleague as a celebration of a special remembrance keeps your tribute alive, and your gift opens the door to a child’s future.

Specialized instruction is in high demand within schools, resulting in long wait lists for services, and specialized services within the private sector carry enormous cost. Although many of these commercial tutoring and instructional programs are potentially transformative, they are not financially feasible for many families. Parents whose child is diagnosed with dyslexia struggle to gain access to the required services that can enable their child to progress with their peer group. Too often parents are left with no place to turn as their child has no access to evidence-based remedial programs.

The B.C. Learning Centres for Children with Dyslexia can help. We ensure children from financially challenged families have the opportunity to gain the skills and confidence required to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. The centre provides one-on-one tutoring to children with dyslexia, and the key to the uniqueness and success of our program is that all tutors are trained without charge and all tutoring is FREE to the children enrolled.

LITERACY MATTERS

Literacy is important to all British Columbians as it impacts healthcare, crime rates, employment and economic status.
  • In B.C., one in four children is “developmentally vulnerable” when beginning kindergarten and one in five students does not complete high school in the expected time.
  • Almost 4 in 10 youths aged 15 have insufficient reading skills.
  • 42% of Canadian adults between the ages of 16 and 65 have low literacy skills, with over one-quarter of Canadians aged 22 to 29 with a learning disability reporting less than a high school certificate.
  • Fewer than 20% of people with the lowest literacy skills are employed.
  • The Canadian government spends more than $2,500 on employment insurance and $4,000 on social assistance annually for each high school dropout, for a total annual cost of $2.4 billion.
  • 55% of working age adults in Canada are estimated to have less than adequate health literacy skills. Shockingly, 88% of adults over the age of 65 appear to be in this situation.
  • Persons with learning difficulties are 2 to 3 times more likely to report fair to poor physical, general, and mental health.
  • Persons with learning difficulties are more than twice as likely to report high levels of distress, depression, anxiety disorders, suicidal thoughts, visits to a mental health professional and poorer overall mental health compared to persons without disabilities.
  • The B.C. government spends approximately $680 million each year on health information to those with low health literacy.

  • Increasing literacy levels among B.C. adults starts with providing additional and accessible resources at the root of the problem: children’s literacy.

    Leave a Legacy of Learning

    Your planned gift may be made in several forms:
  • Gifts to the Learning Centres in your will, either as a percentage of your estate or as a specific sum of money, for the general purposes of the organization;
  • Designate the Learning Centres as the beneficiary of our existing, paid-up or new life insurance policy;
  • Donate publicly listed securities, bonds, mutual funds, term deposits or other property, or by gifting all or part of your RRSPs or RRIFs to the Learning Centre;
  • Speak with us about other ways you can structure your gift to the Learning Centres to meet your philanthropic objectives while maximizing tax savings and other benefits.

  • You can choose to send a personalized card to the person indicating how much they mean to you or we will schedule it to be sent at a later date on your behalf. lf you choose, the amount of your gift will be kept strictly confidential. As gifts will allow you to enjoy tax savings, you’ll always receive an official receipt.

    Gifts can be immediate or deferred or a combination of both. Please remember:
  • Transferring your assets to the Learning Centres, whether through bequest, life insurance or securities, is a financial / legal matter and should be discussed with your accountant / lawyers / financial advisor.
  • Rules governing the tax benefits of charitable giving can and do change, hence appropriate consultant advice is recommended.

  • Families, friends and corporate donors are making an investment in British Columbia’s future by including B.C. Learning Centres for Children with Dyslexia in the planning of their estates and corporate giving. Why not join this group of progressive individuals?

    Email us at bclcvancouver@gmail.com for more information.

    All donor gifts receive a tax receipt. Charitable Registration #: BN82901 4869