Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

How to Make a Donation

Your Donations at Work

  • 1. How does Burnaby Hospital Foundation make decisions on where to use my donation?

    Burnaby Hospital Foundation meets with hospital physicians, administrators and frontline staff to determine where funds will have the greatest impact on patient care. We take our role seriously to ensure that Burnaby Hospital is equipped in every way to advance the health of all generations that will help maintain the vibrancy of the entire community.

  • 2. Can I request that my donation go to a particular area of care or fund?

    Yes, certainly. Although unrestricted donations allow us flexibility to meet emergent demands, many donors wish to direct their gifts according to their personal preferences. We welcome you to contact our office so we can put you in touch with the information you need to make your decision.

  • 3. Can I leave a donation in my will?

    Absolutely. In fact, a growing number of people are choosing the option of a planned gift. Please contact Sylvia Zylla, Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at 604.431.2804 or by email for more information.

  • 4. Am I paying for something the government should be funding?

    It’s complicated. Did you know that there isn’t a BC hospital that is fully government-funded? Modest government funding is nowhere near enough to satisfy good health-care levels. Hospitals are expensive to operate but crucial for our medically necessary services.

    Donations fund up to half the cost of Burnaby Hospital’s new medical equipment. In fact, since 2002 our donors have given well over $20 million to purchase new equipment and upgrades for the hospital. And that doesn’t include the dollars raised for clinical education, hospital programs or community-wellness initiatives, which also rely on donations to exist.

  • 5. Are funds ever used for fundraising activities?

    Yes. As a registered charity, Burnaby Hospital Foundation relies on fundraising expenditures to carry out our mission to improve health care experiences and outcomes for patients at Burnaby Hospital and Fellburn Care Centre. As an organization, we are committed to full transparency in the use of every donor dollar we receive, and we work hard to ensure the best possible value in our activities.