DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Durham Regional Crime Stoppers is looking for new ways to raise funds for the organization.
With a decline in revenue sources, the local Crime Stoppers’ board recently decided to create a fundraising committee.
“We realized, going forward, our operating costs are increasing, so we decided we need to form a fundraising committee,” Crime Stoppers board chair Denis Ayotte said. “It’s not like we are hurting, but we need to remain where we have been and continue that.”
For years, Durham’s Crime Stoppers relied on funding from victim surcharge fines, imposed by the courts. However, Mr. Ayotte told The Standard the money gradually started to decrease four years ago and now the organization is not receiving any court money.
“[The court money] definitely supported us,” Mr. Ayotte said.
He estimated the organization’s operating costs are somewhere near $20,000 per year. Durham Regional Crime Stoppers did receive a commitment from the Durham Region’s police services board in April, of $10,000 for this year and an additional $5,000 for 2018.
Crime Stoppers’ fundraising committee met on Wednesday, May 17th.
“The meeting went really well and everyone pitched in ideas,” Mr. Ayotte told The Standard.
According to Mr. Ayotte, some of the ideas pitched at the meeting included running two to three events in the community each year and partnering with other community based organizations.
He also said they are going to look at what other Crime Stoppers organizations are doing to fundraise.
“We do stay in close contact with other boards, such as the one in Peterborough and the Ontario Association of Crime Stoppers and we do find it is the same status from all Crime Stoppers in Ontario, that these organizations are aware of the need for further fundraising efforts,” Mr. Ayotte said.
He also spoke about his goal for the organization.
“We have been a strong organization, and we want to continue that and to continue to work with the police services board to help make Durham Region a safe place to work and live.”
Durham Regional Crime Stoppers was started in 1986.
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