World precedent-setting law reform
The Non-Smokers' Rights Association has developed a hard-earned reputation in Canada and in international health circles for its forceful health advocacy. In fact, the NSRA has been the driving force behind several world precedents directed at both the environmental tobacco smoke problem and prevention of Canadian kids from becoming future statistics of the tobacco epidemic.
We have become major players in the health field thanks to
- membership fees to the NON-SMOKERS' RIGHTS ASSOCATION (NSRA) and
- donations to the related SMOKING AND HEALTH ACTION FOUNDATION (SHAF)
Both means of support are critical.
Despite the existence of two separate corporations, many of our supporters do not fully understand the difference between the Association and the Foundation. Each plays a different but crucial role in the campaign.
Why membership fees are so critical
The Non-Smokers' Rights Association is a national, non-profit health advocacy organization. Much of the NSRA's income from membership fees is used for vital legal and lobbying activities directed toward law reform. The mildly bad news is that, in order to push for law reform, the NSRA cannot have charitable status and cannot issue tax credits. We cannot use much appreciated donations to the Foundation to renew your membership. However, we cannot win without membership fee income.
The good news is that your membership fees and renewals fund some of the most critical health advocacy and law reform work performed anywhere. Your membership or renewal helps in another key way. One of the first things a politicians asks is “how many members do you represent?” Only if we keep your membership current can we maintain a strong membership base.
Membership involves no commitment of time, no necessity to attend meetings. In fact, membership simply helps us address the issues more effectively. So please renew your membership today. Or take out membership now if you are a non-member/donor.
The Smoking and Health Action Foundation
SHAF is a separate but related non-profit, registered, charitable health foundation. SHAF supports the important work of the NSRA not directly related to law reform, including research and public education. For example, SHAF funds the critical non-law reform work of the office staff including education and our extensive, highly praised work with the media.
As a registered charity, donations to the Foundation bring a tax credit for tax purposes under Registration No. 13205 6367 RR0001. Most of our members make donations to the Foundation over and above membership fees sent to the NSRA.
Click here to become a member of the NSRA and/or donate to SHAF, now.