Synergy Collective

Charity Information

Interested In Applying? and Current Partnerships

Charity Information 

Participation requires:

  1. Charity must be registered with the CRA and be in good standing,
  2. Board of Directors provides a signed approval (generally managed through a letter of intent indicating that the Board approves of the charities involvement with Synergy and commitment to fully participating in the process),
  3. Attendance at all meetings, retreat trainings and partnership meetings,
  4. Linking of all marketing and promotional activities including web, Twitter, Facebook etc.

Monthly Showcase requires: 

Commitment to selling a minimum of 80 tickets to your featured showcase night.

Provision of front door volunteer(s) to assist patrons who have purchased tickets through you (the charity) to find their seats i.e. one to two people.

When selling tickets, charity reps must ensure they collect information specific to patron accessibility needs. The Rowing Club is wheel chair accessible however, the room is limited. To craft a seating chart and ensure the safety of every patron, knowledge of any accessibility needs i.e. number of patrons in a wheelchair etc., is required prior to the charities showcase night.

A seating chart will be emailed to the charity rep(s) the Sunday before the Tuesday showcase. The seating chart will include patron information such as accessibility needs. Any questions regarding the seating chart should be directed to Yvonne –

Provision of 6 to 10 Volunteers from 6pm to 10pm (can be in shifts i.e. 5:30 to 7:30, 8:00 to 10:00) to assist with seating, serving and after show tear down.

Provision of 10 to 15 door prizes valued from $25 to $50. Included with door prizes should be a list which identifies what each prize is and the number associated with each prize i.e. 1) Bottle of Wine, 2) Movie Pass for 2 etc. The list will be used by the show host when announcing prize winners and can also be attached to table signage (8.5 x 11) - Please note all monies raised from the door prize draw goes directly to support Synergy and the cost of putting on the showcase. 

If doing more than one fundraising element at the showcase i.e. silent auction, wine draw, cup cake draw, 50/50 etc., please remember that the secondary fundraiser must not detract from revenue made through door prize ticket sales. On average $800 to $1000 is raised and if Synergy fails to raise this amount the charity will be requested to make up the difference. A set amount to be paid will be determined prior to the showcase.

We know every charity wants to raise as much money as they can during the showcase. What we know works best i.e. most successful at raising additional money and sensitive to understanding patrons only have so money to give, is to host a maximum of two additional fundraising activities i.e. door prize raffle and silent auction etc.  Don’t do more than two as patrons feel overwhelmed when there are multiple money asks and may perceive your efforts are just about a money grab. 

You also have some choice with respect to what additional fundraising activities you want to do. This needs to be coordinated with Synergy prior to your showcase night. Remember, if you don’t do the door prize raffle, then it will be expected that monies raised from one of your fundraising activities be given to Synergy. The amount will be determined in consultation with Synergy prior to the showcase.

Please have a representative available at your night who can speak for up to a minute about the organization and the work being completed. Let Yvonne know who will be talking so proper introductions can be made by the show host.

The Rowing Club maintains state of the art audio equipment, if you require the use of said equipment charity rep(s) must contact Yvonne prior to your showcase night to request such. Please note the Vancouver Rowing Club typically assigns a service fee for the use of its audio equipment, however every effort will be made to have this fee waived. If the fee can’t be waived the charity will be responsible for paying the service fee.

You are welcome to place promotional material on the tables. Any other signage including posters etc, needs to be coordinated with Yvonne from Synergy prior to your showcase night to meet Vancouver Rowing Club regulations. Please note, the Vancouver Rowing Club does not permit the use of tape to post information on their walls.  

If wanting to decorate the Rowing Club, please contact Yvonne prior to your showcase night to discuss and confirm what can or can’t be accommodated as per Vancouver Rowing Club regulations.

If wanting to bring item(s) that require refrigeration i.e. a cake, please contact Yvonne prior to your showcase night to determine if the request can be accommodated.


At the Fall Retreat charities complete planning for the upcoming showcase season. 

Planning involves but is not limited too:

  • Establishment of learning goals and outcomes, 
  • Selection of evalutation tool(s) to support outcome achievement, 
  • Review of showcase structures and proceedures, 
  • Selection of partnership mentor groupings i.e. pairs, triads etc., 
  • Training topics and goals for 3 identified training sessions including November retreat, 
  • Selection of featured showcase month,
  • Ticket pricing, 
  • Volunteer needs, etc 

2019 Charity Partnerships

Feb 5, 2019 - Child Haven International

Inspired by the ideals and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Child Haven International is a registered charity founded in 1985. We assist children and women in developing countries, who are in need of food, education, health care, shelter and clothing, emotional and moral support.

March 5, 2019 - New View Society 


New View Society was establised in August 1973 in response to the de-institutionaliztion of patients from Riverview Psychiatric Hospital. Many previous Review patients were now living in the community and needed social, recreational or work programs to assist them with community integration. New View Society was formed to meet that need. 

April 2, 2019 - The Cascadia Society  

The Cascadia Society is a life-sharing community of individuals founded on the principles of the international Camphill Movement. The central purpose is community building, by working and living with those individuals in need of special care. Cultural, artistic and therapeutic experiences are provided through residential home care and day activities within the urban setting of Vancouver's North Shore. By emphasizing the practical elements of life, skills are developed and matured. Beauty and order in the environment promote soul healing.

May 7, 2019 - Learning Buddies Network

Learning Buddies Network operates reading and math tutoring programs in weekly sessions after school in elementary schools in the lower mainland. During the summer, we operate our programs three times weekly in community centres. Each tutoring session typically involves 8-12 pairs of tutors and children, where the children are tutored one-to-one. All participants are together in a group location, such as the school library or designated meeting room. Group activities are included in the tutoring program as well.  The population served is elementary school-aged children who are falling behind in basic academics in reading and math. These children are selected by their resource or classroom teachers as suitable for our program. Many of our students come from families who are not able to augment the school program with parent or paid tutoring support. In order to fully support our students without placing an extra financial burden on them, our programs are free.

June 4, 2019 - ACT (Autism Community Training Society)

The mission of ACT – Autism Community Training is to provide excellent information and training, in accordance with international best practices. Our goal is to enable parents, professionals and para-professionals to support children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to live productive, satisfying lives within their families and communities.

July 2, 2019 - Synergy Collective Society​​


Synergy Collective Society is a community-based organization that blends art with social responsibility to support and create coperative community programming. We combine theoretical and practical training in community stewardship and planning to develop and support integrated partnerships between local charities, businesses and artisans.


October 1, 2019 - Jhamtse Canada 

Jhamtse (jhaam’-tsay) is Tibetan for “love and compassion.” Jhamtse Canada is a non-profit organization based in Canada. We are run by volunteers and sustained by individuals who participate in our programs. Our primary initiative is to support Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

November 5, 2019 - Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary 

Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary is a registered non-profit society whose purpose is to protect and enhance the quality of life for exotic birds. Greyhaven actively promotes avian welfare and awareness in the community through educational seminars and presentations to local schools, colleges, clubs, and other organizations. Our goal to help people understand the level of devotion and commitment it takes to share one’s home with a companion bird.

December 3, 2019 -  Fit4Defence/Synergy Collective and

Fit4Defense was created for children and youth for the purpose of anti-bulling, the prevention of violence, improving street safety and developing life skills. Classes are being offered in middle and secondary schools and in community settings for high risk youth.

Synergy Collective Society is a community-based organization that blends art with social responsibility to support and create coperative community programming. We combine theoretical and practical training in community stewardship and planning to develop and support integrated partnerships between local charities, businesses and artisans.