Why Register for ABC Membership?
To stay informed through members-only e-Newsletters
To participate in provincial conferences and local workshops
To participate in our family support network
To connect with other members in your local area through chapter activities
To ensure full access to research & resources on gifted issues
To increase your knowledge & ability to advocate for your child
To register your support for educational excellence
To increase community understanding of the needs of bright children
To support ABC programs and initiatives that help children & youth reach their full potential
To have the right to have your say at the Annual General Meeting
Who Can Join?
Membership is open to anyone interested in the needs of bright and gifted children. We do not test children, nor do we require "proof" that they are bright.
ABC believes that all children, including bright children, deserve to be accepted for who they are. They deserve the opportunity to realize their potential as fully as possible.
ABC is interested in the special needs of all bright and gifted children, regardless of linguistic or socio-economic background.
How To Join?
Simply make a donation through CanadaHelps.org. Canada Helps issues your charitable tax receipt which saves ABC Ontario administrative costs and volunteer hours.
Whatever contact info you provide to Canada Helps when making your donation will be added to ABC Ontario's member-donor list when we receive donor records from Canada Helps.
Local ABC Ontario chapters will receive the contact info for the members in their local area. For this reason, it is helpful if you specify your local school board or chapter on the Canada Helps forms though we will do our best to connect you with the nearest active chapter.
How is your donation used?
The first $20 from each donation goes towards the Provincial funding requirements of ABC. This is used to provide resources and support to the local chapters as well as cover the minimal basic overhead costs of operating as a registered charity in Canada. ABC Ontario is currently completely volunteer operated and has no paid staff.
A small admin fee is retained by Canada Helps, a recognized charity themselves, who provides this invaluable service to many of Canada's most respected charities large and small.
The balance of your donation will go to the nearest active chapter or into a fund to start-up and re-vitalize local chapter activity. For this reason many supporters choose to donate $40 or more, but this is completely up to you. Every donation, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.
You can designate how you would like your donation to be used or to which chapter you wish it be directed which may differ from your mailing address. If requested, 100% of your donation, other than the Canada Helps admin fee, can be directed to a local chapter in certain circumstances. Please indicate this when completing the forms on Canada Helps and contact us if you have any questions about donating to ABC Ontario.