Urgent Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation

by Faculty Association | Filed under December 2015.

The current Syrian refugee crisis has prompted the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Executive Committee to reactivate the CAUT Refugee Foundation. The Foundation was initially created in the 1970s to offer support to refugees fleeing Vietnam for Canada. The Foundation is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, allowing it to issue tax receipts.

The CAUT Executive Committee is encouraging academic staff associations and their members to donate to the Foundation to support refugee relief and resettlement efforts. Funds collected on behalf of the Foundation will be provided to the Canadian Red Cross. The Red Cross and Red Crescent are supplying, food, water and first aid to refugees across Southern Europe and the Middle East. At its meeting on December 15, the Faculty Association Board of Directors passed a motion to donate $10,000 to the Foundation.

The Canadian government has pledged to match dollar-for-dollar, every contribution that individual Canadians make to a registered Canadian charity for Syrian refugees, until Dec. 31, 2015.

More information on how to make individual donations to the Foundation, should you choose, can be found on the CAUT website here.

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