CADDAC's activities - which are primarily education, awareness and advocacy - are funded in a variety of ways. Much of our funding is in the form of donations in kind, or more simply put, volunteer time. Our organization was founded, and continues to run, on the basis of time and expertise donated by our dedicated and committed volunteers.
Funding is obtained through membership fees, conference fees, and unsolicited donations from families. In the past we have also received financial support for educational programs from the Parent Engagement Program of the Ontario Ministry of Education.
As many patient organizations do, we also receive some funding from pharmaceutical companies through educational grants for specific projects proposed to the funder by CADDAC. Funding is not conditional on incorporating messaging that benefits the company or promotes their products - in fact this is strictly prohibited according to the Rx& D Stakeholder Relations Collaborative Partnership Guiding Principles available on the Rx& D website.
CADDAC stipulates in all agreements with corporate, or any other type of funders, that the organization has control of all messaging in proposed projects.
CADDAC continues to work towards diversification of its funding base to obtain financial support for awareness, education and advocacy projects from a variety of private and public funded sources. Since one of your primary goals is advocacy for those dealing with ADHD, CADDAC often finds it necessary to be critical of the resources available and the lack of awareness and management of the disorder in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. This then makes it more difficlt to access government funding. In addition, we find that due to the stigma, and misunderstandings that continue to exist around ADHD, private sector companies, other than pharmaceutical businesses, remain reluctant to fund ADHD organizations.
One of CADDAC's primary goals is to build awareness of ADHD as a medical disorder that significantly impacts millions of Canadians of all ages, genders, ethnicities and from all socioeconomic groups. We expect that when this is accomplished, we will be able to broaden the scope of our funding.
CADDAC was founded in 2005 to fill a void at the national level for an organization that could speak and advocate for Canadian families affected by ADHD. CADDAC remains committed to ensuring the voice of those with ADHD is heard with the assistance of our hard working volunteers. We will continue to do this work in a variety of ways as long as unconditional funding sources remain available.
CADDAC would like to acknowledge the generous support of, Janssen, Shire Canada and Purdue Pharma, as well as individual donors during 2014.
In 2015 to date, CADDAC has received funding towards awarenees and advocacy efforts as well as educational events from Shire Canada and Janssen. In addition we have received a funding grant for the devlopment and distribution of an adult ADHD brochure from Janssen.