Please consider donating to our Giving Bags

The ASSOCIUM GAIN team will once again take to the streets and randomly pass out Giving Bags to those in need. 

The bags will include items such as toiletries, granola bars, socks, and blankets. If you or your company would like to donate items or cash, please contact our office today and we will help make giving easy!

Bags will be completed on November 28th and distributed on November 29th - Giving Tuesday.

If you have something to donate please reply to this email or contact Jenn Poirier, 416-867-9350 | 888-761-1164 |  extension 243 
ASSOCIUM Advisor Servicestwo
Managing General Agent (MGA)
Supporting you to obtain and retain clients through plan design review, case marketing, full analysis at renewal and continuing education seminars.

Third Party Administrator (TPA)
Blending the right solutions for your clients' needs by administering several insurers on one billing, and simplifying communication with one booklet/certificate.

Claims Adjudication
We provide customized formularies utilizing our own drug card and tailor drug plans to meet your clients' needs.  
Learning and Developmentthree
Shifting from Discretionary to Annuity-based Budget Funding 

Last month we discussed why your organization should provide training for its employees and the value of training and development.

Our topic this month is funding learning and development. Against the backdrop of our knowledge and service based economy few leaders in the non-profit (NP) sector would disagree with the value of staff learning & development (L&D) opportunities as a basis of supporting mission success. The prevailing approach for L&D funding, however, works counter to this value proposition. Typically L&D budgets in small-mid size NPs are discretionary. It is usually one of the first line items to disappear in challenging economic times. The sector would benefit from shifting L&D budget funding from discretionary to an annuity-based approach.

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Help us help Ernestine's Shelter for Women this holiday season

The 14 Days of Christmas

As you may know, the GAIN division of ASSOCIUM is celebrating our 20th anniversary helping the non-profit sector decrease their hard and soft costs, and increase their internal capacity! Some companies celebrate by hosting parties or receiving gifts. We would like to celebrate by Giving Gifts. We are hoping you would like to help us celebrate these last 20 years of successfully making a difference in communities across the country, by donating to the 14 Days of Christmas Campaign. We are organizing a Christmas gift drive for 14 women (and their children) who are currently staying at Ernestine's Shelter for Women and will have to stay over the Christmas season.

How you can help
Here is a Christmas Wish List for the 14 families staying at Ernestine's. We would like to start collecting right away, with just a little over a month away! We will house donations at our office, and will begin the process of tagging (your first name will be included or company) wrapping and bagging on Wednesday December 14th for delivery on Thursday December 15th, in time for Ernestine's Christmas party. 

If you don't have (new and unwrapped) items to donate or time to shop, please consider a gift card...some of the moms have GCs on their wish list so that they might purchase gifts for their children themselves. If you don't have time for a gift card, just send us your donation and we'll purchase on your behalf - and send you the receipt! It would be our pleasure.

If you have something to donate please reply to this email or contact  Jenn Poirier , 416-867-9350 | 888-761-1164 |  extension 243 
If you would like to be recognized in this section of our newsletter or website, please forward a short article to Your content can include an introduction to your organization to help generate awareness; it can give a history; highlight your mandate; or even give details of an event. It's your space. We would love to help promote your organization and its initiatives!
pharmacyAsk the Pharmacist: Medication Disposal
Where to Dispose of Medications, Sharps and Syringes

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and disease. However, they are often changed, discontinued or stopped for a variety of reasons. Many Canadian homes' medicine cabinets and drawers are filled with either expired drugs or unused medications.

Inappropriate disposal of unused medications increases the risk of adverse drug reactions, illicit or dangerous use, and potential environmental contamination.

eventsUpcoming Events
ASSOCIUM has a Calendar of Events, and we offer exclusive use to our ASSOCIUM GAIN members!

We welcome and encourage you to send us your event information so that we can post it for you - complimentary for ASSOCIUM GAIN members. Let us help you get the word out to the public about the initiatives you'd like them to know about! We can add a link to your website for more information about your event and your organization. This is ideal for upcoming galas, festivals, performances - any event you want to invite the public to.
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Google Funding applications close November 26th, 2016
The Impact Challenge will provide $5 million in grant funding to Canadian nonprofit organizations that are using technology to tackle the world's biggest social challenges.  

Five winners will each receive $750K in grant funding, and five additional finalists will receive a $250K grant. All ten organizations will also receive mentorship from Google and the LEAP Centre for Social Impact to help bring their idea to life. 

This grant is open to all registered nonprofits and charities in Canada, and it does not need to be a brand new idea. In fact, organizations can apply with a project that is already a work in progress. To apply, or for more information, visit
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Since 1984, ASSOCIUM Consultants continues to lead the industry in specialized human resource services, organizational development and provides HR expertise
across a broad range of services.
We're unique in the marketplace providing innovative and customized Advisor services: Managing General Agent , Third Party Administrator, Claims Adjudication, Specialty Drug Management / Preferred Pharmacy Network and Human Resources Consulting.

ASSOCIUM Benefits 

Our employee group benefits division, being in business since 1997, gives us the experience to provide customized alternative plans and reduce administrative costs for our clients, while quoting sustainable rates at start up - and at renewal.  

Our procurement services division launched in 1996 as an added source of assistance to the not-for-profit sector ( GAIN). Recently this service has been expanded to include private small business under the Advantage banner. Our goal is to help your organization access preferred pricing for products and services as well as resolve any purchasing issues you may encounter.
Supporting the success of Canadian organizations since 1984.