Monthly Archives: November 2013

Moisson Montreal and I Can Go Without Partner for GivingTuesday

Moisson Montreal and I Can Go Without Partner for GivingTuesday

icgo 2What would one less coffee a week mean to you? With I Can Go Without, a social giving platform, giving up one single coffee or downsizing your morning latte, will save $1. That looney can provide one child with healthy food for an entire month! I Can Go Without has partnered with Moisson Montréal to raise 500$ on #GivingTuesdayCa – #MardiJeDonne.

Raising $500 will help Moisson Montreal feed 44 children for an entire month. If 500 users went without one single cup of coffee or just gave $1, that would mean three healthy meals per day for 44 children! For the first edition of GivingTuesdayCa, we encourage you to download “I Can Go Without” available on iOS and donate to our Moisson Montreal project.

Today, the strength and reach of our connected social networks can ignite change in real, concrete ways. Every micro-donation counts!

Toshiba’s Commitment to Giving Back

Toshiba’s Commitment to Giving Back

Toshiba KidsAt Toshiba, we understand that as a multi-national corporation we have a responsibility to our planet and the people who inhabit it. Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a cornerstone of our business. We seek to contribute to the future of a sustainable planet by addressing global issues such as climate change and by carrying out various social contribution programs. Toshiba Group is aiming to become the world’s foremost eco-company by 2015 by increasing the eco-efficiency of our products, processes and services.

Toshiba LogoIn addition to our global environmental initiatives, Toshiba of Canada Limited also supports many national and local non-profit organizations, medical and educational institutions, as well as community events. We are a proud partner of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and together we are dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity of ecosystems across Canada. We are also the National Notebook sponsor for the amazing Upopolis program which helps empower and keep connected kids and teens who are in hospitals. Toshiba, along with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded the ExploraVision Awards program over 20 years ago. ExploraVision is the world’s largest K-12 science and technology competition open to students from Canada and the United States. It encourages creative young minds to combine their imaginations with the tools of science and technology to create and explore a vision for the future.

TSA LogoAlthough we place great emphasis on our CSR activities year-round, December is Global CSR Month at Toshiba and a time when we go the extra mile to give back to those in need. Last year the Toshiba of Canada team raised over $20,000 during CSR month in support of local food banks and families in need, and Red Cross’ Hurricane Sandy Relief. This year, we are raising funds for The Salvation Army’s Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief, the York Region Children’s Aid Society Holiday Heroes program and local food banks.

When GivingTuesday approached us for support it was a no-brainer for us given our commitment to society and the future. We share their passion for giving and belief that if we come together we can accomplish amazing things. The Holiday Season is an especially important time to support charities and non-profit organizations in their efforts to create awareness and make a difference. Toshiba is thrilled to be participating in the GivingTuesday movement!

YWCA Toronto promotes Freedom from violence: a priceless holiday gift

YWCA Toronto promotes Freedom from violence: a priceless holiday gift

YWCAToronto“I knew I had to get away or I would not survive,” Jennifer* says of the
fateful Thanksgiving Day when her partner’s rage nearly ended her life.
Jennifer’s bravery and determination fuelled her to flee the violence;
and a loan from YWCA Toronto’s December 6 Fund gave her the first
and last month’s rent she needed to find the safety she so desperately
wanted.

YWCA Toronto is spotlighting the December 6 Fund as part of the
international Giving Tuesday campaign on December 3rd. Unlike the
spending frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday
shines a light on the importance of charitable giving. Funded through
charitable giving, YWCA Toronto’s December 6 Fund provides
interest-free loans to help women like Jennifer flee violence and
establish themselves in safety.

Jennifer’s escape from a third-storey window left her with multiple
fractures and necessitated emergency surgery. Unable to work during
her recovery, Jennifer and her son were evicted from their apartment.
Without money to pay for temporary storage, they lost all their
personal belongings. Just when things looked hopeless, Jennifer learned
she was eligible for a $750 interest-free loan from YWCA Toronto’s
December 6 Fund to help her start a new life.

The YWCA December 6 Fund was established in commemoration of the
Montréal Massacre in which a gunman shot and killed 14 women at
L’École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. Violence in the home is a
leading cause of women’s homelessness in Canada, because leaving a
violent relationship can require significant financial resources: first and
last month’s rent, moving expenses, furniture, and sometimes legal
representation.

Freedom from violence can bring joy to the simplest moments. On their
first Monday morning in a new home, YWCA Toronto’s December 6
Fund recipient Marla’s* daughter marveled at how peaceful and relaxed she felt, for once not having to tiptoe around her father’s anger
before going to school. “We had time to enjoy each other’s company
with no stress before a busy day,” Marla reflects.

On Giving Tuesday this December 3rd, donors can help women like
Jennifer and Marla escape violent households by giving to YWCA
Toronto’s December 6th Fund at ywcatoronto.org/donate.

*Names have been changed to protect identities

For GivingTuesday, Museum of the Highwood thanks flood relief volunteers

For GivingTuesday, Museum of the Highwood thanks flood relief volunteers

Highwood

This giving season, the Museum of the Highwood in High River, Alberta, feels so blessed and fortunate for the amazing support of volunteers who rallied their energy and support around our entire town after the devastating flood. It was a gift we will never be able to fully express our gratitude for. We are participating in GivingTuesday as a way of beginning to say, “thank you.”

Here are some ways we are asking Friends of the Museum to participate:

  • Join our social community and help to grow the GivingTuesday movement.
  • Come to the Museum of the Highwood on Tuesday, November 26th, for a special Thank You celebration, also recognizing Canadian Museums Day.
  • Honour GivingTuesday with volunteer time and/or financial support for their favourite charities.
  • Continue to support each other (friend, family, neighbour) as we have come together High River Strong over the past five months.
  • Pass on gently used, clean, good quality winter clothing and sports equipment to those in need.

We are so grateful for so much as we help make history on this first Canadian GivingTuesday!

Local crowdfunding site wants us to “give a buck” this GivingTuesday

Local crowdfunding site wants us to “give a buck” this GivingTuesday

Greedy Giver Give a Buck

GivingTuesday, a movement that started in U.S, is making its way to Canada this holiday season. GivingTuesday (Dec 3) is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

In true Canuck form, Canadians have embraced this new initiative with open arms. GreedyGiver.com, an official GivingTuesday Partner, is handing out 1000 loonies at Yonge & Dundas Square with the simple instructions to “Use This Coin For Good”. Lucky coin receivers are then encouraged to share their “good deed” stories online via Facebook, Twitter, and Vine.

“We wanted to encourage people to do something nice for someone else” says Sabrina Nicosia of GreedyGiver.com. “And we’re hoping that the more these coins pass hands, the more good deeds will be generated for and by the great people of Toronto.”

The coins are being handed out and Yonge & Dundas Square at noon on Tuesday, Nov 26th  – exactly one week before GivingTuesday.

“GivingTuesday is a chance for everyone to get involved in giving. Even if you can only give a dollar, we make a difference when we act together. Imagine if everyone in Canada gave an extra buck this GivingTuesday!” commented Woodrow Rosenbaum of GivingTuesday. “We can’t wait to hear the giving stories inspired by these dollars.”

For more information on GreedyGiver & the “Give A Buck” campaign visit MyBuckStory.ca

GivingTuesday and Interac Association announce Online donation matching program! [UPDATED]

GivingTuesday and Interac Association announce Online donation matching program! [UPDATED]

Interac Online

UPDATE Dec 4, 2013: The results of the matching offer are in!

  • The matching donation maximum of $10,000 was reached at 7:13 pm ET, December 3, 2013.
  • The matching distributions will be distributed to 252 different registered charities across the country.
  • CanadaHelps will inform the charities and pay out their matching awards by regular mail, in the next monthly disbursement. Charities will receive their Interac matching donation funds in the form of a cheque, accompanied by a letter informing them they are receiving the funds as part of the Interac matching program.
  • Charities will receive their donations from individual donors according to CanadaHelps standard practices (either by weekly electronic fund transfer for registered CanadaHelps charities or by monthly cheque disbursement for charities not registered with CanadaHelps).

UPDATE Dec 2, 2013: Interac has just announced that they are doubling the available matching donation to $10,000!

On GivingTuesday, December 3, 2013, Acxsys Corporation (whose shareholders are the architects of the Interac network) will match online charitable donations made through givingtuesday.ca or CanadaHelps.org and paid using Interac Online.

The organization will match up to $25 per donation made using Interac Online through givingtuesday.ca or CanadaHelps.org on GivingTuesday, up to a maximum of $5,000 $10,000 in total matching dollars. To be eligible, donations must be made on December 3rd from 12:01am ET until 11:59pm ET, towards any registered Canadian charity.

If the total matching amount ($10,000) is not reached by 11:59pm on December 3rd, the organization will extend the donation deadline for an additional 24 hours, until December 4th 11:59 pm ET.

Norfolk County makes the first GivingTuesday proclamation in Canada

Norfolk County makes the first GivingTuesday proclamation in Canada

norfolk proclamation

Norfolk County is the first community in Canada to make an official proclamation for #GivingTuesdayCa happening officially on Tuesday, December 3!  Pictured is Dana Bushell of the United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk and Mayor of Norfolk, Dennis Travale signing the proclamation at Norfolk County Council Chambers this morning.  The official announcement will be made at Council on the evening of December 3.

For #GivingTuesdayCa Lakeland College has a bold goal : $100,000 for new bursaries!

For #GivingTuesdayCa Lakeland College has a bold goal : $100,000 for new bursaries!

Lakeland College

Lakeland College is participating in GivingTuesday to raise funds for student bursaries. Not everyone can afford post-secondary education, the costs of tuition, books, housing and meals is increasing every year.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 so that those with financial need will be given a chance at a brighter future!

Through social media campaigns, mobile giving, direct mail and email, phone a thon, staff giving campaign, as well as a few radio ads – we hope to reach our goal. And with GivingTuesday as a platform to reach even further and touch more lives we WILL get there!

What my Granny taught me…

What my Granny taught me…

Granny's Story

My maternal grandparents were called Gwam and Gappy by their grandchildren. Yes, somewhat strange names, which only an infant grandchild could come up with. But the names suited them because they were personable, extremely caring and very family oriented.  All of these characteristics were combined in a special club they created for their 24 grandchildren, called Club 21.

When each of us turned 21, a letter arrived, with a cheque.  The birthday card said “Happy birthday, here is a birthday cheque, but it is not for you!”. The letter went on to explain about all of the less fortunate people in the world and the need for each of us to help others   My grandmother pointed out that as part of the next generation, we needed to appreciate our responsibility to help others.  She informed us that it was our obligation to help those along the road of life who needed our help.

We were each instructed to choose five charities, and to give an equal portion of the cheque.  We then had to write a report to our grandparents explaining which charities we chose, and why.  Once this task was completed, we were allowed into Club 21 where we then received another birthday cheque to spend on ourselves.  This was our birthday present, with strings attached.

The point of telling you this is twofold.  One, it worked!  This upbringing by a very caring and charitable family lead me to be equally involved in charity work, and giving back.   Second, the behavior of giving and volunteering is mostly a learned characteristic.  In a survey of 1,000 Canadian adults conducted by Ipsos, I noted that people who grew up being taught to give back, and clearly knew their moral obligation to help those in need do indeed give and volunteer more than average.

As we look at stagnant and somewhat decreasing numbers of charitable donors in society, I think one of the contributing problems is that adults are not openly teaching and mentoring the next generation to be giving.  With decreasing religiosity in the developed world, we are not getting our “lesson” each week to be more considerate and charitable.  In this vacuum, grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles need to be teaching, mentoring, and inspiring the next generation to be givers.

There is plenty of room in “Club 21”.  Do you know a grandchild, daughter or son, niece or nephew, neighbour, or young friend who you could inspire.  My grandparents had their particular “rules” for joining their Club 21, but naturally you can do whatever you wish, at any age, with any amount of money to inspire a young adult.  But, please, do because the Club needs more members.

Watch the Granny’s Story video:

John Hallward is Chairman and founder of GIV3, a charity which works to encourage more Canadians to be more giving (www.giv3.ca) – GIV3 is one of the founding partners of GivingTuesday in Canada.  John is also an author of two books, and is the Global Director of Innovation for Ipsos ASI.