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Great campaigns – GivingTuesday 2015!

Great campaigns – GivingTuesday 2015!

There are special GivingTuesday activities happening at the National level as well as in communities across the country. Find out what’s happening in your location for GivingTuesday! Read below or browse the interactive partner map.

Civic movements and groups: local movements are mobilizing in at least 24 cities from coast to coast. Halifax, Mississauga, Waterloo, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are just some examples. Find out if there is a movement near you!

March of Dimes Canada: Take a photo or video showcasing an accessible place (ramp, curb cut, braille sign, very helpful staff, etc.) to raise awareness of the challenges individuals with a disability face every day. Every picture or video tagged #GivingTuesdayCa and #MODC triggers a automatic $5 donation up to a total of $10,000! Canada’s 360˚ beauty and style leader, is running a reader contest for GivingTuesday. Two lucky contestants will win $250 CanadaHelps gift cards that they can use to donate to any registered Canadian charity in celebration of GivingTuesday.

Mobile Giving Foundation Canada is once again offering fee-free text-to-donate campaigns. In 2013 and 2014 GivingTuesday mobile campaigns contributed to whopping increases in text donations of 178% in 2013 and 75% in the first week of December!

Interac matching program: on GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2015, Acxsys Corporation (the architects of the Interac network) will match online charitable donations made through and paid using Interac Online, up to $25 per donation and a maximum total of $10,000 in matching dollars. PLEASE SEE TERMS AND CONDITIONS TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE A DEBIT CARD THAT CAN BE USED TO PAY USING INTERAC ONLINE. 

CanadaHelps: has created a GivingTuesday pledge, where Canadians can easily go online and pledge to donate, fundraise, volunteer or spread the word

TELUS: will be engaging 43,000 team members in the Team TELUS Cares program that will launch on GivingTuesday Dec 1st 2015.

PayPal: once again for GivingTuesday, PayPal is launching a 1% match for all donations on starting on Dec 1st and running through to the end of December.

Tostan Canada: play a game of #TAG4Tostan to help raise $20,000 for our community work in Africa. To play TAG: Talk to friends about Tostan. Act to engage them on Facebook or twitter. And Give – donate on our website or create your own TAG Team fundraising page. Matching funds apply on every dollar donated until Dec 1st up to $5,000.

Wilsons Home Heating Halifax: Find our Hug 4 Heat teams in around Halifax to trigger a donation to 3 special charities: IWK, Phoenix House, and United Way Halifax. Find us, give us a hug and we’ll make a $10.00 donation on your behalf to the charity you have chosen.

Tony Shoes Montreal: On Dec 1st you can trade slightly worn shoes for a $15 credit against any purchase that day, and the shoes will be donated to the Tyndale St. George Community Center. Also, we will donate a % of our sales that day to the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex up to $500.

The Canadian Centre for the Great War Montreal: On GivingtuesdayCa tweet photographs @GreatWarCentre #showusyoursoldier of WW1-era family members in conjunction with a donation and help us to raise $10,000 so we can continue to tell your First World War stories. Guelph: Our GivingTuesday goal is to register the consent for at least 100 people by December 1st On Giving Tuesday many community members who have received the Gift of Life will be available to answer questions, share stories, and encourage people to register their consent.

Theatre Direct Toronto: has a goal of $3,000 to send 10 kids to the Winter Holiday Camp- that takes place on Dec 29-31. Many parents cannot afford to take time off during the holiday season – this is equally hard on children who can often feel alone and isolated.

CanadaHelps Toronto: on Dec 1st CanadaHelps and 4 local Toronto charities will be taking to the streets of Toronto, handing out Charity Gift Cards, to encourage and inspire Canadians to kick-start their GivingTuesday by donating to any charity.

Women’s College Hospital Toronto: a delicious annual tradition, WCH Foundation sells GivingTuesday “cookiegrams”. For a $2 donation staff can send a cookiegram to a colleague, hand-delivered with a personalized message.

Raising the Roof Toronto: we’re launching our annual Toque Campaign on GivingTuesday with a goal of 250 toques sold in one day! Health Canada offices across the country will be selling our items or you can easily purchase online at

Breakfast with Santa Mississauga: is running a Winter Garment drive for kids between 6-13. We are looking for new and slightly used (great condition, not dirty) jackets, mitts, scarves, toques etc. For dropoff locations info please contact

Kerr Street Mission Mississauga: Thanks to a very generous community member, all new monthly donations will be matched up to a total of $75,000! KSM is aiming for 100 new monthly donors for 2016. If each of those new donors gives $2 a day, we’d almost reach the match $75,000 for the year!

Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga is sending 237 students across the city and region to volunteer at various charities and nonprofit organizations on GivingTuesday — what an awesome way to spend the day giving back!

Misericordia Health Centre Winnipeg: On Dec 1 we will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of Angels! The record is currently held in Germany with 1,039 angels – our goal is 1,200 Angels (staff, friends, and people from the community gather outside of Misericordia dressed in Angel costumes, raising awareness and collecting donations in support of our patients and residents).

Lakeland Credit Union (LCU) Lakeland Alberta: for GivingTuesday, 7 Lakeland schools and 2 LCU branches will be joining together to raise $100,000 for Habitat For Humanity! The funds will go to building a home for a family in need in the Cold Lake region.

C.H.I.L.D. Foundation Vancouver: starting on GivingTuesday until Dec 31st, every donation of $10 or more will receive a $10 gift card from partner The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

GivingTuesday Okanagan: Please join us at Kelowna City Hall at 10:00AM on Dec 1st for Mayor Colin Basran’s proclamation ceremony. Bring your friends and colleagues and show your support to those who give regularly, and promote the idea of giving in our community. See you December 1st!

Sparkling Life Chiropractic Nelson BC: for Giving Tuesday, we are teaming up with the Nelson Food Cupboard, contributing 25% from all of our services to the food bank.

Vancouver Foundation: as leaders of the Vancouver civic movement the VF has secured a proclamation from Mayor Gregor Robertson. The foundation is also reaching out to donors with existing funds to encourage new granting from existing funds in celebration of GivingTuesday.

Viatec Victoria BC: is teaming up with tech companies all over the city to raise $100,000 for the Mustard Seed Food Bank. On Dec 1st we ask participants to post donation collection images using #VIATECFoodBankChallenge and #GivingTuesdayCA.

Victoria Foundation: For the third year in a row the Foundation is running an #UNSELFIE photo contest All photo submissions will be automatically entered to win one of two (2) prizes of $500 each to donate to the charity of choice.

PayPal 1% matching is back!

PayPal 1% matching is back!

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For December 2015, PayPal will match 1% of donations made to any registered charity through CanadaHelps when using a PayPal account.

All donations between December 1st, 2015 and December 31st, 2015 made through CanadaHelps using a PayPal account are eligible for a PayPal 1% match. This includes donations made using one of your CanadaHelps Custom Donate Now pages and donations made directly on the CanadaHelps website. Eligible charities will receive their PayPal matching gift, totalling 1% of all eligible donations, in the New Year using our standard CanadaHelps disbursement process.

Donors are more motivated to give when their donations are going further. Let your donors know about the 1% PayPal match this December!

Donations made on are powered by CanadaHelps and are therefore also eligible for the 1% PayPal match. Click here to find a charity and donate using PayPal.

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For detailed terms and conditions click here.


A City Giving Together

A City Giving Together

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by Nicole Danesi, Founder and Chair of MississaugaGives

GivingTuesday may be a day for giving, but I’m convinced the movement inspires much more than just one day’s worth of philanthropic action.

Here in the City of Mississauga—Canada’s sixth largest city, Toronto’s friendly neighbour, and home of the world-famous Hazel McCallion—GivingTuesday is making a splash for the first time ever in the movement’s four year history, and the team at MississaugaGives couldn’t be more excited.

We’re a bunch of millennials with ambitious goals

Over the past eleven months, our team of passionate, shamelessly idealist 20-somethings have mobilized an entire community all in anticipation of this year’s GivingTuesday marked on the calendar for Tuesday, December 1st. The civic movement is entirely led and organized by a bunch of millennials wanting to make a tangible, positive difference in our community, and so far, our team has demonstrated how significant a contribution young people have to make.

Together, we are mobilizing a municipality from all corners of the city on one single day to make a positive difference. Although our goal is ambitious, we hope to see each and every Mississauga resident donate $1.00 to a charity of their choice—a collective impact which would raise over $757,000 in only 24 hours. It’s a simple act equivalent to less than the cost of a morning coffee, but imagine the impact it could generate if everyone took part.

Come together

It has been incredibly exciting to witness an entire city of 757,000 people strong rally behind a movement all about giving back on a single day of the calendar year. In fact, our team has likely witnessed as much giving in the past 11 months as what we will see on this year’s GivingTuesday.

Only 12 members of the 16-person team of MississaugaGives directors at our campaign launch party on September 30th.

Only 12 members of the 16-person team of MississaugaGives directors at our campaign launch party on September 30th.

It all started last August when I took notice of the GuelphGives campaign officially bringing GivingTuesday to the City of Guelph. Even before I learned of the results generated, I knew this had to come to the City of Mississauga, and more importantly, I wanted this campaign to be entirely organized by young people wanting to make a difference. I wanted to prove young people can make a massive difference; I wanted to empower young people to make a massive difference; and as a team, we wanted to bridge the gap between the for-profit and non-profit world while connecting charities to celebrate the power of giving and building connections in and between organizations making a massive impact in our community each and every day.

What our team is doing is no small feat, but since launching the campaign, it is has been incredible to see one kind action spiral into ten more. From our corporate partner, CRH Canada, signing on board and wholeheartedly supporting us and our crazy, ambitious goals, to each and every one of our young, bright, and talented team members who have lent their skills and hundreds of hours of their time to the cause — it has been amazing to see companies, schools, individuals, and community organizations choose to give back with us on Tuesday, December 1st. We have more than 35 charities, more than 11 businesses, support from the City of Mississauga, several community organizations and schools, and countless residents ready to give back and make a massive impact on Tuesday, December 1st.

With only a few days left until the big day, we can’t wait to see how Mississauga will do good, and feel good this GivingTuesday.

To learn more about the MississaugaGives campaign, please visit, connect with the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and be part of the conversation using the hashtag, #SaugaGives.



By FrontStream Insights

FrontStream has released an exciting new #GivingTuesday Impact Dashboard that gives #GivingTuesday participants the ability to see the immediate impact of their giving across multiple channels and get involved by donating to a good cause, shopping online charity auctions or creating their own campaign.


#GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 and was designed to build a sense of community in rallying around a day that would serve as a charitable alternative to the heavy-hitting holiday shopping days i.e. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Since its inception, the phenomenon has grown exponentially and has moved beyond the borders of the U.S. to become a global trend.


FrontStream has been able to track an average 150% increase in the number of donations through their platform year over year and a 171% spike in overall donations in Canada alone. The opportunities that charities have to engage with their donors through this type of movement is unprecedented!

In addition to the boost in charitable giving, the social impact of #GivingTuesday is undeniable.


On average, about 30% of donation traffic comes in from mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Much of that can be attributed to social activity on Facebook and Twitter which have been huge contributors to the success of #GivingTuesday campaigns. In some cases, social interactions have been responsible for driving upwards of 700% more traffic to donation pages on #GivingTuesday than on an average giving day!


On December 1st, we’ll provide metrics on the #GivingTuesday Impact Dashboard that will track how donors are giving on mobile devices and social spaces. Whether in the form of direct donations coming from peer-to-peer fundraising & Giving Day pages, online bids tied to charity auctions, donations from workplace giving campaigns or even volunteer hours logged through various fundraising events, goodness will be flowing in from virtually every direction. Best of all, you can join in!


  • Nonprofits, charities and their supporters can keep an eye on the #GivingTuesday Dashboard to see how donors are giving online throughout the day on December 1st! Supporters and fundraisers can also choose to make a direct donation to any number of campaigns.
  • Donors can bid on existing online charitable auctions and nonprofits can setup a charity page in minutes at!
  • Fundraisers and nonprofits alike can immediately set up their own #GivingTuesday campaign! In response to the popularity of #GivingTuesday and the growth of other giving days throughout the year, FrontStream has released a new ‘Giving Day’ feature on its popular FirstGivingTM platform. The new Giving Day feature can be easily leveraged by nonprofits to build a page for #GivingTuesday (or any giving day for that matter) and encourage their supporters can to build personal and team fundraising pages to create a true fundraising frenzy! Of course, you can also customize your page(s) with your own images and text to really make it sing.

To get in on the Goodness, go to:

Don’t forget to sign up for final #GivingTuesday totals! Enter your email address at the top of the page to be first to receive the final totals.

Partner Map

Partner Map

Our new interactive map lets you browse all our GivingTuesday partners. How many GivingTuesday partners are there in your area? Check it out.

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Canva for nonprofits

Canva for nonprofits

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by Canva

To celebrate #GivingTuesday we are excited to announce the launch of Canva’s Nonprofit program!

If you haven’t heard of us, Canva is an online graphic design tool that makes creating beautiful digital content amazingly simple. We have over 6 million users worldwide but most important of all, we’re filled with passionate people, a great culture and a mission to make the world a better place.

We strongly believe that those committed to doing good should have the best tools available to them, so we’re giving our premium subscription product, “Canva for Work” away to Nonprofits for free, forever, for up to 10 users.

Sign up now at and then register your nonprofit:

Happy designing!
The Canva Team


At GivingTuesday Canada, we used Canva to create our #ThankYouThursday images. It was quick and easy to do. Check them out and share.

Take the Pledge

Take the Pledge

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by CanadaHelps

Tell us how you plan to celebrate GivingTuesday, and your favourite charity could win $5,000!

Join the thousands of Canadians who have pledged to volunteer, donate, fundraise, or spread the word about their favourite charity this GivingTuesday!

A national day dedicated to giving, GivingTuesday will be celebrated for a 5th year in Canada on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017.

Pledge Your GivingTuesday Activity Now!




Communities across Canada are getting geared up for GivingTuesday!

We already have word of several municipalities that will officially declare November 27th, 2018 as GivingTuesday. Here are some of the many proclamations from across the country over the past few years:


Want to get your city involved?

Download our Mayors Toolkit – it’s a guide for getting your city government involved.


Interac matching is back!

GivingTuesday Interac Online® donation matching is back!

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UPDATE January 15, 2016: The Interac matching donations have been processed. 259 charities will receive matching funds – via weekly EFT to charities registered for EFT with CanadaHelps or via monthly cheque mailing for charities not set up for EFT with CanadaHelps. 

UPDATE December 1, 2015: The Interac matching donation maximum of $10,000 was reached at 9:16pm EST.  A total of 259 charities across Canada will receive matching donations. Please see below for details on disbursement of the matching funds.

On GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2015, online charitable donations made through or (powered by and paid using Interac Online, will be matched by Acxsys Corporation (whose shareholders are the architects of the Interac network). The organization will match up to $25 per donation made using Interac Online, up to a maximum total of $10,000 in matching dollars.


Terms and conditions

To be eligible, donations must be made on December 1st 2015, from 9:00am ET until 11:59pm ET, towards any federally registered Canadian charity or non-profit organization listed on and paid using Interac Online. The matching dollars will be granted on a first come first served basis, according to the date and time the donations are received at, until the maximum of $10,000 is reached.

If the maximum matching amount of $10,000 is not reached by 11:59pm ET on December 1st, the organization will extend the donation deadline for an additional 24 hours, until December 2nd at 11:59pm ET.

For charities that have a free CanadaHelps account and electronic fund transfer (EFT) set up, the Interac matching donation will be deposited directly into their bank account as part of the standard CanadaHelps weekly disbursement process. These charities will be able to clearly identify funds received as a result of the Interac matching program in the Donations tab of their CanadaHelps charity account; the donor will be identified as Acxsys Corporation and the note to the charity will specify Interac GivingTuesday Matching Donation.

Any charities that do not have a free CanadaHelps account and have not set up EFT, will receive the Interac matching donation funds by cheque in January with an explanatory letter.

Charities will receive the donor portion of these donations using the standard disbursement processes: via weekly EFT to charities registered for EFT with CanadaHelps or via monthly cheque mailing for charities not set up for EFT with CanadaHelps.

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO PAY WITH INTERAC ONLINE? The following cards can be used to pay using Interac Online and participate in the promotion:

  • ScotiaBank, Royal Bank or Bank of Montreal debit cards that have both the Interac and Visa Debit logos. Be sure to sure to choose Interac Online as your payment method (donations paid with Visa Debit are not eligible for the Interac matching gift).
  • TD Canada Trust, ScotiaBank, Royal Bank or Bank of Montreal debit cards that have only the Interac logo. Simply choose Interac Online as your payment method.
  • In addition to having one of the above cards you must be set-up to bank online with your bank. After choosing to pay with Interac Online, you will be redirected to your bank’s website to complete the payment and then returned to