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A legacy gift that exceeded all expectations

A Legacy Gift that Exceeded all Expectations


This is the story of a generous woman, bright lights and her legacy. 

Betty Bonnington (née Rogers) was born in rural Saskatchewan in 1927.  She moved to Toronto in 1952 to live near her future husband, Ken Bonnington.  Soon afterward, Betty and Ken married and in 1957 moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Ken’s job in international collections created a comfortable lifestyle for the couple.  Sadly, Ken passed away in 2002.    

Ken and Betty, who had no children of their own, shared […]

benefits of year end giving

How You Can Benefit by Giving at Year-End


As 2014 quickly comes to an end, we reflect on the past and start planning for the new year. Now is a good time to consider making a year-end donation to charity.

Maximum tax benefits depend on timing. When you make a gift to The Salvation Army by December 31, you not only improve the lives of those most vulnerable in our society, you strengthen your own financial situation. In addition to the good feeling associated with giving, you will feel […]

Canadian author and sociologist, Anne-Marie Ambert, supports Salvation Army programs and services

Why One Donor Gives to The Salvation Army


Donating to charity is one of the most meaningful acts a person can take.

Every year, more than 24 million Canadians donate to those in need because they care about their fellow citizens. But with 160,000 charities and non-profit organizations, how does one decide where to direct their money?

Canadian author and sociologist, Anne-Marie Ambert, has donated to charity for decades. One of the organizations she donates to is The Salvation Army. Recently, spoke with her about why she chooses to […]

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What Canadian Donors Want


A recent Ipsos Reid survey says a strong interest in giving reflects Canadians’ faith in the work of the charitable sector.

The most popular reason why Canadians donate to a charity is the desire to “help those in need.”

Donors look for a variety of information when researching a charity to determine whether they will make a donation.

  • The cause/mission
  • Distribution of funds
  • Percentage spent on administrative costs
  • Percentage of funds actually used for the cause
  • Results/past achievements
  • What resources are provided
  • Credibility/trustworthy
  • Target population/who is being helped
  • Reputation
  • Impact on local […]
Canadians can be agents of change and help reverse troubling donation trends

Charitable Giving Trends: Some are troubling


Mobile giving and crowdfunding—will this be the next generation of Canadian giving?

Every year, millions of Canadians donate to charitable and non-profit organizations. There are many reasons why people give, such as awareness that a need exists, the desire to make a difference and tax benefits.

According to Michael Johnston, president and founder of Hewitt and Johnston Consultants, the increase in use of mobile devices suggests that mobile fundraising can no longer be ignored. And, crowdfunding, (peer-to-peer fundraising) has seen widespread success.

On […]

High-risk parents overcome barriers at The Salvation Army

How One Donor is Empowering High-Risk Parents and Their Children


At an early age, E. Neville Ward learned the importance of helping children caught in the grip of poverty to reach their full potential.

“My mother, Kathleen, was a Home Economics teacher who believed in the importance of nurturing children and youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds,” says Neville. “She witnessed first-hand how poverty affects a child’s capacity to learn. She was encouraged to see The Salvation Army at work in her small town giving hope to families in crisis. So, donating […]

Giving Trends

Giving Trends: What donors have to say about giving


A recent report by Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (hjc) says most Canadians donate to charities each year. The data collected in the report reveals trends in giving that include the following:

  • Peer-to-peer fundraising and crowdfunding (events, campaigns) have promising futures as fundraising strategies for younger generations.
  • Generation Y (born 1981-1995) and Generation X (born 1965-1980) are more likely to demand accountability and transparency than older donors.
  • Face-to-face and street funding is surprisingly strong.
  • Gen Y, X and Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) are […]

A Donor’s Story


With an estimated 165,000 nonprofits and charities in Canada, why do people give to The Salvation Army? One man tells his story.

In East Asia Robert* grew up in a well-to-do family. His father, a master baker, owned a successful business in a thriving area of town. But when corruption eroded in the community, Robert’s dad lost his business and all his money.

Poverty quickly became a harsh reality for the family. There was no food in the refrigerator or the cupboard, […]


Giving is a Good Thing to Do


While thrift store shopping tends to keep money in your wallets, it could also help send a child to camp.

With camping season just around the corner, Salvation Army Thrift stores are collecting funds to give deserving kids from economically disadvantaged homes a camping adventure.

“Camp delivers life-changing moments for kids,” says John Kershaw, Managing Director of The Salvation Army National Recycling Operation.

Daniel loves summer camp because there are blue popsicles and sandcastle contests.

Abby likes camp because it’s the only […]


Siemens Canada and Employees Contribute More Than $70,000 in Donations to Salvation Army


Siemens Canada and its employees recently joined efforts in support of families in need as part of their annual Hope for Holidays campaign. Employees collected funds and items for local charities and donations were matched by the company, resulting in an outstanding $35,000 donation to The Salvation Army.

Employees from more than 20 Siemens offices from coast-to-coast showed their spirit of giving by getting involved in various initiatives including toy and food drives, office fundraisers and “Adopt a Family” programs in […]