Posts Tagged: Donations

Canadians can be agents of change and help reverse troubling donation trends

Charitable Giving Trends: Some are troubling

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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 a more troubling note, research notes that

High-risk parents overcome barriers at The Salvation Army

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

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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 to The Salvation Army was a good fit for

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Giving Trends: What donors have to say about giving

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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 more likely to give online. As the largest

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A Donor’s Story

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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, and their financial future was uncertain. A teen

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Giving is a Good Thing to Do

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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 holiday she will have. “At camp I learned

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

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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 support of non-profit organizations in their local communities. Resulting

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Doorstep Donations

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They didn’t knock on anyone’s door or interrupt anyone’s meal. Volunteers in Chilliwack, B.C. dropped off donation bags for residents to fill. Bags were hung from doorknobs and all residents had to do was pack them and set them out for collection a few days later. People could put anything they wanted into the bags and participants liked the idea that there was no pressure. Are you more likely to donate if a bag was left at your door?

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Benefits of Year-End Donations

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As the year winds down, The Salvation Army is asking Canadians to keep them in mind when they are considering donating to charity. Donations are critical to The Salvation Army’s survival and are used to, not only help those in need at Christmas but, fund various programs and services—services that address practical needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Last year The Salvation Army helped 1.8 million people, that’s 5,000 people every day. Your year-end gift can significantly reduce your income taxes while providing meaningful support for The Salvation Army.

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Does Technology Impact Your Donating?

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It’s easy, accessible and you don’t have to leave the comforts of home. With the Christmas season under way, now is a great time to embrace technology to help others. The Salvation Army’s online kettle, fillthekettle.com, compliments the traditional bell-ringing campaign used in front of retail stores at 2,000 locations across Canada. Money raised is used to help those in need in local communities during the Christmas season and year-round. Nationwide, the campaign helps provide 1.8 million Canadians toys, food, clothes, money for heating bills, and a wide-range of other