Community foundations participate in GivingTuesday across CanadaThursday, November 26th, 2015 | Melody MacLean
Community foundations across Canada are taking part in this year’s annual GivingTuesday event to mark the start of the giving season. Here’s just a few of the ways that community foundations are getting involved.
Banff Canmore Community Foundation
On Tuesday December 1, the Banff Canmore Community Foundation will celebrate GivingTuesday by announcing over $115,000 to 25 worthy projects and celebrate the impact that their signature community grants program is having in the valley.
Community Foundation of Whistler
On GivingTuesday the Community Foundation of Whistler will launch an Emergency Fund to provide emergency financial assistance to individuals and families living in the Whistler or Pemberton area who have experienced loss due to an emergency. The foundation is also a partner in a local #SeatoSkyGives campaign on social media to spread the GivingTuesday message and inspire contributions to the community.
London Community Foundation
As part of their year-end giving campaign London Community Foundation is running television commercials on CTV London featuring the stories of Jill Wright, one of the foundation’s fundholders.
As a part of promoting the spirit of giving, the Nanaimo Foundation in partnership with the United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island, have created an easy and convenient option for residents to support GivingTuesday by texting via their mobile phone to donate to local charities. All contributions raised through the initiative will be divided equally between 17 partnering charities on central Vancouver Island.
Red Deer & District Community Foundation
The Red Deer & District Community Foundation created the Women of Excellence Awards Program in 2008, with the goal of recognizing the exemplary women in the region. Since then 176 women have been honored for their contributions to strengthen the quality of life in Central Alberta. The 2016 Women of Excellence Awards program nominations will be open on GivingTuesday.
South Saskatchewan Community Foundation
This year, the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, Leave a Legacy South Saskatchewan and the City of Regina are partnering to invite individuals in the community to give to their favourite charities. The South Saskatchewan Community Foundation also led an initiative to get the Mayor of Regina to declare GivingTuesday an honorary day for the city.
GivingTuesday was front and centre in Toronto Foundation’s communications and the #unselfie movement is the driving force behind their December 1st social media campaign.
Vancouver Foundation is participating in GivingTuesday by acting as a coordinator for activity and participation together with other funders, private sector businesses and local media. The foundation’s fund holders have granted more than $500,000 to charitable projects and charities across British Columbia in support of the annual Giving Tuesday movement.
Victoria Foundation is once again running its popular “unselfie” contest for GivingTuesday, inviting local citizens to share an ‘unselfie’ that shows how they give back to their community. Participants have an opportunity to win cash prizes to donate to their charity of choice. Victoria Foundation is also the Victoria-area civic movement leader for GivingTuesday for the first time.
Connect with one of the 191 community foundations across Canada to discover the different ways you can contribute to making your community a better place to live, work and play.