Winner is a participant in the Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz as part of
Fraud Prevention Month
TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Capital One Canada and CanadaHelps are pleased
to announce that Lianna Walden is the $20,000 grand prize winner of the
2011 Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz. Courtesy of Capital One, Lianna is
donating her winnings to the Vancouver Fringe Festival. The Charity
Fraud Awareness Quiz was part of an awareness initiative to educate the
public about charity fraud during Fraud Prevention Month.
When asked why Walden chose the Fringe, she responded, "The Fringe
Festival has played a major role in nurturing Canadian theatre,
culture, freedom of expression and the expansion of creativity. The
Fringe Festival continues to offer a place for artists (of any means or
age) to exhibit unjuried work and a place for the public to view it.
Running from the east to west coast of Canada, The Fringe Festival is
one of the most unique exhibitions of artistry in any country."
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival, produced annually by the
First Vancouver Theatrespace Society, is BC's largest theatre festival
and connects emerging and established theatre artists with audiences.
This year's Fringe Festival will feature over 700 performances by more
than 90 groups over 11 days, and is expected to attract over 30,000
attendees. The Vancouver Fringe Festival was voted Vancouver's Best
Arts Festival for five years in a row by Georgia Straight readers.
"Although most of the people we encouraged to participate in the Charity
Fraud Awareness Quiz were motivated by trying to help us win, I think
everybody learned something new. I know I did," explained David Jordan,
the Fringe's Executive Director. "Because we are so dedicated to
helping emerging artists, we are usually focused on the nuts and bolts
of festival preparation. As a small organization with a small staff
that puts on a very big festival, it is very helpful to be a part of a
larger not for profit community that can draw our awareness to
essential aspects of our business like fraud prevention. Fraud in the
charitable sector hurts the communities we are meant to serve."
For the month of March, Capital One and CanadaHelps launched an on-line
Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz to inform Canadians about the risk of
charity fraud and how to prevent it. Every participant that completed
the quiz was eligible to enter a draw to win a $20,000 grand prize
donation, or one of $1,000 weekly donations from Capital One. The prize
money is then given to the winner's charity of choice. The Charity
Fraud Awareness Quiz closed on March 31, 2011.
To protect yourself from becoming a victim of charity fraud, Capital One
and CanadaHelps offer the following tips:
Make sure the charity is registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and provides you with their charitable registration number.
CanadaHelps.org only lists charities registered with the CRA.
Ask to see a charity's financial statements. These should be readily available to anyone who asks and give you a
sense of how the charity spends their money.
Understand the impact the charity has and what difference they make in the community. Charities should be able to give you clear outcomes of the programs or
services they provide.
Research the causes you want to support and how much of your budget you want to donate to charity. You will feel less pressured to give when solicited if you have already
planned your giving.
Avoid any charity that pressures you into making a donation or isn't open to sharing more information about their organization.
About the Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz
No purchase necessary. Each person who completes the online quiz on
charity fraud at www.CanadaHelps.org and provides the name of their preferred charity is automatically given
one entry. Organizations must be federally registered charities with
the Canadian Revenue Agency. Contest begins at 9:00:00 a.m. ET on March
1, 2011 and closes at 9:00:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2011. Full contest
details at www.canadahelps.org. Skill testing question required. Four prizes of a $1000 donation and
one grand prize of a $20,000 donation available to be won. Not open to
residents of the Territories.
About Capital One
Located in Toronto, Ontario, Capital One has offered Canadian consumers
a range of competitive MasterCard credit cards since 1996, when the
company first introduced the Platinum MasterCard in Canada. Capital One
Canada is a division of Capital One Bank, a subsidiary of Capital One
Financial Corporation of McLean, Virginia (NYSE: COF).
CanadaHelps is an online donations website where donors can give safely
and securely to all charities in Canada that are registered with the
Canada Revenue Agency. The mission of CanadaHelps is to engage
Canadians in the charitable sector and provide accessible and
affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote -
and ultimately increase - charitable giving in Canada.
SOURCE Capital One Services, Inc.
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