Internal contest empowers associates to be philanthropists.
TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Capital One Canada will donate $35,000 to A Child's Voice Foundation as a result of an internal contest that empowers associates to compete to win funds to support their charity of choice. The "Who Wants to Be a Philanthropist" contest gives Capital One's Canadian associate-base an opportunity to champion a charity or cause they believe in and engages the Canadian associates to vote on which charities will receive the top prizes.
A Child's Voice Foundation, championed by Capital One associate Sharon Lui, will receive the $35,000 grand prize. Associates at the company also voted to donate $20,000 to the Palliative Home Care Society of Greater Montreal and $10,000 to the Sunnybrook Hospital Odette Cancer Centre for coming in second and third place respectively.
"This donation from Capital One means our children will know that someone cares," said Roslyn Yearwood, Executive Director, A Child's Voice Foundation. "We now have the funds to provide the necessary supports that will improve the quality of life of the children we serve. Capital One has helped A Child's Voice be a place "Where Kids Come First".
"I decided to support A Child's Voice because they are a small charity that is focused on turning No into a Yes for ill or disabled kids who have a critical need for a product or service that will enhance their quality of life," said Lui. "I love the Who Wants to be a Philanthropist contest because it gives me an opportunity to show my own children that through passion and commitment, anything can happen if you use your voice to speak up for others."
Launched in 2007, the "Who Wants to Be a Philanthropist" contest is designed to give Capital One's Canadian associates a strong voice in how the company allocates its charitable dollars. The program was built on the premise that Capital One's charitable giving should represent the dedication of its associates and the passion they have for the community.
"We created this program because we value our associates' input into how we invest in the community," said Nathalie Clark, Vice President, Capital One Canada. "It also gives them a platform to share their passions for their community, connect on a personal basis, and rally behind a cause that is having a positive impact on Canadians."
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