Capital One donates $2,000 to Nuu Rain thanks to two Nipawin residents

Winners are participants in the Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz as part of Fraud Prevention Month

TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - From the thousands of individuals who participated in Capital One and CanadaHelps' Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz, two of the weekly $1,000 winners are from Nipawin. Gary Armstrong won the weekly prize draw on March 22nd, while Janice Reese's name was drawn on March 29th. Both winners chose to donate their winnings to the local Nipawin charity, Nuu Rain.

"I chose Nuu Rain as my charity because this group works very hard to support women in Thailand with HIV/AIDS who have been banished from their homes and have nowhere to go," says Janice Reese. "These women are as grateful for Nuu Rain as I am."

"Nuu Rain has been making a positive difference by providing love, hope, safety and various methods of support," states Gary Armstrong. "The founders, Ray and Bonnie Emery are fully committed to this cause."

Located in Nipawin, Nuu Rain Inc. is a non-profit organization with a goal to provide food, clothing, medical care, and income generating skills to Thailand women who have contracted HIV/AIDS and have been rejected from their communities. Since 2005, Nuu Rain has been providing a transition home and a supportive environment to these women as they re-establish their lives.

"Canadians are very generous, and educating them on charity fraud will help them make informed decisions so they can give safely, especially during this time of economic downturn when donations are so important," says Ray Emery, Co-founder and Board President of Nuu Rain Inc. "We greatly appreciate Gary and Janis' support. Both donations will be used to purchase land in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to build a permanent home for abandoned women who suffer from HIV/AIDS."

The Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz is part of an awareness initiative to educate the public about charity fraud during Fraud Prevention Month. For the month of March, Capital One and CanadaHelps launched an online Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz to inform Canadians about the risk of charity fraud and how to prevent it. Accessible at www.canadahelps.org, every participant who completed the quiz was eligible to enter into a draw to win a $20,000 grand prize donation, or one of $1,000 weekly donations from Capital One. The prize money was then given to the winner's charity of choice. The Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz ran from March 1 - 31, 2010.

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 completed the online quiz on charity fraud at www.canadahelps.org and provided the name of their preferred charity was automatically given one entry. Organizations must be federally registered charities with the Canadian Revenue Agency. Contest began at 9:00:00 a.m. ET on March 1, 2010 and closed at 9:00:00 p.m. ET on March 31, 2010. 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 Quebec or 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).

About CanadaHelps

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.

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts: Laurel Ostfield, Capital One, (416) 549-2753, laurel.ostfield@capitalone.com; Owen Charters, CanadaHelps, (416) 628-6948 ext. 31, owen@canadahelps.org

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