Charitable giving a key theme for Canada's 150 celebration

Over 260 "Canada 150" Charity Campaigns Launched

TORONTO, May 30, 2017 /CNW/ - With giving back a key theme of Canada 150, CanadaHelps, a charitable social enterprise that provides a one-stop shop where Canadians can donate or fundraise online for any Canadian charity, feels it's important to shine light on our nation's rich history of charitable giving. Coast-to-coast, charities of all sizes are launching campaigns to mark Canada's 150th birthday and share their vision for a better Canada.

"Canada's 150th year is the perfect time to reflect on our nations rich history of charitable giving and, in particular, to shine light on small charities and the differences they make in the communities they serve," explains Marina Glogovac, president and CEO of CanadaHelps. "From helping injured owls to empowering indigenous youth in Canada's North, small charities make a real difference in Canada and often provide services that a larger charity can't provide."

Canada is home to more than 86,000 charities, of which 80 per cent have overall annual revenues of less than $500,000 and a full 49 per cent have annual revenues of less than $100,000. Further still, 86 per cent of small charities have fewer than five staff and 48 per cent are fully volunteer run. Considering the impact they make across the country, it's a hard truth that Canada's small charities receive just 24 per cent of donations – a fact that is all too real during the summer months when donations tend to dry up compared to the holiday season.

Whether donating time or money, Canadians are urged to incorporate giving back into their Canada Day celebrations. With over 260 campaigns to choose from, Canadian's can find a cause that's close to their heart as well as one that speaks to their vision for Canada's future. Here's just a sample of the Canada150 campaigns Canadian charities have launched coast-to-coast:

To view a full list of Canada150 campaigns and to get started giving, Canadians can visit https://www.canadahelps.org/en/explore/campaigns/campaign-type/canada-150/.

About CanadaHelps.org
CanadaHelps.org enables donors to safely donate and fundraise online for any registered Canadian charity and provides charities the secure online fundraising platform they need to succeed. As a registered charity itself, CanadaHelps' has facilitated over $750 million in online donations to Canadian charities. Over 1.3 million Canadians have donated to charities using CanadaHelps and over 17,000 charities fundraise online using the CanadaHelps platform. The mission of CanadaHelps is to engage Canadians in the charitable sector and provide effective and affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote - and ultimately increase - charitable giving in Canada. www.canadahelps.org 

SOURCE CanadaHelps

For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Brodie Thompson, High Road, 416-644-2277, Brodie.thompson@highroad.com


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