Local Philanthropist donates her $1,000 win from Capital One to Gabriola
Health Care Foundation

Winner is a participant in the Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz as part of Fraud Prevention Month

TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ - Capital One and CanadaHelps are pleased to announce that Jean Wyenberg is the weekly $1,000 winner of their national Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz. A local Gabriola Island resident, Ms. Wyenberg chose to donate the prize money to the Gabriola Health Care Foundation.

"There are many dedicated people on Gabriola Island who are working hard to raise money for a local health clinic," says Jean Wyenberg. "We are an island of approximately 4,000, with a mix of working people, families and retirees who would like to live in this vibrant community for as long as possible. The Gabriola Health Care Foundation is doing very important work and through their efforts, residents will soon be able to receive emergency or immediate medical attention when they need it."

The Gabriola Health Care Society is a small non-profit organization whose mission is to improve healthcare on Gabriola Island. The Society named 2010 the "Year of the Clinic," with the community working towards raising enough money by the end of the year to build a permanent health clinic on the island.

"The Gabriola Health Care Foundation is delighted to receive Jean's generous donation of $1,000 made possible by the CanadaHelps/Capital One Fraud Prevention Awareness Campaign," states Brenda Fowler, Chair of the Gabriola Health Care Society/Foundation. "The Foundation is raising one million dollars to build a community-owned emergency treatment and medical clinic. Thanks to this contest and supporters like Jean, we are one step closer to achieving that goal.â(euro)

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 on-line 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 completes the quiz is 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 will then be given to the winner's charity of choice. The Charity Fraud Awareness Quiz runs from March 1st - 31st, 2010.

"This quiz about charity fraud, run by Capital One and CanadaHelps, is a great initiative and it is fantastic that I am able to give my winnings to such a worthwhile cause," said Ms. Wyenberg.

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, 2010 and closes 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 Contact: Laurel Ostfield, (416) 549-2753, laurel.ostfield@capitalone.com; Owen Charters, (416) 628-6948 ext. 31, owen@canadahelps.org

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