December 01, 2009 10:14 ET

CanadaHelps Launches Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Canadians Challenged to Tap Social Media to Help their Favourite Charity

TORONTO, CANADA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) -

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CanadaHelps (, the only charity that promotes and secures online donations for more than 85,000 charities across Canada, today announced the launch of the first annual CanadaHelps Great Canadian Giving Challenge. The goal of this social media fundraising contest is to encourage Canadians to give and generate donations for any registered Canadian charity.

"Donors are turning to their social networks to promote their favourite cause and to research which charities to support," says Owen Charters, executive director, CanadaHelps. "With annual donations down and the tax receipt deadline around the corner, CanadaHelps is making it easy and fun to give online and we're challenging everyone to get involved."

CanadaHelps is encouraging every Canadian to set-up a GivingPage and raise funds for the Canadian charity of their choice. Over the past nine years, more than $100 million dollars in donations have flowed through CanadaHelps to Canadian charities in every province and territory. To inspire people to enter this free contest, CanadaHelps is offering charities $15,000 in prize donations and iPod Shuffles for contest participants. The top three GivingPages that raise the most funds and the top three that attract the most donors will split the $15,000 purse between their favourite charities. Each week of the contest, CanadaHelps will randomly select a GivingPage owner to win an iPod Shuffle. The contest closes on December 20, 2009 and winning charities will be announced on December 21, 2009.

How to Enter & Win

Visit and click on the Join the Giving Challenge link. The How It Works video explains the three easy steps: set-up a CanadaHelps GivingPage for your favourite Canadian charity, ask your friends, family and colleagues to donate and then win prizes for your favourite charity. View the Rise to the Top Page for fun ideas and suggestions for involving supporters. Once you're in the game, visit the In The Lead Page daily to see the top 10 GivingPages that are raising the most money and attracting the largest number of supporters.

Why Charities Use CanadaHelps

For nine years, CanadaHelps has been leveling the playing in the giving sector by helping all sizes of registered Canadian charities securely accept online donations while avoiding expensive IT infrastructure and administration costs. For charities there is no set-up fee, no annual charges and charities receive immediate notification when a donation is received.

About CanadaHelps

CanadaHelps is a registered Canadian charity whose mission is to engage Canadians in the charitable sector, providing accessible and affordable online technology to both donors and charities to promote, and ultimately increase charitable giving in Canada. CanadaHelps fosters giving by making it easy for donors to find a cause they're passionate about and make a donation online to any registered Canadian charity. This national online resource makes giving to your favourite charity or charities simple and secure with tools for donating via credit card, Interac online, gift cards or even stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Since 2000, more than $100 million dollars in donations have been made by over 275,000 donors to Canadian charities in every province and territory. Please visit

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