October 03, 2007 09:54 ET

Charitable giving just got ‘tasty'

SupperWorks offers a unique fundraising alternative

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor OAKVILLE, ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2007) - The need for charitable assistance is on the rise and, at the same time, charitable organizations are finding more and more competition for donor dollars. Creative fundraising is one of the few remaining alternatives.

Statistics Canada reports that donations were up 13.8 per cent in 2005 from 2004, and a median average of $240 per donor. Although there has been an increase in the actual dollars donated, the increase in the number of donors is less than 1 per cent. These statistics show that it's the same people doing the giving; they're just giving a little bit more each year.

If charitable organizations are to be successful in raising funds, it is important that they remain accountable and be wise in their choosing of a fundraiser. While events such as a polar bear dip are arduous at best, and chocolate bars and chocolate covered almonds seem to be reserved for sports teams and public schools, other worthwhile community causes seem to get lost in a moray of appeals with little or no new ideas to assist them in raising their much needed funds.

SupperWorks, Canada's premiere meal preparation franchise, recognizing that there are many worthwhile community activities and organizations which need financial support, introduced their own fundraising opportunity.

"We want to do our part in showing financial support for our community, so when groups come to SupperWorks to help them fundraise we donate four per cent of the purchase price of their meals to the charity of their choice," says Joni Lien, Co-founder of SupperWorks. "We encourage the organization members to participate with us by placing a SupperWorks order knowing that together, we will be supporting worthwhile causes."

"It's really simple -- we do all the prep, all the clean up and prepare all the menus," says Chris Wood, Co-founder of SupperWorks. "And in less than 2 hours an organization's member will have prepared 12 full-sized meals with each serving 4-6 people."

Getting involved in the SupperWorks plan doesn't cost the participant anything more than the cost of the meals.

"When you think about it, what a great way to give. (Testimonial) " Money I would've spent on fast food or store bought frozen dinners anyway, I spend at SupperWorks and for doing so, I get to support one of my favourite charities. What could be better?"

"SupperWorks is excited and honoured to join community members in supporting their favourite charitable cause," says Chris. As there are so many worthwhile causes, we can't just support one to the exclusion of all others. As with our meals, it's best to give our customers the choice." IN: FOOD

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