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November 15, 2011 07:42 ET

TODAY: Charitable Giving in Canada-Experts from BMO and United Way Host Panel

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2011) - With today being National Philanthropy Day and the holiday season underway, giving is on the minds of many Canadians.

November and December mark an important time of year for charities. According to Statistics Canada, end-of-year giving accounts for approximately one-quarter of national not-for-profit contributions annually. Overall Canadian tax-filers claimed a total of $7.8 billion in charitable donations.

BMO Harris Private Banking will unveil the results a new study showing what Canadians plan to give financially in the coming year. Along with the release of the report, BMO will host a panel of experts from BMO and United Way to discuss charitable giving and provide advice on putting the right strategies in place to maximize donations.

WHAT:
Media representatives are invited to dial-in to a panel conference call on November 15th at 10:30 a.m. ET featuring experts who will discuss a variety of topics including:
The evolution of philanthropy and trends in giving.
What impact do individual donations have on not-for-profit organizations such as the United Way?
How much do Canadians plan on donating this year?
Has the recent market volatility and economic uncertainty impacted Canadians' plans to give? How has this impacted overall donations?
What are the tax implications of charitable giving?
Donating securities as an alternative to donating cash.
What is BMO Financial Group doing to support communities?
Donating habits of Canadians of all levels of wealth.
WHO:
Julia Gorman, Vice President, Resource Development, United Way
Marvi Ricker, Vice President and Managing Director, Philanthropic Services, BMO Harris Private Banking
Nada Ristich, Director, Corporate Donations, BMO Financial Group
WHEN:
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. ET
WHERE:
Media are invited to participate through conference call: 416-641-2144 or toll-free at 1- 866-696-5910
Participant Passcode: 8026268
Please contact us at 416-867-3996 to confirm attendance or if you have any questions.

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