Wish & Give Summer Challenge

This summer Wish & Give invites you to challenge yourself and raise money  for your favourite Canadian charity.

 

Change yourself, change your community. 

 

Join our summer challenge.

 

Canadian charities need us now more than ever.  Let’s give back this summer.  Wish & Give challenges you to challenge yourself (or your kid) to set and reach a personal goal and raise money for your favourite cause.

 

Let’s turn the 1980’s summer into the 2020 summer and make it all about reaching goals and giving back.  The 1980’s summer was carefree.  We roamed the streets, gained our independence and had fun.  The 2020 summer can be that and more.  Harness kids energy and time into doing good.  Set a personal goal and raise money for their favourite cause…and earn a prize.

 

What’s your goal?  What do you want to accomplish?  What can your kid accomplish?

 

Run 100 km

Read 15 books

Learn to cook 5 meals

Sew 100 masks

 

Set up your invitation at Wish & Give and ask your friends and family to sponsor you today!

 

How to participate:

1. Set a personal goal

2. Choose a Canadian charity to raise money for

(we have 86,000+ charities to choose from)

3. Set up an ‘invitation’

4. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you

(send them your personalized URL)

5. Achieve your goal this summer

6. Earn a prize and

7. Feel great about accomplishing your goal and giving back!

 

Get started here:

https://mailchi.mp/e2778764814b/summer-challenge

 

My goal is to run 100km this summer.  – Zoe, age 10

#summerchallenge

9 Charities Supporting Black Canadians – That you can Support

You can help fight racism in Canada.

We are sad, we are moved, we are deeply disturbed by the recent events stemming from racism in the US and Canada.  Over the past week we have listened, learned and done some research.

Below is a list of 9 amazing, grass roots, Canadian charities working tirelessly  within Canada to preserve Black history, provide legal help to Black Canadians, support Black artists, Black women and Black youth.

By supporting these charities you are raising your hand to fight racism in Canada.  We believe Black lives matter and will do everything we can to raise our voice.

This is by no means exhaustive list; please share with us other organizations that should be highlight in the comments.

Harriet Tubman Community Organization

Their mission is to deliver meaningful youth-centered, sustainable, educational, culturally relevant programs and initiatives.

Nia Centre for the Arts

A Toronto-based not-for-profit organization that supports, showcases and promotes an appreciation of arts from across the African Diaspora.

Black Health Alliance

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

Ontario Black History Society

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a Registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage.

Black Legal Action Centre 

The mission of the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is to educate, advocate, and litigate to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism in Ontario.

Black Women in Motion

Their mission is to empower, celebrate and support the advancement of Black women.

Black Youth Help Line

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.

Hogan’s Alley Society (Vancouver)

The Hogan’s Alley Society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative.

Black Lives Matter Toronto

To forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.

5 Zoom Backgrounds for your Virtual Party

Introducing background photos and videos for your virtual birthday party!  As if a Zoom party wasn’t fun enough, we’ve brought it to the next level with these fun background images and videos.  Get your party hat on!

Click on each video or photo below to download to your computer and lets get the party started!

We’ve created  5 fun images or videos below to enhance your virtual party experience!  Share with your guests ahead of time to make the party even more entertaining!  Don’t forget to take a photo or screen shot of your party and share on social media.  Tag us, we’d love to see how you celebrated virtually!

Party Hat Fun

Add a party hat to the birthday kid or grown up with this fun download!  Email the video to your guests so everyone can where a virtual party hat!  Don’t forget to take a picture of everyone or a screen shot to remember this special occasion.

Cheers

Have a virtual cheers with your friends!  Download this video and share it with your friends before your Zoom party.  Everyone can change their background for a virtual cheers. Don’t forget to take a screen shot of everyone!  This is definitely Instagram worthy!

Party Pop

Having a super hero themed virtual party?  Download this video to make your party pop!  Share it with your friends too for a super fun party experience.

Donut Fun

Who wouldn’t love to be surrounded by virtual donuts?!  Be sure to share with the photo with your friends so everyone can enjoy one!

Zoom background photo for your next virtual party

Sweet as an Angel

Have some angels in your party?  Share these fluttering wings with everyone and turn your party into a dream!

How to Change your Zoom Background

If you are the party host, set up a Zoom account, schedule a meeting and share the link with your guests via your Wish & Give invitation.  If you have purchased a party package through Petit Party or All Wrapped Up, you will receive a Zoom link from the entertainer to include in your invitation.  If you are the guest, click on the link and enter the party.

Once logged into the party,  find the video camera icon, usually in the bottom right corner if you are on a laptop.  There is a little up arrow to the right of the video camera icon, click this arrow and it will give you the option to change your virtual background.  In the pop up box, click the little ‘+’ to choose your own photo or video as the virtual background.  It will then allow you to browse your computer and select your own photo or video.  Find the one that you saved from this blog and click open,  it will automatically appear as your background!

For more help click here .

Don’t forget to Share

Have fun and Happy Birthday!  Don’t forget to take a screen shot or photo of your virtual party and tag us (@wishandgive)!  We’d love to see how you use these backgrounds to celebrate your  next party!

And check back for more photo options!  We’ll add to this post regularly.

How to set up a Personalized Wish & Give Invitation

Wondering how to set up a Wish & Give birthday party invitation?  It can be intimidating to use a new website for the first time, I hear ya!

We created a video that walks you through each step.  Creating a beautiful personalized invitation in less than 5 minutes.  Enter emails or send the private URL to your guests and begin tracking RSVPs.

Happy party planning!

If you get stuck, email us at info@wishandgive.ca

My daughter loved her Wish & Give party and so did I. The website was easy to use and made sending invites quick and easy to track the RSVP’s. Heather

Giving Tuesday All Year Long

Since its inception in 2013, GivingTuesday has offered charities a strong start to the holiday giving season – but the generosity has only just begun! Many campaigns launched on November 28th and will run for the rest of the month, so let’s keep on giving Canada!

The world has seen a particularly challenging year in 2017, from natural disasters to divisive global events. One way to reunite is by celebrating our shared values: empathy for the challenges of others and our desire to help those in need. Millions of simple acts of giving, all added together, amount to real impact.

 

Giving Tuesday

With 43 communities leading organized local movements from coast to coast, grassroots giving involving schools, businesses, charities, and everyday Canadians, is at an all-time high. To celebrate, mayors and provincial premiers from across the country proclaimed November 28th as GivingTuesday in their jurisdictions. Within each community, acts of kindness and giving were performed, including hugs for charity, blood donations, food and toy drives and much, much more.