Spring Break Challenge – Raise money for your favourite cause

It’s time for the 4th Annual Wish & Give Spring Break Charity Challenge!  Formally the March Break Charity Challenge. 

 

We’ve come up with the  challenges for kids of all ages to accomplish over Spring Break.  Or come up with your own challenge.

 

Goal setting is so good for kids!  Goals are a great way to keep kids learning, motivated and feeling good.

 

And even better by reaching the goal? Kids are fundraising for their favourite cause!  Canadian charities need our support more than ever right now. And it feels good to give back!

 

So, what is your kid’s stretch goal?  Think of something so big that you would sponsor them too!  In the past few years, our kids have been motivated to reach huge goals in reading or learning a new skill. They’ve each chosen goals that impressed me enough to sponsor them!  And now they plan all year what their March Break goal will be!

 

5 Challenges to try:

 

Reading 

How many books can your child read in the next 3 weeks?  This works for any age, whether it’s learning to read or reading full novels.  Is it 10, 20 or 50 books?  Pick a big goal, they really can do it!

 

Exercise

It’s never been a better time to get outside!  The weather is mild and social distancing works well outdoors.  How far can they run or bike?  Set a big goal and train for it.  Maybe it’s learning to bike or biking 20km for the first time.  Grandma will be proud to sponsor this goal!

 

Learn something new

3 weeks is plenty of time to pick up a new skill.  Is it baking, cooking, doing the laundry or knitting a hat?  Encourage your children to learn something new.  Be sure to post pictures with the hashtag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge so we can celebrate these new skills!

 

Daily routines

No better time than now to start a healthy daily routine and do it every day for 3 weeks!  Is it making the bed every day, cleaning the house, putting away toys daily, or helping mommy and daddy?

 

Math

Time off from school is perfect for brushing up on new math skills. Is it telling time, multiplication tables, adding, division, fractions?  Set a big goal and get to work!

 

It’s easy to set up your Spring Break Charity Challenge at www.wishandgive.ca

 

  1. Simply log in
  2. Select ‘Invitation’
  3. Choose your charity
  4. Create your invitation – name your prize in the group gift section
  5. Send the URL to your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you (tip…don’t enter the email addresses online, just sent the URL)

 

For more information on how to set up your March Break Charity Challenge ‘invitation’ click here: Spring Break Charity Challenge Tool Kit. The tool kit provides a step-by-step process.

 

I’d love to hear what challenge your kid chose?  Please share your ideas in the comments. 

 

Have fun!! And thanks for giving back this Spring Break!  The world is better because of you!

 

Be sure to tag #SpringBreakCharityChallenge so we can celebrate your accomplishments!!

Celebrate International Women’s Day by Giving Back

The first gathering of Women’s Day began in 1911, a whopping 110 years ago, but we still have a long way to go. International Women’s Day is a day to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women across the world! It is important to raise awareness regarding women’s equality and to work towards change. 

For the month of March, we have decided to highlight 6 female-focused charities that use their fundraising to accelerate the on-going women’s movement.

Red Shawl

Red Shawl is a Canadian run organization whose ambition is to work with women to equip them with the best lives they can have! Their goals include economic stability, improving resources and networks, and creating positive change in communities for women. They offer programs that provide women with access to driving lessons, assistance to seniors, mentorships, and leadership conferences.

Black Women in Motion

Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence. We work within an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed and survivor-centred framework to create culturally-relevant content, educational tools, healing spaces and economic opportunities for black womxn. 

Plan Canada – “Because I am a Girl”

The “Because I am a Girl” is a program developed by Plan Canada in 2012 to help women and girls around the world. They focus on discrimmination as being the main cause of gender-based violence. They help women with access to education, health care, clean water and sanitation.

Ernerstines

Ernestine’s is a women’s shelter located in Toronto, Canada. With over 50% of women in Canada being abused at least once since the age of 16, they offer shelter to women. Not only do they have programs for women but also for children and youth. They offer housing and legal support, skill exchange programs, counselling, and outreach support.

Sistering

Sistering is an agency that helps socially isolated women and trans people, located in Toronto, Ontario. They have been serving the community for over 35 years. Their goal is to create a world where everyone is valued, safe, respected, and treated equally. With at least 70% of the people they serve being consumers/survivors or substance users, they offer tailored support and programs to everyone.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success is a charity that provides women with a network of support to empower them to become economically independent. They have grown to over 150 cities helping more than 1.2 million women. Their vision is to have a world where women are not living in poverty, and are valued and treated with respect; which helps strengthen their families and shape their community.

Celebrate International Women’s Day

You can raise money for one of these amazing grass roots charities through your next event, party, teacher’s gift or office party.  Login to www.wishandgive.ca to get started.

Celebrate International Women’s Day today and everyday.

Mental Health Matters

We hope everyone is having a healthy and happy New Year! But with these trying times, it is understandable that your mental health can take the back burner sometimes. However, it is important to speak up about what you are dealing with and talk to someone if you need help.

Bell Let’s Talk Day was created in September 2010 to provide mental health opportunities to people struggling across Canada. Today, we are celebrating their 10th January running. This initiative partners with over 1,000 hospitals, research institutes and care centres to provide funding to aid Canadians in their mental health.

With COVID-19 making waves in March, this is the first Bell Let’s Talk Day since the pandemic. Which is why it is even more important to be aware of what you are capable of, and what is going on with those around you. It has been a huge year for inner-growth and understanding, and much has been made possible thanks to the endless opportunities we have in Canada. We truly are lucky, and must recognize others who may be struggling. Since starting their first Bell Let’s Talk Day in January 2011, they have raised $100,695,763.75 with over 1 billion social media messages.

On January 28th, Bell Canada will donate 5¢ for every text, call, tweet or TikTok video using the hashtag #BellLetsTalk. Be sure to check out our Bell Let’s Talk Instagram story and share! 

For the month of January, we have decided to highlight some charities that have made strides in providing mental health care to Canadians!

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Toronto and National

CAMH is one of Canada’s largest research centres and offers mental health teaching and educating, along with many online and in-person mental health services. They specialize in addiction and depression but also offer services for a variety of mental health disorders or anyone who may find it useful.

Stella’s Place  – Toronto, ON

Stella’s Place is located in the heart of Toronto, and provides mental health services to teens and young adults across the city! They offer peer support, mental health workshops and drop-in counselling to those struggling, in need of help. With COVID-19, affecting everyone’s mental health they have begun to offer online services including one-on-one counselling and group fitness activities like yoga!

Kid’s Help Phone  – National

Kid’s Help Phone is the only service in Canada that offers 24/7 phone/chat/text support for kids and teens dealing with any issue, whether it’s abuse, mental health, neglect, dating, etc. There is no judgement. 

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – National

The Canadian Mental Health Association is one of the oldest and most established mental health associations in Canada. They provide resources to those struggling with their mental health with a goal of building support and resilience amongst their community. 

These are more amazing charities are all on our website.  You can choose any charity across Canada to support through your next party or event.  To get started visit www.wishandgive.ca and raise money for a mental health charity today.

Group Gifts for the Holidays

Holiday Group Gifting that Feels Great

Happy Holidays!  Who else is excited for the holidays?  Even though it will look a lot different this year, there are still lots of ways to celebrate.  And we have made group gifting easy and fun!

Wish & Give is the perfect solution to thanking teachers or coaches virtually.  Our online platform helps you arrange a group monetary gift and a donation to charity.  All from the comfort of home.  No shopping required. And everyone will feel great about giving back to a local charity.

How to set up a group gift:

  1. Ask your teacher, coach or honoured recipient what charity they would like to support.  Or choose one for them.
  2. Create an invitation at wishandgive.ca. In step 1, choose ‘Teacher’s Gift’
  3. Send the private URL, generated after the invitation is created, to those who are contributing.
  4. Watch the contributions come in and add up!
  5. Email us after all the contributions are in and we’ll send the cash gift* to the honoured recipient and the donation to the charity.

Easy-peasy and everyone will feel great about giving back.  Canadian charities need our support more than ever now.  This is a one stop shop to do something good and say happy holidays to your teacher, ballet teacher, swim coach, hockey coach…

No shopping. No leaving home. And feel good about supporting a local charity!

*We use Pay Pal to send the gift, minus the administration fees of 5.5% and 50 cents per transaction.

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.

Thanking Our Teacher’s from Home

Calling Parents – Let’s say thank you to our teachers!

It is that time of year. And what a year it has been. From strike days to home schooling we parents have been through a lot.  And teachers have been through a lot. I think we need a collective sigh and virtual pat on the back.

Our teachers have showed resiliency and showed up for our kids in this strange new world. They quickly transitioned to online learning and they miss our kids just as much as we miss them.  Let’s show our gratitude by giving back, to the teacher and to their charity of choice. A group gift that gives back.

Wish & Give is the perfect solution to thanking teachers virtually.  Our online platform helps you arrange a class monetary gift and a donation to their favourite charity.  All from the comfort of home.  No shopping required. And everyone will feel great about giving back to a local charity.

How to set up a class thank you gift:

  1. Ask your teacher what charity they would like to support.
  2. Create an invitation at wishandgive.ca.
  3. Send the private URL to the parents in your class (skip the enter email step online).
  4. Email us after all the contributions are in and we’ll send the cash gift* to your teacher and the donation to the charity.

Easy-peasy and everyone will feel great about giving back.  Canadian charities need our support more than ever now.  This is a one stop shop to do something good and thank your teacher.

No shopping. No leaving home. And feel good about supporting a local charity!

*We use Pay Pal to send the gift, minus the administration fees of 5.5% and 50 cents per transaction.

3 Ways to Have a Virtually Brilliant Birthday during COVID-19

There’s no doubt about it: things are a little crazy right now. But in the midst of the fear and anxiety over COVID-19, celebrations are all the more important.

In my family we have five birthdays in the next few weeks. Since we all live in different parts of the world, we don’t usually get together. But over time, we’ve learned a few clever tricks to make birthdays special even when we’re miles apart. So if you or your kids have a birthday in the next couple of weeks or months, here are three ways to “lock down” your birthday celebration and have some safe, friendly fun in the midst of a pandemic.

  1.   Virtual Baking Competition

Do you love baking shows? My family does. And you can do your very own family bake-off using your favourite social media tools. This year, the cousins in our family are getting together to do a Sugar Rush style competition virtually. We’ve chosen one day to bake a spring-themed cake or dessert—you can choose whatever sparks joy for you! Once your confections are done, connect with your family and show off your creations. (You can even get Grandma and Grandpa to judge!)

  1. Throw a Virtual Party

You can’t catch COVID-19 over the Internet, thank goodness! Plan a time with your friends, create a  Zoom link (free for up to 100 connections) and invite your friends and family and come together for a virtual party.

Add in an online quiz where everyone uses their smart phone to answer questions—a fun and friendly competition! There are lots of choices online—my favourite is Kahoot. Just set up the quiz ahead of time and everyone can use their smart phone to answer in real time.  It’s a great way to get to know the honoured guest.

If your kids are missing their school friends, you can also use Zoom to help them get together. Ask the class parent to send the link to the class so that everyone can come online and sing happy birthday to your child. (You’ll also be giving all those kids’ parents a few seconds of break.)

One bonus? There’s no limit to the guest list when it’s virtual!

  1. Donate to Charity

Now more than ever our small Canadian charities will need our support. They are often on the front lines helping people access food and essential services.  Set up a Wish & Give link and ask your friends to donate in lieu of individual gifts. Your local food bank will thank you!

You can contribute the cost of dinner or bottle of wine to the charity of your choice and use your birthday to spread a little compassion during a crisis. I promise you’ll feel great about yourself. Win-win!

March Break Charity Challenge Example

Curious what a March Break Charity Challenge Invitation looks like?

Click below to see our daughter’s invitation from last year:

https://www.wishandgive.ca/events/details/221/zos-march-break-challenge

After setting up your invitation, email the URL to your friends and family.

Tip: don’t input emails into the platform or your friends and family will receive the automated email inviting them to a party. 🙂

You are Invited to Join the March Break Charity Challenge

Calling all parents, children, and teens!  This March Break, Wish and Give is challenging kids to do something different!  Something better for your family and better for the community.  So, put down the devices and join our March Break Charity Challenge!

We are challenging kids to set a personal goal and fundraise for their favourite local charity.

What do we mean by a personal goal?
Encourage your kids to choose something that is a real stretch for them.  Is it reading 10 chapter books?  Learning to ride a bike?  Learning to cook?  Think about what will motivate you to sponsor your own kid!  Last year it was reading for my daughter; I was so proud of her I sponsored her too!

And what makes it even better…. your child wins a cash prize at the end!

So, this March Break let’s down our devices, stretch ourselves and our kids, learn a new skill and give back to our community!

It’s simple to get started: 

1. log into www.wishandgive.ca
2. select ‘invitation’
3. choose a charity
4. set a personal goal
5. name your prize
6. send the URL to your friends and family

During the week, post pictures of your kid’s progress on social media using the  hashtag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge. 

After the goal is accomplished send a picture to info@wishandgive.ca. We want to celebrate your kid’s achievements!  We’ll send you the cash that was raised for your child’s group gift/prize and the donation directly to the charity.

Get ready to accomplish something new this March Break!

For more details on how to get started refer to the Took Kit:

Find out more in our Tool Kit: March Break Charity Challenge Tool Kit 2019

 

March Break Charity Challenge