Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Raising Funds

Does your workplace have a charitable campaign program that gives back to the community?

With the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region being in the not-for-profit sector, we rely on funding from donors, events, partners like the United Way of Ottawa, and the community.

If your workplace doesn't have a charitable campaign program set up, it's quite simple to do!

  • Choose an individual to be the fundraising head.  It should be someone in the office who has the time & organization skills to dedicate to running the program.

  • Decide how you're going to raise funds & set a goal.  Are you going to do a payroll deduction?  Are you going to hold an in office auction of goods & services?  Are you going to hold an event in support of the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region?

  • Promote your fundraising efforts in your office walls, and sub-offices, so that everyone knows what you're doing.  IE: Own a bakery?  Maybe for a month, 50 cents from every cupcake sold can be donated to the Distress Centre. 

  • Promote via your Facebook, Twitter, Blog, and YouTube accounts to spread the word (if applicable)

  • Once you've reached your goal, or time frame, gather all funds, and have your office administrator either write a cheque to the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region, and send it to P.O. Box 3457 Station C, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Y 4J6.  Or, if you prefer, you can submit your donation online at Canada Helps at  Either way, your office then is able to collect a Charitable Tax Receipt for your donation.

  • Watch as your funds directly help the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region, as we keep our phone lines open 24/7 with 'round the clock volunteers.

If you're wanting more information, or would like to inform us about your workplace raising funds for the Distress Centre of Ottawa & Region, please give me a shout.  My name is Leslie, and I am the Community Relations Coordinator.  I can be reached at 613-238-1089 x 222 or via email at lscott AT

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