It’s GivingTuesday – Here are 7 Things You Can Do Today!

After months of preparation, GivingTuesday has arrived and we’re celebrating with GuelphGives! We want to make things as simple as possible so that everyone can get involved and give back today in your own way. Here at 5 things you can do today to help show Canada that Guelph is it’s most generous city!

  1. Visit the Giving Fair at Quebec St. Mall from 10am-6pm to learn about some of the great local causes here in Guelph. There’s also a free skate being offered at the Sleeman Centre from 1-2pm, so bring your family, work team or friends by for a skate and visit the Giving Fair!
  2. Come play Charity Plinko at Stone Rd. Mall from 10am-2pm and support great Guelph nonprofit organizations with a toonie.
  3. Check out all the stores and businesses taking part in GuelphGives at guelphgives.ca and shop to help their giveback. Hint: Borealis Grille, Buffalo Wild Wing, Sweet Temptations and Wellington Cakes!
  4. Support your favourite organization with a gift, some volunteer time, or help them build awareness about their work. Check out the GuelphGives partners and make your gift here: http://www.guelphgives.ca/whos-involved/
  5. Take an “unselfie” photo of you doing something good and post it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #GuelphGives and #GivingTuesdayCA
  6. Come out to the GuelphGave finale event at Red Papaya in Old Quebec Street Mall beginning at 6:30 tonight. It’s a great mash-up of social good, including Goodworking and The Elevator Project Round 2 Launch. Register here. 
  7. Please, this is VERY important, REPORT IN your results to us at www.guelphgives.ca. Scroll down the homepage and you’ll see the reporting form on the left-hand side. We NEED this information to calculate our totals for dollars raised, volunteer hours contributed and other giving metrics so that we can assess whether we can in fact claim the title of Canada’s most generous city! Nonprofits, businesses, individuals, families and groups please report in what you do today and leave us a GuelphGives message as well with your stories so we can share them on social media!

There you have it, Guelphites! Let’s get giving! 1 City. 1 Day. $1 Million. Can we do it?

Yours generously,

The GuelphGives Team

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This GivingTuesday, Consider United Way!

Why Should I Give to United Way?

Our community is much more than our physical environment.  It is a place where we know one another, where we are loved, where we feel safe.  It’s made up of our friends, our neighbours, co-workers and family.  And it’s a place we take pride in when we tell people where we live.

This is the City of Guelph.

Guelph is famous for being one of the most caring communities in the country.  This year on Giving Tuesday we are trying to prove just that!  Here at United Way, as we push to raise $3.5 million for 86 programs at 53 local agencies, we urge you to consider making a donation to United Way.

Here’s why:

  1. One donation to United Way helps 53 local agencies.

Through a network of more than 50 local community agencies, United Way ensures thousands of people each day have a helping hand when they need it.  We know that people in need access many United Way funded agencies to get the help they require.  With one donation to United Way you can ensure all the stops on their journey to create a better quality of life for themselves or their family are there when they need them.

  1. We do the research.

With so many deserving causes, it can be hard to know where your donation can do the most good.  Carefully reviewed and selected by trained volunteers and staff, you can rest assured that United Way funded programs best respond to community needs and have a real and measureable impact on the lives of people in our community.

  1. United Way touches everyone.

Last year, over 87,000 people accessed a United Way funded program.  United Way funded programs help everyone from infants to seniors and chances are someone you know has turned to a United Way program at some point in their life, or will in the future.

 

  1. United Way makes change that start here.

A donation to United Way keeps our community safe and thriving and helps us realize the type of community we all want – one that sees no one go hungry, one that sees our children achieve their full potential and one that is engaged, strong and supportive.  For more information on our three funding streams, visit www.unitedwayguelph.com

 

On Tuesday December 2, please consider making a donation to United Way Guelph Wellington Dufferin.  Together, we can continue to improve lives, build community and make change start here.Print

Intrigue Media Gives for GuelphGives!

Intrigue Media is happy to be a part of GuelphGives!

Since day one, Intrigue has focused on building and strengthening communities. Giving back and actively supporting local businesses, charities, city events, and cultural activities has been a primary focus for Intrigue in every community they operate in.

In addition to being a media sponsor for GuelphGives, from now until December 2nd, Intrigue Media is collecting non-perishable food items for the Guelph Food Bank. Food banks are extra busy during the fall and winter months – with the cold weather comes costly heat and hydro bills and the need to purchase extra clothing. The Guelph Food Bank has been supporting the community for over 26 years and sees 50-75 families each morning, 5 days a week. They depend 100% on the support of local individuals, businesses, schools, and service organizations. There are also 24 other agencies that depend on their distribution operation including the University of Guelph CSA Food Bank, youth shelters, women’s shelters, recovery homes, and more.

Did you know the Guelph Food Bank is actually much more than just a Food Bank? They have a Teaching Garden, a kitchen where they teach cooking skills, a clothing exchange, Free Income Tax Clinics, co-op placements, Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program and many other programs.

All Intrigue team members and visitors are encouraged to bring in donations to the office – let’s show them that Guelph is the most generous city in Canada!

 

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University of Guelph 50 Challenge

On December 2, something a little different will be going on here at the University of Guelph – we’re going to be launching the U of G 50 Challenge!

The University of Guelph, one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. On GivingTuesday, we’re presenting a challenge to our whole community: let’s raise $50,000 from 1,964 donors, in 50 hours.

We’ve had a number of very generous grads, staff, and parents offer ‘matching’ dollars to incentivize giving. If someone gives to a select fund (one of the ones listed on our website), then their donation will be matched 1:1. It’s a great way for members of our community to really maximize their giving!

We’re also offering a unique opportunity for students to participate in the U of G 50 Challenge. On Giving Tuesday we’re going to have a special ‘50’ (made by our Fine Arts Network) displayed in the University Centre. Students are being asked to stop by, add $.50 to the 50, and take an ‘unselfie’. All donations to this initiative are going to be going towards our library.

We’re going to be communicating with grads, parents, and on campus constituents via email, phone, and of course social media. Our team of 100+ ‘Forever a Gryphon’ social media ambassadors will be on the ground as well, spreading the news of the U of G 50 Challenge from coast to coast.

You can learn more about the U of G Challenge at www.guelph50.ca (which will launch on December 2nd) or by searching the hashtag #UofG50 on Twitter.

U of G is happy to see how the giving fair hosted on campus last year has grown and evolved into the city-wide give-back day that is GuelphGives and is very proud to be a part of this do-good initiative!

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Borealis Gets Behind GuelphGives!

If you haven’t yet treated your palette to the deliciousness that is Borealis Grille & Bar in Guelph, you  may want to make it a date this GivingTuesday on December 2nd!

Borealis recently informed the GuelphGives team of their amazingly generous plan for GivingTuesday…and it’s awesome.

The Borealis servers have decided to donate half of their tips on December 2nd to the Adopt-a-Family Program at The Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington. What’s even more is that Borealis is going to match the servers’ tips on that day, doubling the donation and impact on bringing Christmas to families in need in Guelph!

We couldn’t be more excited to see Borealis trail-blazing so far in Guelph. What is your organization, business or family doing to participate? Let us know by emailing us at guelphgives@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to share your giving story.

53 days and counting until #GuelphGives and still tons of time to put together a plan for doing good!

Borealis

GuelphGives Information Session: October 16th.

Join the GuelphGives team on Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ The U of G to learn about GuelphGives, an exciting initiative and local chapter of GivingTuesday Canada happening this December 2, 2014. Come and learn about how your organization or business can be part of showing that Guelph is Canada’s most generous city!

At this presentation you will learn:

1) How to leverage the GuelphGives buzz to launch your giving campaign.
2) How to maximize what GuelphGives can do for your organization.
3) How to encourage your donors to give back generously and creatively.
4) How you can be part of the giving fair and other day-of activities to promote your organization.
5) How your organization can be part of HISTORY in the making as we set the bar for Giving Tuesday in Canada and contribute to the global GivingTuesday movement!

The 411:

When: Thursday, October 16th, 2014 @ 4:30-6:00
Where: University of Guelph, Lifetime Learning Centre Rm 1714. The Lifetime Learning Centre is located on the west side of Gordon (near the veterinary college). Parking is available for free after 4:30 in lots P26 and P30. Parking details: www.upguelph.ca/campus/map/lifetime/
RSVP: to guelphgives@gmail.com

We hope to see you there!

-The GuelphGives Team

P.S. Be sure to follow @GuelphGives and @GivingTuesdayCA on Twitter 😉