Challenge stretches value of your fundraising dollar

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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is back, and will once again be helping not-for-profit groups cover cost by offering a $20,000 grand prize from Canada Helps.

Every dollar donated on-line in the month of June earns the participating charity a chance to win the $20,000 grand prize from Canada Helps.

“We dared to dream about what we could do with the $20,000 prize and decided we’d set up and administer a long-awaited Legacy Project Program,” said Cheryl Cottrill, co-chair of Huron Shores Hospice. “The $20,000 prize would allow us to help our residents create legacy projects that would keep their loved ones connected to them after they were gone. A legacy project might look like a plaster hand mold with their spouse, a recordable book to leave for grandchildren, letters and cards for life’s milestones that may be missed, or telling their life story through video, voice recordings or a book.”

Cottrill says any monthly donations made through Canada Helps will be matched by Bruce Power.

“Bruce Power has provided a matching donation of $5,000,” said Cottrill. “Every donation made between June 1 and 15 to our monthly giving program will be eligible for an annual match by Bruce Power."

Cottrill says by setting up a monthly donation to Huron Shores Hospice, the donor becomes part of the Compassion Champions monthly giving program, helping to create a world where end-of-life receives the same beauty, care and respect as the beginning, by making moments matter. She says it also assists the hospice by confirming the base amount of donations they can count on each month.

“Monthly giving means our organization will be able to count on these dollars coming in regularly, making it easier for us to plan programs, create budgets and expand services,” said Cottrill. “If the last year has taught us anything it is that we need to diversify our income stream, to make sure we are not relying so heavily on fundraisers. Having a steady, predictable source of income through monthly giving will put us on solid ground to sustain the hospice.”

Donations can be made at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/62504. Each dollar donated through the program brings Huron Shores Hospice one step closer to winning the $20,000 grand prize.

Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent

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