#GivingTuesdayCA is here!


GivingTuesday is a National Giving Day

Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday… now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 1, 2015.

It is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

So, why should you donate to the Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor – Essex County?  Simple.  Your donation will have a direct impact on a child, youth, or adult here in Windsor – Essex.  See below to learn how you can help.

Help a child learn to read (1)

Help a youth graduate from high school (1)

Help someone find a job

You can help a child make a friend...

Make your donation to LDAWE go further on Giving Tuesday!

Several companies are offering donation matching programs for Giving Tuesday:

PayPal: Make a donation through CanadaHelps.org, using PayPal starting on Tuesday December 1, 2015 through Thursday December 31, 2015 and PayPal will match 1% of every donation made throughout the promotion.

Interac Online: On GivingTuesday, December 1st, 2015, Acxsys Corporation (the architects of the Interac network) will match online charitable donations made through CanadaHelps.org and paid using Interac Online, up to $25 per donation and a maximum total of $10,000 in matching dollars.

Text – to – Donate to LDAWE is Back!

Text LDAWE to 20222 to help children, youth, and adults with learning disabilities in the Windsor – Essex community. You can donate $5, $10, $20, or $25. You will have the option to download a charitable donation receipt. Text to donate will end on December 31, 2015.

Visit our website to learn more about our programs and services.


Get involved in GivingTuesdayCA!

Giving Tuesday

Have you heard of GivingTuesday yet?  This is the 3rd year that GivingTuesday has been around. The first year it was only held in the US, but last year it made its way to Canada and other countries around the world.  LDAWE has been a partner in GivingTuesdayCA since last year.  For those that do not know:

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is a time to celebrate and encourage activities that support charities and non profits. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word, GivingTuesday is a movement for everyone who wants to give something back.  www.GivingTuesday.ca

This year, GivingTuesday takes place on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  There are multiple ways that you can get involved and support LDAWE and the GivingTuesdayCA movement:

1. #UNselfie – show your support for LDAWE and GivingTuesday by taking a picture of yourself holding a sign stating why you support LDAWE and post it on your social media acounts. Make sure to tag it #UNselfie, #GivingTuesdayCA, and #LDAWE. If you do not have a social media account, just email it to info@ldawe.ca and we will post it for you.

Having hard time coming up with your #UNselfie sign? We have created a couple of signs that you can use, plus a template sign where you can write your own message:

2. Text-to-Donate – during the months of November and December you can text LDAWE to 20222 and make a donation of $5, $10, $20, or $25 to LDAWE. A charitable donation receipt for your text-to-donate donation will be available from Mobile Giving Foundation Canada.

3. Interac Online Donation Matching Program – double the power of your donation by donating to LDAWE through CanadaHelps on December 2, 2014 between 9am – 11:59pm and pay by Interac Online and they will match up to $25 of your donation up to the first $10,000 donated.

4. Make a Donation – Make a safe and secure donation online to LDAWE through our CanadaHelps page or make an old fashion donation by cash or cheque to LDAWE at 647 Ouellette Avenue, Suite 101, Windsor, ON N9A 4J4.

All donations made to LDAWE stay in the Windsor-Essex community and are used to support our Resource and Support Centre, ongoing programs, and public awareness events. We hope that you will consider supporting LDAWE during this holiday giving season. Thank you for your ongoing support!


The Big Ask…

MoneyI have mentioned in one of my previous blog posts, “My Biggest Secret,” that one of my least favourite parts of my job as Resource Manager of LDAWE is the fundraising portion of the job.  Don’t get me wrong… I love it when people give us money, donate in-kind items, or attend fundraising events.  What I don’t like is having to ask people to do it.  I would rather write a grant proposal or negotiate a service contract instead of asking people or companies for donations.  Despite my hesitations, I of course do ask people for donations (I do want to keep my job, after all).

However, despite our best efforts, funds raised through donations and fundraising comprise a very small portion of our overall annual revenue (4.4%).  I often ask myself why this is the case when learning disabilities and ADHD affect 10% of the population.  I have come up with the following thoughts:

  • The majority of the clients we serve are low-income.  Many are in receipt of Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program, the National Child Benefit, etc…  While they may greatly appreciate the service we provide, they are not in a position to make a donation to the Association.
  • Learning disabilities and ADHD are not sexy or cute.  We don’t get to put pictures of cute little puppies, kittens, or babies on our marketing material.
  • Learning disabilities and ADHD are invisible.  Some people still try to argue that they don’t exist, and that the person is just lazy or had bad teachers/parents.  To them, I say they should sit in on one of our programs… they’d realize within the first 5 minutes that learning disabilities and ADHD do exist.
  • Sadly, there is still a stigma around having a disability.  This means that we often can’t get permission to use pictures/videos of our actual program participants or clients to show what happens in our programs or to share our success stories/testimonials.  This also means that we haven’t been able to find any of the highly successful Windsorites (we know many of you are out there!) that are willing to disclose their learning disability or ADHD and potentially become a champion for our cause.

Giving Tuesday CAMany of you probably heard that Tuesday, December 3, 2013, was the first annual Giving Tuesday in Canada.  Where Black Friday and Cyber Monday are about getting deals, Giving Tuesday is about giving back to your community.  This movement celebrates giving and encourages more, better, and smarter giving and volunteering during the giving season.  We would love it if you would consider making a donation to help people with learning disabilities and ADHD in Windsor – Essex reach their full potential.  Donations can be made safely and securely online, through CanadaHelps.

Finally, I would like to thank our core staff members and volunteers who attend our fundraising events and make donations whenever you can.  I know it’s not easy going back to your same family members and friends ask them to pledge you for the annual walk-a-thon or to buy tickets for a fundraising event.  Please know that your efforts are greatly appreciated by not only myself, but all of our clients and program participants.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!