Tis’ The Season for Giving
It’s that time of year again, when individuals and organizations are extra inspired to give back to their communities and help those in need. We wanted to take this opportunity to show you how Execulink gives back, as well as provide some tips and additional information to help you help others during the holidays.
Execulink’s Annual Holiday Donation
At Execulink, we recently handed over our annual holiday donation to Rotary International’s PolioPlus campaign, the goal of which is to immunize the world’s children against polio.
Execulink’s donation is part of their Holiday Giving campaign, a tradition for the Telecommunications provider during this time of year.
Ian Stevens, Execulink’s CEO (left), presented Ted Beynen, President of the Woodstock Rotary Club (right), with a cheque for $6,600.
“With Execulink’s generous donation, we are one step closer to meeting our goal of eradicating Polio worldwide,” exclaimed Beynen.
Our donation will be matched 2-1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as well as the Canadian Government, which means every dollar from this donation, will immunize 5 children. Our total donation will immunize roughly 33,000 children worldwide.
“We are proud to use our annual Holiday donation to support the polio eradication efforts and we applaud Rotary’s dedication to this cause,” says Stevens, “Execulink is also thankful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Canadian Government for maximizing the impact of our contribution.”
Other Execulink Holiday Initiatives
In our lunchroom at our Woodstock office, there is an old-school Arcade Machine that is popular among employees during lunch and breaks. The machine accepts quarters to play classic arcade games – but where does this generated money go you ask? A decision was made to let the winner of the highest score on the machine decide which charity we would donate all the money generated that year to. At our Staff Christmas Party this year, it was announced that Brendan from sales (the person with the highest score) would donate the winnings to the Von Sakura House in Woodstock.
Execulink also donates through our Community Relations Program. Through this program, Execulink Employees are entitled to donate $200 annually to the organization of their choice of which they or an immediate family member is actively involved with. Many Execulink employees take this opportunity to use this program during the holiday season.
Tips for Making A Donation
If you are interested in donating to a charity of your choice during the holidays, take into considerations the following tips while making a donation.
Giving is not limited to monetary donations
Donating money is not the only way you can give back during the holidays. Many people are in need of food, clothes and toys (so all children can enjoy the holidays) which can be donated to several initiatives that occur during the holiday season.
Your time might be the most valuable resource during the holiday season. Consider volunteering at a local Food Bank, Gift Wrapping Centre, Give blood, or even get a group of friends together to carol at a retirement home. Now these suggestions may seem random and all over the place – but I think you get the point. There are MANY ways to give back instead of just writing a cheque – be creative!
Do Your Research
Wherever you decide to donate your time and money, make sure to check that this organization’s goals and practices are in-line with your own expectations. Take into consideration the charity’s effectiveness, history, and transparency - make sure they disclose info that is important to you, especially when it comes to finances.
Claim Charitable Tax Credits
Although Holiday Giving is a way of giving back, don’t forget to think of yourself, just a little bit. If you do decide to make a monetary donation, make sure you get a proper receipt and claim a charitable tax credit on this year’s Tax Return. For more information on claiming charitable tax credits, click HERE.
However you decide to give back to your community during the holiday season, we wish you nothing but the best in all your charitable endeavors. We enjoy giving back, and we hope you do as well.
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
Devoted Leafs fan through the good and the bad - mostly bad. Born and raised in Stratford, Ontario - with more swag than Bieber. Success isn’t a maybe - it’s a must.