- Canadian Directory type website to help everyone locate and easily connect to a variety of Canadian Registered Charities near you that have wishlists that contain the type of item that you actually want to give away.
- Usually up to 14 categories of donation type items to choose from.
Created, trademarked and maintained by Michelle Beaupre
The long-term goal is that eventually all of Canada will have quick and easy access to location specific relevant information.
- The faster a potential donor can locate the charity nearest them that wants the particular type of item that he or she wants to donate, the greater the chance that the giver will follow through on donating something rather than tossing it prematurely into the garbage.
- If a company would like to back this larger endeavour to enable me to work on this full time, please contact me, let’s discuss.
- More people in need will benefit by charities having access to more items to distribute;
- landfills won’t fill up as quickly;
- charities might find that they need to rely less on government funding to meet the demands of their clients.
- Perhaps less crime if the basics can be acquired at little to no cost through charitable organizations.
- Less people going to bed hungry or sleeping on the floor …
STATS – Diverting goods from Canadian landfills
What we do with items we no longer want as individuals, can cumulatively as a society have great impact on the longevity of landfills and on the availability of resources to be reused reducing the need for new materials to be used, impacting our environment.
“In 1996, Canadians sent 20.6 million tonnes of waste for disposal in landfills or incinerators, and diverted approximately 6.0 million tonnes through recycling and reuse of materials. By comparison, in 2014 – almost 20 years later – 25.1 million tonnes of waste found its way to Canadian landfills and incinerators, while 9.1 million tonnes of waste were diverted from landfill.” [Statistics Canada, Telling Canada’s Story in Numbers #ByTheNumbers – based on the results of the biennial Waste Management Industry Survey: Business and Government Sectors 2014.]
So beyond the social good there is the environmental good.
- CharityWishList.ca was created in 2005 and the trademark was approved in 2008.
- CharityWishList.ca is run by one person, Michelle Beaupre. Michelle has a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Concentration Sociology and Concentration Music from the University of Ottawa, and has been an HR Corporate Program Specialist; an Office Administrator; Executive Assistant; Project Manager; Event Assistant etc. Currently working part-time towards a Fundraising Management Certificate.
- Where did the idea of CharityWishList.ca come from? When our family found it very difficult to find charities near us that wanted the contents of a house of a relative that we were preparing to sell, it occurred to me that it shouldn’t be so hard to give stuff away. Thereby an idea was born. A Canadian Registered Charity directory that could be accessed easily and quickly relevant to the person’s wants to give certain items away, so they don’t give up in frustration and send stuff to an early disposal prematurely filling up landfills. People could use this stuff. Let’s make it easy to get it to charities so they can pass it on/make use of it. www.CharityWishList.ca was born.
Media / Spreading the word / Please help promote CharityWishList.ca
- Media are welcome (and encouraged) to provide free advertising of this website without advance notice.
- I would love to say THANK YOU in a blog or note though, so please do let me know of your good deed.
- Many thanks to The Ottawa Citizen for much support over the years. Thank you to Young at Heart Newspaper for contacting me to be their volunteer profile for their September 2015 issue. Word of mouth and links from other websites are also very important and very much appreciated.
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this a business or a charity?
- CharityWishList.ca is not a charity, and does not accept anything on behalf of charities.
- Wishlist and contact information is listed and accessed at no cost to the charity nor to the person donating the item(s).
- It has a business license and is trademarked simply to avoid someone else registering the name, which could then prevent me from continuing with this site.
- Folks, please be careful when deciding who you are going to let into your homes to pick-up donation items.
- It’s ok to ask for identification. Perhaps arrange to drop your stuff off or to have the stuff picked up outside of your home if you are going to be the only one home.
- The use of this site is at the user’s own risk, just as using the YellowPages would be.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
- For the most part, listings on this website are limited to only those charities that have Canadian Registered Charity status. I check for this before adding listings to this website.
- If you want to double check on a charity’s registered status, simply go to the CRA website. Once in a while, however, I will make an educated exception and include a non-registered initiative and clearly mark in brackets next to the listing that they are not a registered charity. For example, Brown’s Cleaners collects used prom dresses, shoes and accessories on behalf of Fairy Godmother Inc. in Ottawa, which helps students by lending dresses out for prom night to those who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend their prom. Fairy Godmother Inc of Ottawa does not show up on the CRA listing of registered charities. So although it is not a Canadian Registered Charity, it offers a rare and helpful service to the community so I list them and just make a point of making sure it is clear that they are not a Canadian Registered Charity.
- The choice to donate items to that or any initiative is in the end with you the donor.
Need more help finding a charity near you because your location isn’t covered?
- If you still can’t find a Canadian Registered Charity that wants what you want to give away after looking on this site, simply contact me and I will attempt to locate a charity near you that wants what you want to give away.
- If you are using the Comments section, please remember to check the button that will notify you when I respond to your comment. Other wise, simply e-mail me at email@example.com and include the name of your City and Province so I know which charities to suggest that are near you.
Michelle Beaupre, Owner, CharityWishList.ca
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com