CharityWishList.ca – Making it easier and quicker to give stuff away to Canadian Registered Charities near you.
To enable people across Canada to quickly and easily find, and self-connect, to a variety of Canadian Registered Charities near them that have WishLists containing the type of item(s) that the person in that moment wants to give away, to the benefit of our society and environment.
To maintain and grow www.CharityWishList.ca so that more cities and Canadian Registered Charities in Canada are included.
- If it is too difficult to find a charity that wants the type of item being given away, it may end up in a landfill even if the item is only gently used. CharityWishList.ca helps make it easier and faster.
- More items for charities to give to people in need e.g. less people going to bed hungry or sleeping on the floor
- Landfills won’t fill up as quickly if we can prolong the lifespan of items
- 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
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. By finding new owners for what no longer is useful to us, we can slow down the need for new materials to be resourced and that can have a positive impact on our environment.
Beyond the social good of giving to charities, there is an environmental good.
“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.]
Where did the idea of CharityWishList.ca come from?
- After a relative passed, we found it very difficult to find charities near us that wanted the contents of a house we were preparing to sell. It shouldn’t be so hard to give stuff away. An idea was born.
Is this a business or a charity?
- CharityWishList.ca is not a charity, and does not accept anything itself on behalf of charities
- Wishlist/charity contact info listed/accessed – no cost for charity & at no cost to the person donating item(s)
- Has a business license/trademarked, to avoid someone else registering the name
- CharityWishList.ca was created in 2005, trademark approved in 2008
About Michelle Beaupre, Owner/Manager CharityWishList.ca:
- Created, trademarked and managed by Michelle Beaupre
- Bachelor of Social Sciences, Concentration Sociology & Concentration Music, University of Ottawa
- Currently in the Fundraising Management Certificate Program (A+) through Algonquin College
- I have been an HR Corporate Programs Specialist for a large company with 5000+ employees
- Special Event Assistant for a non-profit’s New Year’s Eve event that had over 5,000 attend
- Member Services Specialist for a National Charity
- Executive Assistant/Jr Project Manager through sole-source contracts with Industry Canada
- Coordinator Special Projects for the National Gallery of Canada
- Office Administrator for a private school
- Enhanced Security Clearance and a Vulnerable Sector Check Clearance
What if your location isn’t covered?
- Simply contact me and I will attempt to locate a charity near you that wants what you want to give away.
- If using the Comments section, check the button that will notify you when I respond to your comment.
- Or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your City, Province, and the type of item you want to give away, so I know which relevant charities near you to suggest.
Media / Spreading the word / Please help promote CharityWishList.ca
- Media are welcome (and encouraged) to provide free promotion of this website – advance notice not necessary.
- 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 in the Our Town Section. Thank you to Young at Heart Newspaper for contacting me to be their volunteer profile for their September 2015 issue.
- Word of mouth/links from websites also much appreciated.
- Contact: email@example.com
- 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 the CRA website for this before adding a charity.
- Rarely 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. I make it 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.
The trend in Canada …
“Downsizing seniors are moving into Toronto Condos and overcoming challenges by creating communities … for the first time in the province’s history, Ontario is home to more people over 65 than children under 15.” – Alexandra Sienkiewicz, Journalist and Producer, CBC News. May 26, 2017, Article “With a wave of seniors coming, why many are choosing to ‘age in place’ in Toronto condos.”
CharityWishList.ca helps make the downsizing transition easier, by making it quick and easy to divert seniors’ excess stuff away from landfills and into the hands of charities that can make use of them. Everyone is welcome to use this website.
Michelle Beaupre, Owner, CharityWishList.ca
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
P.S. The GoFundMe is a great way to show that there is support out there for making it easier to give things away. It puts good stuff into our communities and keeps stuff out of our landfills longer, all while making the donor’s life easier.