It’s the time of year for holiday giving and with that comes charitable giving! But who do you give to? We’ve made your decision easy with our Causes for Christmas! Each Causes for Christmas page highlights an important cause we think you should get behind and support this season. We’ve got eight different causes to choose from — each featuring #BrokersOfGood charity partners who are doing amazing things to support your local community.
Can’t decide which one to support? No worries — we’ve got a quiz that will make your giving decision simple! Check out our Cause Quiz! This quick and easy quiz asks you questions and, based on your answers and values, matches you with the cause we think will resonate with you the most. From there, you can head on over to one of our dedicated cause pages and choose an amazing charity partner to support. It’s as easy as that!
Want to know more about which causes we’re highlighting before taking action? See below for a quick list summarizing what they’re all about.
Causes for Christmas
Arts & Culture Cause
“Art is an effort to create, beside the real world, a more human world”
— Andre Maurois
Did you know that 71% of Canadians attend at least one of five key art activities: art galleries, theatre performances, popular music performances, classic music performances and cultural festivals? That’s a lot of people. Statistics Canada has also reported that a typical Canadian artist has an employment income that is 56% lower than the median of all workers. Art and culture are some of the most human ways we can express ourselves and it’s up to us to make sure they don’t just survive, but thrive. We’ve made a list of a few of our amazing charity partners that run artistic and cultural programming that you can help support today.
Children & Youth
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
57% of Canadians aged 15-17 reported that their mental health was somewhat or much worse after social distancing measures were implemented in March. As distancing measures tighten once more and we get closer to holidays that are meant to bring loved ones together, it’s more important than ever to support our children and youth.
We’ve put together a list of a few of our amazing charity partners who are working to make sure each child has the assistance they need to have a healthy and happy holiday season.
Sustainable Housing & Food Security Cause
“Across Canada, up to 40,000 youth are homeless with 6,000 – 7000 seeking a safe place to be sheltered tonight.”
— Youth Without Shelter
Almost 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year and 35,000 experience homelessness on any given night. And with COVID taking a toll on everyone’s wallets, 1 in 7 Canadian families have reported having food insecurity. Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head and food in their bellies, so we’ve put together a list of some of our charity partners who are tackling homelessness and food scarcity in Canada.
Education & Literacy Cause
“Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
— Kofi Annan
17% of Canadians function at the lowest level of literacy. This means, for example, that they may not be able to read the dosage instructions on a medicine bottle. If you’re passionate about equal access to education and ensuring anyone has the tools they need to learn to read and write, then check out our Education & Literacy Cause page. It’s full of some of our charity partners that provide literacy and education resources and training, so help give the gift of knowledge this season!
“Eight million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean every year.”
— National Geographic
In the words of David Attenborough, “It’s surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home for not just us, but for all life on earth.” It’s more important than ever that we take action and do our best to lessen our footprint on the planet we call home. If we work together to find greener solutions, we can still save many of the resources and habitats our consumerism has damaged. We’ve put together a list of a few of our charity partners that are working to protect the Canadian landscapes which you can support today.
Health & Wellness Cause
“50% of Canadians have reported worsening mental health since the pandemic began.”
— Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
It’s been an incredibly difficult year for everyone, and many people’s health and wellness have taken a toll. Good health is more than just the absence of illness – it is the experience of mental, physical, emotional and social well-being. During these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever that we support our local communities’ health and wellness. We’ve gathered a list of a few of our charity partners who are working every day to ensure access to healthy living for all.
Human Rights Cause
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate , they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
— Nelson Mandela
Regardless of someone’s appearance, origin, or belief we’re all human and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. While it can be tough for seven and a half billion people to get along in peace and harmony, if you’re willing to fight (metaphorically) the good fight to make it happen, then you should check out our Human Rights Cause page. Each of our highlighted charity partners are working towards making sure everyone has equal opportunities and rights.
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
— Maya Angelou
We believe in equal opportunities for everyone regardless of gender or sex, which means standing up for women’s rights and working hard for gender equality.
According to the Statistics Canada (2019), women in the core working ages of 25 to 54 earn 13.3% less per hour, on average, than men. There’s still a long way to go before we achieve equality for all, so head over to our Women’s Causes page to discover which of our charity partners are working to support women daily, and are promoting gender equality.
Not sure which cause to support? We don’t blame you — they’re all fantastic and in need of your help! Take our Cause Quiz to help narrow down your decision. It’s quick and easy and will tell you which cause we think you’ll resonate with most.