Today, I am thrilled to share the news that over 1 Million Canadians have given to charities and causes they care about through CanadaHelps. This is a huge milestone, and one that validates that our platform and services are valuable and embraced by Canadians just like you.
Since our launch in 2000, we have worked hard to level the playing field for over 15,000 Canadian charities, which rely on our services and our affordable and effective online fundraising technology and we are proud of all we accomplished. While not sexy on the surface, this is exactly the essential capacity-building work that smaller charities need so much.
But while providing these services to charities, we also provide Canadian donors a one-stop shop for charitable giving – a trusted place where Canadians can discover causes, as well as donate and fundraise online in support of any registered Canadian charity.
This past year, we invested to build a new CanadaHelps website for Canadians. It features leading edge, mobile-ready pages and reporting improvements to make it easier to discover, donate and fundraise for any registered Canadian charity. These improvements have allowed us to offer Canadians even more ways to connect with charities, while giving charities access to even more low-cost fundraising tools that let them spend more time focusing on their mission.
I am amazed at how quickly we grow each year; last calendar year alone, over 250,000 Canadians gave generously to charities using CanadaHelps. We hope to continue to grow with momentum, as the more Canadians who give charitably, engage with charities, and discover new charities, the more the charitable sector will continue to flourish in Canada.
Thank you to each and every one of you who has helped to grow charitable giving in Canada.