Canvassers work from 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and occasionally Saturday. This is the time when most people are home.
Absolutely. You can become a donor by using our online donation form, or by visiting us at:
525 University Avenue
Running a year-round telemarketing fundraising program requires an extensive amount of resources and expertise. Our telemarketing partner, Causeworx, helps us raise much-needed dollars for the highest priority needs of the Foundation. SickKids has been raising money through our telemarketing program since 2012 .
Each week our map is updated with the towns/cities where canvassers are located. There may be locations not listed on the map due to last minute changes. Please check back tomorrow if you do not see your location on the map.
Yes. You will receive a tax receipt for one-time donations of $20 or more. Tax receipts for monthly donations are mailed in February.
A “receipt” refers to any document issued by the Foundation to confirm that it received something from another party. A “charitable receipt” is for income tax purposes and allows donors to reduce their income tax. “Gift confirmations” are issued by the Foundation to donors to confirm a gift where a “charitable receipt” is not warranted.
You can write to, or email, Susan L.Q. Flaherty, Counsel to Friends.
Her contact information is:
Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.
c/o Roha & Flaherty Attention: Susan L.Q. Flaherty
1725 I Street N. W. Suite 300 Washington, DC 20006-2423
Yes. Named endowment funds can be established during a donor’s lifetime and can be funded in part or completely through future giving. These endowments are considered gifts in perpetuity, and it’s possible for your family to continue contributing to, and receiving updates about, these funds. SickKids acknowledges cumulative lifetime and future gifts for the recognition, which can include naming, an inscription on our Donor Wall, and other forms of recognition.
If you would like to update your name, address, phone number or you would like to update your credit card or banking information for your monthly gift, please complete our online form or contact us by telephone at 416-813-6166.
Please see the document titled “Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children – Donor Information” for more detailed information about Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.
You can review detailed financial information such as Friends’ annual IRS Form 990 by visiting GuideStar
No, SickKids does not participate in street fundraising. Many other charities raise money through street fundraising. SickKids, however, is not one of them.
Yes, upon request. When a donation is made, we send a card to the family or individual who is being honoured, acknowledging your generous donation. Visit our Card page for more information. If you would like to send a card but forgot to please call (416) 813-6166.
Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc. is often referred to as simply Friends. It is an independent American charity that accepts gifts from U.S.-based individual or corporate donors who wish to support The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto. Friends and SickKids Foundation (a Canadian not-for-profit children’s charity that raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children) are completely independent of each other, each with its own independent board of directors.
All donations collected through the mall program provide critical unrestricted funding to create impact where it’s needed most now, and where it’s needed next. Whether its funding research, clinical advances, or compassionate care, this is the best way for donors to assure the best possible outcomes for kids, everywhere, now and in the future.
If you did not receive your tax receipts right away, please check your spam and junk email folders. If you still have not received your tax receipt after 12 hours, please email us at email@example.com or call us at 416-813-6166.
To minimize administrative costs, paper tax receipts are issued for donations of $20 or greater. For online donations, e-tax receipts do not have a minimum donation.
A decision will be based on your interests, availability, ability to perform the tasks required, available opportunities, and successful completion of our volunteer engagement intake/screening process. Some volunteer roles require more screening, and others less. It depends on what you’re interested in doing. Completing a volunteer application form does not guarantee you a volunteer role.
By becoming a monthly donor, you are making a thoughtful and lasting investment in SickKids. This program allows you to donate on a monthly basis and shows your continuous dedication towards improving our children's health. There are two payment options - credit card or withdrawals from your chequing account. The generosity of friends like you that is what funds the fight at SickKids. Your loyalty enables our winning tradition. Become a monthly donor today.
Through careful planning, it is possible to eliminate taxes owed by your estate. Instead of paying taxes, you can choose to make a significant gift to help SickKids, without compromising your family's financial security.
Should you have questions or require more information, please contact:
The Gift & Estate Planning Team
Phone: 416-813-8271 or 1-800-661-1083 ext. 8271
Or complete our online request form.
Yes. Visit donor advised fund www.networkforgood.org and click on “Donate” to make a credit card gift to Friends. You can search for Friends by its full name “Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.”, or by EIN 52-1432586. Be sure to check the box that enables Friends to receive information about your donation.
There are other on-line donor advised funds as well, such as www.justgive.org, which features giving options such as charity wedding registries, charity gift certificates and other features.
It really depends on you, and the role you have been assigned. Think about how much time you want to devote to your volunteer activities, and what will be manageable. You can always start off with a few hours here and there, then build towards more hours and responsibility.
Monthly donors help support SickKids. Business-to-Business fundraising has proven to be an effective fundraising channel and helps us to meet our core commitments to the Hospital.
Many Foundation volunteer opportunities do not require that you have any previous experience, unless otherwise indicated.
Gifts in kind to SickKids Foundation can help to raise funds through prize draws, live and silent auctions, SickKids auctions on eBay, and in many other ways. Beneficial items for fundraising purposes include electronics, new teddy bears, toys and games, sporting event or concert tickets, gift certificates, and SickKids-branded materials. Read our Gift in kind Guidelines for more information.
No. In addition to cash, online, or by check and appreciated stocks or real property, U.S. donors may also make planned gifts via Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children. For Bequests and Trusts, Friends must be the designated charitable beneficiary in order for the charitable remainder trust to qualify for U.S. estate tax and income tax deductions.
Friends maintains an account with Fidelity Investments for these types of gifts.
Please contact Susan Flaherty at (202) 833-0033 to alert us to any gift of securities or wired funds and to obtain the details of the Fidelity account transfer instructions.
SickKids is located in 2-3 malls each week across the GTA and Golden Horseshoe area. We also fundraise at Toronto events throughout the year, and some private sites.
You may make a request for the use of the funds. However, Friends’ Board of Directors must retain discretion and control over the use of donated funds. The board of Friends strives to honor a request or a wish made by a donor.
U.S. Federal laws only generally allow an income tax deduction for gifts given to qualified U.S. charities. Direct contributions from U.S. resident donors to Canadian charities, such as SickKids Foundation, are generally not tax deductible in the U.S.
SickKids, with the assistance of Friends, has a tradition of caring for children from all over the world. We collaborate with healthcare organizations in more than 75 countries, helping to build sustainable, integrated programs dedicated to child health. Thousands of patients come to SickKids from outside of Ontario, including from across Canada and U.S. and around the world, each year. You can help by building a legacy to support a vision of improving children’s health worldwide.
Business-to-Business fundraisers visit businesses Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
No, we will not auto-cancel your donations. If you need to cancel your monthly donation, we ask that you contact SickKids directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-813-6166 ext. 1216.
No. SickKids adheres to the Imagine Canada guidelines. Our fundraisers are compensated with an hourly wage. To learn more about Imagine Canada and their standards, please visit http://www.imaginecanada.ca/.
Your receipt for the current tax year will be mailed out at the end of February of the following year. You should receive your tax receipt in early March.
Our canvassers are equipped with PCI compliant, iPhone 4 handheld devices. It captures credit card information through a secure browser over a Virtual Private Network. The information is not stored on the device nor is it shared with anyone. It’s a safe and accurate way to acquire credit card information necessary for processing donations, and reduces administrative costs and human error.
You can contact SickKids at 1-800-661-1083 or 416-813-6166.
Yes. Have the matching gift program contact:
Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.
c/o Roha & Flaherty
Attention: Susan L.Q. Flaherty
1725 I Street N. W. Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006-2423
Running a year-round Business-to-Business fundraising program requires an extensive amount of resources and expertise. Our Business-to-Business partner, Globalfaces Direct, provides superior face-to-face fundraising services. They help us raise much needed dollars for the highest priority needs of the Foundation.
Definitely! The more the merrier. We require all volunteers to complete the volunteer application form. If you’d like to volunteer together for the same event or activity, please be sure to let us know, so we can place you as a group. We will try our best to accommodate these requests, but can’t always guarantee this due to limited availability.
No. This information is kept strictly confidential unless the donor instructs us otherwise.
Business-to-Business fundraising is focused on acquiring long-term donors. You can fund the fight with a one-time donation by visiting our website, or by mailing in your donation. Cheques payable to SickKids Foundation can be mailed to: 525 University Avenue, 14th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5G 2L3. We value every donation we receive no matter the size.
Yes, after a monthly donation is made, we call to verify and confirm your commitment to becoming a monthly donor. We want to make sure you’re comfortable with the details of your new monthly investment.
Your donation directly supports SickKids Foundation to speedily deploy funds in the areas of most need, such as research, clinical advances and compassionate care. Donations help to enhance the care patients receive, provide outstanding learning opportunities for staff and future generations of health-care professionals, and fund groundbreaking research that will lead to new discoveries, treatments, and cures.
New donors are given a Welcome Package, bookmark, and for donations over $30, a Turtle postcard. Also, any donation that involves a minimum of $30/month, allows SickKids to give a turtle to a child at the Hospital. Patient postcards are sent, plus, if you provide your email, you will receive our e-newsletters throughout the year.
For safety reasons, we do not allow our fundraisers to accept or carry cash donations. If you are interested in making a donation, please do so using our online donation form.
SickKids provides each fundraiser with the following:
- ID badge with photo, full name and fundraiser ID #. (Trainees are given a “Professional Fundraiser Trainee” badge with no photo, full name or fundraiser ID #).
- SickKids branded bag containing a tablet.
- SickKids Patient Postcards (for monthly donations of $30 or more).
- SickKids Welcome Packages.
- SickKids Bookmarks.
- Weather permitting, SickKids branded winter jacket (optional), SickKids summer golf shirt (optional).
If further verification is required, you may contact TNI at 1-866-767-6464.
Running a year-round mall fundraising program requires an extensive amount of resources and expertise. Our mall partner, Public Outreach Consultancy Inc., helps us raise much-needed dollars for the highest priority needs of the Foundation.
The focus of the program is to acquire long-term donors who provide a continual source of funding for the Hospital. However, we will accept one-time donations. Any donation is valued by SickKids.
Yes, Friends can help U.S.-based donors and their legal and tax advisors choose the best donation vehicle and explore the significant income and estate tax advantages of making cash or planned gifts to SickKids Foundation. As always, seeking legal and tax counsel to review your situation is advisable before making significant gifts.
If you are an individual or business corporation donor interested in making a contribution to Friends for which you may obtain a U.S. income tax charitable deduction, please make your check payable to “Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.” and mail it to:
Friends of The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Inc.
c/o Roha & Flaherty
1725 I Street, N.W. Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006-2423
Please visit the Donate Good and Services page for more information.
Yes, canvassers have supplies of bookmarks with key information and our website address. Future donations can be made online for both one-time and monthly options.
SickKids Foundation will accept gifts restricted to a specific purpose at The Hospital for Sick Children provided the Hospital can reasonably utilize the gift. The Foundation applies a fee to all restricted donations of 10 per cent. This fee provides the Foundation with increased capacity to raise and grant funds for paediatric health priorities, as we strive to advance children’s health in Canada and around the world. The fee also allows the Foundation to cover its administrative costs such as stewardship, granting, and reporting. If changed circumstances should at some future time make it, in the view of SickKids Foundation acting reasonably, impractical to continue to apply the gift to the designated purpose, SickKids Foundation may redesignate the purpose of the gift using its best efforts to adhere as closely as possible to the original intent of the gift. Any redesignation by the Foundation will be informed by input from the donor.
Our Charitable Business Number is: 10808 4419 RR0001
Unfortunately SickKids turtles are not for sale. SickKids turtles are only given to patients at the Hospital.
An email on SickKids letterhead is sent to the local police departments prior to our fundraisers visiting your neighbourhood.
For safety reasons, we do not allow our canvassers to accept or carry cash donations. If you are interested in making a donation, please visit our online donation page to make a donation.
We are looking for donors who will stay with SickKids for a minimum of one year. Monthly donations can be downgraded, upgraded or cancelled at any time.
Fundraisers leave a bookmark with every business they visit. It includes important information about SickKids.
SickKids canvassers are compensated hourly. SickKids adheres to the Imagine Canada guidelines. To learn more about Imagine Canada and their standards, please visit http://www.imaginecanada.ca.
SickKids has been raising money through our mall program since 2004.
Patients treated at SickKids come from different parts of Ontario and Canada. Some even come from other countries. The research and discoveries that happen at SickKids benefit children everywhere.
Our overall Foundation cost per dollar is 28 per cent, which includes the Business-to-Business fundraising program. You can find more information in our annual report and financial statements. SickKids Foundation encourages transparency and accountability.
No, all data is encrypted in a compliant environment according to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
Yes, SickKids has been fundraising Business-to-Business since 2009.
You can make a donation in the following ways:
Phone: 416-813-6166 or 1-800-651-5825
Cash/In Person Donations
Visit us at our SickKids Foundation office: SickKids Foundation 525 University Avenue 14th Floor Toronto, ON M5G 2L3
Hours of operation
Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.
(November 26 - December 17, 2016): Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit Us at the Hospital
The Hospital for Sick Children (located in the Hospital Atrium): 555 University Avenue Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.