The safety of our personnel, donors and all Canadians is our top priority and we share the public’s concern about preventing any exposure to or spread of COVID-19. Special Olympics Canada has extensive expertise and rigid standards for infection prevention and control including for COVID-19. Our canvassers are trained and are equipped to meet all applicable COVID-19 public health protocols including wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, maintaining safe distances and avoiding direct contact. We monitor local conditions and any time it is deemed necessary, we suspend this type of fundraising for appropriate periods of time.
It is also important to note that the pandemic has forced the cancellation of many other fundraising activities, especially those that normally take place indoors or involve large numbers of people, whether conducted directly by Special Olympics Canada or by other organizations on our behalf. A safely managed, door-to-door campaign conducted outdoors only partially makes up for the cancellation of these many other sources of revenue that are vital to continuing the humanitarian work of Special Olympics Canada
Face-to-face canvassing, whether it is on the street, in shopping malls, business to business or door-to-door, is a cost-effective way for Special Olympics Canada to reach a demographic we have not reached through other campaigns. Face-to-face canvassers are able to have personal conversations about our programs and about the benefits of monthly giving with thousands of people in all parts of the country.
Our door-to-door fundraisers knock on doors all across Canada. Each fundraiser talks daily to hundreds of people about the work of Special Olympics Canada and invites them to support our work with a monthly gift.
How Do I Know if a Fundraiser is Legitimate?
A legitimate Special Olympics Canada fundraiser will wear a prominently displayed name tag and have a good knowledge about our programs and initiatives. Fundraisers often wear a vest, a coat or a golf shirt identified with the Special Olympics Canada logo and will also carry material on our programs. In some parts of the country, canvassers carry electronic tablets to collect information electronically.
Our canvassers are committed to recruiting supporters who wish to support the Special Olympics Canada through a monthly donation. However, door-to-door canvassers can in some occasions accept single donations. Canvassers are not allowed to accept bills or coins.
During the sign-up process for monthly donations, you will receive a phone call from Special Olympics Canada's Face to Face team's contact centre to verify your details. Please note those numbers below.
For any questions regarding your donation or canvassers, please contact our donor relations team: firstname.lastname@example.org