Virtual Canvass

This year, Heart & Stroke canvassing will look a little different, but the goal is the same: Beat heart disease and stroke. Now’s your chance to connect with your community in a new way, and share lifesaving information. When we beat as one, we accomplish so much more together!

NEW! 3X donation match from Canadian Pacific

February is Heart Month, and Canadian Pacific will triple match donations*. Let your donors know that their support will have TRIPLE the impact in February!

*All donations made to Heart & Stroke in February will be matched up to a total of $100,000 by Canadian Pacific. Matched amounts will not appear in your fundraising totals.

An easy way to make a bigger impact

When you fundraise online, more of that money goes directly to research — and that means more lives saved. Payments can be accepted by credit card, and tax receipts are issued immediately. You can make a big difference with the device you’re using right now!

Start now

Meet our top fundraisers

Feel inspired by the life-saving funds raised by our top fundraisers. Start making a difference today and you, too, could be on this list!

  1. Anthony F. Graham - Toronto, Ontario $40,868
  2. Pat Semeniuk - West Vancouver, British Columbia $10,805
  3. Megan Shelly - Belcarra, British Columbia $7,669
  4. Paramjit Manhas - Nanaimo, British Columbia $7,218
  5. Peter Canham - London, Ontario $6,600
  6. Eleanor Palmer - Wolfville, Nova Scotia $5,663
  7. Karen McArthur - Lindsay, Ontario $5,585
  8. Cheryl Nelson - Delta, British Columbia $5,550
  9. Art Lyall - Caledonia, Ontario $5,425
  10. Lorraine Howard - Waterloo, Ontario $5,282

February 2021 is coming soon! Start now.

FAQs

We’ve tried to answer many common questions below, but if you need additional help, please get in touch.

  • Fundraising online means less admin costs meaning more dollars go towards research and more impact.
  • Donors get their tax receipt immediately.
  • Donate by credit card.
  • Online fundraising is simple and can be done from the comfort of your home, anytime.
  • It’s safe and secure!

Fundraising involves asking for donations and sharing lifesaving information with your neighbours, friends, family, co-workers.

You will be sharing women's heart and brain health statistics, as well as signs of heart attack and stroke.

We encourage you to set a personal fundraising goal of $400 or more.

You can collect money by reaching out to your networks with your personal fundraising page link and asking them to make a donation directly to your page. You can do this via email or social media. For suggested content and tips, click here.

Our easy-to-use online tools are the best way to collect donations. This helps us to keep track of how much you have raised and issue instant tax receipts to donors to avoid any processing times. However, we know that some people may prefer to donate to your Heart Month Virtual Canvass efforts by other methods. If you receive a cheque donation, you can enter all the details into your Participant Centre and mail your donations to:

Heart and Stroke Foundation
Attention: ShanShan
2300 Yonge St., Suite 1300,
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4

Inside the envelope make sure to provide:

  • Donor Information
  • First name, last name, full address of the person making the donation.
  • Your Participant info, if applicable
  • First name, last name, email, constituent ID (if known)
  • Program Information
  • Program and Event Name (e.g. Fundraise Your Way Virtual Canvass, Fundraise Your Way Celebrate, etc.)
  • Amount included in the mailing.

Your Participant Centre is your gateway for fundraising online! Use your Participant Centre to:

  1. Share your story - Customize your personal page, using compelling pictures, text, even video!
  2. Make the first donation a self-donation - lead the way and kick off your fundraising!
  3. Shout it from roof tops - Share your page via email and social media. Make it known that you’re helping save lives!

We’ve made it easy for you! Check out our email and social media resources that have customizable messaging for you to email to your contacts and share on your social media platforms.

The easiest fix is to request a new password. Simply click on this link and follow the steps to request a password reset.

Our easy-to-use online tools are the best way to collect donations. This helps us to keep track of how much you have raised and issue instant tax receipts to donors to avoid any processing times. However, we know that some people may prefer to donate to your Heart Month Virtual Canvass efforts by other methods. If you receive a cheque donation, you can enter all the details into your Participant Centre and mail your donations to:

Heart and Stroke Foundation
Attention: ShanShan
2300 Yonge St., Suite 1300,
Toronto, Ontario M4P 1E4

Inside the envelope make sure to provide:

  • Donor Information
  • First name, last name, full address of the person making the donation.
  • Your Participant info, if applicable
  • First name, last name, email, constituent ID (if known)
  • Program Information
  • Program and Event Name (e.g. Fundraise Your Way Virtual Canvass, Fundraise Your Way Celebrate, etc.)
  • Amount included in the mailing.

When you donate online, you will receive your official tax receipt via email immediately. If you do not receive your tax receipt, please reach out to heartmonth@heartandstroke.ca to request a new one.

Heart & Stroke adheres to CRA guidelines and must account for all tax receipts that have been printed and distributed which is difficult to do when in the hands of thousands of volunteers. Interim tax receipts allow for strong tax receipt control, tracking, and reporting.

We’d be happy to hear from you! Please contact us via email at heartmonth@heartandstroke.ca.

Please check out the Our Impact section to keep up to date and learn more about how your dollars are making an impact.

We recommend calling or emailing any neighbours that you have contact information to let them know that you will be fundraising for Heart & Stroke online only this year, for their safety and their community, and that you will provide more details soon.

Encourage any neighbours you have spoken with by phone or email to let any of your other neighbours know that you will be fundraising online this year.

Our supporters' safety and wellbeing is our highest priority. Given the increased risk of the COVID-19 virus spreading when people are exposed to others, we are taking precautions in all of the communities we serve.

Check out the following page with updated information from Heart & Stroke: www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-heart-disease-and-stroke

Heart & Stroke is always evaluating our programs to ensure they deliver the most impact on our mission. Right now, we don't know what the Heart & Stroke canvass campaign will look like in 2022 but we know that online fundraising is here to stay. When you fundraise online, more of that money goes directly to research — and that means more lives saved. Payments can be accepted by credit card, and tax receipts are issued immediately. You can make a big difference with the device you’re using right now!

Fundraise With Social

Want an easy way to significantly boost your fundraising? Try social media.

Even if you’re not very active online, your network is powerful and ready to help.

Or if you are interested in starting a Facebook Fundraiser, please read these guidelines. Alternatively, you can post on Facebook using the text available when you click on the red Facebook button.

Like Facebook?

Fundraising with Facebook is easy as 1-2-3!

Fundraising Messages

Copy and paste one of these sample posts into your Facebook feed. Try including why you fundraise, and your personal fundraising page link. Also, consider including a photo commemorating a fundraising milestone or a personal moment.

Facebook Posts

Facebook #1: Starting Out

Heart disease, stroke and related conditions take a life in Canada every five minutes. And the need to treat these diseases is more urgent than ever people with these conditions are at higher risk for complications, and death, if they contract COVID-19. That’s why I’m raising money with Heart & Stroke, whose cause is so important to me [because personal reason, if applicable].

As well, in February, which is Heart Month, Canadian Pacific Railway will triple match your donation (up to $100,000). Now’s your chance to triple the impact of your donation!

Together, we’ll beat heart disease and stroke. Will you help me with a donation?

[Insert personal fundraising link]

Facebook #2: Goal Update

In case you missed it, I’m fundraising for Heart & Stroke! It’s a cause dear to me [because personal reason, if applicable]. I’ve achieved $XX of my $XX fundraising goal, and I’d be so grateful if you could help me with a donation. Today, heart disease, stroke and related conditions take a life in Canada every five minutes. Let’s change that! And in February, which is Heart Month, Canadian Pacific Railway will triple match your donation (up to $100,000). Now’s your chance to triple the impact of your donation!

Tweet With Heart

Tweeting your support for Heart & Stroke is easy!

Fundraising Tweets

Copy and paste one of the sample tweets on your Twitter account. Include your personal fundraising page link and consider including a photo commemorating a fundraising milestone or a personal moment.

Tweets

Twitter #1: Starting Out

I’m raising money with @HeartandStroke, because they’re doing awesome work and saving lives. In February, CP Rail will triple match your donation! Together, we’ll beat heart disease and stroke. #HeartandStrokeBeatAsOne [insert your personal fundraising page link].

Twitter #2: Goal Update

Everyone! I’m so close to reaching my @HeartandStroke fundraising goal! I’ve raised $XX of my $XX target — will you help me hit my goal? Together, we’ll beat heart disease and stroke. #HeartAndStrokeBeatAsOne [insert your personal fundraising page link].

LinkedIn Fundraising

Sharing your support for Heart & Stroke is easy!

Copy and paste any of the following sample posts into your LinkedIn account and share. Customize the post by including WHY you fundraise and sharing a photo of a personal moment!

Fundraising Posts

Simply copy and paste the template you like into LinkedIn. Don't forget to add your personal fundraising URL so people can go directly to your page to make a donation.

LinkedIn Posts

LinkedIn #1: Starting Out

This month, I’m supporting Heart & Stroke [because personal reason, if applicable]. I was surprised to learn that in Canada, one person dies every 5 minutes from heart disease, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment. And that people with these conditions are at higher risk for complications, and death, if they contract COVID-19. But we can help save lives. Please donate to my fundraiser to help fund the next research breakthrough. In February, Canadian Pacific Railway will triple match your donation (up to $100,000), TRIPLE your impact! Together, we’ll beat heart disease and stroke. [insert personal fundraising page link].

LinkedIn #2: Goal Update

We’re almost there! I’ve raised $XX of my $XX goal for my Heart & Stroke fundraiser. Will you help me reach my goal? It’s money well spent: 97 cents of every dollar fund the best research in Canada — research that helps promote health, save lives, and enhance recovery. In February, Canadian Pacific Railway will triple match your donation (up to $100,000), TRIPLE your impact!

Thank you!

Instagram Fundraising

Be Social with Instagram

Add your personal fundraising page link to your Instagram bio.

For posts, stories, and/or reels, choose a photo or short video of you volunteering, or a personal moment, and write a personal caption that directs followers to the link in your bio.

Share across platforms. Instagram gives you the option to also share your post to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr at the same time.

Instagram #1: Starting Out

I’m raising money with @HeartandStroke, because they’re doing awesome work and saving lives. Will you help me fund the next big breakthrough with a donation? In February, which is Heart Month, Canadian Pacific Railway will triple match your donation (up to $100,000), TRIPLING your impact! Donation link in my bio. #HeartAndStrokeBeatAsOne

Instagram #2: Goal Update

Everyone! I’m so close to reaching my @HeartandStroke fundraising goal! I’ve raised $XX of my $XX target — will you help me hit my goal? In Canada, one person dies every 5 minutes from heart disease, stroke or vascular cognitive impairment. Let’s change that. Donation link in my bio. #HeartAndStrokeBeatAsOne