Happy Giving Tuesday!

During this pandemic, many of us have traded our normal day-to-day shopping for online shopping. If you’ve shopped anywhere online over the last 8 months, chances are your inbox was inundated with Black Friday offers last week, and chances are you took advantage of some of these offers to stock up on gifts.

While retailers and consumers took part in Black Friday, today, the giving community is coming together for the 8th annual edition of Giving Tuesday!

What is Giving Tuesday?

“Giving Tuesday” is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday… it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes.”

“Giving Tuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities… It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners – nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals – to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Across Canada and around the world, Giving Tuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.”

Each year, over 7,000 businesses and charities participate, along with families and individuals, to collect much needed funds and items such as clothes, food baskets, sports supplies and electronics.

Every organization needs money to survive! The same goes for non-profits.

According to Donorbox, “In essence, a nonprofit funding model combines different funding sources into a constellation unique to every nonprofit. For example, one nonprofit might be funded 50% through grants, 30% through events, 15% through a membership program, and 5% through in-kind donations. Another one might be 70% funded through a major donor program, 20% through direct mail fundraising, and 10% through events. Different types of nonprofits are suited to different funding models, depending on their mission and programs.”

In last month’s blog article, I mentioned that, prior to launching my translation business in 2006, I had worked for the YWCA Montreal.

What you might not know is that I have a BA in Arts and Sciences from Concordia University, with a major in Human Relations. This allowed me to work for a number of non-profit organizations, ranging from drug and alcohol rehabs to homeless shelters and in the areas of crisis intervention, community organization, leadership training, etc.

To this day, there’s a special place in my heart and my business for non-profits. Did you know that all of the non-profits I work with receive a donation equivalent to 10% of their invoice total? I want my business to have a social impact, and what better way to give back than to give back to my clients and their cause!

Here are a few of the non-profits I’ve had the privilege to serve in 2020. Feel free to browse their websites to find out about their work and how you can support them.

Starlight Children’s Foundation Canada does what no medicine can do: create priceless smiles and memories for seriously ill children and their families. For over 30 years, Starlight Canada has been spreading joy to sick kids across the country through a unique blend of hospital to home programs designed for the whole family.

Katimavik offers young adults opportunities to gain life skills and work experience while contributing to community development through volunteerism. Since 1977, Katimavik has brought young Canadians together to learn, to exchange culture and language, and to help build stronger communities across Canada.

The Legacy of Hope Foundation is a national, Indigenous-led, charitable organization whose goal is to educate and raise awareness about the history and existing intergenerational impacts of the Residential School System (RSS) and the subsequent Sixties Scoop (SS) on Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis) Survivors, their descendants, and their communities.

Founded in 1947 as a Catholic aid organization for war refugees and recognized as a Pontifical Charity since 2011, Aid to the Church in Need is dedicated to the service of Christians around the world, through information, prayer and action, wherever they are persecuted or oppressed or suffering material need.

Founded in 1974, Quebec Native Women defends the interests of Indigenous women from Québec and Indigenous women living in urban areas.

An award-winning, national, charitable organization, Let’s Talk Science has provided engaging, evidence-based STEM programs for more than 25 years at no cost for Canadian youth and educators.

These organizations reach out to me for the translation of material such as:

  • Websites and webpages
  • Donation campaigns
  • Blog articles, newsletters and social media posts
  • HR policies and procedures, employee manuals and job postings
  • Press releases
  • Annual reports
  • Activity guides
  • Minutes from meetings and annual general assemblies
  • Requests for funding


Do you know of a non-profit looking to reach out to the francophone market? Email them a copy of this article and invite them to book a free consultation.


  • Brandee safran
    Posted at 15:54h, 01 December Reply

    WOnderful and thoughtful !

  • Claudia
    Posted at 12:07h, 09 December Reply

    You’re amazing! Wishing you a continued success.

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    Posted at 07:21h, 10 August Reply

    […] There’s a special place in my heart and my business for non-profits. Did you know that all of the non-profits I work with receive a donation equivalent to 10% of their invoice total? I want my business to have a social impact, and what better way to give back than to give back to my clients and their cause! To find out more about the non-profits I work with, click here. […]

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