Canadians Giving to Charity this Holiday Season
Looking for a last minute gift idea? PayPal Canada has your back. In a recent survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of PayPal Canada, money—in either gift card or donation form, is the new gift for the holidays.
A different solution to this holiday season to keep in mind is donations through CanadaHelps.org. This December customers can give a unique holiday gift to their loved ones. Representing a total of 83,000 Canadian nonprofit organizations, CanadaHelps.org is offering a distinct gift option by allowing gift-givers to give Charity Gift Cards. This Charity Gift Card will allow receivers to donate gifts to the charity or organization of their choice, making a charity donation in their name more personal than ever before.
This Charity Gift Card is the perfect solution for when you don’t know what to get an acquaintance or coworker. Additionally, giving the gift that helps those in need creates a philanthropic opportunity that resonates with the holidays. Need to fill that stocking all the way to the top? PayPal Canada suggests these Charity Gift Cards as the perfect stocking stuffers.
CanadaHelps.org, an online network for charities, allows donors to give safely and securely to many Canadian charities. Since 2000, CanadaHelps.org has facilitated over $150 million in online donations. Hoping to increase charitable giving in Canada, CanadaHelps.org engages with Canadians to provide an easily accessible online technology for their donation needs. To purchase a Charity Gift Card, just visit CanadaHelps.org. Charity Credit Cards can be purchased with either a credit card or through a PayPal Canada account.
Offering shoppers the opportunity to skip the crowds at the mall, another gift idea this month is giving the gift of cold hard cash. Previously seen as a frowned-upon gift, PayPal Canada’s recent survey results shows that 55 per cent of Canadians would appreciate receiving money over gifts this season with only 15 per cent answering that they would be offended with such a present.
"Sending money can be the perfect solution for family and friends who live out of town, for those who prefer the flexibility of cash and for last-minute presents," said Nicky Mezo, head of marketing, PayPal Canada. "PayPal Canada also offers users the choice of sending money with a festive e-card.”
Whether you choose to give gifts, a donation or some loonies to your friends, family and acquaintances this year, it’s sure to be a happy holiday.
Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR
The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.”
NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well.
2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer.