Meet Matan. He’s 6 years old. If you want to feel inspired, just think of him. He chose to support Kayla’s Children’s Centre for his ECHOage party. The reason he chose to support this wonderful cause?
“Because I love them and I want them to feel better and good. When they go to the doctor they can pay so they can feel better.”
Kids like Matan help open our eyes. Kayla’s Children’s Centre empowers children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Thank you Matan for raising awareness, and much needed funds, for this amazing ECHOage partner. We’re so proud of you. Happy Birthday Matan! Love ECHOage XO
Kayla’s Children Centre was founded in May 2017 as a non-profit organization that resulted from the merger of the Zareinu Educational Center of Metropolitan Toronto (founded in 1989) and Project AIM Programs (founded in 2007). Both shared a passionate desire to empower children with special needs to develop life enhancing skills, self-esteem, and confidence. Recognizing their synergies, Zareinu and Project AIM concluded that as a single entity they could be a dream come true for children with special needs and their families, providing everything they require under one roof, year round, in a state-of-the-art facility.
ECHOage is thrilled to announce our new partnership with UNICEF Canada.
UNICEF is on a mission to reach every child and ensure their well-being, no matter where they are in this world. There’s no limit to the lengths UNICEF will go, the risks we’ll take or the depth of our commitment to save children’s lives. By plane, boat or foot, we reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water. We are committed to take action, save, rehabilitate and watch over children, with a special attention to the most vulnerable and excluded groups. UNICEF utilizes its influence not only to provide safety for children in need, but also to make a noticeable change in their overall outlook on life. UNICEF believes that if we create a safe, nurturing environment, then every child will get a chance in life regardless of circumstances. As part of the UN, we are active in more countries and have saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization.
And already parties are being booked on ECHOage in support of UNICEF Canada. They have their very own ECHOage hero. Sophia, age 5, is already advocating for a cause she believes in. Sophia chose UNICEF Canada so she could help other children around the world. For her birthday gift she chose to “a trip” because she loves to travel with her family. Sophia. we know you are just getting started. And age 5 is certainly a good time to start. Love ECHOage XO
Hey ECHOage Kids and Families…Did you know you can ECHOage any event. You’re 40th birthday, your aunt’s upcoming bridal shower, your grandpa’s 80th birthday. And check out our slider. Slide to 100% for charity if you wish, or any amount! Have fun testing our features and checking out our invitations. Love ECHOage XO
ECHOage has a wonderful partner that not enough people know about: The Speech and Stuttering Institute. There is a girl who you may not know about and she is generous and thoughtful and kind. This girl wants to raise awareness for this important cause.
Meet Stella. She’s 9 years old. She is our hero. Stella donated ALL her birthday funds to The Speech and Stuttering Institute. That means that she took the funds that would ordinarily be for her (to buy a gift) and she gave them to The Speech and Stuttering Institute. Why? Because she wants more people to know about stuttering. Stella, we are very inspired by you. We congratulate you. We salute you. XO Love ECHOage
It’s simple and he tells us why:
One of my friends wasn’t feeling well and Starlight helped him to feel better.
Everyone at ECHOage is saluting you today, Brody! You are our hero of the day and we know that you’ll inspire many children to follow in your footsteps.
Congratulations Brody. Happy 7th Birthday! Love ECHOage XO
From the words of Carey Suleiman, WWF-Canada
“ECHOage gives Canadians a unique way to contribute to the causes they care deeply and passionately about. Over the years, thousands of young supporters have shared their birthdays’ with WWF-Canada, finding a way to have a voice and make difference. ECHOage has given WWF-Canada the opportunity to develop an early and meaningful relationship with young people and it is our hope that these young people will become life-long champions for the environment and wildlife. Their early support contributes to our ability to fund critically important conservation projects in Canada and across the globe.”
ECHOage Parties offer a streamlined party planning approach, enabling you to send out electronic personalized invitations, track the guests who can or cannot make it, even send out thank you notes after the event. Plus there is a charitable aspect to these parties, where attendees contribute electronically towards a gift, a portion going to a charity of choice and the other portion going toward a gift the child really wants. As a parent of an attendee I love that I don’t have to shop for a gift (for something the child may not really want) and as a potential party throwing parent I love the collective birthday gift aspect tied into a charity.
A new partnership between ECHOage and Etsy means your party planning is even easier. Not only are the electronic invitations crafted by Etsy artists, you can also shop for your party needs from the various vendors online. There are just a few of the great party items I found for some of our favourite party themes (contains affiliate links):
ECHOage.com, the better way to celebrate, announced findings of a study of North American charities revealing that kids are important fundraisers for charities – and in many cases are influential when it comes to their parents’ and grandparents’ decisions on charitable giving. Partners such as Make-A-Wish Canada, WWF, and SickKids participated.
ECHOage is fully aware of the impact kids can have and to better understand the relationship between charitable giving and children, ECHOage recently conducted a study of North American charities revealing that:
- 80% of charities believe that kids are capable of being meaningful fundraisers for their charity
- 92% of charities think that teaching kids about fundraising from a young age helps them become more financially responsible
- 68% of charities know of situations where kids have influenced their parents’ or grandparents’ decision to support their charity
- 84% of charities indicate that it’s very important to expose people to fundraising at a young age
“We’ve always known that kids are capable of making an impact – the results of this survey and our $10 million raised in 10 years milestone are proof that when given the tools to give, kids not only mean business but are important stakeholders for North American charities, often influencing decisions of others when it comes to charitable giving,” says Alison Smith, Co-Founder, ECHOage.
Tyler chose to support a fantastic cause: Canadian Tire Jumpstart.
Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps children between the ages of 4-18 participate in organized sports and physical activities. They assist with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation for sports and physical activity programming.
But Jumpstart is more than just about getting kids active. It’s about giving kids from families in financial need the same chance to participate as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends. Whether it’s the chance to try a new sport or to continue with a favourite one, no kid should be left out.
His Mom say; “Tyler loves hockey, and choosing a hockey item for his birthday gift just made sense.”
The Co-Founders of ECHOage feel a very special bond to Make-A-Wish Canada. There are many reasons for this exceptional relationship but one of them is the privilege of working with Chris Pon. Over the years, Debbie, Alison and Chris have collaborated to make this partnership a dream come true. ECHOage birthday parties have raised over $400,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada since 2010. Choose Make-A-Wish Canada for your next birthday or event. You’ll feel good about it for many years to come.
“Make-A-Wish® Canada is proud to have been one of the first national Canadian charities to work with ECHOage. Their innovative platform allows children to become philanthropically minded at an early age and give-back to make our communities stronger. The funds raised through ECHOage has helped Make-A-Wish®grant the transformational wishes of children, ages three through 17, with life-threatening medical conditions. Together, with partners like ECHOage, we bring hope, strength and joy to courageous children and families when they need it most. We are thankful for ECHOage’s on-going and strong support!”
VP, National Alliances & Branding