Gifts to Empower - Frequently Asked Questions | Red Door Family Shelter

Gifts to Empower - Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are Gifts to Empower?
2. How does it work?
3. What do I receive when I purchase a Gift to Empower?
4. Where does my money go?
5. Will I receive a tax receipt?
6. Why is giving my email address mandatory?
7. For what occasion can I send a Gift to Empower?
8. How secure is my information?
9. What does the Red Door Family Shelter do?
10. What is a Gift to Empower greeting card?
11. What does the Gift to Empower card look like?
12. Can I post-date an e-card?
13. What if I don’t want to send any cards?
14. Can I send a card for each gift I purchase?
15. Can I personalize the Gifts to Empower card?


1. What are Gifts to Empower?

Gifts to Empower represent some of the many important services and programs that the Red Door provides beyond shelter.  By purchasing a Gift to Empower, you are helping provide tangible and invaluable support to a family in need.

They are great gift ideas that you can give on another person's behalf.  With each purchase, you can send a personalized e-card with information about how your gift is making a difference.

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2. How does it work?

Step 1.
Choose the gift(s) that you would like to send. You can purchase any quantity of each gift or purchase multiple gifts within one order.  When you are finished, select "Complete Your Order".

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Step 2.
For each gift, you can choose a recipient to receive an e-card with your personal message.

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Step 3.
The gift you chose will provide support to those who need it most.

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3. What do I receive when I purchase a Gift to Empower?

You will be sent an instant confirmation of your purchase and a tax receipt within 24 hours to the email address that you provide.

If you select an e-card to be sent, your recipient will instantly receive the e-card with information on the gift that you purchased on their behalf.

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4. Where does my money go?

Gifts to Empower direct your donations towards the highest priority needs of the families at the Red Door. These gifts represent some of the many important services and programs that we provide beyond shelter, to help families heal.  If the total contributions exceeds the funding needs for a certain program or service, we’ll ensure that the funds are reallocated to other key service areas we provide where families are in need.

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5. Will I receive a tax receipt?

Yes, each purchase over $20 is eligible for a tax receipt. Tax receipts are sent to the email address that you provide.

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6. Why is giving my email address mandatory?

Providing your email address allows us to reduce our costs, eliminate tax-receipting errors and ensure that you get your electronic tax receipt within 1-2 weeks.  Even though you provide your email address, you may chose to opt-out of receiving email newsletters and updates from the Red Door.

If you do not have an email address, please call 416-915-5671 ext. 232 and we will help you with your order, and arrange for you to receive your tax receipt by mail.

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7. For what occasion can I send a Gift to Empower?

Gifts to Empower are not just for the holidays but are also a perfect way to celebrate any occasion such as birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and weddings. They are also a great last minute gift idea. Whatever the occasion, your gift will help support a woman, child or family at the Red Door.

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8. How secure is my information?

The Red Door Family shelter uses an encryption process to protect the transfer of personal and financial information between our server and your financial institution. Transactions are stored on our secure database server. Stringent security guidelines are in place to protect this data, its use and release. All other questions regarding privacy and how personal information is governed and managed by the Red Door can be answered by viewing our Donor Bill of Rights. 

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9. What does the Red Door Family Shelter do?

The Red Door has been on the front lines of providing emergency shelter and support services to women and their children fleeing domestic abuse, refugees and homeless families for over 30 years.  Every year we support over 500 families in the GTA.

In addition to providing emergency shelter the Red Door offers a number of critical support services to help families heal, and make the transition to independence. These services include:

  • Counseling support;
  • Legal and immigration assistance;
  • On-site medical assistance and referrals;
  • Extensive programming for children and youth;
  • Assistance to find housing;
  • Assistance in job skills and finding employment
  • Support in the transition from the shelter to their new homes.

Residents escape from abusive situations and street life, receive necessary counseling and health care, and re-establish a sense of stability and security. They learn about their rights and responsibilities and are given the resources and time needed in order to achieve their goals.

The Red Door helps to break the cycle of homelessness in three fundamental ways:

  1. Providing emergency housing at our two shelters
  2. Providing support services for shelter residents, and
  3. Helping shelter residents find housing and supporting them as they move back into the community so that their transition to their new life is both positive and permanent.

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10. What is a Gift to Empower greeting card?

An e-card that includes information about the gift you purchased and how it is making a difference.  You can also include a personal message.  PLEASE NOTE: e-cards are not automatically sent.  They are sent within 1-2 business days of your donation.

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11. What does the Gift to Empower card look like?

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12. Can I post-date an e-card?

No, we currently don't have the ability to post date an e-card at this time, but you can select to send the e-card to your own email address and forward the card to the recipient at the appropriate date.

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13. What if I don’t want to send any cards?

You have the option to make a gift without sending a card. You can simply choose the “Just donate (no notification)” option when you select your gift online.

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14.  Can I send a card for each gift I purchase?

Yes.  For each gift you select, you have the option of sending an e-card.

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15. Can I personalize the Gifts to Empower card for my recipient?

Yes, you can include the recipient's name and a personal message when you make your donation.  We'll take care of the rest!

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For any other questions, send an email to fundraising@reddoorshelter.ca or call 416-915-5671 ext. 232.
 

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