A Charity Was Here

How many ways have you been touched by a charity?

It may be more than you think.

Do you… go to a college or university… play community sports… take part in local festivals… learn from a mentor… volunteer at an animal shelter… go to a hospital clinic… get help from a food bank… support projects overseas… take a nature walk? These are just a few of the ways charities support communities and enrich our lives.

Would you know a charity if it hit you in the face? Are charities at the heart of your memories? Do you consider yourself to be a “charity case”? What would you lose without charities? These questions are at the centre of A Charity was Here.

See the rest of the campaign’s video spots on our YouTube page.

Take part on Instagram with #ACharityWasHere

Let’s spread the word by taking photos that capture the real impact charities make, from in your own neighbourhood to around the word! The next time you see a charity in action, take a picture and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #acharitywashere.

Look out for photo challenges and a chance to get your photo featured in our newsletter. Let’s get snapping!

Learn how your donation can make the most impact

Thinking about giving to a charity? Take a few moments to review the Guide to Giving – practical advice on how to find out more about your favorite organizations.

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Guide to Giving

Help Spread the Word

A Charity Was Here

Download the media kit for text, images and videos. It has everything you need to promote the campaign on your website, blog or social media feed.

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The Story Behind A Charity Was Here

Students(Verb)CharitiesThe Muttart Foundation and Imagine Canada teamed up two years ago to create Students (Verb) Charities, a national contest that asked post-secondary students to create public awareness campaigns that speak about the contribution of charities. The contest challenged students to draw attention to the depth, scope and reach of the entire sector – and to do it as creatively as possible in any form or medium.

Campaigns were judged for originality and for their ability to engage Canadians with charities. Check out the photos from the contest’s awards night.


Muttart LogoWe wish to acknowledge financial support from the Muttart Foundation for the original Students (Verb) Charities contest and the subsequent A Charity Was here campaign.

For questions, suggestions or feedback about A Charity Was Here contact info@imaginecanada.ca

Our National Partners

  • agora foundation
  • great west life
  • investors group
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • Telus

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001