Sponsorship Roundup #2: Why do you support HoHoTO & The Daily Bread Food Bank?

Take one part fun, one part fundraiser, throw in some serious holiday cheer and you’ve got one heck of a party: HoHoTO.

We’ve got some truly generous sponsors helping us make this year’s event the best yet. But don’t take our word for it – here’s what they have to say about why they’re supporting HoHoTO and The Daily Bread Food Bank.

Joseph Sulpizi, President, The Brand Factory:

“The Brand Factory believes that it is every businesses responsibility to give back to it’s neighbours, and that’s why we’re proud to support the Daily Bread Food Bank.”

Ryan Taylor, Chief Designer & Co-Founder, Fair Trade Jewellery Company (FTJCo):

“We feel an obligation to keep the spirit of HoHoTO alive. The money raised by the community supports children and their families all year round – that’s an important fact for us all to consider. Poverty touches each and every one of us in very different ways. No community is  immune from hardship. Not even the technology and design sector. So, if we all experience challenges at one time or another, no one should ever be burdened by the fear that they can not feed themselves and their families.”

Nancy Peterson,Founder & CEO, Homestars‎:

“I am supporting this cause as its imperative all of us that can, support the food bank each and every year – they do incredibly important work to feed those in need. It’s startling – but 1/3 of Toronto food bank clients are children. “

Andrew Lo, CMO/CSO, Kanetix

“A recent report by the Ontario Association of Food Banks has estimated that monthly usage of food banks has reached nearly 375,000 people per month. In addition, the report finds that first-time use has spiked by 20%. Clearly, this is an alarming trend and must be reversed. Food banks like Daily Bread deserve our support and play an important role in not just providing food to those in need, but also important community services such as shelter programs, employment search assistance and other important services – services that are the basic building blocks of society.

HoHoTO is a much-needed answer to the question of how can the wider community support an organization that gives back to those who need our help. We’re proud to support HoHoTO and make the holidays just a bit brighter for a family in need.”

Connie Crosby, Knowledge Workers Toronto:

“Throughout the year we ask our meetup group members to pay a registration fee for each of our meetings, but we sometimes collect more than we need for our operating costs. Toward the end of the year we look for a good way to give back to the community, and HoHoTO is a good fit for us. So many people in this city go hungry. We like to support our neighbours. Plus it is just an all-round excellent party!”

Panago Pizza:

“Supporting local communities has always been an important part of life at Panago because Panago starts with people—they fuel our business. We want to give back as much as we can, they are truly the reason our business keeps running and we want to make community involvement a pillar in our pay-it-forward style.  Besides, nothing beats supporting a good cause while having some good old fashion fun!

Food is not a luxury and should be accessible to everyone. The Daily Bread Food Bank offers a number of integrated programs that link individuals, companies, schools and community groups together to end hunger and poverty in Toronto – we definitely stand behind that.”

Keith McArthur, Vice President of Social Media, Rogers Communications:

Kevin Doiron, Head of Talent, VarageSale:

“Homelessness and hunger in the city are realities we want to help bring to an end, so we’ve decided to join HoHoTO in spreading the spirit of giving this holiday season! We are inspired by HoHoTO’s efforts and think it’s really great that Toronto’s tech and social community have come together over the last few years in support of the cause. Food bank use is growing every year, and with costs of food increasing annually, it gets more and more difficult for people to feed themselves and their families. If there’s something we can do to help our community and a city that we love, then we will!”

Feeling inspired? You can help us spread the love even further by becoming a HoHoTO sponsor yourself – take a look at our 2014 sponsorship deck or shoot us an email at sponsors@hohoto.ca for more info!

Not interested in becoming a sponsor? You can still help – join us at the Mod Club on December 11: 100% of ticket proceeds go to The Daily Bread Food Bank.

Sponsorship Round-up #1

HoHoTO is the best holiday party in Toronto, while also raising sorely needed funds for Toronto’s Daily Bread Food Bank. An awesome raffle, massive pizza delivery, great DJs, and massage-by-donation are just some of the fun things we have planned for this year’s event; but we couldn’t do it without the support and generosity of our amazing sponsors!

Here’s what a few of our sponsors have to say about HoHoTO, and why they’re choosing to support us (and the Daily Bread Food Bank) this year.

Our Elf Sponsor, Nuscreen Digital, is bringing their whole team to HoHoTO for the first time this year, and Meg Button says she’s glad Nuscreen is able to give back to the community:

“This city has given so much to us as a company (and as individuals) that it’s only right for us to look for opportunities to give back. HoHoTO has a great story. It shows that an idea, commitment and community can make great things happen – we’re all about that kind of thinking at Nuscreen Digital. Toronto is an inspiring city with a strong sense of community. Hard times can happen to any of us – it’s important that we keep our feet on the ground and eyes open to what’s happening around us. Thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. The Daily Bread Food Bank supports food programs in our city and the organizers of HoHoTO have done a tremendous job raising funds for this organization and bringing awareness to this cause. Nuscreen Digital is proud to sponsor HoHoTO and support the Daily Bread Food Bank.”

Snowflake sponsor Hover says their team loves supporting creative projects (like HoHoTO!) that also help make a difference in people’s lives:

“At Hover, we find it profoundly important to support the Daily Bread Food Bank. The people of Toronto who rely on the Food Bank represent the forgotten, silent community who is hungry and struggling to just get by. There are millions of people – just like ourselves – who use the Daily Bread Food Bank to feed themselves and their families. We need to help provide the funding we can to help these people get on their own two feet, and HoHoTO enable us to do it. We love supporting creative projects like HoHoTO that help make a real difference in people’s lives, especially in our own community.”

Candy Cane sponsor Graham Rowlands, of TorontoCondos.org, says he loves supporting a great cause while also taking the digital conversation offline:

“My favourite HoHoTO memory was going to my first HoHoTO 3 years ago. It was awesome because I got to meet so many people that I chat to all the time on Twitter in person for the first time! I’m a big fan of taking the online conversation offline, and if I can support a charity like the Daily Bread Food Bank at the same time, it’s really a no brainer – this is why I’m supporting HoHoTO and the Daily Bread Food Bank. There are a lot of people in this city that can’t afford to eat all the time, especially around the Holidays. I think it is important to help these people to make the city a better place overall and because everyone deserves a good meal around the holidays!”

Feeling warm and fuzzy? We are, too! You can help us spread the love even further by becoming a HoHoTO sponsor yourself – take a look at our 2014 sponsorship deck or shoot us an email at sponsors@hohoto.ca for more info!

Can’t make HoHoTO? Donate!

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Hunger in Canada is a very real issue. Last year in Toronto alone, 800,000 people relied on a food bank – and 36% of food bank clients in the GTA are children.

While HoHoTO is a great way to help get money into the hands of those who can help the hungry, there are other ways to get involved, too! You can run a food drive, volunteer at the Daily Bread, or donate money/food at other times of the year.

And, if you can’t make it to HoHoTO this year, you can still help us feed hungry Torontonians by making a donation through us.

Besides the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with doing something good, any donation over $20 will be eligible for a tax receipt issued by the Daily Bread Food Bank. And if you didn’t know, that tax receipt means you can claim 15% of your donation (for the first $200 donated) on your 2013 tax return.

Even better, if you’ve never donated before, now is a GREAT time to start – new this year, the government is offering a First-time Donor’s Super Credit. If you (or your spouse) have never claimed a charitable donation on a tax return before (or at least, not since 2007), you qualify for this credit. This means donations up to, and including, $200 will be able to claim a 40% tax credit, and donations between $201 and $1,000 will be able to claim a 54% tax credit!

Pro tip: if you sign on as a HoHoTO sponsor, you’re also eligible to receive a tax receipt – and you don’t actually need to be a business to be a sponsor. Sponsorship packages start at $250 and go up from there, so if you’re interested in sponsoring get in touch before tomorrow night!