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  • IFDS Makes Wishes Come True with Creative Fundraising!

2018-05

Make-A-Wish® Toronto & Central Ontario is thrilled to have a strong partnership with International Financial Data Services (IFDS).

IFDS became a Make-A-Wish® partner in 2014 by participating in Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, a unique challenge event that calls on participants to raise pledges in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the edge of Toronto City Hall. The IFDS team had such a great experience, that in 2018 they are not only back for their 5th year at Rope for Hope, but they also engaged their staff through an amazing week of fun and fundraising at their office to sponsor a special wish. 

“I am extremely proud of the strong culture of caring and corporate citizenship at IFDS, that stems from a long tradition of charitable corporate funding and employee involvement. We actively support a number of charities across Canada and the Greater Toronto Area, and our increased involvement with Make-A-Wish is a prime example of that commitment.” Says Chris Diebel, VP Client Services & Chair of iCare Committee. “The staff-led and corporately sponsored iCare committee worked so hard to pull together our first ever Wish Week. We are delighted to have sponsored a very special wish that will now become a reality. There is no better reward than that.”

For months leading up to their Wish Week fundraising campaign, IFDS programmers took on the challenge of creating an innovative video game. The game gives players a chance to rappel down Toronto City Hall via an avatar, dodging obstacles and collecting objects. It was a huge hit among the staff and allowed them to really flex their programming muscles and use their skills in new and creative ways. 

In addition to the video game, they hosted week of fundraising activities with their staff including mini-golf, a bean bag toss, a photo booth complete with props and costumes, and a bake sale. 

“Our partnership with IFDS has been so much fun,” says Cari Miller, Manager, Fund Development, Make-A-Wish Toronto & Central Ontario. “Their team was so committed to finding innovative ways to fundraise, and we are delighted to be working together to make wishes come true.”

In just one week, IFDS raised an incredible $19,000 for Make-A-Wish!