car2go Charity Challenge

About the Charity Challenge

Vancouver members are charged a $2 annual fee as an insurance requirement by ICBC. But this fee doesn’t just pay for your insurance – it is donated back to our community. Since 2011, members have donated a total of $238,000 to community organizations!

Near the end of each year, thousands of car2go Vancouver members actively nominate a charity of their choosing that has made a positive difference in our community. Of these nominations, the top 5 are profiled and put to a member vote.  The winner is awarded all membership fees collected the following year.

This year’s vote is now closed. For your reference, the top 5 finalists are here . Stay tuned for an announcement of our official charity for 2015 in the new year.

Last year’s winner: Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC Receives $148,000 On Behalf of car2go Members

car2go Vancouver is pleased to announce that it will be contributing $148,000 to support LEAVE OUT VIOLENCE (LOVE) BC, an award-winning youth-driven violence prevention and intervention organization.  LOVE was selected as the winner of car2go Vancouver’s 2013 Charity Challenge, in which, each year, thousands of car2go Vancouver members actively vote for a specific charity that has made a positive difference within their local community.  LOVE was presented with a first cheque presentation of $45,000, and then followed with a second cheque presentation of $103,000 last week, bringing car2go’s total commitment to $148,000 for the 2013 Charity Challenge winner. The results of this year’s vote will be announced in the New Year!

“LOVE has a small, effective hard-working team. Because our overhead is so low, the impact of the money from the car2go Charity Challenge has been huge. Winning the (2013) challenge has helped us empower 60 youth, facing multiple barriers, through weekly afterschool leadership and violence prevention skills training programs.  These youth leaders will go on to deliver dozens of anti-bullying workshops in schools that use social media and art as tools to target the root causes of bullying (such as racism, homophobia, discrimination, etc.)  Thank you, car2go members, for supporting youth-led violence prevention in our communities!” – Tasha Nijjar, Executive Director of Leave Out Violence (LOVE) BC.

PHOTO CAPTION: LEAVE OUT VIOLENCE (LOVE) BC receives a $103,000 check for winning last year’s car2go Vancouver Charity Challenge, marking car2go’s total commitment to $148,000 for the organization.  LOVE is an award-winning youth-driven violence prevention and intervention organization that seeks to document youth experiences and share youth views of the world, and build leadership skills to break the cycle of violence in their lives and communities.  Presenting LOVE with the check are (from left): Alyzee Lakhani (Canadian Centralization Service Team Lead, car2go),  Lee Williams Boudakian (LOVE), Charlotte Macquoy (Marketing Associate, car2go), Tasha Nijjar (Executive Director, LOVE), Mutya Macatumpag (LOVE), Chris Iuvancigh (Location Manager, car2go), Justin MacDonald (Marketing and Sales Coordinator, car2go), and Colin Moroney (Canadian Centralization and Fulfillment Supervisor).  Photo courtesy of car2go Vancouver.

“There are few words that can truly express how grateful LOVE is to have been chosen as car2go Vancouver’s 2014 Official Charity. car2go Vancouver’s support means LOVE is building the capacity of even more young people as they break the cycle of violence in their lives and communities.

Winning this honour has built the confidence and self-esteem of youth and also shown them once again people are listening, their voice counts, and they can make an impact. Thank you car2go Vancouver members, for believing in LOVE and for supporting young people as they change the world.”

-Bruce Passmore. Executive Director, Leave Out Violence (LOVE) Society BC

2013 Official Charity: KidStart Mentoring Program

car2go members selected KidStart Mentoring Program as the official charity for 2013, resulting in a donation totaling $60,000 from car2go members!

KidStart is a one-to-one mentoring program for children and youth, in Metro Vancouver, who face serious difficulties in their lives. KidStart is operated by PLEA Community Services and has been operating for over 25 years. KidStart assigns children and youth with a volunteer mentor, who serves as a consistent role model; someone who plans activities and provides the young person with opportunities to experience success. The program has a proven track record of helping young people overcome adversity and become more active in their communities.

KidStart is a program of PLEA Community Services Society and has been operating
throughout Metro Vancouver for over 28 years. KidStart provides one-to-one mentoring for children and youth who face serious difficulties in their lives.  Our kids are vulnerable to issues such as addiction, crime, abuse and/or family crisis. We match them with a volunteer mentor who serves as a consistent and positive role model. The primary objective of the program is to strengthen a young person’s resilience, overcome adversity and become more active in their communities.

KidStart relies on the generosity of donors and fundraising activities to operate. We currently have over 100 kids waiting to be matched with a mentor. Your annual dues will help us to support the volunteers and kids in the program, as well as, continue to find more dedicated volunteers for the kids who are waiting for a mentor. Your donation will help us provide the gift of time and friendship to a young person in your community. Please visit them at .

KidStart received 200 teddy bears and their first cheque for $34,000 on behalf of 21,000 car2go members. The second cheque was presented in June 2013 for $26,000.

2012 Official Charity: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

In 2012, members donated a total of $30,000 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

When car2go launched in Vancouver in June, we knew we wanted to be very involved and connected to the community. Thanks to you and the 10,000 members who signed up for car2go in Vancouver in the past six months, we had the opportunity to feel part of the community in a very big way yesterday.

Yesterday, on behalf of each of our members, car2go donated $20,000 to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice — an incredible organization that provides comprehensive care to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Canuck Place is North America’s first and longest-standing children’s hospice, and an outstanding part of the British Columbia community. The second-installment of the annual donation was presented to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in June 2012 in the amount of $10,000.

Nicholas Cole, president and CEO of car2go Canada, Katie Stafford, Communications Manager, and the car2go Vancouver team took a trip (in our car2gos!) to Canuck Place to make the donation. We took a tour of the building, learned about the history of the organization, and saw first-hand the vital services they provide to the community. It was a very special day for all of us!

The people in the photo, from L to R are:
– Nicholas Cole, car2go Canada, President & CEO
– Katie Stafford, car2go Canada, Communications Manager
– Sandra Phillips, car2go Canada, Business Development Manager
– David Holzer, car2go Canada, Location Manager for Vancouver
– Justin MacDonald, car2go Canada, Sales & Marketing Coordinator for Vancouver
– Robyn Zylstra, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Head of Community Partnerships

Left photo below: The car2go teddy bears gifted to the children and families at Canuck Place.

Right photo below: The car2go chocolate ganache cake (yummy!) delivered for the wonderful Canuck Place staff and volunteers,

32 thoughts on “ car2go Charity Challenge

  1. Terri
  2. Jen Kirk

    GO KIDSTART!!!!!

  3. philippe segur


  4. CrossedPromise (@CrossedPromise)

    Don’t know who to vote for? Vote for VOKRA! Help save local animals!

    • Jenn

      Voted :)

    • Rachel


  5. Thanks for doing this Car2Go!

  6. Heather

    Let’s support better biking! Vote for HUB: Your Cycling Connection (Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition)

    • eslband

      Yeah! Voted.

  7. Erin

    HUB: Your Cycling Connection is a great option. What better ways to get around than with bikes and car sharing, saving lots of money to do fun things. Help HUB make cycling comfortable and safe for anyone that wants to ride for transportation.

  8. Fred

    This year HUB. Next year PIVOT

    • Hilary Henegar

      Hear hear!

  9. vvcgdorj

    Kids are good but I think Hub is an awesome choice. Cycling = car2go’s friend.

  10. Tracey Ho

    Dress for Success for sure! They helped over 2,000 women last year to become successful in the workforce. A very incredible organization indeed.

  11. Alex Holmes

    Vote HomeStart Foundation ( )! Think of this as a furniture bank – donated/recycled furniture redirected to furnish the homes of those in need. It only costs $260 to set someone in need (single parents leaving abusive relationships, families in crisis, refugees, mental health) up in their new life with the basics (a bed, a dresser, a dining room table, etc.) – all the essentials one becomes accustomed to for a small price. Think about what a difference being the recipient of this years Car2Go charity challenge would make for this local charity. The funding, the increased awareness and the homes they can furnish in our community. Simple.

  12. Please nominate HomeStart Foundation. Furnishing homes for disadvantaged people. Living in the most expensive city in Canada, our clients have to make a lot of tough choices. makes the most of donated furniture and helps by making a comfortable home a reality for more than 70 people a month.

  13. Vikki Stevenson

    This would mean the world to HomeStart Foundation. is a grassroots Vancouver based organization, providing essential home furnishings to people in need. In October we furnished homes for 80 people by re-homing good quality donated furniture. We run on a shoestring! Please nominate us so that we can do more.

  14. Katherine Grant

    Dress for Success Vancouver not only helps economically disadvantaged women get back into the workforce, but through her financial success, she will become a more self-confident mother, sister, or friend. Her children will benefit, her family will benefit… her whole community will benefit from your generous donation! Thank you!

  15. Justine

    Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.
    It is a non-profit volunteer based organization which provides a transition house for battered women and a rape crisis centre with a 24-hour crisis line for women that are raped/sexually assaulted. All our services are free and confidential. Help us make a difference in women’s lives!

  16. Ben Lanteigne

    Loving the HUB initiative!

  17. LOVE BC! Every week, they provide media arts and leadership training to 60 multi-barriered youth who’ve been affected violence. They use an evidence-based peer-to-peer model, which means for every youth LOVE trains, up to TEN more receive anti-violence and anti-bullying education. They operate on a TINY budget — make a bigger impact by voting for LOVE BC :)

  18. ray mceachern

    LOVE! vote for LOVE (Leave Out Violence)
    they do so much amazing work for youth who have been affected by many outstanding barriers. They do so much on their small budget but they could so unreal things with our help!

  19. Y.A.

    VOKRA all the way!

  20. Jenn

    VOKRA is a very deserving charity!! The animals need our help :)

  21. The Vancouver Public Library Foundation supports the Library’s successful history of providing services, programs and resources to children, families and adults throughout the City. VPLF continues to strive to raise much needed funds for free programs that support important initiatives including children’s literacy.

  22. If you are passionate about children and Vancouver please nominate The KidSafe Project Society.

  23. Would love to see Paws for Hope Animal Foundation be this year’s beneficiary…

  24. Jill

    Please consider RainCity Housing: . “A home for every person.”

  25. Please consider RainCity Housing: “A home for *every* person.”

  26. goodlifevancouver

    I vote for Growing Chefs!

  27. julia


  28. Lauren Dashwood

    Consider voting for The Cinderella Project: , which encourages and recognizes outstanding grade 12 students from across the Lower Mainland who reach the milestone of graduation despite overwhelming adversity.

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