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Canvasser Instructions

Thank You

Thank you for all your help and support. Your time and commitment is what makes the difference. Our data indicates that each canvasser collects an average of $130 per kit – so your role is very important.

Dear Neighbour Letters

Some of our canvassers have had tremendous success and the support of their neighbours by simply dropping off a slip of paper or letter which advises them when canvassing will be taking place. You may download and alter this canvasser slip if you wish to try it this year. Click here to download the word document.    

“I’ve been involved in the March Drive campaign as a canvasser since 1999. I like to connect with my friends and neighbours.  Each February I send them a letter letting them know I will be around to canvass in March. At the end of the campaign, I send them a note to express my sincere thanks and let them know how much our little street raised.”
Karl Enns, London


Your Blue Kit will contain:

• A receipt book (used to keep track of all donations)
• Information Buckslip - 1 in 10 Canadians Has Kidney Disease (left when there is no answer at the door)
• A volunteer button (Canvassers are to wear these to identify themselves as Kidney Foundation volunteers)
• A deposit envelope (all money collected goes into the envelope)
• Canvasser tip sheet
• AODA Customer Service Information Brochure for Volunteers

Receipt Book Instructions

  • Please be aware that you are issuing permanent official tax receipts. 
  • Place the cardboard divider behind each receipt before you write to prevent information transfer.
  • Print Donor’s name, address, amount, date, and sign the receipt. Give the white copy to the donor.
  • When a donation is made, Always complete a receipt – when a receipt is not requested make it out as Anonymous.
  • Spoiled receipts should be marked “VOID” and both copies of the receipt must be left in the receipt book.
  • All receipts must have a cash, cheque, Visa or Mastercard square checked off.
  • Donations made by cheque are made payable to The Kidney Foundation of Canada. The yellow copy remains in the book.
  • Donation by credit card must show the credit card number and the expiry date.
  • Place all donations in the envelope located in the pocket behind the receipt book.
  • Before returning your kit to your Captain, make sure that the amount of cash agrees with the receipts.

    Canvassing Tips

  • Please try to canvass early, but only between March 1 and March 31. The best time to canvass is between 6 and 8 p.m. weekdays or on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  • Make your own pledge first. You may feel more comfortable asking others for support if you make a commitment first.It is helpful to carry coins or small bills to make change.
  • Please wear your Foundation Volunteer button in a prominent location and carry a ballpoint pen for receipting.
  • Introduce yourself as a neighbour and a Kidney Foundation Volunteer.
  • If the householder says they give to United Way, explain that we are not part of that organization nor are we subsidized by the government. If they still do not want to donate, thank them for their time.
  • When no one is at home, record the address on a spare sheet and call back another day. If no one is at home the second time, please leave a 1 in 10 Canadians has Kidney Disease buckslip in their mailbox.
  • All donations are to be kept confidential.
  • Do not replace cash collected with a personal cheque.
  • Only visit the homes that are assigned to you in your route description. If you wish to canvass others – ie. family, friends and/or colleagues – consider setting up an online fundraising page. or contact your local Kidney Foundation office.


    When You Complete Canvassing

    When you have finished canvassing, call your Captain to arrange for drop off or pick up of your kit. 
    Your kit should contain the Captain’s name, address and phone number.
    All kits should be given back to your Captain no later than April 8, 2019.

    Thank You

    Thank you for all your help and support. You have helped change lives one door at a time.

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