By investing and partnering with AboutFace, you are helping to:

  • Reduce the amount of times a child is teased, bullied or ridiculed
    AboutFace School Programs
  • Relieve the stress and anxiety of a parent of an infant with a facial difference
    AboutFace Facing it Together Program
  • Increase a teen’s self esteem
    AboutFace Camp Trailblazers

Every gift to AboutFace makes an enormous difference. As a registered charity, we depend on the generosity of our supporters to provide programs and services for more than 1.5 million Canadians living with facial differences. With your help, we can continue to make a positive impact in the lives of families, children and adults coping with this social disability.

We are grateful to our growing list of individual, corporate and foundation donors who have embraced the AboutFace Mission. Thank you for making a difference!

Find out more about the aboutface scholarship program sponsored by sap

Individual Donations

General Donation

Make a general donation to AboutFace with either a one-time payment, or provide ongoing support through a monthly gift.

Monthly Giving

Sign-up as a monthly donor and join our Circle of Smiles Giving Club: a convenient and cost-effective way to provide ongoing funds to support our work. When you sign up as a monthly donor, you are helping us to save postage and administrative costs.

In-Kind Donations

You can donate products and gift packages to AboutFace. In-Kind Donation Form

Tribute – In Honour

Make a donation to honour someone who is celebrating a special occasion (such as a graduation, wedding anniversary or birthday). If you choose to, we can send a card with your own personalized message to the person being honoured.

Tribute – In Memory

Make a donation in memory of someone who has passed away. If requested, we will send a card acknowledging your thoughtful gift to the person’s family.

The Anna Pileggi Scholarship Fund

Make your donation in support of The Anna Pileggi Scholarship Program and help to fund the academic goals and aspirations of AboutFace youth. Join us to build a legacy for future generations.

Gifts of Stocks and Securities

A gift of publicly traded marketable securities is a tax-effective way to donate to AboutFace. When you donate stocks, bonds or mutual fund shares, you pay no capital gains tax on the appreciated value. A gift of marketable securities to AboutFace is almost as simple as a cash donation, and comes with the enhanced benefit of allowing you to receive a tax receipt for the value of the security without having to pay tax on its gain. Speak with your financial planner.

Donate Your Aeroplan Miles
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Donating your Aeroplan miles is a great way to help AboutFace get kids to a Camp Trailblazers that is out of their own province or help us with other travel expenses such as hotels etc! DONATE YOUR MILES TODAY!

Make an Individual Gift by Phone or Mail

1-800-665-3223 or 416-597-2229 ext. 24
51 Wolseley Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1A4

Donations to AboutFace are tax deductible.
Charitable Registration #126761410-RR0001

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Legacy Donations

Establish your own personal legacy and create an impact that will last for generations to come. A bequest in your will, a life insurance policy or other planned gift will make the AboutFace vision part of your own legacy.

Gift Planning

A planned gift is a special donation that is tax-effective and balances a donor’s financial needs and charitable goals. Making your planned gift to AboutFace is easy, flexible and rewarding. Whether you choose a gift for today or for the future, your generosity will ensure that AboutFace continues to lead the way in supporting families, children and adults living with facial differences.

You can donate today by sending your donation to our office, or by calling us and making a donation on your credit card. Joining Circles of Smiles, our monthly giving program, is a convenient and cost-effective way to provide ongoing funds to support our work. When you sign up as a monthly donor, you are helping us to save postage and administrative costs.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Donating a life insurance policy will enable you to make a significant future gift with relatively small premiums. By designating AboutFace as the owner of a new or existing insurance policy, you continue to make premium payments and receive a tax receipt for the premiums paid. If you retain ownership of the policy and designate AboutFace as the direct beneficiary when you pass away, your estate will receive a receipt for the face value of the policy.

For further details and to discuss these giving options, please contact Danielle Griffin at 416-597-2229 ext. 24 or 1-800-665-3223 ext. 24.


Gifts made through Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) help to offset taxes owing on funds when you pass away. Your gift is treated as a charitable donation in the year of death and is eligible for a tax credit on your final tax return. The tax credit may completely offset the taxes payable on the proceeds.

A Gift In Your Will

The most commonly planned gift, a charitable bequest, is a gift that is made through your will. You can choose to leave AboutFace a specific piece of property, a pre-determined sum of money or a percentage of your estate. Through your will, you may even provide a permanent endowment in your name or a loved one’s name. Planned today, a bequest benefits AboutFace after you are gone.

By carefully planning your bequest, you can eliminate significant taxes payable upon your death. Your estate may claim gifts in the year of death equal to 100 percent of your net income in that year and the year preceding death.

If you are drafting or revising your will, please consider including a gift to AboutFace. To facilitate your estate planning, we can offer sample wording for your will and further details on establishing a legacy gift to honour yourself, your family or a special individual.

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Corporate and Small Business Opportunities

AboutFace is grateful for the continued support of our Corporate Partners and their employees. We seek to build strong partnerships that benefit both AboutFace and the corporate community.
Ways Corporations and Small Business can support AboutFace:

For more information on corporate partnerships, please contact Danielle Griffin, Executive Director at 1-800-665-3223 ext. 24 or

United Way Donations

You can redirect your annual United Way donation to AboutFace! You can help benefit two organizations with one gift – AboutFace and your local United Way. To designate your funding make sure you include our name “AboutFace” and our Charitable Registration #126761410-RR0001.


Fundraising for AboutFace is fun and as easy as 1-2-3! No prior event planning or fundraising experience is needed. We have created all the tools required to plan, track and host your event; we have even put together a list of interesting ideas for you to try!

Fundraising is one of AboutFace’s main ways to raise money and awareness for our programs and services. Help AboutFace spread the word, organize an event today!

The AboutFace 3-Step Fundraising Guide
Step 1: Create Your Own Memorable Experience
  • You can choose any type of event or campaign theme. Be creative! For some great ideas, check out our Special Events Guide
Step 2: Register Your Event or Campaign
  • Create your own Campaign or Event Page - email to find out how
  • Collect online donations through your personal page
  • Have your event posted on our website: only registered events are posted.
Step 3: Have Fun!
  • Take the time to enjoy your success – you’ve worked hard to plan this event and you deserve to celebrate your achievement!
  • Send us your photos and participant stories!

2016 Case for Support

Other Ways to Fundraise

ECHOage is a charity-driven, eco-friendly, online birthday party service where children learn the value of giving and receiving while celebrating. ECHOage creates an online gift system where half of the guests’ presents go to a charity and the other half to a meaningful gift of choice.

AboutFace is proud to be a partnered charity of ECHOage, so now you can have your guests support AboutFace while giving your child a birthday gift at the same time!

For more information on this great program vist

logo-charity-challengeCharity Challenge is the world’s leading fundraising challenge operator. For more than 12 years, they have supported many thousands of people to undertake an incredible adventure and in the process helped to raise in excess of $50 million for over 1400 registered charities.

They organize over 100 expeditions each year, have run more international challenges and have raised funds for more charities than any other company worldwide!

Their portfolio includes treks, bike rides, mountain climbs, skiing and sledge hauling in more than 15 countries worldwide. Last year, they added the North Pole to their ever expanding portfolio and this year, they are adding the South Pole.

CLICK HERE to visit the Charity Challenge website and to sign up for your very own challenge in support of AboutFace!



Do you like giving back to your community? Do you like having fun and meeting new people? AboutFace is looking for hardworking, dedicated and engaging individuals who have a passion for making a difference. We have various volunteer to suit the interests of many.  There is no limit to the number of activities you could sign up for. Schedule too packed? No problem! You can be a social media ambassador and work from your own mobile device at your convenience. Love the outdoors and working with kids? You can escape from reality for 3-6 days and become a Camp Trailblazers counselor! Whether you're a high school or post secondary  student, a health care professional, senior, stay-home parent, or a community-minded person genuinely interested in advocacy and volunteering, there is something for everyone!

Why Volunteer with AboutFace?
  • Support a cause you believe in
  • Help AboutFace families and others who share a common vision to work towards developing an accepting society where everyone is treated the same
  • Gain the opportunity to develop your leadership, presentation and organizational skills
  • Gain the rewarding experience of giving back to your community with your contribution of time, energy and talent
  • Apply your current skills and gain new ones
  • Meet new people and develop new friendships and acquaintances and professional contacts from all walks of life
  • Gain the fulfillment from knowing you are making a difference in your community
  • Be part of an organization with a history of giving back to its community
  • Gain hours towards your community service requirement


AboutFace would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for financially supporting the development of our online volunteer training program. To learn more about the Ontario Trillium Foundation please click here.

become a volunteer



Different volunteer roles have different levels of commitment. Your contribution is gratefully appreciated, whether it’s a few hours a week, a month or a year.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

EVENT SPECIFIC:  This commitment is specifically related to an event, project or program. It will be occasional, time limited, and flexible.
–Camp Trailblazers Counsellor – Read a story about being a Camp Counsellor
–Special Event Volunteer
–Display/Conference Volunteer
–Social Event Host – Read a Tips & Tricks sheet to Hosting Social Events

Click here to read more detailed descriptions of event-specific positions.

TASK DRIVEN: This is a longer term commitment which requires the volunteer to be responsible for a very specific task to be done regularly, and independently.
–Break Open Ticket (BOT) Ambassador
–Outreach Ambassador
–Support Facilitator
–Social Media Ambassador
–School Programs Volunteer

Click here to read more detailed descriptions of task-driven positions.

a longer term commitment overseeing a specific project, event and/or program. Position may last several weeks or months, up to one year commitment.
R.I.D.E. Champion
Dreams Team Committee
Awareness Committee
Bingo Ambassador
V-Force Committee (Volunteer Committee)
Constituency Committee

ORGANIZATION-NOMINATED: a 2-3 year commitment, nominated by AboutFace or current members of the committees.
Awareness Champion
V-Force Champion
Constituency Committee
–Patrons Committee

Meet Some of Our Volunteers!

Read about why they think volunteering is important and what made them decide to volunteer with AboutFace. If you are a volunteer and want to share your story, send an email to

Meet some of our other volunteers featured during our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Month.

Lifetime Donors

We are very grateful to those individuals and companies that have generously supported us over many years with leadership or legacy gifts. Thank you!

  • B. Elliott
  • Canadian Dental Association
  • D. Triggs
  • Dr. A. Anderson
  • E. Bednar
  • F. R. Thompson
  • Genworth Financial
  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners
  • L. Glover
  • M. Milne-Smith
  • Proctor & Gamble, Crest Oral B
  • R. F. Pielsticker
  • S. Fitzpatrick
  • SAP Canada
  • Scotiabank
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • W. Dillabough

To learn more about lifetime or legacy gifts, please click here

Annual Donors

We have to say thank you, a big thank you, to a long list of supporters who make it possible for AboutFace to continue our valuable work every year. Without their contribution, we wouldn’t be here. It’s that simple. These are just some of the people that help us make a difference.

Circle of Smiles

Recognizing Monthly and Major Individual Donors in 2016

  • Applebaum, N.
  • Balogh, J.
  • Bustos, A.
  • Deery, C.
  • Hassanzadeh, L.
  • Howie, H.
  • O'Mahony, S.
  • Waddell, M.
  • Vanderberg, A.

Sponsorship Circles

Thank you to the many companies and foundations that have supported AboutFace in 2016

Chairman's Circle

$30,000 +

Rexall Foundation

Partner's Circle

$10,000 to $29,999

  • Dr. Russell E. Boyce Dentistry Professional Corp.
  • Harrison McCain Foundation
  • Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation
Patron's Circle

$5,000 to $9,999

  • Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd.
  • Dental Services Group of Toronto
  • KPMG Enterprise
  • Manitoba Dental Foundation Inc
  • The Winnipeg Foundation

Break Open Ticket Program

What are Break Open Tickets?

'Break Open Tickets' (BOT), commonly known as ‘Nevada Tickets’ or ‘Pull Tabs’, are lottery tickets that support various charities. You may have seen these rectangular-shaped cardboard tickets, which resemble slot machines, on the counters of convenience stores, bingo halls, legions, and other venues across Ontario. The perforated cover window tabs have symbols that are revealed by tearing open the cover tab, revealing your win!

Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

Charitable gaming revenues are a source of funding for a large number of worthy organizations and undertakings, including AboutFace. In Ontario, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is responsible for regulating and overseeing the licensed lottery events (such as bingo, raffles and the sale of break open tickets) conducted by charitable and religious organizations to raise funds to support charitable purposes. The Criminal Code (Canada) allows provincial governments to set gaming regulations.

How Can I Find BOTs That Support AboutFace?

The Break Open Tickets (BOT) Program has been a valued asset to the AboutFace organization for over 20 years. At AboutFace, we encourage, empower and educate anyone living with a facial difference (including those affected directly or indirectly), through support, information, skills development, and education. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Break Open Ticket (at specific locations) support AboutFace charity. For a list of locations, CLICK HERE!

How Can I Become a Nevada Ticket Seller/Site?

If you plan to sell break open tickets on behalf of a licensed charitable or religious organization, you must be registered by the AGCO. A registered seller is permitted to sell break open tickets on behalf of a licensed charitable or religious organization, and is also permitted to sell lottery products on behalf of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) with a valid OLG Retailer Contract. For more information on how you can become a BOT seller, visit the AGCO website: and take a look at this List of Approved BOT Manufacturers:

How Do BOTs Make A Difference?

BOT proceeds are used to support programs and services in Ontario.

You help us to:

  • Support a new parent with a baby born with a facial difference
  • Educate a classroom of elementary school children about diversity, respect and acceptance
  • Empower a youth with a facial difference to manage taunting and bullying
  • Encourage positive self-esteem in a child by sponsoring them to Camp Trailblazers
  • Create a community of support and understanding for adults living with facial differences
  • Train health care professionals on the personal experience of living with a difference

Last year, AboutFace took part in a project called - Break Open Ticket Development Fund Demonstration Project #4. Here are the results from that study:

Post Project Summary Report: Charity Stewardship and the Retailer Relationship

Questions? Comments?

For more information please contact Anna Pileggi by email: or phone: 416-597-2229 x24 or Toll Free: 1-800-665-3223 x24

Follow AboutFace on Facebook and Twitter @aboutface!

The Faces Of the Break Open Ticket Program

We would like to recognize some new sites as well as some loyal selling sites, and thank them for supporting AboutFace over the years!


Big Bee Convenience & Food Mart – Hamilton, ON (2014)

Ali Hamade (left) employee, and Muhamed Hamdanieh (right), owner



IMG_2244Grab n Go – Burlington, ON (2013)

Sam Endraous, owner



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Mount Royal Smoke Shop – Burlington, ON (2000)

Henry Lee, owner

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