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About Active-toi avec coeur

1 - What is the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation?

The Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is a leader in the fight against cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the world. The Foundation raises and administers funds that support the Institute's innovative and important projects. Since its creation in 1977, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation has donated nearly $260 million to the Institute.

2 - What is the Active-toi avec coeur program?

Active-toi avec coeur is a program that supports fundraising initiatives that are for the benefit of the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation.

3 - How can I participate?

Raising funds that benefit the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation is easy! Follow these simple steps to sign up for the Active-toi avec coeur program today.

You don't have to start your own fundraising campaign to participate - you can also contribute to a campaign that is already in progress. Check out the list and choose the campaign that speaks to your heart.

4 - What are the funds used for?

The funds raised through the Active-toi avec coeur program are used to fund the Montreal Heart Institute's innovative and important projects as well as research that helps fight against cardiovascular diseases. In 2016-2017, the donations raised by the Foundation were used to fund the Institute's digital shift to ensure greater reliability of real-time data and better accessibility of results for health professionals. In addition, your future donations will allow the purchase of the very first PET / MRI machine in Canada. With this sophisticated technology, we will be able to detect faster and more accurately the first signs of cardiovascular disease.

About fundraising campaigns

For the creator of a campaign...

1 - How does a fundraising campaign work?

The Active-toi avec coeur microsite was created to make your life easier and make you as independent as possible for your fundraising initiatives. Once you have registered, we will guide you through how to send e-mails to your network to start collecting funds. You will also receive supportive reminders to help you reach your goal.

2 - How do you create a fundraising campaign page?

After you have registered, you can prepare your fundraising page. Start by clicking on the red "Login" button on the microsite homepage and enter your username and password; all the information needed to set up your campaign page will then be found under the "My Fundraiser" tab from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen.

3 - How do I share my fundraising page?

This also happens from your personal page (once you've clicked on "Login" and entered your username and password). Choose the "Solicit donations" tab from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. The steps to sharing your fundraising page through social media are indicated at the bottom of the page.

4 - Can I change my fundraising goal after I have registered the campaign?

Absolutely! We encourage you to do this at any time, for example when your campaign is close to reaching the initial goal that you set or has exceeded it. There is evidence that an ambitious goal attracts more donations than a goal that is too modest or has already been achieved.

Here's how to change your goal: On the microsite homepage, click on the blue "Login" button and enter your username and password. Then, click on the "My Fundraiser" tab from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. In your campaign's summary box, press "Change" and enter the new amount.

5 - Can those who donate receive a tax receipt?

Yes. People who donate online will automatically receive a tax receipt for the value of their donation. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for more information.

6 - Can I receive cash or cheque donations?

Yes. Individuals who support your fundraising initiative through a cash or cheque donation will receive a tax receipt when you submit the amount of their donation and contact information to the Foundation. To do this, you must login to the platform and then click on the "Download forms" tab in the "My fundraiser" menu.

7 - When do I submit the donations received in cash or by cheque?

No later than two weeks after your campaign has ended. Please send the funds that you received in cash or cheque, via credit card to the Foundation. To do this, login to the platform and then click on the "Manage in-person donations" tab in the "My fundraiser" menu.

If you do not have a credit card, present it in person or by mail* to the following address: Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, 4100 Molson Street, Suite 340, Montreal, Quebec H1Y 3N1, to the attention of Véronique Bomal.

  • We strongly suggest that you do not send money by mail. The ideal is to write a cheque for the total amount of donations received in cash and by cheque, and provide us with the name, contact information and amount of the donation of each donor in order that we may issue receipts to each person.

8 - How do I modify my personal information?

Follow these simple steps: On the microsite homepage, click on the "Login" button and enter your username and password. Then, click on the "My profile" tab from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen. This is where you can change your personal information.

For the donor of a campaign...

1 - How do I find a specific fundraising campaign that I want to support?

If you have received an email from someone registered with Active-toi avec coeur, click on the link in the email. This will redirect you to their fundraising page, and your donation will be counted towards their fundraising goal.

You can also contribute to an existing campaign by performing a search from the list. In the search engine, write the name of the person you want to encourage. A few letters from their first name or family name should suffice. Click on the selected name and make your donation.

Technical advice

1 - I am having difficulty using the Active-toi avec coeur program platform. What can I do?

You can count on the Foundation's support; even when it comes to technical problems. Please communicate with Véronique Bomal via email at veronique.bomal@icm-mhi.org or call 514 376-3330, ext. 3239.