How to Help

Every baby has the chance to grow up and be a champion.

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation sees a future where every hospital NICU has the necessary life-saving equipment to handle any emergency and save the lives of babies born premature and critically ill.

Our dream is that all babies born too soon, too small or too sick will be cared for in a NICU equipped with state of the art life-saving equipment close to their homes, family and friends.

With support from individuals like you, we have given millions of dollars to fund life-saving equipment in NICUs in hospitals across Canada.

All online transactions are private and secure. When you donate you will receive an electronic tax receipt when you complete your donation. We don’t share this information with anyone.  See our privacy policy.

Ways to Give

By Mail
Sandra Schmirler Foundation
18 Burndale Road,
Ottawa,  ON
K1B 3Y5

Charitable Registration #87142 0410 RR0001

Download donation form

Tax receipts are issued for all donations made online, by mail or by phone.


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If you already have your form please mail it to:

Sandra Schmirler Foundation
Manager, Donor Relations
18 Burndale Road,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 3Y5


Every year, with the generous support of TSN and Curling Canada, we host a Telethon at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The 2019 Telethon will be broadcast live on TSN from Sydney, Nova Scotia on Sunday, February 17th. Call in and you might be surprised by who answers the phone to take your donation. It could be Sandra’s teammates (Jan, Joan, Marcia) or one of Sandra’s daughters (Sara or Jenna) or a curler competing at the Scotties.

This is our biggest fundraising event and we’d love you to be part of it. Call 1.866.210.6011

Monthly Giving
Join our Champions Circle

  • It’s easy, secure and saves paper, postage and energy.
  • You are always in control, able to cancel or make changes at any time.
  • You will maximize the impact of your support and your gift is put to work immediately.

Joining our Champions Circle is an ideal way to support the Foundation with easy and convenient monthly payments. A tax receipt for the full amount will be sent to you each year in time to file your taxes. And, we’ll send you regular updates on our latest greatest news.

“I have been a regular monthly donor for the past several years. As a retired social worker and adoring grandmother I respect how important these early times are in the lives of all our children. It is very important to support these families in these critical times. A regular monthly donation provides the Foundation with some predictable and regular income. The amount does not have to be big – but the regularity of it helps these vulnerable families”.

Joyce Preston, Vancouver

Annual donation

When you donate to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, you’re helping to provide NICUs with the essential medical equipment they need so these miracle babies can survive and thrive.

Give in Celebration

Make a donation in honour of someone on a special occasion such as a milestone birthday or anniversary or in memory of a loved one. We’ll send a card to that person or family, acknowledging your thoughtful gift.

Celebrate a Special Occasion

Celebrate a birthday, wedding or anniversary by giving in honour of a friend or family member.

Make a Gift in Remembrance

Donate a gift in memory of a loved one. We will mail a greeting or condolence card to the family. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your donation.

Gifts of Stocks or Publicly Traded Securities

Donating appreciated stocks or mutual funds is the most tax-effective way to make an outright gift during your lifetime.

When an individual sells an appreciated stock or mutual fund they are required to pay tax on 50 percent of the capital gain. However, if you transfer and donate the appreciated securities to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, you pay no capital gains tax.

For details contact Tanya Martin.

Please note: These securities must be transferred first to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, not cashed in, to receive the tax benefits. We recommend you consult a professional and seek independent advice when considering gifts of securities to ensure the paperwork is correct.

Planned Legacy Giving

A legacy gift in your will gives families with babies born premature and critically ill the greatest gift of all – the opportunity to watch their tiny miracles grow up and follow their dreams.

Host an Event

Every year, curling clubs across Canada raise funds for the Foundation with a variety of special activities. Many host a fundraising breakfast on Telethon Day. We’ve been the recipient of 50/50 draws, silent and live auctions and fun bonspiels.

Crowd Sweeps

Every curling season, the Sandra Schmirler Foundation holds Crowd Sweeps™ at curling events hosted by Curling Canada and the Grand Slam of Curling. If you’d like to volunteer to help out please contact Brenda at

Curling Club Challenge

The tenth annual Curling Club Challenge will be held during the 2018 Telethon. The 3 clubs that raise the most funds (for equity, based on club size) will receive a pair of tickets to a 2019 major curling event compliments of our partner Curling Canada, and will also be presented with an original painting by renowned Canadian Artist Jason Robins.

We thank the many curling clubs across Canada who have participated in this challenge over the years. We encourage all clubs to join and dial in your challenge during the Telethon on January 28th.

Call 1.866.210.6011

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Curling Club Challenge:

Chilliwack Curling Club (Gold)
Dartmouth Curling Club (Silver)
Prince George Golf & Curling Club (Bronze)

Thanks to everyone that participated in this year’s Challenge.

Every Dollar Counts

For the Love of Family. Forever in our Hearts.