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 over 4.7 million 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.


Let your company double or triple your impact with a matching gift!

Did you know many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage philanthropy among their employees? And … some companies will even match the donations of spouses and retirees?

Thank you for taking the time to check if your company offers employee-giving programs that can double the impact or your donation!

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If you don’t find your employer listed, please check with your Human Resources department to see if your company offers a matching gift program.

If you already have your form please mail it to:

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

Please join the growing list of curling clubs holding fundraising events for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation!

We’ll share your fundraising events on Facebook and Twitter.
You can download the poster below, to print and post at your club.
We have a long list of different fundraising ideas at:

Sandra’s legacy lives on through the Sandra Schmirler Foundation that has raised over $4.7 million dollars to fund life-saving equipment for Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in over 60 different hospitals across Canada.

We are the only charity in Canada dedicated to funding specialized equipment to help save babies lives.

We’re asking for your help to realize our vision that every baby born in Canada has the chance to grow up and a champion, like Sandra.

Please contact Tanya Martin at [email protected]


Every year, with the generous support of TSN and Curling Canada, we host a Telethon at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The 2020 Telethon will be broadcast live on TSN from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Sunday, February 16th. 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, every month.

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 became a regular monthly donor when I served as a Director to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation many years ago. I could see how much the Foundation relied on the Annual Telethon but I was also aware of the Foundation’s financial needs for the other 11 months of the year. A regular monthly donation provides the Foundation with a reliable source of much needed income. Although the Foundation takes centre stage once a year during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, babies born too soon happen 365 days a year so my wife and I altered our giving accordingly”.

Al Hodgins, Edmonton

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.

How to Save on Capital Gains Tax when Donating to the Schmirler Foundation

If you are considering donating to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, you can reduce capital gains tax by transferring ownership of certain investments to the Foundation, rather than making a straight cash donation.

Under Canadian tax rules, if you transfer publicly traded securities (shares of public companies or mutual funds, for example) to a charity, you will receive a donation receipt for the market value of the transferred securities and will not have to pay tax on any capital gain that might otherwise have been attributable to the transfer.

Let’s say you would like to donate $5,000 to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation. As an example, if you own shares of RBC Royal Bank that you purchased for $2,000 that are now worth $5,000. The estimated tax you’d pay on capital gains would be at a rate of 20% of the gain.

If you were to sell those shares, you’d pay $600 of tax on the gain ($5,000 – $2,000 = $3,000 x 20% = $600). And you would only have $4,400 left to donate to the Foundation.

If instead you transferred ownership of the RBC Royal Bank shares directly to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation, you would not incur the $600 of tax on the capital gain and would receive a donation tax receipt for the full $5,000.

So if you are considering making a donation to our Foundation, check your investments and consider making the donation by transfer of securities – you may be able to save on tax and make a larger charitable contribution. And most importantly, you will be contributing to a worthy cause.

NOTE: These are general figures for the purposes of illustration. They do not constitute legal or financial advice. We recommend you seek appropriate professional advice before deciding on your charitable gifts.

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.

If you would like more information about creating a legacy gift, click on the photo on the left or if you would prefer a printed copy, please contact: Brenda Gallagher at [email protected]


There are many ways that individuals, families and groups can fundraise for the Foundation. These can include yard sales, bottle drives, car washes, fun runs, silent auctions, bake sales, gift wrapping services, karaoke night, used book sales and more.

The possibilities are endless.

To register your event with the Foundation, please contact Tanya at [email protected]


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 [email protected]

Every Dollar Counts

For the Love of Family. Forever in our Hearts.