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Winners of Mackenzie Investments’ 2011 Top Teen Philanthropy Search Announced

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2012

Canada’s teen philanthropists are changing the world

According to a poll done in support of the fourth annual search for Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist, the majority of teen respondents are involved in charitable giving. 79 per cent donate to at least one charitable cause and spend at least one hour per month volunteering. In fact, while many teens are on a budget, it was found that 42 per cent of respondents donate 20 dollars per year or more.

While the teens polled seem quite active in terms of charitable giving, they believe that Canadians should be doing more in terms of charitable work. Over half (51 per cent) believe that Canadians do not give enough to charitable causes.

When it came to the respondents’ outlook on the future, 61 per cent believe that social problems will be more prevalent in 50 years. This number is up 12 per cent from 2010 polling.

Interestingly, many teens are also incorporating digital tools and social media into their charitable pursuits. 72 per cent of teen respondents have participated in a charity’s online activities and 60 per cent have joined an organization’s Facebook page.

Finding Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist

Candidates were judged on a number of factors, including: the breadth of their volunteering and fundraising efforts, their leadership and creativity, their hands-on involvement in their philanthropic pursuits, the length and level of their involvement and the impact on their community and their charity.

Mackenzie also recognized the fine efforts of five additional teens with $500 each to be directed to the charity of their choice, as well as $500 cash:

Perri Tutelman, 18, Richmond, BC: Perri is the founder of Cures for Kids Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for children’s immunological disorders. More than $100,000 dollars has been raised through Perri’s efforts which were supported by the foundation’s signature fundraising event, the “Making Magic Show”.

Mackenzie Investments: Mackenzie Investments was founded in 1967, and is a leading investment management firm providing investment advisory and related services. With $61.6 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2011, Mackenzie Investments distributes its investment services through multiple distribution channels to both retail and institutional investors. Mackenzie Investments is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies. IGM Financial is one of Canada’s premier financial services companies with over $118 billion in total assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

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