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Visa payWave It Forward program


I was out with a friend the other day running some errands and we decided to grab a quick cup of coffee at the McDonald’s drive thru. When I got to the window and the employee handed me the reader, I waved my Visa, grabbed the coffee and was on my way in a matter of seconds. 

‘Waved my card’?

Do you have this symbol on your Visa credit card? Depending on the card type, it could be a different colour though. Mine is white. 



This symbol means you have Visa payWave, a convenient feature that lets you pay with your card by simply waving it over a secure reader instead of inserting or swiping your card. There’s no need to key in a PIN, sign a receipt or look for change. Just a simple close wave and you are done. 

Visa payWave is for transactions of $50 or less, including taxes. So it’s ideal for places like fast food restaurants, gas stations, movie theatres, pharmacies and convenience stores. You know, those purchases that you hope will be short and sweet so you can get on with the other billion things on your errand list.


This feature is so helpful, right?

Well, to help Canadians contribute even more, Visa Canada and key retailers are teaming up to support charities with the Visa payWave It Forward program.

For a set period at participating retailers, for every payment made with Visa payWave, Visa will donate one dollar to the retailer’s charity of choice {up to a maximum donation amount}.

A Visa Canada survey shows that 71% of Canadians donated to a charity last year. Almost 1-in-4 {24%} say they’d give more if they had a more convenient way to donate. Well, here it is, Canadians!


With the Visa payWave It Forward program, you can give more, just with your simple everyday purchases. In fact, Visa Canada is donating $1 to Ronald McDonald House with each and every Visa payWave used at McDonalds across Canada from now until November 25th. 

In other words, using Visa payWave to purchase my usual $1.89 coffee was not only a quick and convenient way to pay – that small purchase also gave $1 to the Ronald McDonald House. Ahhh, now that’s some easy donating.

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 The next day I was out again running errands with my oldest {story of my life!}. We stopped at McDonald’s for a coffee for Mom and a Mango Smoothie for my daughter.

Again, our purchase using Visa payWave donated another $1 to Ronald McDonald House. So, make sure you use your Visa payWave if you’re stopping at McDonald’s anytime from now until November 25th. 


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post yet all opinions are my own.



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  2. I donate every month through my bank account, as well as at work, as we support different charities (BC Children’s Hospital, Run for the Cure and the United Way). I give money, buy fundraising merchandise, and help raise money through bake sales and bbqs

  3. We have 2 that we donated to yearly, and then make smaller donations throughout the year to other causes (like giving an extra $1 at the checkout etc).

  4. I donate something at least weekly, from food bank donations to supporting friends in their fundraising efforts. I also like to lend via Kiva, a microfinance organization.

  5. I dont have a very high income so I dont donate tons I do mostly local school fundraisers etc and I volunteer in local things and small donations locally as well

  6. Bi-weekly, a donation comes directly off my husbands paycheck through his work for the United Way. We also donate to the food bank and healthcare charities throughout the year when the opportunity arises.

  7. hubby donates monthly off cheque plus we donate every grocery to the food bank box at stores., and always christmas

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  9. I make a monthly donation to the Canadian Red Cross, and periodic donations to the SPCA and Pit Bull Rescue organizations.

  10. I donate a few times a year to our local telethons and when organizations come to our door.

  11. We donate all throughout the year but mainly at Christmas. I save all of my winnings and split them up between 3 different charities. They each get boxes full of appropriate donations!

  12. A couple times a year for sure and bits of change here and there in tins at registers

  13. I have two charities which are important to me which I donate to yearly. And throughout the year if I see a need, I will donate again.

  14. Small amount monthly. Bigger amounts amount at random times for certain events that I usually donate to or for disaster relief like right now for the Philippines.

  15. I don’t donate regularly. I donate to one of the local churches for their shop whenever I have something for them and I also buy there too.

  16. We give to the food bank quite often, do gift baskets for the local holiday toy drive and bring food, etc to our local animal shelter when possible. I have found that purchasing items through Unicef/World Vision is a great way to “give” a gift to those hard to buy for people on my list. They seem to look forward to it.

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  21. I donate as often as I can at christmas time evertime I leave the stores I give to salvation army, give to food bank monthly with my couponing.

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  23. Annually at Christmas we donate to Santa’s Anonymous/Edmonton Food Banks/Salvation Army. However, donate to Terry Fox Organzation/Alberta Heart Stroke/Royal Alexandra Hospital throughout the year – finances permitting. We are all in it together…giving is what it is all about.

  24. I donate at least a couple times a year. Especially when family members are involved in a fundraiser

  25. I usually donate a collection of clothing and toiletries to local shelters once or twice a year.

  26. This year is our first year doing a big donation. We are donating toys/household items/mens, ladies things.. in memory of my grandson who passed away Nov 22nd last year at 10 months old of SIDS. We donate off and on multilple times to Ronald McDonald house. We support our children’s schools as well.

  27. Haven’t been able to donate money to a charity for a few years now but we did donate about half our belonging and books to various charities before moving to Canada

  28. Not sure how much but we donate clothes and toys a lot and when shopping and they ask if you would like to donate we do that quite a bit. For sure more than a few times a year

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  29. I do donate often, to womens shelter, baskets at christmas time for families and saving bottles and cans for kids bmx’ing

  30. Donate 2-3 times a year but also extra when disasters happen (easy text donation) or giving change at stores to collectors or at cash when asked

  31. I donate bi-weekly (comes directly off my pay) and usually on my dad’s birthday, fathers day, and on the day he passed (those all go to the Cancer Society as that is what took him from us)

  32. We donate to a few charities annually, however we often donate at store checkouts for various charities on a weekly basis.

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  38. We donate mostly through our local church and do this regularly. I also try to make quarterly donations of items to Value Village, Goodwill or places like that.

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  43. We donate to local events in the area, we always hope that everyone stays healthy and they are not needed.

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  58. We try to make donating a part of every day life whenever possible. At the grocery store, the bank, anywhere someone is raising money. Every little bit helps!

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  63. Excellnt idea and a wonderful prize, thanks for the contest. I tend to give at the checkout and also around Christmas time to animal causes and local foodbanks.

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  65. I donate to various charities at least once a month. So many great causes local and international to give to.

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