Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

Canada's Response to Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013, setting off landslides, knocking out power in several provinces, and cutting communications in the country's central region. Thousands of lives are feared to have been lost, with a large number of injuries and destruction of property and infrastructure. Approximately 11.3 million people are reportedly affected , and although needs assessments are ongoing, humanitarian needs will be substantial.

Donation criteria for individual Canadians

For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines and other affected countries, the government will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The government will use the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund to provide assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations, employing established channels and procedures.

To be counted for the purposes of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, donations from individual Canadians may not exceed $100,000 per individual and must be:

  • monetary in nature.
  • made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan. (Please note, donations cannot be made directly to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund or to DFATD.)
  • specifically earmarked for response to Typhoon Haiyan.
  • be made between November 9 and December 23, 2013.

For more information about making a individual donation to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, visit the How to make a donation page.

Donation criteria for individuals fundraising on behalf of organizations

Donations from a fundraising event undertaken to raise money from individuals in response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines are eligible to be matched. This fundraising may be undertaken by schools, faith-based organizations, clubs, social groups, businesses, incorporated entities, or charitable organizations.

Any donations made by corporations, governments, businesses, partnerships, schools, incorporated or non-incorporated entities, and unions from their existing resources that were not raised from individuals specifically in response to the typhoon in the Philippines are not eligible to be matched.

In addition, donations that were made by corporations, governments, incorporated entities, charitable organizations, unions, or government bodies (provincial, territorial, or municipal) to augment an amount raised in a fundraising activity or event not eligible to be matched.

For more information about making a donation to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund on behalf of corporations, organizations and groups, visit the How to make a donation page.

Donation criteria for registered charities

Registered charities declaring eligible donations must complete the declaration form. Forms must be received by DFATD on or before January 10 for donations to be counted towards the size of the relief fund.

To ensure that donations are eligible for the matching program, you should ensure that:

  • the donation complies with the conditions outlined above,
  • the registered charity receiving the donation will be using the funds in response to the humanitarian crisis related to the impact of Typhoon Haiyan, and
  • the registered charity receiving the donation will be declaring it to DFATD.

Declaration form

It is up to the registered Canadian charity to certify, through the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Matching Fund 2013 declaration form, that the donations declared are eligible. Registered Canadian charities are under no obligation to declare donations to DFATD if they are not satisfied that they meet eligibility requirements. Registered charities declaring eligible donations must complete the declaration form. Forms must be received by DFATD on or before January 10 for donations to be counted towards the size of the relief fund.

The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and will be administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means that a charity declaring the amount of eligible donations raised does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities, the government set aside one dollar for the fund. The government will use the fund to support the efforts of experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to meet immediate needs in response to the crisis in the Philippines and other affected countries.

Guidelines for submitting proposals to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund will support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations with significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian assistance in the Philippines and other affected countries.

Allocation of funds

Charitable organizations fundraising for the relief efforts in the Philippines and surrounding countries will not have privileged access to the fund. Allocation decisions will be based on DFATD's humanitarian assistance guidelines and the ability of Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to access the affected populations and deliver timely, effective, and appropriate humanitarian assistance.

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How to make a donation

Donations collected by registered Canadian charities:

$35 million

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