How to Make a Donation

Humanitarian crisis in the Philippines and other affected countries

It is essential for emergency goods and services to reach people who desperately need help as quickly as possible. Monetary contributions enable relief staff to purchase needed goods locally, which saves valuable time and transportation costs. Goods are often less expensive when they are purchased locally, and these efforts help the local economy.

The best way for Canadians to help the victims of this disaster is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is providing funds for typhoon relief efforts. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to Typhoon Haiyan from November 9, 2013, until December 23, 2013, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

Making a donation matched by the Government of Canada

For individuals

Follow these steps to make a donation to an eligible organization responding to the needs of the typhoon victims:

  1. Identify the charity to which you want to give — To select a charity, if you do not have one in mind, a good starting point is to check news reports on the humanitarian assistance efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan. This information, in addition to answering the questions below, will help give you a sense of the situation on the ground, and identify those organizations involved in the relief activities.
  2. Verify that the organization is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
  3. Make your donation between the dates of November 9, 2013 and December 23, 2013. Write your cheque payable to registered charities, and not to individuals. Make sure that your online payments are secure.

Verify that the charity receiving the donations will declare them to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) by January 10, 2014.

For individuals fundraising on behalf of corporations, organizations and groups

Donations made on behalf of corporations, organizations or groups are eligible for matching if the donations are raised by individuals and they are not made from a corporation or moral entity’s existing resources.

If an individual belonging to a group or organization, such as a school, organizes an event involving students and staff for example, the proceeds of that event are eligible for matching by the Government of Canada if they are donated by the individual organizer to a registered charity on behalf of their school or organization. Any contribution from the corporation or moral entity to add to the amount raised in the fundraising activity or event is not eligible for matching.

Follow these steps to ensure that donations raised through fundraisers by corporations or moral entities are eligible for matching by the government:

  1. Verify that the organization you have selected  is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
  2. Ensure that all donations made by individual Canadians are transferred to the registered Canadian charity between November 9 through December 23, 2013.
  3. Declare yourself to the registered charity as an individual making a donation on behalf of a corporation, organization or group.
  4. Verify that the charity receiving the donations will be declare them to DFATD by January 10, 2014.

Charitable organizations receiving donations for the purposes of typhoon relief efforts will use the funds they have raised for relief, early recovery, and/or reconstruction activities in the affected areas or will forward them to another eligible organization that can deliver assistance. These organizations are accountable for the use of the funds they receive.

Considerations for selecting a charity

It is important for Canadians to make informed decisions about how their donations will be used. To ensure your donation can be matched by the Government of Canada to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, you should determine that the charity in question intends to use the funds for relief efforts in the affected areas, and that it will declare the funds to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Some registered Canadian charitable organizations will be collecting funds for the disaster response, and some will not.

To select the charity that best represents how you would like to contribute, here are some questions to consider:

  • How is the charity contributing to the relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan?
  • How will the charity use your donation to help the people affected by the humanitarian crisis in response to Typhoon Haiyan?
  • Is the charity conducting its own relief efforts on the ground in response to Typhoon Haiyan?
  • Has the charity worked in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, what did it do, and for how long did it work there?
  • If the charity has never worked in these areas, what experience does it have in carrying out humanitarian assistance in other developing countries?
  • If the charity is not working in areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan, where is your donation going?

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