How the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund works
The crisis in Myanmar has resulted in the influx of an additional 600,000 Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, the majority being women and children. This has triggered a humanitarian emergency of such a scale that concerted international action is urgently required. Refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, as well as displaced people within Myanmar, are in urgent need of basic necessities such as food assistance, water, sanitation services, shelter, protection and health care.
An effective and timely humanitarian assistance response is essential to address the life-saving needs of these crisis-affected people.
On October 31, 2017, the Government of Canada launched the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund in order to engage Canadians in responding to this humanitarian crisis and reinforce the response of Canadian civil society to address the immediate needs of vulnerable populations fleeing violence in Myanmar.
For every eligible dollar donated by individuals to registered Canadian charities Between August 25, 2017 and November 28, 2017, the Government of Canada will set aside one dollar per one dollar donated to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund.
The Government will use the Fund to support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations using established Global Affairs Canada channels and procedures. In addition, through the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, Canada will continue to address the needs of women and girls through gender-sensitive program design and the prioritization of services to the extremely vulnerable, including pregnant women, single mothers and women-headed households.
The Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund is distinct from the funds raised by charities and is administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means a charity does not receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada.
Donation criteria for individual Canadians
To be counted toward the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, donations must be made by individuals, 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 this humanitarian crisis;*
- specifically earmarked in response to the crisis;
- made between August 25, 2017 and November 28, 2017; and
- be declared by the registered charity receiving the donation to Global Affairs Canada by December 5, 2017.
*Please note, donations cannot be made directly to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund or to Global Affairs Canada.
For more information about making an individual donation eligible for the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, visit the How to make a donation page.
Donation criteria for individuals fundraising on behalf of organizations
Donations from fundraising events undertaken to raise money from individuals in response to this humanitarian crisis 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 Myanmar crisis are not eligible to be matched. In addition, donations to augment the amount originally raised from individuals through a fundraising activity or event are not eligible to be matched.
For more information about making a donation eligible for the Myanmar Crisis 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 are required to complete the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund Declaration Form which must be received by Global Affairs Canada on, or before, December 5, 2017, for its donations to be counted toward the Relief Fund.
To ensure that donations are eligible for the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund, registered charities must ensure that:
- donations comply with the conditions outlined above;
- donations will be used to address the needs resulting from this humanitarian crisis; and
- donations will be declared to Global Affairs Canada.
It is up to the registered Canadian charity to certify that the declared donations are eligible. Registered Canadian charities are under no obligation to declare donations to Global Affairs Canada if they are not satisfied that they meet the eligibility requirements.
The Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and is 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 sets aside one dollar for the Relief Fund. The government will use the fund to support experienced Canadian and international humanitarian organizations to meet needs resulting from this humanitarian crisis.
Allocation of funds
Charitable organizations fundraising for relief efforts in the countries impacted by this humanitarian crisis will not have privileged access to financing from the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. The allocation of the Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and is administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means that a charity itself does not directly receive a matching dollar from the Government of Canada for each dollar that they report.
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