How To Be An Informed Donor

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulates registered charities under the Income Tax Act and recommends that you follow the tips below:

Learn and Confirm

  • Consult the CRA Charities Listings at or call 1-800-267-2384 to confirm that a charity registered with the CRA.
  • Confirm that you will receive an official donation receipt if you want to claim a tax credit.
  • Make sure you know who you are donating to. Sometimes fraudulent charities use names that are similar to well-known and respected charities.
  • Beware of schemes that promise you tax savings greater than your cost, thus allowing you to ‘profit’ from donating to a registered charity. Go to the donor alert section of

Take Action

  • Write cheques payable to the charity, not an individual, or make sure that your online payments are secure.
  • Refuse to donate if there is inappropriate pressure to give immediately or you are offered a receipt for more than you actually donate.
  • Report fraud to Phone Busters, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre, at: 1-888-495-8501.

The above information is taken from the Canada Revenue Agency pamphlet, “Be an informed donor”. For more information visit the CRA website at:

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