Q. We’d love to have Stephen Lewis or someone else from the Foundation come and speak at our event. How do we arrange that?
Q. Our group is holding a lottery/raffle/draw at our church/community centre to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Can the ticket buyers get a tax receipt?
Q. I’m a member of a grandmothers group and I decided to ask friends to donate to the Foundation in lieu of a gift for my birthday/anniversary. Can you provide me with a list of the people who donated?
Q. Our group is holding an information session at a booth in our local mall. The mall requires that we get insurance for the day(s). Does the SLF have insurance to cover this?
Q. Our group is holding an event to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. We’re making a poster and printing tickets. Can you please send us the logo?
Q. Where can I get the most up-to-date information about the pandemic for distribution at our event?
Q. I am organizing an event. Would it make things simpler for the Foundation if I bought a receipt book and made out receipts on the spot?
Q. We’re selling tickets/charging a minimum donation to our event. Can we tell people that they will get a tax receipt for the cost of the ticket/minimum donation? Or a partial receipt?
Q. Someone is donating their time/equipment/catering/performance for free to our event. Can the SLF issue them a tax receipt for the equivalent cost of their services?
Q. We’ve received a lot of donations from artists and local businesses. Can the Foundation issue official tax receipts to people/businesses who have donated items?
Q. We held a very successful silent and live auction. Can the Foundation issue official tax receipts to people who bought the items?
Q. People at my event will likely want to donate cash but I don’t want to send cash through the mail. How can I get you the money, and donors their tax receipts?
Q. We are organizing a walk/bike/swim-a-thon in our community. Is it possible to provide a tax receipt to everyone who donates?
A.The AFA is a piece of legislation that governs fundraising activities within the province of Alberta. This act was developed with the commendable intent of increasing transparency and accountability on the part of charities soliciting donations in Alberta and protecting Albertans from fraudulent or misleading solicitation materials. The AFA requires that Albertans must be provided with specific information about the charitable organization at the time a donation is being solicited, so an informed giving decision can be made. The required information is:
A.90% of every donation made to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign will go to the grassroots organizations with whom we work. We work very hard to keep our administrative costs as low as possible. For more information, please click here to read a letter from Stephen Lewis as well as an accompanying explanation of how we calculate our administrative costs and how to understand our Canada Revenue Agency reports.
A.Stephen’s schedule is extremely busy and, as much as he'd like to be, he is rarely available to speak at an event. However, we do have some terrific speakers available from the Stephen Lewis Foundation. If you would like to request that one of our staff speak at your event, please contact us at email@example.com and provide us with as much information as possible about your event when you get in touch.
A.It is against the law to organize a lottery/raffle/draw to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Such an event requires a lottery licence, and you cannot obtain one if the money raised is being used for work overseas. Consider holding a silent or live auction instead. Auctions do not require a lottery licence.
A.Unfortunately, this is not possible. Due to privacy laws, we are not permitted to release any donor’s personal information unless the donor gives express consent at the time of making the donation. Encourage your friends to donate online and select the In Honour option and they will be given the opportunity to send you an eCard or a card by mail, which can include their name and a personal message.
A.No, the SLF has no insurance to cover third-party events. You should check with your own insurance company or ask the mall to put you in touch with their insurance company and get some estimates.
A.In order to provide you with this information, we will need to know about your event in advance so that we can track the donations. If you register your event online, we’ll know about it and we can enter it into our data base and start tracking the donations. In addition, you always have access to the donation envelopes which has the ID# of your group and allows us to track events that way. If you are not collecting all the donations at the event itself, please be sure to tell your supporters to include your name or the name of your event with their donation, so that we can keep track of all the money raised.
A.Please send us any promotional material in advance of printing it. As you probably know, we like to see anything that has the SLF and/or Grandmothers Campaign logo on it; we’ll look over the material carefully and suggest any changes we think might be helpful and send you the password to access the online logo gallery.
A.Please visit the News & Resources section for the most up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS in Africa. We have a fact sheet and other materials that you can use. Contact us and we can mail you additional materials for your event.
A.Under the Income Tax Act only the Stephen Lewis Foundation is authorized to provide tax receipts to donors.
A.The Stephen Lewis Foundation cannot issue official donation receipts for the cost of a ticket, the partial cost of a ticket, or a suggested minimum donation to an event. According to the Income Tax Act, these contributions are not freely given (since they are required in order to attend the event) and are therefore not eligible for official donation receipts. However, the Foundation can issue official tax receipts for any freely-given donations of $20 or more received at the event. Please remember that we will need the donor’s name, address, phone number, and email address (if possible) to issue the receipt to them directly. If you have any questions pertaining to event tickets and official donation receipts, please call us at 416-533-9292 or 1-888-203-9990 ext. 230 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.The Income Tax Act does not permit the Foundation to issue official donation receipts for services rendered or donated time.
A.The Stephen Lewis Foundation does not issue official donation receipts for donated items. The Canada Revenue Agency requirements are too onerous. Event organizers have told us that, in their experience, many businesses are happy to deduct the donation as a business expense, without requiring an official donation receipt. They were delighted to know that their contribution would go to a worthy cause.
A.The Foundation cannot issue a tax receipt to any donor who has received a product or service in return for their donation. For example, someone who has purchased an auction or sales item where the proceeds are being donated to the Foundation, is not eligible for an official tax receipt.
A.There are several parts to your question, so bear with us:
A.We would be pleased to provide an official donation receipt to every donor who makes a donation of $20 or more. In order to issue the receipt, we will need the full name, address (including postal code), phone number and email, if possible, and amount given by each donor. We have developed a Sponsorship Form and an Excel spreadsheet to track donations for this type of event. You can also set up an online fundraising page and encourage your friends and family to donate to your event. They’ll receive a tax receipt by email immediately after making their donation. Please email us or call us for more help or information.