R10. My charity is hiring a third party to organize a fundraiser. Can that third party issue the official donation receipts?

R10. My charity is hiring a third party to organize a fundraiser. Can that third party issue the official donation receipts?


Short answer

No.

Long answer

Although a registered charity can enroll a third party organization or retain a fundraiser to organize a fundraising event, the position of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is that the charity should maintain control over all monies that are earned as part of the event and over the receipts that are issued.

In addition, if the charity does not run the event by itself, through its own employees or volunteers, it should put in place a written agreement setting out the fundraising arrangements and ensuring that all fundraising and receipting rules are adhered to.

Lastly, charities should be aware before entering such arrangements of CRA’s policy on fundraising. Read up on it at Fundraising by Registered Charities

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For more on third-party fundraisers, see Third-party fundraisers for the benefit of a particular registered charity - Policy Commentary .

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