S30. Will the attendance of a celebrity at our fundraising event affect the donation amount on the tax receipts?

S30. Will the attendance of a celebrity at our fundraising event affect the donation amount on the tax receipts?


Short answer

No. The mere attendance of celebrities at fundraising events is not viewed as an advantage. So it will not be included in the calculation of the amount on your official donation receipt.

Long answer

While the mere attendance of a celebrity at an event does not change how the event should be receipted, where an additional incremental amount is paid for the right to participate in an activity with a particular individual, this payment is not treated as a gift. For example, at a golf tournament, if a supporter pays extra so he or she can play a round with a well-known sports figure, that is an advantage that must be taken into account in any official donation receipt provided to the supporter. If the celebrity is merely attending the event along with the supporter, this will not have an impact on the amount of the supporter’s official donation receipt.