FB3. I want to give a cash donation to our church mission so that my daughter can participate in an overseas mission. Will I be able to get a tax receipt from the church?

FB3. I want to give a cash donation to our church mission so that my daughter can participate in an overseas mission. Will I be able to get a tax receipt from the church?


Short Answer

No. You cannot direct money to a particular volunteer in this project and receive a tax receipt. However, you may make a donation to your church and stipulate that your gift be designated to the mission project. This allows your church to maintain direction and control over the mission’s resources.

Long Answer

The church must decide eligibility for participants in the mission work and for funding based on relevant criteria and qualifications, and separate from the donation process. The church’s decisions must be documented as independent from solicitation of donations. If not, then the tax credit for the donation may be disallowed and the church may have its charitable status revoked. If proper procedures are followed, funds donated to the mission are tax-receiptable gifts and your church can issue a tax receipt for your donation to you.