R7. How does our charity determine whether to issue official donation receipts?

R7. How does our charity determine whether to issue official donation receipts?


Short answer

Generally, the main consideration is cost.

Long answer

Receipting carries with it a certain administrative burden and receipted donations increase a registered charity’s spending obligation. Therefore, your charity may choose to issue receipts according to certain criteria or you may choose not to issue receipts at all. Either way, in the interests of good public relations, your policy should be communicated to your donors.

Examples

Some registered charities set minimum donation thresholds for receipting (for example, receipts are given for donations of $20 and over). Others do not provide receipts during certain fundraising events (for example, a garage sale or penny carnival).