Would you like to take advantage of a charitable tax receipt for this year… but wait until the New Year to decide which charities to support? You can! Making a donation to your permanent fund or through a pass-through grant (that flows directly to your chosen charities) are just two options. Or you may want to realize a capital gain on publicly-listed securities and donate the shares to eliminate the tax on the gain. Please let us know about gifts of securities by December 11, 2015. It’s easy to do with our donation of securities form.
Ensuring a 2015 tax receipt
Donations by credit card may be made online via CanadaHelps until December 31 or phoned into the office at 250.381.5532 until 4:30 pm on December 22, 2015. Donations by cheque mailed to our office must be post-marked by December 31, 2015. Our mailing address is #109 – 645 Fort Street, Victoria BC V8W 1G2. Please note that the Victoria Foundation office will be closed from 4:30 pm on December 22, 2015 until 8:30 am on January 4, 2016.
The Victoria Foundation welcomes donations of any amount directly or online through our portal at CanadaHelps.
Call 250.381.5532 to make a donation by credit card directly via the Victoria Foundation.
Send cheques to the Victoria Foundation at #109 – 645 Fort Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1G2. Please ensure they are made out to the Victoria Foundation. Note the designated fund in the memo line or in a cover letter.
Complete the Donation Form for Gifts of Securities and send a copy to your broker and to the Victoria Foundation. We will look after the rest.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.381-5532 for information and advice about setting up your own fund or learning about existing funds that support the causes you care about. You will also find more information on our website’s Giving section.
At our CanadaHelps portal, click on the “Donate Now” box. You may designate your gift to any of our funds, including our leadership funds, by selecting from the pull-down menu or by writing in the “message/instructions” box. All donations over $20 will immediately receive a taxable receipt.
CanadaHelps is a registered charity and public foundation on a mission to make giving simple. Through CanadaHelps.org, anyone can donate online to any registered Canadian charity. The Victoria Foundation may receive one-time donations or monthly donations through CanadaHelps.org.
CanadaHelps assesses a 3.5 per cent transaction fee on each donation. This amount is deducted before the donation is sent to the Victoria Foundation. This 3.9 per cent covers all credit card merchant fees, transaction fees, banking costs, receipting, reconciliation and disbursement.
CanadaHelps offers options to donate now or monthly.
You may pay with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Interac or through a PayPal account.
After you pay for your gift, CanadaHelps.org will send you an online receipt.
There are several privacy permissions available: if you choose to include your name and address in the information that is sent to the Victoria Foundation, we will be pleased to let your designated organization know that a contribution has been made to their fund.
If you have questions about CanadaHelps.org, please refer to their Frequently Asked Questions.
Tax benefits of giving:
Charitable donations are eligible for tax credits which can offset income taxes payable in the year of the gift. Any unused credits may be carried forward for five years. To learn more, check here for Canada Revenue Agency’s information. Plus, you can calculate the benefits for your own gift using the online donation tax credit calculator.
For donations made after March 20, 2013, qualifying first time donors may receive an additional federal tax credit of 25% on the first $1,000 of monetary donations, over and above the amounts provided in the first calculation. For details, go to First-Time Donor's Super Credit.