CRA to work weekends to help public with Haiti relief

January 19, 2010 | By: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Mark Blumberg
Topics: News, What's New from the Charities Directorate of CRA, Canadian Charity Law, Global Giving, Avoiding 'Charity' Scams

To help with Haiti Relief the Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency will temporarily be working on weekends “Note: As a temporary measure, the Charities Directorate is providing additional telephone service for donors and charities who want information about donations toward earthquake relief in Haiti. The telephone service is now extended to weekends, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.”  This is an excellent idea and will be helpful to many Canadians.  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whtsnw/tms/rthqk-haiti-eng.html

Earthquake in Haiti

Note: As a temporary measure, the Charities Directorate is providing additional telephone service for donors and charities who want information about donations toward earthquake relief in Haiti. The telephone service is now extended to weekends, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Donations to registered charities

Canadians who wish to make donations to aid Haiti disaster victims may want to consult the CRA Charities Listings to verify that an organization is a registered charity in Canada. You can also verify registration by calling 1-800-267-2384.

Our toll-free telephone service is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday, and as a temporary measure, on weekends, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

For more information on donating wisely, visit Giving to Charity: Information for Donors and learn about how charities are regulated, how to avoid fraud, tax savings, and donation receipts.

Information for registered charities and organizations interested in applying for registered charity status

Registered charities with questions about receipting, fundraising, or legal requirements can go to cra.gc.ca/charities or call 1-800-267-2384 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday, and as a temporary measure, on weekends, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

For information about the Government of Canada’s donation matching program, please go to Haiti Earthquake Relief fund. 

Other organizations seeking information on applying for registered charity status can go to Disaster relief - Applicants for charitable status.

Other government of Canada Web sites

For more information on the Government of Canada’s efforts to provide relief to victims of the disaster in Haiti, please go to the following Web pages:

  * Canadian International Development Agency
  * Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  * National Defence

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