The Government of Canada has announced that it will match eligible donations made between August 25 and November 28, 2017, to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Government Criteria

When matching funds are announced, the government typically sets these criteria:

  • The gift must be made by an individual Canadian (no group donations, corporations, or businesses).
  • The gift must be monetary, up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • The gift must be designated for the specific emergency (in this case, "Extreme Hunger Appeal").
  • The gift must be received during a designated time period.

Gifts matching these criteria will be matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada. See more details below: How Matching Works.

Donations Made through Faith Communities

When faith communities collect funds for a United Church emergency appeal, there are two approaches to submitting them to meet government matching criteria:

  • Individual cheques with cover letter:
    Send cheques from individuals payable to The United Church of Canada, General Council Office, by courier to the address below. Each cheque should note on its face “Emergency Response—[Name of Emergency],” and they must arrive at the General Council Office no later than one week after the matching deadline.
    The cheques should be accompanied by a cover letter that confirms that they were received by your faith community during the designated matching period.
    In this case, the General Council Office will issue income tax receipts directly to the individual donors.
  • Single cheque with donor list:
    Create a detailed list of individual donors, addresses, amounts of designated gifts, and an affirmation that the gifts were received by your faith community during the designated matching period for the specified emergency.
    Mail this list, along with one cheque for the total amount payable to The United Church of Canada, General Council Office. The cheque should note on its face “Emergency Response—[Name of Emergency],” and it must arrive at the General Council Office no later than one week after the matching deadline.
    In this case, your faith community should issue income tax receipts to the individual donors.

Send cheques and cover letters to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit—Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4

How Matching Works

When matching is in effect, for every eligible dollar that registered Canadian charities declare they have received for the emergency, the Government of Canada sets aside one dollar for its Emergency Relief Fund. This fund provides assistance through international and Canadian humanitarian organizations.

Registered charities, including the United Church, are eligible to apply to this fund to augment relief projects in affected and neighbouring countries. There is no guarantee that any specific project or charity will receive contributions from the government’s matching funds.

The United Church declares 85 percent of the value of eligible gifts it receives to the government for matching purposes. That is the amount that will be spent on the ground in the affected area. Within its Emergency Response Fund, the church sets aside 15 percent of emergency donations for rapid response to other emergencies that are smaller in scale and may not receive much media coverage. No administration fees are deducted from emergency donations.