Donate to help Syria! Government will help too.

The best way for Canadians to help people affected by the conflict in Syria is to donate money to a recognized Canadian or international humanitarian or development organization that is responding to the crisis. For every eligible dollar donated between September 12 and December 31, 2015, by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities in response to the Syria crisis, the Government of Canada will contribute one dollar to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund. The government will use the fund to provide assistance to conflict-affected people from the region through international and Canadian humanitarian and development organizations, using established Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) channels and procedures.

For individuals making a donation to be matched by the Government of Canada

Follow these steps to make a donation to a registered Canadian charity responding to the needs of those affected by the conflict:

  1. Identify the charity to which you want to give. To select a charity, if you do not have one in mind, a good starting point is to check news reports on the humanitarian assistance efforts in response to the Syria crisis. This information, in addition to the charity’s answers to the questions at the bottom of this page, will help give you a sense of the situation on the ground and identify those organizations involved in relief activities.
  2. Verify that the organization is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
  3. Make your donation between September 12 and December 31, 2015. If you are donating by cheque, make your cheque payable to the registered charity, not to an individual and not to the Government of Canada. If you are donating online, make sure that your online payment is secure.

Verify that the charity receiving the donation will declare it to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada by January 15, 2016.

For individuals fundraising on behalf of corporations, organizations and groups

Donations made on behalf of corporations, organizations or groups are eligible for matching Government of Canada donations if the donations are raised by individuals and do not come from the existing resources of the corporation, organization or group.

For example, if an individual belonging to a group or organization, such as a school, organizes an event involving students and staff, the proceeds of that event are eligible for matching by the Government of Canada if they are donated by the individual organizer to a registered Canadian charity on behalf of the individual’s school or organization. Any contribution that the corporation, organization or group adds to the amount raised in the fundraising activity or event is not eligible for matching.

Follow these steps to ensure that donations raised through fundraising events are eligible for matching by the government:

  1. Verify that the organization you have selected is a registered Canadian charity according to the Canada Revenue Agency.
  2. Ensure that all donations made by individual Canadians are transferred to the registered Canadian charity between September 12 and December 31, 2015.
  3. Declare yourself to the registered charity as an individual making a donation on behalf of a corporation, organization or group.
  4. Verify that the charity receiving the donations will declare them to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada by January 15, 2016.

Charitable organizations receiving donations will use the funds they have raised for relief efforts in the region or will forward them to another organization that can deliver assistance. These organizations are accountable for the use of the funds they receive.

Considerations for selecting a charity

It is important for Canadians to make informed decisions about how their donations will be used. To ensure your donation can be matched by the Government of Canada to the Syria Emergency Relief Fund, you should determine that the charity in question intends to use the funds for relief efforts in response to the Syria crisis and that it will declare the funds to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. Some registered Canadian charities will be collecting funds for the Syria crisis, and some will not.

To select the charity that best represents how you would like to contribute, here are some questions to consider:

  • How is the charity contributing to the relief efforts in response to the Syria crisis?
  • How will the charity use your donation to help the people affected by the crisis?
  • Is the charity conducting its own relief efforts on the ground in response to the crisis?
  • Has the charity worked in areas affected by the conflict in Syria? What did it do, and for how long did it work there?
  • If the charity has never worked in these areas, what experience does it have in carrying out humanitarian assistance in other conflict-affected countries?
  • If the charity is not working in areas affected by the conflict in Syria, where would your donation go?

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