Fundraising Activities

This page is currently being updated. Please refer to the 2017-10 version of the guide Donees Required to File an Information Return (TP-985.22.G-V).

Registered charities often rely on charitable donations to carry on their charitable activities, and fundraising activities may be necessary to solicit such donations.

Fundraising activities may be conducted by the organization itself or by a third party (such as fundraisers). Such activities must be conducted with transparency and within acceptable legal guidelines.

When an organization applies for registration or when its information return is reviewed, its fundraising activities, as well as the expenses involved in fundraising campaigns, are subject to review.


To ensure that the organization to which you wish to make a donation is duly registered, consult the Charities listings on the Government of Canada website.

Types of activities 

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of fundraising activities generally organized by charities:

  • subscription campaigns
  • sales of lottery tickets
  • auctions
  • fundraising dinners
  • galas or concerts
  • sporting events
  • collection boxes
  • advertising
  • flyers
  • radio and television spots
  • door-to-door solicitation
  • online sales
  • mail campaigns
  • planned giving programs
  • corporate donations and targeted sponsorships

If an organization carried out fundraising activities or engaged a third party to do so on its behalf, the organization must declare in its information return all the fundraising methods it used during the taxation year.

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