Haiti Earthquake Matching Contributions
On January 14, 2010, the Government of Canada announced that it will match dollar for dollar contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian recovery and reconstruction efforts in Haiti up to a total of $50 million.
Which Donations Will Be Matched?
To qualify for matching, the donations must be:
- made by an individual Canadian (not a corporation or business) – the donation from an individual may not exceed $100,000;
- made to a registered Canadian charitable organization that is receiving donations in response to the January 12 Haiti earthquake;
- specifically earmarked for the purpose of responding to the earthquake; and,
- made between January 12 and February 12, 2010.
CCCC has confirmed with CIDA that the donations given by individuals to a church that are forwarded to another Canadian registered charity doing the work in Haiti would also be matched. Donations to churches still need to meet the above criteria.
Key facts can be found on CIDA’s website at http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/
Declaration of Donations Required
CIDA has advised us that charities will be required to provide a declaration of donations received as part of the matching program. Charities that forward funds to other Canadian registered charities may opt to complete the declaration themselves or request the other charity to include the donation amounts in their documentation to CIDA.
CCCC will provide further details on this declaration as information becomes available.
Allocation of Matched Funds
CIDA will allocate the matched funds on behalf of the Government of Canada. Decisions for funding will be made based on the merits of the proposal and the ability to deliver aid quickly and effectively. The organization will need to have significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian and early recovery assistance.