Confirm that the organization is a Canadian registered charity or a qualified donee.
If you would like an official donation receipt, remember that donations have to be made to Canadian registered charities or other qualified donees in order to claim a tax credit. To confirm that an organization is a Canadian registered charity, go to the CRA Charities Listings.
Get to know the charity.
Start by visiting the charity's Web site to learn about its activities and how it's managed. You can also review its financial information and activities by looking at its Registered Charity Information Return on the Charities Listings. One of the best ways to learn about a charity is to volunteer.
Write cheques payable to the charity, not an individual, or make sure that your online payments are secure.
Refuse to donate if there is inappropriate pressure to give immediately, or if there are signs of fraud.
Put a stop to fraud!
You can report suspected fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (formerly known as PhoneBusters), at 1-888-495-8501.