Fundraising FAQs

Below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions we’re asked about fundraising for CNIB. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to call the CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642 or email us at info@cnib.ca.

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Tax receipts

Organizing your event

Tax receipts

If I’m holding a fundraiser for CNIB, what do I need to know about tax receipts?

There are a few things you’ll need to know about tax receipts before you hold your fundraiser, the most important of which is whether or not your event’s supporters will be eligible to receive them. It’s important to note, however, that it’s your decision whether or not to issue tax receipts to your supporters – even if they are eligible. Either way, you just need to make sure you tell your supporters beforehand if they’ll be receiving a tax receipt.

Learn more about tax receipts on our All about Tax Receipts page.

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I never received my tax receipt for an event I attended. Can you reissue it?

We're sorry you didn't receive your tax receipt. Please email info@cnib.ca and include your full name, telephone number, mailing address, gift amount and what event you were involved with. We will look into it and get in touch shortly.

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I think you made a mistake on my tax receipt and I need a new one.

Please accept our apologies for that mistake. Please email info@cnib.ca and include your full name, telephone number, mailing address and gift amount. We will look into it and get in touch shortly.

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Learn more about tax receipts on our “All About Tax Receipts” page.

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Organizing your event

Will you recognize me in any way for hosting a fundraising event?

CNIB recognizes groups and individuals hosting fundraising events in a few different ways, like “thank you” letters, certificates, and public recognition (such as acknowledging your support on our website) for those who contribute larger sums. Though we are incredibly grateful for every person who generously devotes their time and energy to raise funds for CNIB, please understand that it’s not financially possible for us to offer “thank you” materials of this kind to everyone who supports us.

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Will CNIB pay for my upfront event expenses? 

Unfortunately, as a charity, CNIB is not in a position to pay for the cost of an individual’s event expenses – even if the funds will be returned after the event is over. We also can’t reimburse you for your event expenses after-the-fact. We would suggest that you make a detailed list of all your event expenses as you go, then reimburse yourself for those expenses from the money you fundraise.   

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I want to hold a gambling event/raffle. Is there anything I need to know about gambling laws for an event like this?  

Yes, gaming and lottery fundraising events (like bingos, 50/50 draws, raffles or games of chance) often have special considerations that require permits. Please visit the Canadian Gaming Association website for more information. CNIB will not endorse/support or accept donations from events that are not able to be licensed.

Legally, all raffles must be registered with your local municipality. After that, there is a processing time of approximately eight to 10 weeks to receive a raffle license and your prize cannot change afterwards. CNIB will not apply for a raffle license unless the net proceeds to the organization will meet or exceed $50,000. We recommend that instead, you hold a promotional draw. You can run a draw without acquiring a license, but you must offer the tickets for free, asking instead for a donation for the ticket. 

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I have an event idea but need help pulling it together. Can you help me?

By visiting our Getting Started page, you’ll find a range of resources to help you organize a fun and successful fundraiser, from event ideas, to tips on planning and promoting your event.

Once you’ve chosen what kind of event you want to plan, you can also visit our registration page to register your event so that we can assist you further. After we receive your registration form, we’ll review your event and get back to you shortly.

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Do I have to register my fundraising event with you?

Yes, we strongly encourage everyone who holds a fundraising event for CNIB to register it on our registration page. That way we can help answer questions you may have about finances and tax receipting, and guide you in organizing your event – or just cheer you on along the way. (Please note that the amount of assistance we’ll be able to offer you will depend on the capacity of our team and the size of your event, but we’ll do our absolute best to help!)

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Can you send information about my event to your donors?

Unfortunately, we are not able to send information about individual events to our donors.

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Can you help me find sponsors for my event?

We will be happy to work with you to brainstorm ideas about what sponsors may be worth reaching out to, or give you tips on how to be successful in getting sponsors on board, but we can’t directly approach businesses or corporations for you. 

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Can you promote my event?

We would love to add your event to our Event Listings page. But unfortunately, we are not in a position to provide promotional materials or media outreach for your event.

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Can I put your logo on my event materials?

After you register your event and it’s approved, we can provide you with our logo and brand guidelines.

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I would like to fundraise at work. How can I get started?

Visit our Get Your Company Involved page to learn about the many ways you can support CNIB with fundraisers in your workplace, whether you're an employee or an employer.

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After my event is over, how and when do I submit my funds to CNIB?

Please submit the funds you’ve raised within 45 days of the event taking place. Please note that under Canada Revenue Agency Canada guidelines, CNIB must have received donations by the last business day of December (or donations must be postmarked prior to December 31) in order for your supporters to be eligible for income tax receipting in that calendar year.

You can submit the funds you’ve raised to your local CNIB office or our national office at:

CNIB
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON
M4G 3E8