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Community Events Fundraising Toolkit

We've developed this easy-to-use fundraising toolkit and step-by-step guide to help you plan and organize your event from start to finish! Community support is vital to our success, and we recognize the effort it takes to organize and host an event on our behalf. If you need anything else, please get in touch.

Jennifer Chow

Jennifer Chow, Events Manager at [email protected] or 1-800-555-6523 ext. 3342

Charitable Business #10740 8445 RR0001

Guidelines at a Glance

United for Literacy can provide the following support once your event has been approved:

  • Guidance and expertise on event planning including checklists 
  • Issue tax receipts as applicable 
  • Promote your event on our Online Event Calendar, Web site, E-newsletter, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter 
  • United for Literacy name/logo for approved use 
  • Limited supplies, such as brochures and other resources

United for Literacy cannot provide:

  • Our donor or sponsor lists. United for Literacy respects the privacy of its donors. 
  • Funding or reimbursement for event expenses 
  • Guaranteed attendance of staff or volunteers at your event 
  • Application for gaming and other licenses (i.e. raffles, liquor, insurance) 
  • Prizes, auction items, awards

Tax Receipting: 

United for Literacy is permitted to issue tax receipts to individuals and companies that make a donation without receiving a benefit in return. We can issue tax receipts for financial donations of $20 or more in the calendar year they are received. It is important you understand the rules about tax receipts before you plan and promote your event, to determine if tax receipt can be issued for your event. 

In adherence to Revenue Canada’s guidelines, United for Literacy cannot issue tax receipts for any of the following:

  • Purchase of raffle tickets 
  • Event admission tickets 
  • Green Fees 
  • Live and Silent Auction items
  • In-kind goods donated to an event 
  • Donated services for an event (i.e. entertainment, website support) 
  • Sponsorships 
  • Gift certificates donated by the issuer of the certificate

We can provide sponsors and other corporate contributors with a business gift letter that acknowledges their support and sponsors can then use to claim their sponsorship as a business expense.

  • Gaming and lotteries including bingos, 50/50 draws, raffles or games of chance often have special considerations that require permits. 
  • Please visit the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario or your local commission website for more information. 
  • The event organizer is responsible to obtain all necessary permits, licenses and insurance for the event. 
  • United for Literacy reserves the right to withdraw the use of its name at any time and will not assume any costs that may be involved in doing so. 
  • We ask the event organizer to remit the proceeds from the event to United for Literacy within 30 days of the event taking place in order to ensure proper stewardship of donors.
  • We ask the event organizer to submit all publicity (i.e. posters, invitations, etc.) for the proposed event to United for Literacy for approval prior to being printed or released. If the event is cancelled, please notify United for Literacy at minimum of one day prior to the event.
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