Rules for receipting

nightlight is dependent on the goodwill and generousity of many faithful supporters. As a registered charity, we are able to issue tax receipts for all qualified donations. Thank you for all the ways in which you’ve helped.

The Charities Directorate of Canada has established strict rules and guidelines for charities as a way to to safeguard donors, like you, who wish to give and make a difference in the lives of people. In order for nightlight to implement these rules, based also on the direction from the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, there some things we need you to know and help us do. The following is specific for those who want to make a donation of an item (not cash), or a gift-in-kind, as they are often referred to.

Gift-in-kind donations involve more from all of us in the receipting process, which are outlined below in three easy steps. Consider the scenario: you bought some coffee that you want to donate and you’d like a tax receipt for its value. Here’s what you do:

Step 1: you submit the receipt(s) for the item(s) you are donating, along with a cheque for the same amount (bear with us, it makes sense to do it this way)

Step 2: nightlight reimburses you for the receipt(s) you submitted (we pay you back for what you bought for us) and we deposit the cheque (or however you want to make the monetary donation) that you sent

Step 3: nightlight issues you a tax-deductible receipt next February for all donations in the year

That’s it! Thank you! Yes, it’s more than we all want to have to do to make a donation, but rules are rules and we need to do our best to follow them. Questions? Contact finance@nightlightcanada.com or call 343.363.0508.