Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is CAF Canada?

CAF Canada (Charities Aid Foundation Canada) is a registered Canadian charity working to expand philanthropic giving by making it easy, reliable and effective for Canadians to donate both internationally and domestically. Our mission is to help donors make strategic and focused philanthropic decisions which have a lasting, positive impact on the individuals and communities they support – throughout the world.

How does CAF Canada work?

CAF Canada ensures that donations for philanthropic projects are designated for their intended purposes under the auspices of organizations that are thoroughly vetted for compliance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) standards. On behalf of donors, we work together with approved organizations to define projects, oversee their implementation and facilitate funding for them.

How does CAF Canada assist Canadian donors?

CAF Canada offers a safe, tax effective platform for charitable giving. We take the worry out of international philanthropic funding by handling all the intricacies of global donations. CAF Canada fully complies with all Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) regulations, permitting us to provide Canadian donors with a charitable tax receipt for their gifts. We are committed to the highest ethical and legal standards.

How does CAF Canada assist charitable organizations?

CAF Canada offers eligible organizations the ability to offer their Canadian donors a reliable, tax-effective means of supporting their projects. Charitable organizations can direct their Canadian donors to CAF Canada, which will help streamline a donor’s interests into an approved project plan. Please note that CAF Canada is a donor driven organization. We do not have discretionary funding with which to support charitable projects on our own.

What fees does CAF Canada charge?

CAF Canada’s charges includes modest administrative fees to advance funding for approved projects and to vet organizations for funding eligibility. For more details on International Project Gifts (IPGs), click here. For more details on International Project Funds (IPFs), click here.

What is CAF Canada’s charity vetting and project approval process?

Organizations responsible for CAF Canada’s charitable projects undergo a unique 100-step due diligence process which includes the use of a world watch list database that scans 450+ sources of data. All projects are approved in advance by CAF Canada based on their consistency with CRA standards and CAF Canada’s fields of charitable activity.

Does CAF Canada require project reporting from charities?

Yes, charitable organizations with which CAF Canada has developed approved project plans must submit regular reports until all project funds are expended. CAF Canada reviews these reports to ensure that approved projects are being carried out according to plan, and that project funds are being expended properly.

What other services does CAF Canada provide?

CAF Canada offers a full suite of solutions for all of your global philanthropic needs. From individuals to family and community foundations, to independent businesses and international corporations, CAF Canada’s expertise can be applied in many ways. We can help craft a cohesive Corporate Social Responsibility program, help a foundation identify and direct its international philanthropic goals internationally, help a charity connect with Canadian donors, and help donors make the most of their gifts.

Contact us to learn more!

Contact Charities Aid Foundation Canada

East Coast:
401 Bay Street Suite 1600 Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4

West Coast:
100 Park Royal South, Suite 200, West Vancouver, B.C. V7T 1A2