Help a Canadian give with a tax-deduction by swapping donations with them!

by Robert_Wiblin 16th Dec 201414 comments


TL;DR: If you are in the UK or USA, and are planning to give to the Against Malaria Foundation, you can help a Canadian make their donation to a different effective organisation tax deductible. Please let us know in the comments so we can facilitate more of these swaps.

Unfortunately many charities people here may want to give to are not registered charities in Canada or Australia, as becoming registered there is challenging and the number of donors available in those countries is not as large as in the UK or USA.

Tides Canada, a 'fiscal sponsor', used to allow Canadians to make grants to charities in other countries, but for logistical reasons have not offered this service for a while.

However, there is a way Canadians can still make tax deductible donations by 'pairing off' with someone who is planning to give to the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) in the US or UK. This takes advantage of the fact that AMF is directly tax-deductible in Canada.

  • The donor in the UK or US who was going to give to AMF, instead gives to the charity the Canadian wishes to give to.
  • The Canadian donor gives the same amount to AMF instead.
This way both donations are tax deductible.

If you plan to give to AMF, please leave a comment below so people can find one another and set up these swaps!

Note that doing this is completely legal.

Unfortunately, as far as I know, no popular effective altruist charities are registered in Australia yet, so I don't think this is possible to do there.