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What is Plan?

Plan is a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries.

Not for profit, independent, and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, we have only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.

Founded in 1937 as Foster Parents Plan, we are one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies. In 2006, we changed our name and are now known simply as Plan in the 68 countries where we work around the world.

Learn more about where we work.

What is Plan Canada?

Plan Canada is part of Plan. Funds raised in Canada and by Plan worldwide are used to support child-centred, community development projects through sustainable solutions with measurable results.

Plan International Canada Inc. (Plan Canada) is officially registered as a charitable organization with the federal government.

Who benefits from Plan's work?

Children are at the heart of everything we do.

Supported by over one million donors worldwide, Plan`s projects support more than 1.5 million children and their families while indirectly supporting nine million people in communities involved in our child-centred initiatives.

Learn more about Plan's programs and projects.

How does Plan choose where to work?

In choosing where Plan works, we carefully assess the potential to create lasting, positive change. We analyze poverty statistics and a wide range of human development indicators, such as literacy or infant mortality. We work with communities who have invited us to collaborate with them – an important prerequisite for work to be successful and sustained.

Decisions on how to use the funds are based on strategic plans prepared by in-country program staff in consultation with children, communities, local governments and partner organizations.

Learn more about How we work.

Does Plan provide emergency relief?

Yes. Plan is uniquely positioned to respond quickly when disaster strikes in one of our program countries. Many of our staff were either born in, or have deep roots, in the areas they serve. This local knowledge as well as Plan’s long-term presence gives us the relationships and infrastructure to ensure that money donated in response to emergency appeals gets to the people it’s intended to relieve.

In many instances, your contribution to emergency relief through Plan attracts matching funds from government.

Learn more about Emergency Appeals.

Do sponsorship contributions go directly to one child?

No. Sponsorship contributions are pooled centrally, and used to fund programs benefiting sponsored children, their families and communities. More than 70 years of experience have taught us that helping families and communities become self-sufficient is the best way to secure the child’s future.

Learn more about child sponsorship.

How much of my contribution goes towards Plan’s development projects?

We are committed to maximizing the amount of funds that go towards helping children. Last year, 79.3% of funds raised by Plan Canada supported programs that help children and communities. 20.7% went towards administration, operating and fundraising costs.

How can I see the results of my contribution?

We constantly update stories about Plan`s work on our website and regularly send donors our Journal by mail or email. Donors can also receive email updates on world events and Plan’s response.

If you’ve sponsored a child or sponsored a solution, you will receive annual reports on the progress of your child or chosen program. We publish an Annual Report that includes audited financial statements showing how the funds are spent, prepared according to International Accounting Standards.

Learn more about how we stay accountable to our supporters.

Are my contributions eligible for tax credits?

Yes, donations are tax deductible. To save expenses and for easier record keeping your receipt will be automatically issued in February for cumulative donations greater than $25. Only official receipts – paper and electronic – issued by Plan Canada and bearing our business number are valid for Canadian income tax purposes.

If you are a member of a group sponsoring a child, project or program, official receipts are also available for individuals in the group.

If you require a tax receipt prior to February, or for donations less than $25, please contact our Donor Support team by phone at: 1-800-387-1418 or email at: info@plancanada.ca.

Get your tax receipt by email and help us keep costs low and save paper. Email us at info@plancanada.ca or call 1 800 387-1418 to convert to e-receipts now. You can also contact us if you require a tax receipt prior to February, or for donations less than $25.

Can I leave a gift in my will to my sponsored child?

No, it is not possible for you to leave a gift in your will to your sponsored child. You can, however, leave a gift in your will for Plan's child sponsorship programming.

Since a legacy gift is realized well into the future, and because needs and programs shift over time, your bequest will have the maximum impact for children if Plan Canada has the flexibility to direct your ultimate gift to there where the need is greatest at the time. This will allow your gift to support generations of children far into the future.

To ensure that Plan is able to honour your wishes and distribute your gifts as you intend, the wording of your will is important. To discuss the wording of your will, please don't hesitate to contact Karobi Ray, CFRE at 1-800-387-1418 ext. 292 or email kray@plancanada.ca. You can also view some samples of wording for your bequest here.

I talked to one of your representatives on the street and was given the opportunity to donate through a special iPhone. Is this a secure way to make a donation?

Plan Canada is always seeking new monthly donors to join our global movement for change. One way to support us is through our committed and passionate representatives on the streets of many Canadian cities. Thanks to Public Outreach, one of our face-to-face fundraising partners, our street representatives in Vancouver can now accept donations on the spot using specially modified iPhones. This is a convenient and secure mobile giving method that helps us receive your urgently needed contribution as soon as possible. The new method can accept both credit cards and cheque donations and helps reduce administrative costs. If you meet one of our representatives, please feel free to inquire about the new devices and learn more about our important programs.