Frequently asked questions
Are Gifts of Hope available year-round?
Do you guarantee that my money will be directed to the gift donation I’ve chosen?
Will I get a tax receipt for my Gifts of Hope donation?
Yes. Whether you buy a gift in your own name or on behalf of someone else, you will receive a tax receipt for any donation over $25. The amount will be included on your annual income-tax receipt, which is automatically issued in February of the following year. (CRA charity registration # 11892 8993 RR0001)
All Plan International Canada supporters with an email address on record will receive their tax receipt electronically to help save paper and keep costs low, maximizing funds for Plan International Canada initiatives. If you would like to change your preference, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-387-1418. If you have more questions about tax receipts, please visit the income-tax receipts page.
Will my company receive a tax receipt for its Gifts of Hope donation?
No. Your company will receive a gift receipt acknowledging their donation. Plan International Canada issues appropriate gift acknowledgements depending on the type and identity of the donor: gift receipts for businesses/corporations and income-tax receipts for individuals. All the cash contributions made by a business/corporation are deductible by that business/corporation as business expenses. Therefore, there will be no impact on the business/corporation for income-tax purposes.
Can I send a Gift of Hope to my sponsored child or my sponsored child’s community?
How do matched gifts work?
Can match ratios change?
Who is matching my Gift of Hope?
Why can’t I add another type of gift, such as Child Sponsorship, to my cart?
Why is there no longer an option to log into my Gifts of Hope account when checking out?
How do I get my greeting cards?
What do the greeting cards look like?
How much does it cost to send a greeting card?
How will the cards work if I order several items?
Do I have to send a greeting card with my gift?
What length can my personal message in the card be?
How long will it take for my greeting card to arrive?
I would like multiple gifts to appear on one card. Can I do this?
Can I schedule when I would like my card sent?
Is donating a goat a good idea? How do gifts of livestock, such as goats, help families in need?
The animals provided are part of larger, community-wide projects designed to reduce poverty through livestock productivity. For example, the $80 for a goat is used to buy goats for families, along with animal-care training, assistance with breeding, construction of animal shelters and access to veterinary supplies and medicines.To ensure the success of our livestock projects:
- Families receive training in livestock management, production and health as a pre-condition to receiving the gift of an animal
- We collaborate with community members to construct appropriate housing structures for the animals
- A committee of community volunteers is provided with basic veterinary training as well as a medicine kit and other supplies to support the families involved in this project
- When the animals have offspring, one or two are passed along to other families in the community so that others can benefit and the impact of the project continues long-term. We work in co-operation with various government departments as well as local experts who have experience in livestock health and care.
Why do families want livestock? How do you know the families even want them?
How does livestock help families improve their nutrition or health?
How does livestock help families generate income?
How do you decide where to have a livestock program?
We select the most suitable locations based on technical feasibility, demand and past successful experience with similar programs. We work in co-operation with various government departments as well as community experts who have experience in livestock health and care.
Most importantly, all our projects are community-driven, which means community members themselves identify the problems and challenges they’re facing and possible solutions. So, all our livestock programs are in areas where families have told us they want livestock as a way to build a better life.
How do you decide who gets the animals?
Most of our livestock programs focus on the most marginalized people in the community, and everyone selected must be willing to participate in the program.
We work with community members to identify who should receive the livestock. Together, we consider factors like poverty and whether a household is headed by a woman, doesn’t own land, has a family member with a disability or has many children. Then a meeting is organized for all community members to discuss and agree on eligible families to be selected to receive livestock.
Where do the animals come from?
Do families have to do anything in preparation for receiving an animal?
How can families who struggle to feed themselves afford to feed the animals?
How do I know the animals will be well cared for? How do families provide proper veterinary care?
Will these animals be eaten?
Does livestock benefit only the family who receives the animal?
Why has Plan International Canada decided to use livestock projects as opposed to agriculture-based ones?
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