Your donation gives us the flexibility to rapidly respond in the most effective way to emergencies or emerging humanitarian needs at home and anywhere in the world.
How do I make a donation?
The easiest way to support the work of the Canadian Red Cross is by giving us a call at 1-800-418-1111.
Why support the Canadian Red Cross with a financial donation?
The Red Cross has more than a century of disaster management and conflict response experience around the world, a global network of staff and volunteers and a local presence in over 185 countries. So anywhere emergency strikes, the Red Cross has personnel who know the local area, its language, culture and challenges and who can be on-scene quickly.
The Red Cross is particularly effective because of its global network of volunteers, all united by seven fundamental principles including neutrality, which offers access to areas where other organizations may be denied. All Red Cross personnel are motivated by a single purpose: to help those who need it most, regardless of location, race, political beliefs, religion, social status or culture.
How much of a donation goes directly to help survivors and how much does the Red Cross use for fundraising?
The fundraising costs related to emergency appeals will not exceed 5 per cent. The Canadian Red Cross ensures that the largest possible amount of Canadians’ donations will be used to support people affected by the emergency. There are always costs associated with raising funds for emergencies, such as the resources required to process donations securely, or issue tax receipts.
These costs include fundraising services fees (e.g. call centers, digital technologies), donation processing fees (e.g. data entry staff), communications (e.g. media relations, press releases), reporting (studies, donor reports), and all other costs which contribute to the Canadian Red Cross’ emergency fundraising efforts.
How do I raise money for the Canadian Red Cross though a fundraising event?
Please visit our Fundraiser for the Canadian Red Cross page where you will find information and an application to submit your idea to your local fundraising representative.
Is the Canadian Red Cross affiliated with the Canadian government?
The Canadian Red Cross is an independent charity and not part of the Canadian government. The Canadian Red Cross supports federal, provincial and municipal governments by providing many services to the general public, including responding to and preparing for disasters, health services, injury prevention, and violence and abuse prevention.
The Red Cross also serves as an advisor and partner to the federal government by addressing current and emerging issues in global affairs that have an impact on humanitarian work—for example, international humanitarian law (IHL).