Making a charitable donation is a means of reducing your tax owing. For the first $200 of your donation, you receive a federal credit of 15%. After that, you receive a federal credit of 29%. (Provincial credits will also apply.)

If you want to check out your favourite charity at the CRA, please look at the Charities Listing on their website. You may check out the annual Charitable Returns of any charity at the Canada Revenue Agency’s Charities. Their tax return is public information and is available for any individual to look at.

(Any charity mentioned here is one of 80,000 registered charities in Canada. No endorsement is intended or implied. Please feel free to suggest other charities.)