How to get information about a charity
There are different ways to get information about a charity. You can:
- contact the charity
- search for a charity in the List of charities
- make an informal information request
- make a formal access to information request
To get information about registered Canadian amateur athletic associations and other qualified donees, go to List of charities and other qualified donees.
Contact the charity
If you have questions about a charity, contact them directly. They are in the best position to give you information.
Search for a charity in the List of charities
Use the List of charities to find out if a charity is registered, revoked, annulled, suspended, or penalized. You can also find a charity’s contact information, general activities, and financial information from the T3010 Registered Charity Information Returns filed for its last five fiscal period-ends.
To request T3010 data that is older than five years, or T3010 data for multiple charities, use the form to request publicly available data.
Any public information from the T3010 can be provided in comma separated values or in a spreadsheet. You can restrict your request to specific data, such as certain lines or sections of the T3010, or charities by geographical location, designation, or category.
Make an informal information request
To make an informal information request for a charity’s documents, use the form Request for registered charity information. Please note that these requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. As a result, processing times can vary.
If you are a member of the media, contact a media relations representative. We are committed to processing your request as quickly as possible. Please note that most requests require at least six business days to complete.
Informal information requests:
- offer the same information as formal requests
- are free
- are generally answered sooner than formal requests
- are handled by the CRA’s Charities Directorate
The CRA can give you:
- a copy of a charity’s governing documents, including its statement of purpose
- a copy of the public portions of a charity’s application for registration and notification of registration, including any conditions or warnings
- the names of a charity's directors/trustees and when they held the positions
- a copy of the public information from a charity’s annual information return and financial statements
- a copy of letters the CRA has sent to a charity about the reasons for revocation or annulment
- a copy of letters or notices the CRA has sent to a charity about a suspension or an assessment of tax or penalty (other than the amount of revocation tax)
- a copy of the information filed to support requests for:
- re-designation as a charitable organization, private foundation, or public foundation
- designation as an associated charity
- permission to accumulate property
The CRA cannot give you:
- information about a charity’s donors
- confirmation that an application for charitable registration has been received or denied
- confidential information about a charity’s officials
- confidential information from a charity’s annual information return
- information relating to a charity’s dealings with the CRA, such as:
- whether the charity is being audited
- the status of an audit
- the next steps of an audit
- how and where the CRA gets its leads
Make a formal access to information request
- may have processing fees
- are handled by the CRA’s Access to Information and Privacy Directorate with help from the Charities Directorate
- generally take longer to process than informal requests
- give you a right of complaint to the offices of the information and privacy commissioners
- usually offer the same information as informal requests
To make a formal access to information request, go to How to access information at the CRA.
For more information, go to Access to information and privacy at the Canada Revenue Agency.
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