There was a mail out 6 weeks ago asking for donations through cheque writing campaign. To date, we have only seen 4 donations for only $3,605.00. We realized that a lot of parents might not have received that email and were unaware of this campaign. To keep the Squadron running we need to raise $30,000.00 for the operating expenses for this year. With 140+ cadets, that works out to be only about $215 per cadet for the whole year.
What is a Cheque Writing Campaign?
It is a request to parents to make a single financial donation instead of a mandatory participation fee.
This is one of the most effective methods of fund-raising.
Why a Cheque Writing Campaign?
- Saves parents time and effort in their busy lives. Donations via the cheque writing campaign will directly affect the number of other fundraising activities we need to do.
- Ensure that the squadron receives the entire amount raised rather than just a portion typical of most fundraisers. With most fund-raising activities: For every $100 “donation”, the organization gets only about $40 – $50. With cheque writing: The same $100 “donation” means $100 for the organization.
- Has an immediate impact.
- Donations are eligible for a Charitable Giving Tax Credit.
- Discover the impact that a charitable donation can have on your taxes by going to the CRA website: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/charities-giving/giving-charity-information-donors/claiming-charitable-tax-credits/charitable-donation-tax-credit-rates.html
Here is an example of the tax benefit:
When a donor in Alberta with a taxable income of $40,000 makes a donation of $1000 in 2016. Their tax credit is calculated as the total of:
- Federal charitable donation tax credit = $262 ($30 + $232)
Ø $30 (15% on the first $200)
Ø $232 (29% on the remaining $800)
- Provincial charitable donation tax credit = $188 ($20 + $168) $168)
Ø $20 (10% on the first $200)
Ø $168 (21% on the remaining $800)
Total charitable donation tax credit = $450 ($262 + $188) or 45% of the donation. For anyone who makes more than $200,000, the tax credit can be even higher.
How to donate?
Write a cheque addressed to AIR CADET LEAGUE OF CANADA, fill in this pledge form and get your cadet to hand it into the main office on the next parade night. If you send it in via mail make sure to state that this is for the 918 Squadron and your cadet’s name on a note or on the PDF form. It is that simple.
Via the web via the Air Cadet League. The direct link to the donation page on the Air Cadet League is: https://ots.sumacpages.com/sumac/sumac_start_new_session.php?package=donation2&userfolder=../ORG/aircadetleagueofcanada
It is important to remember to make sure that the field “Your message to the Air Cadet League: ” has a note stating that this is for the “918 Squadron in Calgary and your cadet’s name”
Your cadet needs your support!
The squadron needs funds immediately to continue operating. We respect that not everyone can donate money directly but 4 out of the 140+ cadet parents and guardians is not a great number and we can do better.
If you are unable to contribute financially, talk to us as there are other ways that you can contribute. We are currently running the canteen every Wednesday. In the coming weeks, we will be starting other fund-raising activities like selling gift cards or chocolates, and bottle drives. For these to be successful, we will need a lot of volunteers.
“Many hands make light work.” John Heywood
We are all busy and this is the best way to avoid having too many fund-raising activities.
Please Donate now!