LTD Fundraising FAQ

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Why does LTD cost so much?

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The reality of the LTD program is that it costs the camp $2859/student each year to facilitate this year round program. Gull Lake Centre subsidizes all of its camps by about half because we never want money to keep a kid from camp. We believe this program is worth it.

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Why is LTD using a fundraising model?

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The fundraising model allows all donations to qualify for a tax receipt, as Gull Lake Centre is a registered charity. By grouping all fundraising together in a collective effort (instead of an individual fee), we are able to issue tax receipts and are better able to support the program and the students.
Details regarding tax receipts and tax credits for charitable giving can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency website. You can explore your personal tax situation further through their online tax calculator.

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If all the donations are collaboratively pooled into a group funding program, are you able to track donations?

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Yes, absolutely. All donations will be designated to the LTD who fundraised them.

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When and how can LTD’s begin fundraising?

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Shortly after they are accepted into the program, LTD’s will be emailed a link with access to set-up their online fundraising platform through CanadaHelps. They can share their CanadaHelps fundraising page easily through email and social media.

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How can donors go about making a donation to support an LTD?

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Donations can be made online by visiting the LTDs CanadaHelps fundraising page, by mailing a cheque to the camp and specifying the LTD by name, or by phoning us and making a credit card to the LTD. More information can be found on our support page.

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How do I get my tax receipt?

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If you donate online, your tax receipt is issued immediately from CanadaHelps. If you donate by cheque or phone, a tax receipt will be issued at year-end from Gull Lake Centre.

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If I raise above the minimum required amount of $1500, can I carry forward the donations from one year of LTD to the next?

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No. We are not able to carry over the funds from each LTD’s fundraising account from one year to the next because we issue tax receipts for the current year. All funds raised raised will be used for the current year’s program. If you are able to fundraise over your share, the extra will help other students in the program.

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What is the deadline to have my fundraising completed and submitted by?

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We have 2 fundraising deadlines to ensure students are tracking with this. We require each student to have submitted $1000 prior to June 15th. The remaining amount ($500 minimum) must be submitted by September 30th.

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Can my church send one cheque to support multiple LTDs?

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Yes. The church will need to specify the LTD’s name and amount.

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What if I cannot fundraise the required $1500? Does that mean I cannot become an LTD?

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No. We will sensitively navigate each LTD’s situation on a case-by-case basis. What we want to see is that you have given your best effort. Please contact us if you need to discuss this with us.

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How will the camp help the LTD fundraise towards their minimum required amount?

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We are committed to helping support LTD’s with this as much as we can. The LTD will have access to set up an online donation website through CanadaHelps, and we will seek out partner fundraising opportunities and will share creative ideas with the LTD’s.

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What if I don’t want to fundraise? Can I just donate $1500?

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Yes.

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Is all money that is fundraised eligible for a tax receipt?

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Not necessarily. Only cases where a true donor can be recorded and the donor has not received any benefit. For example, a bottle drive, bake sale or babysitting is not eligible. Read here for more information.