Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

FCAA is Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator.

Charity Donors

  • Charity Donors

    The Charitable Fund-raising Businesses Act regulates for-profit, fund-raising businesses that raise funds on behalf of charitable organizations. Fund-raising businesses must be licensed and may be required to file a bond.

    All fund-raising businesses and the charities they represent must enter into written fund-raising agreements, which must be provided to the Registrar of Charities before donations can be solicited. The terms of the agreements must include:

    • the duties and responsibilities of the parties, and the manner in which the agreement may be terminated;
    • a description of any goods or services being sold and the specific sale price;
    • an estimate of the contribution amount to be received and the expenses of the fund-raising;
    • a commitment that in no event will the fundraiser's fees exceed the contribution received thereby assuring the charity of no possible loss from the campaign;
    • the methods to be used in soliciting donations.

    Fund-raising businesses must provide financial documentation upon request by the charity that it has an agreement with or by direction of the Registrar or Court of Queen’s Bench.  Charities may apply to the Court to have agreements cancelled if they are contrary to the public interest. Fund-raising businesses must also file annual financial returns with the Registrar and must maintain records of their Saskatchewan operations for at least six years.

    Charities and paid canvassers of a charitable fund-raising organization are only permitted to make telephone or door-to-door solicitations between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

    Canvassers must wear an identification card and, before accepting a contribution, must provide the following information:

    • the fund-raising business's name, address, telephone and licence number;
    • the name of the canvasser; and
    • the amounts being paid to the fund-raising business and the canvasser

    Charitable organizations must provide certain information, within a reasonable time, to any person who requests it, including:

    • the portion of gross contributions received, during the organization's last fiscal year, that was used directly for charitable purposes;
    • an estimate of the portion of gross contributions that will be used directly for charitable purposes in the current fiscal year; and
    • reasonable details regarding where and how the contributions received will be spent

    If individuals do not want to be solicited, they may request that their name be put on a "do not call" list.

    The Registrar may conduct investigations and cancel licences if a fund-raising business has committed an offence under The Act.

    Consumer Protection Division

    Suite 500, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4H2

    Tel: (306)787-5550

    Toll free: (877)880-5550

    Fax: (306)787-9779

    Email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca

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