The following information provides a brief summary of the ways you can support Amateur Radio in Canada, individually, or through your Amateur Radio club.
Donation to Radio Amateurs of Canada
Dozens of meetings are held with Industry Canada, the Radio Advisory Board of Canada and even some international meetings with International Amateur Radio Union, to establish and develop negotiating positions leading up to a WRC meeting. As well, there are numerous meetings and research needs not associated with a WRC, but which serve the needs of all Amateurs, such as: the research and preparation of a brief on the National Antenna Tower Policy Review; the preparation of a brief to Industry Canada on the Morse code decision at WRC-03; and the preparation of an RAC response to Ontario Bill-49.
The cost of the continuing advocacy efforts on behalf of all Radio Amateurs are over and above the normal overhead costs of RAC membership administration and the production and distribution of The Canadian Amateur magazine, and are not covered by DARF Trust donations. Although RAC is a not-for-profit membership association and cannot be a registered charity under current Canadian rules, a general donation to RAC operations will not qualify for issuance of an income tax receipt. However, such a gift is very much appreciated to help RAC with its increasing advocacy activities on your behalf and we invite you to participate.
You can also support the RAC Youth Education Program (YEP) by making a direct donation to RAC and directing it to the Youth Education Program.
Donation to Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF) Trust
RAC administers and collects the funds for the Defence of Amateur Radio (DARF) Trust. The fund supports the costs of attendance at the World Radio Conference (WRC) by a Canadian Amateur Radio delegate, which would normally be a delegate chosen by RAC. As a result, RAC is an indirect beneficiary of DARF Trust activities.
As neither RAC nor DARF Trust are registered charities under the current Canadian rules, donation to DARF does not qualify for an income tax receipt. However, such a gift is very much appreciated to help RAC with international travel costs associated with attendance at World Radio Conferences and we invite you to participate.
Donation to support the RAC Amateur Radio Emergency Service
In trying to do all that we – you and the RAC Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) – wish to do, often the matter of money gets in the way. While those who are members of RAC are also paying the way for those who are not, many tangible support items are virtually impossible to provide without passing along the associated cost to ARES volunteers. We would like to change that and make such items more readily available to the ARES family.
RAC will accept financial donations, strictly to help in providing the support to which we are committed. Even an extra couple of dollars, submitted when joining or renewing membership, can be of great assistance in ensuring that the ARES thrives and continues to exist. Corporate or other such donations would also be beneficial to strengthen and support this community resource. Clubs or ARES units might donate twenty-five or fifty cents or a dollar from each hamfest/fleamarket admission or table sale. A portion of 50/50 draws, commonly held at club meetings, could be earmarked for the ARES.
Membership forms carry a check-off box for such donations, either by mail or online through the RAC website. Additionally, any person or business wishing to make a donation may do so here or by telephone toll-free at 1-877-273-8304. The future of Amateur Radio depends upon the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and, as a Radio Amateur/ARES member, the future depends upon YOU.
As is the case with direct donations to RAC, a donation to the RAC ARES operations does not qualify for an income tax receipt. However, any donation is greatly appreciated and very important. You may also support ARES through purchase of ARES items at the RAC Store.
Donation to the RAC Foundation
Unlike the preceding three methods, donors of more than $20 to the RAC Foundation receive a receipt for income tax purposes, as the RAC Foundation funding is invested and disbursed by a registered charity, The Community Foundation of Ottawa. However, RAC does not directly benefit from such donations. In fact, RAC provides significant administration in collecting the donations from the donors, funneling them to the Community Foundation of Ottawa on behalf of the donors and helping to decide on the disbursement of the proceeds to successful grant applicants.
In that sense, RAC donates part of the fund administration so your donation can be used for worthwhile causes in Canadian amateur radio, and you can receive a tax receipt (for donations over $20). Click here for details on the RAC Foundation, the various RAC Foundation donation methods and the various types of RAC Foundation grants, as well as the current list of donors.
RAC Maple Leaf Legacy Circle
RAC would like to recognize and honour Amateur Radio operators who have made the ultimate gift by voluntarily including Radio Amateurs of Canada in their will or other estate plans by welcoming them into the RAC Maple Leaf Legacy Circle.
One of the most important matters that everyone must manage and establish at some point in life is proper financial due diligence in estate planning for your family and loved ones. One may also choose to express their gratitude to those organizations that meant the most to you in your life.
RAC is well aware of many testimonials whereby Amateur Radio played a very important role in many people’s lives as a fulfilling hobby and for some it even became a stepping stone to their financial success in professional life. Choosing to enroll in this RAC program is a very thoughtful and generous action we wish to recognize.