Extreme Hunger Appeal: All eligible donations made by June 30 will be matched

Posted on Jun 6, 2017
Extreme Hunger Appeal:  All eligible donations made by June 30 will be matched

More people face famine today than at any time in modern history. We are called to respond to the needs of our sisters and brothers in a compassionate and timely manner.

Your donations to the United Church’s Extreme Hunger Appeal http://www.united-church.ca/hunger-appeal are helping long-term Mission & Service partners ACT Alliance http://actalliance.org/how-we-help/ and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank http://foodgrainsbank.ca/ provide much-needed assistance on the ground in Africa and the Middle East.

Resources for congregations to download, including a slide for projection and bulletin insert, are available at the very bottom of the Extreme Hunger Appeal page. http://www.united-church.ca/hunger-appeal

On May 29, the Canadian government announced its Famine Relief Fund. All eligible donations to the United Church’s Extreme Hunger Appeal made from March 17 to June 30 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the government. Eligible gifts to the United Church must meet the criteria established by the Government of Canada.

Government Criteria:

When matching funds are announced, the government typically sets these criteria:

  • The gift must be made by an individual Canadian (no group donations, corporations, or businesses).
  •  The gift must be monetary, up to a maximum of $100,000.
  • The gift must be designated for the specific emergency (in this case, “Extreme Hunger Appeal”).
  • The gift must be received during a designated time period.

Gifts matching these criteria will be matched dollar for dollar by the Government of Canada.

Donations Made through Faith Communities:

When faith communities collect funds for a United Church emergency appeal, there are two approaches to submitting them to meet government matching criteria:

Individual cheques with cover letter:

  • Send cheques from individuals payable to The United Church of Canada, General Council Office, by courier to the address below. Each cheque should note on its face “Emergency Response—[Name of Emergency],” and they must arrive at the General Council Office no later than one week after the matching deadline.
  • The cheques should be accompanied by a cover letter that confirms that they were received by your faith community during the designated matching period.
  • In this case, the General Council Office will issue income tax receipts directly to the individual donors.

Single cheque with donor list:

  • Create a detailed list of individual donors, addresses, amounts of designated gifts, and an affirmation that the gifts were received by your faith community during the designated matching period for the specified emergency.
  • Mail this list, along with one cheque for the total amount payable to The United Church of Canada, General Council Office. The cheque should note on its face “Emergency Response—[Name of Emergency],” and it must arrive at the General Council Office no later than one week after the matching deadline.
  • In this case, your faith community should issue income tax receipts to the individual donors.

Send cheques and cover letters to:

The United Church of Canada
Philanthropy Unit—Emergency Response
3250 Bloor Street West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON
M8X 2Y4

For more information, contact:

Wendy Gichuru – Program Coordinator Africa & Middle East Partnership Program
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4038  –  wgichuru@united-church.ca