If I live in Alberta, what do I need to know about the Alberta Fundraising Act (AFA)?

The AFA is a piece of legislation that governs fundraising activities within the province of Alberta. This act was developed with the commendable intent of increasing transparency and accountability on the part of charities soliciting donations in Alberta and protecting Albertans from fraudulent or misleading solicitation materials.

The AFA requires that Albertans must be provided with specific information about the charitable organization at the time a donation is being solicited, so an informed giving decision can be made. The required information is:

  1.     Our charitable purpose for which the contributions will be used.
  2.     Our current fiscal year revenue budget AND fundraising expense budget (the AFA prescribes providing budget information specifically)
  3.     Our physical address.
  4.     A contact person and a phone number where inquires can be directed.
  5.     Where we are incorporated.
  6.     Our Canada Revenue Agency charitable registration number.

We have put together a statement from the Foundation that provides all required information. This paragraph is found below and must be provided either verbally or in writing at the time a donation is being solicited.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 1,400 initiatives, partnering with more than 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic. In F2016/2017 the Stephen Lewis Foundation is planning to raise $10,900,000 through all of our fundraising campaigns. It will cost our organization an estimated $1,100,000 to raise this. For further information, please contact Esther Vise, Director of Finance, or Margaret Wright, Director of Operations at 1 888 203 9990. Our address is 260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 501, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2E4. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is incorporated in the Province of British Columbia and is also registered extra-provincially in the Province of Ontario. The SLF Charitable Registration number with the Canada Revenue Agency is 896354008 RR0001.

This paragraph should be posted at events, sales tables and included on pledge forms.

If you have any questions about how to ensure compliance with the Alberta Fundraising Act, please don’t hesitate to contact us.