We’re selling tickets/charging a minimum donation to our event. Can we tell people that they will get a tax receipt for the cost of the ticket/minimum donation? Or a partial receipt?

The Stephen Lewis Foundation cannot issue official donation receipts for the cost of a ticket, the partial cost of a ticket, or a suggested minimum donation to an event. According to the Income Tax Act, these contributions are not freely given (since they are required in order to attend the event) and are therefore not eligible for official donation receipts. However, the Foundation can issue official tax receipts for any freely-given donations of $20 or more received at the event. Please remember that we will need the donor’s name, address, phone number, and email address (if possible) to issue the receipt to them directly. If you have any questions pertaining to event tickets and official donation receipts, please call us at 416-533-9292 or 1-888-203-9990 ext. 0 or email us at