Here you'll find answers to common questions from donors and charities. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, contact us and a member of our team will get back to you, typically within one working day.
Any Canadian charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency and with a confirmed charity account with PayPal can enroll with PayPal Giving Fund Canada.
To get started, you’ll need to create and verify your charity’s PayPal business account, then complete the PayPal Giving Fund Canada enrollment form. Charities must also meet the terms of our Charity Certification Policy to enroll.
Once enrolled, you’ll be able to benefit from all the giving programs and campaigns powered by PayPal Giving Fund Canada.
See the next answer for step-by-step instructions.
We distribute donations to charities at the end of each month, by depositing a single payment into each charity’s PayPal account.
Donations received up to the 15th of the current month are granted at the end of the current month. We accumulate funds over the month to help reduce charities’ donation administrative costs. It also means we can account for any donor-reclaimed refunds and eliminates the need for charities to manage refunds or chargebacks directly with the donors.
If a donation has been made to benefit a charity not currently enrolled with PayPal Giving Fund Canada, we will invite the charity to enroll with PayPal Giving Fund Canada. This will enable the charity to receive funds quickly and securely, to review donor details (where these are shared), to make additional information about the charity available to supporters, and to participate in additional PayPal Giving Fund Canada programs.
If your charity chooses not to enroll in PayPal Giving Fund Canada and we receive donations recommended for you, we will attempt to deliver the funds via cheque, after we have determined that your charity meets our requirements for receiving grants from PayPal Giving Fund Canada, pursuant to our Charity Certification Policy and Donation Delivery Policy.
Charities with a PayPal account can place donate buttons on their own websites to collect donations through digital payment methods. Those donations go directly into their PayPal accounts, and are subject to PayPal's reduced charity payment processing fees. Learn more.
Charities enrolled in PayPal Giving Fund Canada can direct donors to their PayPal Giving Fund Canada donation pages or pages hosted by our partners. PayPal Giving Fund Canada, a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, receives all donations made for the benefit of charities on these platforms and grants them to the charities according to our Donation Delivery Policy. If donors have chosen to share their information with the charity they support, this is available to charities when they log in to PayPal Giving Fund Canada. PayPal Giving Fund Canada does not charge any fees on these donations, and 100% of the donations go to Canadian charities.
No, you just need a regular PayPal account. Some of our programs also enable you to make a donation using a credit or debit card, even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Donations made are subject to our Donor Terms of Service.
Click the Track your donation link in your donation receipt email to see whether your donation has been granted to the charity you intended to benefit. You can also enter the Transaction ID from your donation receipt into our donation tracker.
Typically, it takes 15-45 days for a donation to be granted to an enrolled charity, and typically up to 90 days to grant a donation to an unenrolled charity. If you are unsure if the charity to which you donated is enrolled or not, you can look up the charity on the PayPal fundraising hub.
If it has been longer than 45 days since your donation to benefit an enrolled charity, or longer than 90 days since your donation benefit an unenrolled charity, you may wish to contact our customer service team.