Click here to return to the homepage. The Rainbow Society of Alberta
Home divider About Us divider Wishes divider News & Events divider Volunteer Dream Team divider Friends & Sponsors divider Contact Us
About Us
arrow bullet Our History
arrow bullet Board of Directors
arrow bullet Staff
arrow bullet FAQ's
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions - About the Rainbow Society


  1. How long have you been in operation?
  2. How many wishes have you granted?
  3. What makes you different from other similar organizations?
  4. How many staff do you have?
  5. Where do you get funding from?
  6. How much of my donated dollar goes directly to wishes?
  7. Do you need volunteers?

1. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN OPERATION?
We were incorporated in 1986.


2. HOW MANY WISHES HAVE YOU GRANTED?
Of course, this number changes on a regular basis. Click here to see how we're doing.


3. WHAT MAKES YOU DIFFERENT FROM OTHER SIMILAR ORGANIZATIONS?
There are two main differences.  1. We are the only wish granting organization in Alberta to include children with chronic illness in our mandate. 2. We operate only in Alberta, soley for Albertan children.  We are a stand-alone Society - in other words, we are not part of a national or international organization, so unlike those organizations, all of the money raised is spent to make wishes come true for children right here in Alberta.


4. HOW MANY STAFF DO YOU HAVE?

We have 5 full time staff members (positions indicated below).

 

Executive Director                                                 

Office Manager /Volunteer Coordinator                    

Program Manager/Book keeper                               

Fund Development Manager, Central Alberta            

Fund Develoopment Manager, Southern Alberta        

 

Please click here to see a complete list of contacts.


5. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR FUNDING FROM?
All of our funding comes from individual and corporate donations along with proceeds raised at various fundraisers held throughout the province. Some of the fundraisers are our own events while other events are held on our behalf. Click here to see a complete listing of our events in your area.

We do not receive operations funding from any level of government or from agencies such as The United Way.

6. HOW MUCH OF MY DONATED DOLLAR GOES DIRECTLY TO WISHES?
We are proud to say that we spend 100% of the donations we issue income tax receipts for directly on wishes.  In 2013, 91 cents of every dollar raised (receipted and non-receipted donations) was directed to our program.

 

Enhanced Charitable Tax Credit

Great news for donors!

The Alberta provincial charitable tax credit on annual donations over $200 is now 21 per cent. When added to the federal charitable tax credit of 29 per cent, you receive a 50 per cent non-refundable tax credit for every dollar donated over $200.

For example, if you donate a total of $500 to four or five charities throughout the year, you would receive a combined federal and provincial charitable tax credit of $200. For more information on Alberta's charitable tax credit, click here.

The charitable tax credit applies to Canada Revenue Agency-registered charities ONLY. These organizations are eligible to issue official income tax receipts.

For more information on making donations to registered charities, click here to view information from the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency).

Our 2013 Annual Report is available.

We have formally adopted and adhere to Imagine Canada's Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code.

We have formally adopted and adhere to The Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.


7. DO YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS?
We are always looking for volunteers to assist us in a variety of ways. Click here to get volunteer information in your area.