Frequently Asked Questions


Parkinson Canada is a registered Canadian charity funded mostly through contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations. Your support allows us to fulfill our mission – by providing education, support services, advocacy and research that benefit all Canadians affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Thank you for your interest in the work we do and the services we provide.
We’d love to hear from you if you have any additional questions. Please call 1-800-565-3000 or email donating@parkinson.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions
How does my donation make a difference?
Why should I choose Parkinson Canada as my Parkinson's charity? 
How can I donate to Parkinson Canada?
How do I make a donation in honour or in memory of someone?
What is the most efficient way to donate to Parkinson Canada?
What is a corporate matching gift?
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
When will I receive my tax receipt?
Will Parkinson Society Canada sell or trade my name and address?
What if I do not want to receive correspondence from Parkinson Canada?
Do I have any rights as a donor?
Parkinson Canada received accreditation under Imagine Canada's national Standards Program. Why is this important and what does it mean for me?
How much does Parkinson Canada spend on fundraising?
Does Parkinson Canada hire external fundraisers who work on commissions?
How much government funding does Parkinson Canada receive?
How can I contact Parkinson Canada? 
What is Parkinson Canada’s charitable registration number?



Q. How does my donation make a difference?

A. Your donation enables Parkinson Canada to provide education resources, support services, advocacy and research funding. 

With the support and funding of committed Canadians, Parkinson Canada is able to provide educational workshops, conferences, a toll free National Information and Referral Centre, print materials in Canada’s both official languages and support services. Our advocacy initiatives are helping to change policy at all levels of government. We have a proud tradition of funding Canadian-based research engaging top scientists in the study of Parkinson’s disease.
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Q. Why should I choose Parkinson Canada as my Parkinson's charity? 


A. Parkinson Canada is the only Canadian charity dedicated to providing support for people living with Parkinson’s disease every single day of the Parkinson’s journey. Through its regional partners across Canada, Parkinson Canada is providing education and support services and advocating on behalf of people living with Parkinson’s disease. As well Parkinson Canada’s National Research Program funds research into the cure, cause, prevention, improved treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson’s disease, related disorders including: Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), other Parkinson’s conditions and the impact these diseases have on society. Parkinson Canada has the expertise and knowledge to do this effectively nationwide and in Canada’s two official languages, English and French. 

Parkinson Canada has been serving Canadians since 1965.
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Q. How can I donate to Parkinson Canada?

A. You can donate onlineby phone, by mail or in person. You can make a donation by cash, cheque, money order or credit card (but please do not send cash in the mail). 

Other ways to donate include monthly donations, gifts of securities or by remembering Parkinson Canada in your will. For more information, see our donation section.
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Q. How do I make a donation in honour or in memory of someone? 

A. Tribute gifts are a wonderful way to remember or honour a loved one, friend or colleague. You can make a memorial or in honour gift online, by mail, or by calling our office at 1-800-565-3000. When you make a donation in honour or in memory, Parkinson Canada will send a personalized card on your behalf, if requested.
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Q. What is the most efficient way to donate to Parkinson Canada?


A. An automatic debit or credit card monthly donation is the most efficient way to donate to Parkinson Canada. This automated method of giving keeps our fundraising costs down while ensuring that we have a regular source of income to fund ongoing projects and research. It's simple to set up and you’re always in control. You can change or stop your donation at any time simply by contacting us.

You may also wish to consider leaving a gift to Parkinson Canada in your will. A considerable portion of our funding comes from people who leave a lasting legacy in this way. These gifts play an important role in how Parkinson Canada shapes programs and services. 
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Q. What is a corporate matching gift?


A. Many corporations have matching gift programs. When you make a donation to Parkinson Canada, your company will provide an equal or “matching” donation, thereby doubling your gift. It's an easy way to multiply the impact of your contribution to supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease. Talk to your employer to find out if your company has such a program and how you can participate, or click here to view our searchable matching gift directory to see if your company is listed.


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Q. Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
 

A. Yes. All donations made by mail or phone will receive an official tax receipt for donations of $20 or more. All donations made online will automatically be issued a receipt.
If your gift is less than $20 and you would like an official tax receipt, please let us know and we will be happy to send you one.

Q. When will I receive my tax receipt?


A. Parkinson Canada’s goal is to send receipts to our donors within two weeks of receiving a donation. For donors who have chosen to give each month through our pre-authorized monthly giving program, receipts are sent out once a year at the end of January. For Parkinson SuperWalk donations you will receive your receipt by the end of January. Receipts for online donations are automatically sent to the email address provided after the transaction is completed. 
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Q. Will Parkinson Canada sell or trade my name and address?


A. Parkinson Canada will not sell or trade your name and address if you let us know. We respect your privacy and do not sell personal information. To keep our fundraising costs low and to find new donors, we do trade donor names and addresses with other carefully selected organizations occasionally. However, if you request that we not trade your name and address, we will honour your request. 
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Q. What if I do not want to receive correspondence from Parkinson Canada?


A. We love to keep you informed about how your gift is being used to bring support and hope to people living with Parkinson’s. However, if you would prefer not to receive correspondence from us, please let us know by contacted us at 1-800-565-3000 or donating@parkinson.ca.


If you prefer to receive communication by email only (not by mail or phone), let us know and we will accommodate your request
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Q. Do I have any rights as a donor?


A. Yes, donors have many rights. Parkinson Canada has adopted A Donor Bill of Rights (PDF) that was developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. At Parkinson Canada, we believe that current and prospective donors should have full confidence in the causes they are asked to support. 
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Q. Parkinson Canada received accreditation under Imagine Canada's national Standards Program. Why is this important and what does it mean for me?

A. The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and nonprofits to demonstrate their compliance in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement. It helps organizations mitigate risk by ensuring that staff and volunteers understand and meet their legal, financial and fiduciary responsibilities. PSC is one of just over 100 organizations in Canada to obtain this highest accreditation standard.(source : www.imaginecanada.ca)
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Q. How much does Parkinson Canada spend on fundraising? 

A. Last year Parkinson Canada spent 28% of total expenses on fundraising. This percentage is well within the guidelines for registered Canadian Charities set by the Canada Revenue Agency which state that 35% is an acceptable amount to spend on fundraising activities. A complete breakdown can be found in our Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements.

Q. Does Parkinson Canada hire external fundraisers who work on commissions? 

A.
 No.
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Q. Is Parkinson Canada funded by the government? 

A. Parkinson Canada does not receive regular government funding. Last year only 2% of revenue came from government grants. We rely on the generosity of foundations, corporations and most of all people like you for our ongoing support. TOP


Q. How can I contact Parkinson Canada? 


A. Telephone: 1-800-565-3000
Email: donating@parkinson.ca 
Website: www.parkinson.ca 
Mail: Parkinson Canada
4211 Yonge Street, Suite 316
Toronto, ON M2P 2A9
Canada

You may also follow us on @ParkinsonCanada) and Parkinson Canada on Facebook

Q. What is Parkinson Canada’s charitable registration number?

A. 10809 1786 RR0001. Parkinson Canada’s charitable registration number.