Giving

Why Give?

So why do our local Catholic Schools need your help?

While it is true that our local Catholic Schools receive a portion of their funding from the provincial government’s education grants, it is only 50% of the per pupil operating cost of our local public school district.

Parents and families of students usually bear the largest portion of the costs associated as they pay fees per student registered in our schools. Our local parishes also contribute funds annually in support of their mandate to provide and ensure a Catholic Education is available for all Catholic families. Capital improvement projects, facilities, etc. are not funded by government in any way and as such must come out of our operating budget entirely. This is true for all BC Catholic schools.

The goal of our Catholic Schools is to provide a focused and appropriate education that is reflected and obtained through Catholic principles and teaching, while striving to prepare the whole person for a successful life here on earth and for their eternal soul in heaven. Your gift is one small way that you can help in our common pursuit of this goal for each of our local families.

Make a donation to Immaculata

Annual Fundraising Events

Every year our Immaculata Regional High School Council hosts one major fundraising event. This event has grown in scope over the years to become one of the premier opportunities to offer support for our local schools.

Anchored by Council, organized tirelessly by school parents, and supported by many in our city, these events have become as much about the community they creates as the funds they have been able to raise. Each year the annual gala provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, teachers, clergy, and general supporters of Catholic Education to come together for an evening of fun, togetherness, and fraternal support.

Making a gift

Making a gift to promote or support Catholic Education can be done many different ways:

Straight Donation

Any individual or business is able to make a cash donation to the general fund of the Immaculata Regional High School Council for use as need dictates. Giving in this fashion allows the Council to allocate your gift where it is deemed to be needed the most.

Gift Donation

Offerings of land, large or precious assets or other similar items are also accepted by our Catholic Schools. For details, guidelines or just to ask questions concerning your proposed gift please contact the administrative office of the Immaculata Regional High School Council at 
(250) 762-2730 or by email to Tanya Sturgeon (tsturgeon@cisnd.ca).

Tax Receipt

All cash donations to The IRHSC are eligible for official Canada Revenue Agency charity receipts. For details on the amounts eligible, the process and how to go about receiving your charitable tax receipt please contact the office at (250) 762-2730 or by email to Tanya Sturgeon (tsturgeon@cisnd.ca).

Questions & Answers

Q. Can I make a donation so that a certain family will have their tuition covered?

Yes, you can, just simply contact the office and make your payment. Please be aware that the donation receipt will be calculated in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency’s formula for tuition receipts. Often, the receipt may be discounted by the cost of secular education per student, according to CRA's official definitions on the circumstance.

Q. Can I donate anonymously?

Yes, we have a number of anonymous donations every year where the recipient family or families are not aware of who is helping them out.

Q. Will I receive an income tax receipt for my donation?

Yes, specified donations are subject to the restrictions touched on above. Unspecified cash donations are receipted in full while donations of goods (ie for a silent auction) are receipted only for the cost price of the new item upon presentation of original invoice. The cost of a used item donated (ie work of art, rare books) is receipted only if accompanied by an official valuation from a professional third party, non-arms length business such as a professional evaluator or estimator.

Q. If I donate labour will I receive a donation receipt?

No, unfortunately CRA is clear that a gift of service (personal time, skills or efforts) is not property and therefore does not qualify as a gift for the purpose of issuing an official donation receipt. If, however, the donor is paid by the recipient (in which case the donor records income for tax purposes) he or she can in turn make a donation, preferably by cheque or money order, back to the recipient company which can then issue a donation receipt.