Please note: Birken Forest Buddhist Monastery (‘Birken’) has an Offsite Treasurer who is responsible for processing all donations and issuing tax receipts. If you reside in Canada and would like to request a tax receipt, you must provide your full name, residential address (including postal code), and email address with each donation. Our Treasurer does not have access to Birken’s contact database.
Financial donations to the monastery are tax deductible in Canada and eligible for a Canadian tax receipt. While charities are under no legal obligation to issue tax receipts, we are pleased to do so for a minimum $25 donation IF we receive all the required information referenced above for each of your donations. If we do not receive this information from you at the time of your donation, it will be assumed that you do not require a tax receipt.
If you donate electronically through PayPal or Interac email money transfer, please be sure that we have the required information mentioned above – you can email this information to our Offsite Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org. CanadaHelps issues a tax receipt to each donor; you will not receive an additional tax receipt from Birken if you use this donation method.
Tax receipts are normally issued electronically by e-mail, but can be sent by post if this is specifically requested with the donation. You can usually expect tax receipts to be delivered twice yearly: once in August, at the end of our fiscal year (for donations made between January to July) and once in January, at the end of the calendar year (for donations made between August to December). We may issue receipts earlier or later in some cases. Please note that we cannot issue tax receipts retroactively for donations made during previous fiscal years (Birken’s fiscal year runs from August 1 – July 31).
Throughout the year, there are many individuals who donate anonymously or request not to receive tax receipts for their donations. The Birken community expresses its gratitude to these individuals for their generosity and rejoices in their good merit.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the issuance of tax receipts, please email email@example.com.