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How to Make a Year-End Gift

November 18, 2020
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Every year, the Regent community is blessed by many generous donors who make year-end gifts. We’re deeply grateful, and we want to make the donation process as easy as possible. The following guide can help you ensure your donation is received and receipted for the current tax year—even amid the logistical challenges of life in late 2020.

If you pay taxes in the United States, the United Kingdom, or Hong Kong, scroll down to find out how to benefit from charitable giving policies in your area.

Suggestions for Canadian Donors

Important change this year: Regent College cannot accept gifts delivered in person this year, as our building remains closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the unpredictable nature of the public health situation and the potential for postal service disruptions in this season, we recommend making a secure online donation via Regent’s website. If you choose to send your gift by mail, please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your gift is postmarked on or before December 31.

If you have questions or experience any difficulties making a year-end gift, you can contact our Donor Relations office at 604-221-3390. Please be sure to call no later than 4:30 (Pacific) on December 23, as our office will be closed for the holidays from December 24 to January 3.

How to Get a 2020 Canadian Tax Receipt

Here’s what to do if you require a 2020 Canadian tax receipt for your gift.

1. Give online by credit card. Simply make your online donation before midnight (Pacific time) on December 31 to ensure your gift is received in 2020.

2. Mail a cheque—and make sure it's postmarked in 2020. Per CRA rules, donations sent by mail must be postmarked no later than December 31 to receive a 2020 receipt. Please note:

  • Cheque gifts will be receipted based on the date of the postmark on the envelope—not the date on the cheque.
  • Simply placing your mail in a collection box does not guarantee that it will be postmarked that day. Where possible, the most effective way to ensure a same-day postmark is to visit a post office and ask that your mail be stamped immediately.

Note: We do not recommend mailing credit card information, as we cannot guarantee that payments will be processed in time to provide a 2020 receipt.


Suggestions for US Donors

US taxpayers can make a tax-deductible gift to Regent College Foundation USA. Due to the unpredictable effects of the coronavirus pandemic and other challenges facing the US postal system, we strongly recommend that US donors—especially those who wish to ensure their gifts will be eligible for 2020 receipts—make their year-end gifts online using the Foundation’s website.

How to Get a 2020 US Tax Receipt

Here's what to do if you require a 2020 tax receipt for your year-end donation.

If you're giving by credit card, simply donate online before midnight (Pacific time) on December 31 to ensure your gift is received in 2020.

If you're giving by cheque, make sure it's postmarked no later than December 31, 2020. Per IRS rules, donations sent by mail must be postmarked in 2020 to receive a 2020 receipt. Please note:

  • Cheque gifts will be receipted based on the date of the postmark on the envelope—not the date on the cheque.
  • Simply placing your mail in a collection box does not guarantee that it will be postmarked that day. Where possible, the most effective way to ensure a same-day postmark is to visit a post office and ask that your mail be stamped immediately.

Note: We do not recommend mailing credit card information, as credit card gifts must be charged before the end of the year to be considered a 2020 gift, and we cannot guarantee that your credit card information will be processed in time.


Suggestions for International Donors

If you pay taxes in the United Kingdom or Hong Kong, you may benefit from donating to one of Regent’s partner foundations (see below). Other international donors can donate directly to Regent College.

Note: While Regent can still receive international donations by mail, we recommend donating online this year due to the potential for coronavirus-related postal disruptions.

Donating from the UK

British taxpayers can take advantage of the UK’s Gift Aid benefit by donating to the Friends of Regent College Canada Trust. (This effectively adds 25p to every pound you donate!) You can give online now, or visit the Trust’s website for details on how to give by post or bank transfer.

Donating from Hong Kong

Hong Kong taxpayers can donate to the Regent College (Hong Kong) Foundation. Visit the Foundation’s website to download a gift form and find instructions on giving by cheque or bank transfer.

Regent College (Hong Kong) Foundation Ltd. is a recognized charitable organization which is exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance in Hong Kong. Cumulative annual donations of HK$100 or above are tax deductible with an official receipt in Hong Kong.


This year, as students face incredible challenges and the College confronts unpredictable tuition revenue, donor generosity is more crucial than ever. If you choose to make a gift of any kind this year-end, you can be sure it will be gratefully received!

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