Customer donations at checkout

Customer donations at checkout

Postby BigBadBen » Feb 15th, 2021, 8:39 am

The success of the grocer's campaign and the donations are wonderful. Worthy causes, indeed.

I've often wondered, does the business receive a charitable tax deduction on the $62k?

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby bernie428 » Feb 15th, 2021, 11:02 am

Nope! You can't claim funds collected from the public.
Nor can you claim funds from events, even if you ran them yourself.
CRA tightened all those loopholes more than a decade ago.

Good job Choices.

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby voice of reason » Feb 15th, 2021, 12:28 pm

i never donate to these things at the till . i used to give some change back when people still paid with cash but now everything is on card sooo.... plus every store asks you to donate every single time you go thru the till. sorry but i am not made of money. how about walmart takes some of their billions and donate their own money . good on choices for donating money.its a good thing to do but the corporate panhandling is getting out of control . you go to the store and they ask,you stop for coffee and they ask, you go for lunch and they ask. its at the point where i just say no before they even tell me what they want me to donate to . its not a bad idea but it is played out and over used .if they hit me up 2x a yeaar i probably would give them a few bucks but to hit me up 365x a year at tims and 52x a year at the grocery store ,sorry no thanks

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Catri » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:05 pm

I also never donate at the till, over the phone, or at my front door. I think it's important, if you choose to donate to charity, to know what exactly you're supporting and to have a rough idea how those funds are actually spent. On the other hand, if people who would not otherwise contribute anything to charity will do so when asked at the till, I suppose that's not a bad thing either. It does get a bit much when it seems like every grocery transaction includes a solicitation for a donation.

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Richadio » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:28 pm

BigBadBen wrote:The success of the grocer's campaign and the donations are wonderful. Worthy causes, indeed.

I've often wondered, does the business receive a charitable tax deduction on the $62k?

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/3 ... in-Kelowna


It's good to see some stores do this, where they actually keep donations local to their respective communities rather than contribute to corporate pots then they disperse the money collected. What would really make these businesses shine even more is if they matched to donations from shoppers from their own pockets.
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby OKkayak » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:42 pm

Cashier: "Would you like to donate $2 to help the poor?"
Me: *laughing* "I am the poor."
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby 2manyfords » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:46 pm

OKkayak wrote:Cashier: "Would you like to donate $2 to help the poor?"
Me: *laughing* "I am the poor."


Lol...

I prefer the term "disadvantaged"...Gotta be PC and all. :biggrin:

In all seriousness, I do donate, but not at the till.
Some people should just stay self isolated...

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Even Steven » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:50 pm

Just wait till CRA starts asking for donations on your tax returns.

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Urban Cowboy » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:51 pm

I detest soliciting donations at checkouts and feel it's somewhat devious.

Someone dreamed this up, thinking that putting people in an awkward position in a checkout, line would compel them to donate.

I don't fall for this and choose my own charities if I wish to donate money.

As far as having the store match customer donations, I'd wager that in the end it would still be us paying by means of higher prices on goods.
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Urban Cowboy » Feb 15th, 2021, 1:52 pm

Even Steven wrote:Just wait till CRA starts asking for donations on your tax returns.


Pretty much already do don't they? :biggrin:
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby my5cents » Feb 15th, 2021, 2:19 pm

The pressure put on a customer, standing at the til "Would you like to donate $XX to support ....."

However the lowest I ever experienced was an employer. At the place I worked my group was told we had to attend a meeting about the United Way. A senior supervisor, who would be my boss's, boss's, boss's. Gave a talk on payroll deductions for the United Way.

There was a push on for employers to have the highest donating employees.

As he finished the talk. Sign up forms were handed out to all the attendees. As he finished, he announced. "I'll be standing at the door, everyone will hand me their form as they leave."
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby Urban Cowboy » Feb 15th, 2021, 9:52 pm

my5cents wrote:The pressure put on a customer, standing at the til "Would you like to donate $XX to support ....."

However the lowest I ever experienced was an employer. At the place I worked my group was told we had to attend a meeting about the United Way. A senior supervisor, who would be my boss's, boss's, boss's. Gave a talk on payroll deductions for the United Way.

There was a push on for employers to have the highest donating employees.

As he finished the talk. Sign up forms were handed out to all the attendees. As he finished, he announced. "I'll be standing at the door, everyone will hand me their form as they leave."


That was your motivation to find another employer. :biggrin:
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby one wheel » Feb 15th, 2021, 10:07 pm

When I donate to a Charity it's my choice who I choose & I get a tax receipt which doesn't happen at the checkout.
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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby P65 » Feb 16th, 2021, 10:12 am

It should not be part of an employees job to solicit donations. You can tell that many are uncomfortable doing so. I can imagine many requests are met with smart comments or outright rudeness.
A sign soliciting donations or a separate booth is one thing, but forced charity canvassing should be against employment regulations.
Donation matching is also a scam in my mind, especially when it comes from any government agency.
In essence this makes donations from everyone who shops in a given store or who pays taxes, whether you agree with where the donation is going or not.

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Re: Customer donations at checkout

Postby my5cents » Feb 16th, 2021, 10:57 am

Urban Cowboy wrote:That was your motivation to find another employer. :biggrin:


It was one of them.
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