The COVID-19 Charity Adaptation and Innovation Fund

COVID-19 Charity Adaptation and Innovation Fund

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NEW: Help charities adapt and innovate to survive these challenging times.

Learn more about Imagine Canada, CanadaHelps, and matching opportunities.

Charities have been hit hard by COVID-19. In Canada, 1 in 5 Canadian charities have already suspended operations or stopped programs,1 and some have already closed their doors permanently.

In the midst of it all, many charities are experiencing a higher demand for services. Plus, almost every charity is needing to adapt to our new normal while facing economic challenges and continued social distancing which has caused the cancellation of fundraisers and loss of critical funding.

The need is significant. Whether charities are on the frontlines of the pandemic or providing other supports, charities are critical to Canada’s social fabric. They provide vital social services to children, seniors, and marginalized communities. They care for our parks, forests, water, and protect our natural environment. They enrich our lives through art and culture, and include food banks, homeless shelters, animal rescues, children’s breakfast programs, crisis support lines, hospices, and much more. Right now across Canada, charities are finding creative solutions to adapt to COVID-19 in the short term, and innovate to find long term solutions, ensuring their critical work is not lost. They need support in order to survive this crisis.

How will your gift help?

Your donation will be pooled with gifts from others like you to help hundreds of Canadian charities get through this crisis and continue supporting Canada’s social fabric.

Your gift will help some charities transform their service model to invest in technology so they can adapt existing or create new programs to serve those most in need. Your support will help other charities keep their employees, volunteers, clients, and participants safe with training, education, new sanitation practices, and will purchase materials such as personal protective equipment or plexiglass barriers. Other charities will develop new strategies, collaborate with other nonprofits, and explore new ways of serving their constituents so they survive today, and through the remainder of this crisis.

Donate today to help Canadian charities survive and adapt to our new world. Plus, get a charitable tax receipt to qualify for tax credits!

What makes up the COVID-19 Charity Adaptation and Innovation Fund?

The Fund includes 400 registered charities representing a diverse set of causes across Canada.

The charities in this Fund were invited to apply and explain their needs and plans to adapt to COVID-19. Charities that met the criteria for the Fund were included on a first-come, first-served basis, up to a maximum of 400 charities.

To ensure donations reach charities easily and efficiently, charities must be one of the more than 20,000 charities registered to receive funds electronically from CanadaHelps. Funds will be transferred monthly, subject to a minimum of $10 per charity. Read about why we launched this Fund here.

Arts & Culture
Public Benefit
Social Services


To see the list of charities included in this Fund, you can view the list here.

COVID-19 Charity Adaptation and Innovation Fund Progress


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If you represent a company interested in partnering with CanadaHelps and Imagine Canada to match or make a major gift in support of the COVID-19 Charity Adaptation and Innovation Fund contact us at

About Imagine Canada

Imagine Canada works to bolster the charities, nonprofits and social entrepreneurs that build, enrich and define our nation and the communities they support around the globe.

About CanadaHelps

CanadaHelps is a registered charity dedicated to increasing charitable giving across Canada. We make it easy to fundraise and donate online by informing and empowering donors and charities. For over 19 years, CanadaHelps has connected donors to the causes they care about and provides charities with innovative, affordable fundraising technology. Over 2.6 million Canadians have donated over $1.4 billion to charities using CanadaHelps.


The power of many.
Join others to support hundreds of Canadian charities adapting to COVID-19. Together, your donation will make a difference!

Your donation will be put to work.
Rest assured that your donation will support registered charities. You will also get a tax receipt which can help reduce your taxes.

Broad impact!
Support a wide range of causes helping make Canada vibrant, safe, and a great place to live.