There are many ways you can support Amateur Radio in Canada and internationally – either individually or through your Amateur Radio club.
When you have decided which type of donation you would like to make, please click on the following link to go to the online Donation form provided below.
Dozens of meetings are held with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada), the Radio Advisory Board of Canada and even some international meetings with the International Amateur Radio Union, to establish and develop negotiating positions leading up to the important World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC).
The cost of the continuing advocacy efforts on behalf of all Radio Amateurs are over and above the normal overhead costs of RAC membership administration, RAC website upkeep, and the production and distribution of The Canadian Amateur magazine, and are not covered by DARF Trust donations.
Although RAC is a not-for-profit membership association and cannot be a registered charity under current Canadian rules, a general donation to RAC operations will not qualify for issuance of an income tax receipt. However, such a gift is very much appreciated to help RAC with its increasing advocacy activities on your behalf and we invite you to participate.
Donation to Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF) Trust
RAC administers and collects the funds for the Defence of Amateur Radio (DARF) Trust. The fund supports the costs of attendance at the World Radio Conference (WRC) by a Canadian Amateur Radio delegate, which would normally be a delegate chosen by RAC. As a result, RAC is an indirect beneficiary of DARF Trust activities.
The International Telecommunications Union describes World Radiocommunication Conferences as follows:
“World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years. It is the job of WRC to review, and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. Revisions are made on the basis of an agenda determined by the ITU Council, which takes into account recommendations made by previous World Radiocommunication Conferences. The general scope of the agenda of World Radiocommunication Conferences is established four to six years in advance, with the final agenda set by the ITU Council two years before the conference, with the concurrence of a majority of Member States.”
As neither RAC nor DARF Trust are registered charities under the current Canadian rules, donation to DARF does not qualify for an income tax receipt. However, such a gift is very much appreciated to help RAC with international travel costs associated with attendance at World Radio Conferences and we invite you to participate.
Donation to the RAC Scholarship Fund (RAC Foundation)
Every year, through the RAC Scholarship and Grant Program, Radio Amateurs of Canada provides grants and scholarships to worthy community programs and to young Canadian Amateurs who are studying at the post-secondary level.
It is thanks to the continued generosity of Amateurs from all parts of Canada that we can support a whole new group of young talented Canadian Amateurs who will contribute to our hobby for years to come.
RAC Youth Education Program (YEP)
The purpose of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Youth Education Program is to provide youth and their leaders with an innovative way of learning by introducing them to the wonderful world of Amateur Radio.
The Program provides financial and personal support to Teachers in schools and Leaders in community youth groups in all regions of the country. Teachers who wish to include an element of radio technology in their programs will be eligible for assistance in acquiring the necessary equipment, books and other resources.
You can support the RAC Youth Education Program (YEP) by selecting “YEP” on the donation form provided below.
Donation to support the RAC Auxiliary Communications Service
Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) covers a wide range of Amateur Radio techniques and systems that could potentially be used during an emergency or disaster situation. The new RAC Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) will assume the original function of the RAC Amateur Radio Emergency Service (RAC ARES), but its focus will shift to recognize that disaster response management and telecommunication standards are now mandated by Canadian federal, provincial and territorial legislation and regulations and by international agreements.
RAC will accept financial donations, strictly to help in providing the support to which we are committed. Even an extra couple of dollars, submitted when joining or renewing membership, can be of great assistance in ensuring that the ARES thrives and continues to exist. Corporate or other such donations would also be beneficial to strengthen and support this community resource. Clubs or ARES units might donate twenty-five or fifty cents or a dollar from each hamfest/fleamarket admission or table sale. A portion of 50/50 draws, commonly held at club meetings, could be earmarked for the ACS/ARES.
Membership forms carry a check-off box for such donations, either by mail or online through the RAC website. Additionally, any person or business wishing to make a donation may do so here or by telephone toll-free at 1-877-273-8304. The future of Amateur Radio depends upon the Auxiliary Communications Service and, as a Radio Amateur/ACS member, the future depends upon you.
RAC Maple Leaf Legacy Circle
RAC would like to recognize and honour Amateur Radio operators who have made the ultimate gift by voluntarily including Radio Amateurs of Canada in their will or other estate plans by welcoming them into the RAC Maple Leaf Legacy Circle.
One of the most important matters that everyone must manage and establish at some point in life is proper financial due diligence in estate planning for your family and loved ones. One may also choose to express their gratitude to those organizations that meant the most to you in your life.
RAC is well aware of many testimonials whereby Amateur Radio played a very important role in many people’s lives as a fulfilling hobby and for some it even became a stepping stone to their financial success in professional life. Choosing to enroll in this RAC program is a very thoughtful and generous action we wish to recognize.
Make a Donation
Thank you for reading the above information. If you would like to make a donation in support of Amateur Radio please complete the following online form.