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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS MY DONATION TO MAZON CANDA TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

HOW DO I GET MY TAX RECEIPT?

 

Yes, all donations to MAZON Canada over $10 are tax-deductible! If you donate online, you will be issued a receipt immediately. All other gifts are receipted in one single tax receipt for your convenience in February of the next calendar year (in time for tax season). You can choose if you prefer your receipt by email or post. 
 

WHERE IS MAZON CANADA LOCATED?

DO YOU OPERATE IN MY PROVINCE?

 

MAZON Canada's national office is located in Toronto, but we support food projects all across the country!
Through our 262 incredible partner programs, spread across 9 Provinces and 2 Territories, MAZON makes sure our community's Tzedakah reaches those most impacted by food insecurity — from coast to coast.
Click here to see a map of our current Partner Programs and find one near you!


 

DO YOU ONLY FUND JEWISH AGENCIES & ORGANIZATIONS?

No, food projects DO NOT need to be Jewish to receive grants from MAZON Canada. We’re proud to support any and all people in need on behalf of our Jewish community. To learn more about the diverse demographics we support, click here
 

 

WHAT KINDS OF PROJECTS DO YOU FUND?

MAZON funds food projects across Canada including, but not limited to, food banks, shelters, community gardens, meals on wheels projects, school food programs, and more. In 2022, Mazon Canada partnered with 262 programs across the country - helping them to buy food, grow gardens, and purchase or replace broken or inadequate kitchen equipment (like fridges and freezers).
 

WHAT IS JEWISH ABOUT MAZON CANADA IF YOU ALSO FUND NON-JEWISH PROJECTS?

 

  1. MAZON represents our Jewish community by doing work motivated by Jewish values. In big cities and small towns across the country, people who have never met a Jewish person know that when Canadians go hungry, the Jewish community caresOur logo, a Magen David (six-pointed star, a symbol of the Jewish people), is displayed in non-Jewish communities across Canada as a symbol of our partnership and support. 
     

  2. MAZON is funded nearly exclusively by Jewish people, Jewish family foundations, and small Jewish-owned businesses. We almost never apply for government funding. In short, we are a grassroots network of Jewish people and close allies who pool resources to combat an issue close to our hearts: hunger. We are so proud and humbled to be doing the important work of bridging Jewish and non-Jewish communities through acts of chesed (lovingkindness) and tzedakah.

 

IS MAZON CANADA A FOOD BANK?

No. A food bank provides food. MAZON Canada provides funding to food banks and other front-line organizations battling hunger. We believe that communities know best how to support their neighbours. So instead of duplicating work others are already doing, we focus on supporting our incredible network of 262 partner organizations - helping them achieve their goals and grow their impact. 


 

HOW DOES MAZON DECIDE WHICH ORGANIZATIONS WILL RECEIVE FUNDING? 

MAZON’s allocations are decided by an experienced volunteer committee of community members. Our committee includes people with all kinds of backgrounds and experiences: non-profit managers, policy-makers, front-line poverty-relief professionals, financial experts, dieticians, doctors, activists and advocates, and people with lived experience of food insecurity. 

 

MAZON prioritizes small, low-capital agencies which deal directly with food insecure people; which target specific groups in need, such as single-parent families, Indigenous people, refugees, etc; which are grassroots in their sources of funding and in their volunteer presence; and which provide holistic wrap around support like housing assistance, addiction counselling, or job skills training. Click here for more information on our granting criteria.


 

CAN DONATIONS BE DIRECTED TO A SPECIFIC RECIPIENT ORGANIZATION OR REGION?

With a gifts of $2,500 or more, you can sponsor a community. Occasionally, we run campaigns directed towards specific areas of need.   Otherwise, please know our expert staff are allocating your your donations to the area of most urgent need!

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