How We Fundraise

Information about UNHCR Canada’s fundraising activities and how we fundraise.

Photo: © UNHCR/Viktor Pesenti

Currently, UNHCR Canada raises funds in the following ways: 


Online donations

You can make online donations to UNHCR Canada. The process is secure and simple, and all the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.To donate online, make a secure donation here.

Direct mail appeals

UNHCR Canada mails out fundraising appeals to our existing donors, as well as to individuals to recruit new donors. Direct mail fundraising appeals to enlist new donors are also carried out with our corporate partners. These mailings are usually co-branded by UNHCR Canada and our respective partners and are sent out to their members to invite them to become supporters of UNHCR.


Tele-fundraising is a method being used by UNHCR offices around the world. It’s a convenient way for donors to contribute to the work of UNHCR, and also provides UNHCR with an opportunity to have direct conversations with our donors. When you receive a phone call from a UNHCR fundraiser, you can make a donation by telling the fundraiser the amount you want to donate and by providing your credit card number and expiry date. 

We work with Fundraising Direct and Public Outreach on our tele-fundraising campaigns, all telephone conversations between our fundraisers and donors are recorded so that we can insure we are providing our donors with the best quality service. These conversations are kept strictly confidential.

Television advertisements

UNHCR Canada also advertises on television channels. These fundraising appeals help us enlist new donors and raise awareness of refugee issues. 

Stay alert to scammers or fake organizations who are fraudulently fundraising for UNHCR Canada. UNHCR does not offer prizes, awards, funds, certificates, scholarships or conduct lotteries through e-mail, mail or fax, nor does it conduct its procurement process through external entities or individuals on a commission basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does UNHCR Canada encourage monthly donations? 

In order to respond quickly and effectively to the ever-changing requirements of crisis situations, UNHCR requires funding that is both flexible and sustainable. That’s why we ask people to become monthly donors. By donating monthly, you are helping UNHCR respond  wherever the need is greatest—be it the needs of longstanding crises like Syria, Yemen and Bangladesh or by allowing us to respond to new emergencies rapidly as they emerge.  

Where do you fundraise? 

UNHCR Canada currently has fundraising teams in Montreal and Toronto.

View our most recent Donor Impact Report for information about how fundraising dollars are helping refugees. For more information about fundraisers operating in your area, call UNHCR Canada at 1-877-232-0909.

Who funds UNHCR?

Our priority is ensuring that resources are being used responsibly and efficiently to benefit refugees around the world. That’s why we can send 84 cents of every dollar you donate to uprooted refugee families in need. You can find various financial reports on our global reporting page. Under “Financials” you will find reports on how funds are distributed to help refugees. You can also find more information on the UNHCR Canada website, please visit our “Where Your Money Goes” page.

What does UNHCR funding look like by country?

Learn more about UNHCR’s funding on our global website. The website includes information about financials, including budget, contributions, donor profiles and more.

When I donate, where does my money go?

When you donate to UNHCR Canada, your funds go to support the lifesaving work done by the UN Refugee Agency around the world. Learn more about where your money goes.

I have a question or concern.

If you have any questions or concerns, email us at or call us directly at 1-877-232-0909

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