Donation FAQ

 

Your donation supports science education and research in Atlantic Canada. Science Atlantic supports academic student conferences, lecture tours by notable scientists, awards recognizing research and science communication skills, travel assistance for students, and workshops for faculty. We also coordinate a regional animal care volunteer merit reviewer database, and an inventory of research equipment that is available for use by other researchers.
Currently, 17 post-secondary and research institutions in Atlantic Canada pay annual fees to belong to Science Atlantic. However, as costs have risen and post-secondary institution budgets are restricted, these fees are not enough to cover the expenses associated with running our various programs. Donations are one additional source of revenue for Science Atlantic to meet its financial needs.
The fee you pay to attend a Science Atlantic conference is the minimum needed to cover the cost of your participation. A typical conference can cost as much as $20,000 to run (or more). Organizers seek sponsors to help pay the costs for speakers, travel, nutrition breaks, room rentals, printing, awards, etc. to keep your registration fee as low as possible. The fee you pay does not reflect the true cost of your participation in the conference.
Yes, Science Atlantic is a federally registered charity, registration number BN 81908 0565 RR0001. While many of the organizations involved with Science Atlantic are post-secondary institutions, Science Atlantic itself is a separate and independent non-profit organization.
Many faculty members generously give their time to the Science Atlantic Council, committees, and conferences. Thank you! Your commitment allows Science Atlantic to be an active advocate for science in the Atlantic region with minimal office staff (one part-time executive director and, when available, student employees). Nonetheless, there are costs associated with running Science Atlantic that cannot be covered through volunteer work or from current income sources.
You can make an online donation through CanadaHelps or mail a cheque to:

Science Atlantic
LSC 1376, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford Street, PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS  B3H 4R2

Yes. Science Atlantic is a registered a charity which allows us to issue receipts for tax purposes. If you donate through our online portal (managed by CanadaHelps), you can request an immediate copy of your receipt by email. If you donate by cheque, we will mail you a receipt by the end of the tax year.
The majority of our income comes from institutional membership fees. Federal and provincial employment grants are applied for to subsidize salaries for students. Also, Science Atlantic committees seek sponsors and donors for their conferences and other activities. Often, these donations are for a particular event. We also have agreements with several sponsors for student awards.
Probably not. Expenditures from a grant should follow the guidelines specified by the grantor. If you are interested in making a donation in this way, you should first check with the granting body from whom you received your funding. In many cases, funds from research grants can be used for travel and conference registrations for both scientists and students.
As a private donor, you will receive a personal tax receipt for your donation (unless you choose to donate anonymously). Science Atlantic publicly recognizes business and government sponsors in its annual Awards Yearbook, and each conference has its own guidelines for recognizing sponsoring companies through the display of logos on printed materials and websites, naming awards, etc.
Your donation to Science Atlantic is confidential. Only the staff and/or volunteers involved in receiving your donation will know that you have donated.

If you make a donation via the CanadaHelps website, you will be asked for the information needed to charge your credit card and to generate a tax receipt. CanadaHelps keeps your banking and credit card information confidential; Science Atlantic does not receive this information. If you select the “donate anonymously” option, Science Atlantic will receive the amount donated but not your personal information.

Neither Science Atlantic nor CanadaHelps sells, rents or trades mailing lists (Science Atlantic Privacy Policy; CanadaHelps Privacy Policy).
CanadaHelps collects your name, e-mail address, mailing address, and credit card information. Once a donation is made, the donor information (less credit card information) is available to Science Atlantic, unless anonymity is requested on the donation form. We keep this same donor information on file only to satisfy our own recordkeeping requirements.
Yes. CanadaHelps adheres to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) (from the CanadaHelps FAQ, retrieved November 2013).
Please feel free to contact us at admin@scienceatlantic.ca or via phone at (902) 494-3421. You can also view the complete CanadaHelps FAQ on their website.