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Best Online Donation Platforms for Charities and Non-profits in Canada

We are living in a digital world, and our interaction with online and digital technology increases every day. Digital technology has already transformed and disrupted many industries, from transportation, education, hotel, commerce, and many more. The charitable sector will have no doubt being disrupted by innovators in the sector. Among all the charity sector innovations, online donation platforms will goals to make digital donation easier and faster for donors are getting more popular.

In this article, I am going to share with you the top online donation platforms for Canadian donors to donate to CRA registered charities in Canada.

What are the best digital donation platforms in Canada?

The top online donation platforms in Canada are:

  1. Circle Acts Donation Marketplace
  2. Canada Helps
  3. CHIMP

Circle Acts Online Donation Marketplace – World’s First Donation Marketplace

Circle Acts Donation Marketplace is a young charity donation platform compare to the other two, however, the founding team consists of technology and charity executives with a combination of over a hundred years of experience in online fundraising, and digital innovation with top charities in Canada. The Circle Acts charity marketplace is part of the Circle Acts group of non-profits who specializes in promoting High Impact and Transparent philanthropy. Circle Acts’ mission is to serve donors through online channels and focus on impact, transparency, and convenience.

You can donate to many high impact and transparent charities in Canada all in one platform and able to donate to any causes that align with your beliefs. Circle Acts is considered by many as the world’s first donation marketplace to help donors to find charities to donate.

Circle Acts is very young, but charities has many benefits fundraising online. Worth mentioning is that Circle Acts takes no commission or fees, on top of man’s other strengths. As a donor, I like Circle Acts most personally because I love to try new ways to give, and I am convinced the charitable marketplace is the best way to give in Canada.

Best Online Fundraising Platforms Canada

Canada Helps

Canada Helps is one of the oldest donation platforms in Canada with a large audience base. For more than 19 years, CanadaHelps has been the trusted charity, informing, inspiring and connecting charities and donors, with the causes they care about.

You can donate with CanadaHelps in many ways. You can choose donate now to donate to any of the registered charities in Canada. Alternatively, you can donate securities director to CanadaHelps so they can manage the security for you.

Fees with CanadaHelps.

However, CanadaHelps has one of the highest fees among her peers.

These are the fees CanadaHelps collect on donations made using

One Time Donations4.0%
Monthly Donations3.5%
Securities Donations*2.0 – 3.0%*

* 3% fee applies to donations less than $10,000; 2.5% fee applies to donations between $10,000-$49,999; 2.25% fee applies to donations between $50,000-$99,999; 2% fee applies to donations $100,000+


CHIMP is one of the leaders in online donations and fundraising in Canada. CHIMP was created to help you create the change you want to see in the world. It is a public foundation that operates as a donor-advised fund. In short, this means you can manage your charitable giving from a single account, which CHIMP calls the Impact Account. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2011 by John Bromley. It all started with the goal of making it easier for people to come together to change the world, and it led to developing resources for donors that support them on their giving journey.

When you add money to your Impact Account, you’re actually making a donation to Charitable Impact Foundation—a registered charity and public foundation. It’s why you get a tax receipt after adding money. The funds stay in your account until you let us know that you’d like to send charitable gifts to others, including charities, Giving Groups, or friends and family on Charitable Impact.

It is not very clear how CHIMP sustain their business as they claim to not taking a fee. However, it appears CHIMP does charge you a fee if you do not donate your money to a charity right away. It is as high as 0.5%

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About the author

Jess Man

Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief and Senior Diversity Advisor at Diversity Social. Jessica has over 10 years of working with and advising employers to be more diverse and create an inclusive working environment.
Jessica's experience spans private and non-profit sectors in multiple industries.
Jessica's expertise experience is beyond Diversity & Inclusion, she is also a certified professional IT recruiter in Data & Analytics, Database administration, Artificial Intelligence area.