Q. Is our synagogue allowed to charge fees for programs we offer?
Short Answer: Yes.
Comprehensive Answer: Many Charities in Canada charge fees for programs, and doing so does not make them "not Charitable." A Charity may charge fees as long it maintains the following two Charitable charactaristics:
1. Public Benefit;
CRA provides the following guidelines for when it will be allowable for a Charity to charge fees:
- Where the fee structure is designed to cover the costs of the program rather than generate a profit;
- The fees are set according to a charitable objective rather than a market objective;
- The program does not offer services which are comparable to services available elsewhere;
- The activity or program is authorized by the Charity's purposes and objects.
Examples of permissible program fees include:
- University tuition fees;
- museum admission;
- rent in low-income housing programs.