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Haiti - Project in support of the mother-child continuum (ACOSME)

En Haïti, sur 1000 enfants, 67 décèdent avant l’âge de 5 ans, comparativement à 5 au Canada.  C’est l’un des pays les plus touchés par la mortalité maternelle et infantile. En réponse à cela, le CECI et ses partenaires ont mis sur pied, avec l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada, un projet dans le nord d’Haïti afin d’offrir un meilleur accès aux soins de santé pour les mères et les enfants de la région.

Le plan d’action du projet comporte plusieurs activités complémentaires. Il comprend notamment la construction et la rénovation des centres de santé, l’amélioration des services médicaux dispensés aux mères et aux enfants, la formation et le renforcement des capacités des intervenants en santé.  Le volet médical est assuré par l’USI (Unité de santé internationale) de l’Université de Montréal.

Le CECI couvrira principalement les projets de construction et de rénovation des centres de santé. Par exemple, plusieurs centres de santé de la région n’ont toujours pas accès à l’eau et ne disposent pas de systèmes pour l’élimination des eaux usées et des déchets biomédicaux. Vos dons serviront directement à la réalisation d’aménagements concrets dans les centres de santé de la région nord d’Haïti:  

  • Accès à l’eau potable, notamment par le forage de puits

  • Mise en place d’incinérateurs pour la gestion des déchets biomédicaux

  • Installation de fosses septiques

  • Rénovation des bâtiments existants et construction de nouveaux centres de santé

Le succès du travail engagé par le CECI et ses partenaires, ainsi que par les communautés locales haïtiennes, sera donc rendu possible grâce à votre appui.   

Pour plus d’informations sur le projet:

Feuillet d'information sur le projet

Nepal - Sustainable use of technology for public sector accountability (SUSASAN)

Nepal has experienced political volatility over the last few decades, but the tides have begun to change. Democracy has only recently been achieved in Nepal, and it is in this context that this project, “Sustainable use of Technology for Public Sector Accountability in Nepal (SUSASAN)”, seeks to close existing gaps between non-governmental organizations, communities, citizens and the supply of government services. This project has three goals:

  1. To ensure people’s meaningful participation to the decision-making process by using integrated technologies in governance and social accountability. The approach of the Susasan project aims to improve governance transparency at the local level and boost local community groups’ ability to press for inclusion in the democratic decision-making process.

  2. To work with municipalities in order to help them acquire and become familiar with integrated technologies to increase transparency at the local level. The communities will be able to access information on recent municipal decisions, understand how the budget is allocated and find points of interest such as medical services and business service, among other types of information made available.

  3. To have a more engaged civil society and to improve the lives of women and other marginalized groups. The CECI will help building the capacity of local organizations to understand and interpret open municipal data, as well as offer training on data collection and the use of complaints and redressal mechanisms.

To read more about the project, click here.

Benin - Supporting women entrepreneurship in the rice industry (PAEFFR)

The Supporting Women Entrepreneurship in the Rice Industry Project (PAEFFR), launched in Benin in the six communes of the Collines Department, aims to contribute to the creation of wealth by improving the entrepreneurial performance of partnering associations (URFER-C, UNIRIZ-C, CCR-B) of the rice industry, and through the economic empowerment of women. URFER-C, the activity’s main partner, is comprised of six communal rice parboilers’ cooperatives made up exclusively of women by:

  • Strengthening the positioning of unions and cooperatives and integrating issues of gender equality, good governance and sustainable management of the environment. It also aims to constantly improve profitability with technical assistance. Training sessions and support will also be provided in public/private dialogue (lobbying and advocacy).

  • Seeking to increase profitability by building skills in business management and start-up with consulting services related to business planning, governance, accounting and financial. Consulting services in productivity, quality and marketing management will also be offered. Socially and environmentally conscious irrigation systems will be implemented throughout the six communes of the Collines in order to increase the competitive advantage of their rice.

  • Easier access to adapted financial Services and products through a partner financial institution. Credit management training will be provided to the organization's leaders.

To read more about the project, click here.

The Armande Bégin Fund - Mali

Armande Bégin worked as a CECI volunteer in many countries. She was greatly involved in supporting initiatives aimed at improving the health of women and their children, as well as their economic situation. Donations received in memory of Mrs. Armande Bégin will support CECI's projects for women in Mali.

Read the Fonds Armande Bégin balance sheet (French only).

Remerciements Fonds Armande Bégin

Vidéo visionnée lors de la soirée de remerciements des donateurs et donatrices du Fonds Armande Bégin.

Posted by Fonds Armande Bégin pour la promotion des femmes au Mali on Friday, October 23, 2015
Témoignage de Mahamadou Diarra, Ambassadeur de la République d...

Témoignage de Mahamadou Diarra, Ambassadeur de la République du Mali au Canada, au sujet du Fonds Armande Bégin pour les femmes au Mali

Posted by Fonds Armande Bégin pour la promotion des femmes au Mali on Monday, November 20, 2017


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CECI's Annual Campaign


CECI is launching its latest annual fundraising campaign. By donating to CECI, you are contributing to changing the lives of more than one million women, men and children across 21 countries. Your gift can truly make a difference for each one of these individuals.

Donate by mail or by phone

Send a donation by mail
Mail a cheque to CECI

3000, Omer-Lavallee,
Montreal (Quebec)
Canada H1Y 3R8

Donate by phone

Tel (514) 875-9911

Planned giving

Planned giving is increasingly popular in Canada as a means of supporting a cherished charity while providing you with tax and financial benefits, and the comfort of knowing that your gift is making a difference.

Planned gifts include the donation of life insurance, charitable annuity, charitable trust and the gifting of securities or property. While helping to support the work CECI does, planned gifts provide donors with excellent benefits, which may include lifelong income, continued use of a property gift in the future, an avoidance of capital gains tax or an immediate income tax deduction. Some planned gifts, such as bequests, provide primarily gift and estate tax savings.


Above all, planned giving is a gesture that comes from the heart, but it is important to be informed about the tax regulations that will be applied. The more structured your planned gift is, the greater its impact.

Below, you will find succinct definitions of each of the main types of planned donations. We recommend that you contact a legal or financial advisor for more information.


Once you secure the well-being of your family and friends, you may choose to include a significant donation to CECI in your Will.  If important changes occur in your life, you can always modify your Will according to your situation.

A charitable bequest continues to be one of the simplest and most accessible means of planned gifting. Providing first for the well-being of your family and loved ones, you can also bequeath an amount or percentage of your assets to CECI. There are many ways to accomplish this:

  • Specific bequest (a fixed amount or identifiable asset);
  • Residual bequest (all or a percentage of the remainder of the estate after the payment of debts and specific bequests);
  • Designating CECI as contingent beneficiary in the event of death of the primary beneficiary;
  • Universal bequest (all of the assets, sometimes divided among many beneficiaries);
  • Designating CECI as beneficiary of an RRSP, RRIF or life insurance policy;
  • A simultaneous death clause whereby CECI inherits, should all the beneficiaries die at the same time.

In each case, a tax receipt will be issued for use in the final tax return. The fiscal advantages that follow from charitable bequests can dramatically reduce the taxes to be paid out by the estate.


There are various ways of making a gift of life insurance. The type of gift will depend on your client’s objectives, age and family situation.

  • Surrendering an existing policy. If you no longer need the protection of your life insurance policy, you may surrender it to CECI and continue to pay any premiums still owing, if applicable. Note: this case represents a transfer and not a conversion.
  • Purchasing a new policy. If you wish to make a major donation but your means are modest, you can purchase a life insurance policy and subsequently name CECI as beneficiary. In this case, it is always preferable to spread out the payment of the premiums over a limited period of time, for example three, five, seven or ten years. For each premium paid, you will receive a donation receipt for the amount of that particular premium.
  • Designating CECI as the beneficiary of the death benefit. CECI may be named the beneficiary of the death benefit, in whole or in part, of a life insurance policy. It can also be a second or third beneficiary. This ensures protection of the death benefit, in the case where the first beneficiary of the policy passes away before the owner of the policy.

In many ways, using a life insurance policy makes it possible to make a major gift while protecting the inheritance of your heir(s).

The gift of life insurance can generate significant tax savings for the donor. To immediately benefit from these savings, you must designate CECI as beneficiary and owner of the policy. You will be issued a tax receipt for the fair market value of the policy, if applicable, and a receipt for each premium payment.

As your donation is made while you are living, there are no fiscal advantages for the estate. However, if you anticipate that your estate will be left with a heavy fiscal burden, it may be better for you to name the organization as beneficiary of your policy, in part or in whole, but remain its owner. This way, the donation is finalized at the death of the donor and the fiscal savings are awarded when settling the estate. In this case, you do not receive tax receipts for the premiums paid while living.


You can donate a family residence to CECI while continuing to use it until the end of your life. You will receive an income tax receipt of the asset’s commuted value at the time of the donation. At the time of death, the CECI will obtain the use of this residence. If real estate assets other than the primary residence are donated, 50% of the capital gain is taxable.


The gift of publicly listed securities, bonds, mutual fund units or similar securities is one of the most fiscally advantageous ways to make a substantial donation to a charitable organization because the donor will avoid paying taxes on the capital gain. The gift of shares or other securities will get a tax credit. It is better to directly transfer the securities rather than donate the proceeds collected from selling them. This type of donation is best for those who wish to make a substantial donation without affecting their liquid assets, or those who own shares or other securities that have significantly increased in value since their acquisition.


A charitable gift annuity consists of a monetary donation or other assets to a charitable organization in exchange for guaranteed earnings for life or for a pre-determined period of time.

The organization can issue the annuity itself and assume the risk associated with it. In order to avoid assuming the risk, it can also buy this annuity from a life insurance company and name the donor as the primary beneficiary of the annuity. The residual amount is paid to the organization, as a secondary beneficiary, when the grantee of the annuity passes away.

In both cases, the annuitant will obtain regular payments in compensation for the capital transferred to CECI.

The surplus of the annual annuity on the cost of the annuity divided by the life expectancy is equal to the taxable portion. The receipt you receive equals the difference between the capital paid and the market value of the annuity. Often, tax credits will cancel the taxes to be paid.


Creating a charitable remainder trust allows you to make a substantial donation, while still receiving the income generated from the asset you are transferring. The trust manages the allocated capital until the time of death; at that time the capital will be transferred to the charitable organization chosen. Setting up such a trust entitles you to a donation receipt of the transferred assets commuted value.


Endowment funds, when used as a type of planned gift, consist of transferring a large sum to CECI and designating the particular cause that will benefit from the income generated by the capital transferred as a donation. The terms and conditions pertaining to such a fund are documented in a contract between the organization and the donor. To comply with the standards of the Canadian Revenue Agency, the capital will remain intact for life or for a minimum of ten years; CECI is subject to disbursement quotas, which are 3.5%. The charitable organization that you will have selected will manage the capital and will present you with an annual report, providing all relevant financial information. You can choose the name of the fund to perpetuate the memory of a loved one.

Please contact 514-875-9911,

The CECI is a member of Leave a Legacy Quebec ( and was inspired by them to create this text.

In honoriam donation


Do you want to pay homage to a person who is committed to international cooperation or international development? Offer an In Honoriam gift. Whether for a wedding, a birthday or a birth, all are great opportunities to celebrate an outstanding commitment of the loved one! We will offer a letter explaining the nature of your donation. The amount of your donation will be kept confidential.

You can choose to donate in Memoriam to CECI to commemorate the death of a loved one or a dear friend. It is a very eloquent tribute to the late person. In recognition of the gift, a message of condolence from the donor is sent to the family.

We currently have a program of commemorative gifts to which you can give; the Armande Bégin fund (Facebook Page
Armande Bégin has worked in many countries, particularly in Mali, as a CECI volunteer. She was totally committed to supporting initiatives aimed at not only improving the health of women and their children, but their economic situation as well.
She was married to Yves Pétillon, CECI Director from 1989 to 1999. They worked together in Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Peru, Haiti and in Mali.
The donations received in memory of Mrs. Bégin will strengthen CECI commitments to the women of Mali.

For more information, please contact 514-875-9911,

Fundraising event


During the past year, many individuals, students and businesses supported CECI by dedicating their efforts to serve our mission.

Let your imagination and creative ideas flow while hosting  one or more events for CECI, including:

  • A sports event, like a race, a walk, a golf or soft ball tournament, or a friendly game of hockey.
  • A show, a concert, a dance party, a bowling tournament, a barbecue, a spaghetti supper.
  • A garage sale, auction, carwash, a bingo or a draw.

Please contact us at (514) 875-9911, or at Thank you in advance for your participation and we wish you great success!


1 - Make sure CECI approves your activity

To do so, please fill out the form below. 

2 - Create an organizing committee for the event

Surround yourself with enthusiastic people available to organize all aspects of your event. Remember to get plenty of volunteers to help with all tasks related to your activity.

3 - Have a clear objective

We will help you set a realistic and easily measured financial goal for the type of activity you want to organize.

4 - Choose a suitable activity

Aim for a project that can be suitable for your committee members both for their availability and their abilities.

5. Fix a date for the event

Choose a date that suits everybody in terms of availability.

6. Prepare a budget

The goal is to reduce activity costs to a minimum and collect as much money for CECI.

7. Promote your activity

Once CECI gives you the green light to organize a fundraiser, you can use our logo. However, you must submit your promotional materials for approval before it is printed or sent out to the public. We can mention your activity on our website and advertise it through our newsletter. We will also provide a CECI banner if your activity could use one. We can also provide a donation box and tax receipts forms.

8. Collecting the funds

Once your event is finished, the profits must be paid to CECI within 30 days. In accordance with the law, tax receipts must be provided within four weeks.

9. Thanks

Thank everyone who contributed to the success of your event. Remember to let them know the amounts collected and the success of your event.


What CECI can do to help you:

- Provide advice and support for organizing your fundraiser;
- Send a CECI representative to visit your event. However, because of busy schedules and the high number of events each year, we cannot guarantee this service if your event is held during a busy time for CECI. It is important to determine the date of your event in advance and with CECI if you would like a representative present for your event. Geographical considerations must be made as well;
- Hand out tax receipts when needed;
- Provide CECI advertising material (banner, posters, gift box, forms);
- Offer visibility on our Website;
- The use the CECI logo and name. We must approve all promotional materials where our name and logo appear;
- Provide a letter proving partnership which binds CECI to your event.

CECI cannot do:

Tax laws allow companies to deduct the value of donations from their taxable income, up to 75% of their net income, to a recognized charity during a year both federally and provincially. When companies cannot deduct all the donations they have made ​​over a year because they exceed the maximum allowed, the balance may be deferred during the subsequent five years (twenty years in Quebec).

Corporate sponsorship

A growing number of companies choose to demonstrate their social responsibility to the community by supporting CECI. This partnership allows Canadian companies to participate in projects that have a tangible impact on the development of disadvantaged communities. Donations collected are used directly by CECI. By joining CECI’s partner companies, you enroll in a socially responsible approach.

Here are some ways of affirming your support for CECI:


Implement a payroll deduction donation program within your company allowing employees to rally around a cause dear to their hearts.
This program offers various forms of direct deposit, at each pay period or at a specific time of the year.
Employees can also provide support by organizing a fundraising activity.


The matching gift is an effective way to demonstrate your social commitment, while specifically supporting the efforts of your employees.

In addition to initiating an employee donations program or fundraising event, your company may accept to donate an amount equal to the one collected by employees.


CECI organizes annual fundraising events that rally Quebecers (theme parties, galas, etc.). By partnering with one of these events, your company not only gets great visibility, but also demonstrates commitment to our cause, the fight against poverty and exclusion.


The voluntary help from your employees is a way for your employees to show the importance they view philanthropic values.


With CECI, your business can target its involvement with a unique program targeted to the CECI intervention areas or countries that are dear to your heart. This is an opportunity to enhance the image of your company towards society.

Want to contribute to the advancement of equality between women and men to improve their living conditions? Or support local people to become the engine of their own change? Or support a project after an emergency or natural disaster?

Regardless of the causes that call to you, we will offer you opportunities for engagement that meet your interests.

What are the advantages for your company? 

  • You benefit from being associated with CECI's image and reputation
  • Partnerships are also a great tool for mobilization and teambuilding 


Tax laws allow companies to deduct the value of donations from their taxable income, up to 75% of their net income, to a recognized charity during a year both federally and provincially. When companies cannot deduct all the donations they have made ​​over a year because they exceed the maximum allowed, the balance may be deferred during the subsequent five years (twenty years in Quebec).

For more information, please contact 514 875 9911 or


Where do your donations go?

The organization has adopted a strict code of ethics and undergoes annual auditing by an independent firm who checks the accuracy of our financial records. Also, to improve transparency of how we use donations, CECI offers its donors regular project updates through documents such as the annual report and newsletters.

How to guarantee online donation secuity and confidentiality

All the "Make a Donation" pages on our website are secured. With help from Logilys, CECI has set up a secured web page called" I make an online donation" through which donations can safely be made. These expert-designed security systems will protect you from fraudulent, unauthorized use of information you submit using our online form. CECI does not have access to your credit card number or expiration date. This information is immediately encrypted and anyone who manages to intercept it will be unable to read it. We offer you our 100% guarantee that only the people assigned to collecting donations will be able to read the information you send us online. Our fundraising management team has adopted extremely strict rules for managing our donor list. This list will not be sold or exchanged, neither partially nor fully. Only our fundraising management team will have access to it.

Are all donations tax deductible?

CECI has a policy of systematically issuing a tax receipt for for any donation of $20 or more.

When will i receive a receipt for tax purposes?

We arrange for you to receive your tax receipt within two weeks after receipt of your donation. However, you should expect a longer delay during very busy periods such as Christmas and Easter.
Rest assured that if you made a donation before December 31st, you will receive a receipt for the current fiscal year. However, you must make sure that the date appearing on your check and the postmark date of your envelope are prior to December 31st.
On the other hand, if you spread out your donations with pre-authorized monthly payments by credit card or check, you will receive one tax receipt for the total annual amount of your donation. This receipt will be sent before February 28 next year.

How do i subscribe to your mailing list for publications or newsletters?

Please leave us your contact details by email to the address below stating that you wish to receive our mailings and our weekly newsletter:
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