Frequently Asked Questions


Yes. Indspire is a nationally registered charity and as such we are able to provide our donors with official charitable tax receipts to use for their tax returns. Indspire will automatically produce a charitable tax receipt for all donations of $20 or more. Receipts for donations of less than $20 are only made upon request. We are also able to provide tax receipts for our U.S. donors who make donations over $1,000.

Becoming a monthly donor is one of the most effective ways to show your support and commitment to Canada’s Indigenous youth. Even a small sum, for instance as little as $20 a month, does make a difference by demonstrating to young students that their academic success is important to all of us.

Making a regular monthly donation enables Indspire to plan confidently and budget more effectively for ongoing programs that directly support Indigenous youth in achieving their full potential – meaning that we are able to make the best possible use of your ongoing gift.


Monthly giving is very easy and convenient! You can specify the amount you wish to give each month and securely provide the details of the credit card or bank account that your donation will be deducted from. You will be sent a receipt for tax purposes at the end of each financial year. Become a monthly donor now.

Your monthly donation is secure and can be changed, paused or cancelled at any time by calling 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x264 or emailing donate@indspire.ca.

You may also download Indspire’s Monthly Pledge Form and mail it to:

Indspire
555 Richmond Street West, Suite 1002
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3B1

Or securely fax your pledge form to 416.977.1764.


Indspire is pleased to accept donations in any amount in honour of an individual, school, corporation, or group of individuals. Indspire’s In Memoriam program offers a unique and meaningful way for you, to express sympathy to a grieving friend, family member, or client with a meaningful gift that will directly benefit Indigenous students across Canada.

Your friend, family member, or client will receive a letter from Indspire that a gift has been made in memory of their loved one and will be used to support Indspire’s various programs.

Indspire welcomes In Memoriam or named scholarships to support Indigenous students. We would be pleased to discuss the various options available for you within Indspire’s Policy on Benefactor Naming. For further information contact Cindy Ball, CFRE, Vice President of Development at cball@indspire.ca

All corporate donations will get a tax receipt for the full amount. Donations can be made in a variety of ways:

By phone: 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x264

Online: www.indspire.com/donate

By mail:

Indspire
555 Richmond Street West, Suite 1002
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 3B1

Email: donate@indspire.ca

To discuss corporate sponsorship opportunities please contact Cindy Ball, CFRE, Vice President of Development at cball@indspire.ca


In addition to a myriad of promotional and marketing benefits associated with Indspire’s many sponsorship opportunities, the benefits of corporate sponsorship include:

  • A direct link between your company and Canada’s Indigenous youth – the fastest growing demographic in Canada
  • Help in meeting your company’s corporate social responsibility objectives related to Indigenous relations
  • Demonstrating your commitment to partnering with Canada’s growing Indigenous population
  • Indspire’s sponsorship opportunities are fully customizable and we would be pleased to find a sponsorship opportunity that fits with your corporate budget and meets your business and community relations objectives.

For more information, please contact:

Cindy Ball, CFRE
Vice President of Development
416.987.0251 | cball@indspire.ca


Please call 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x264 or donate@indspire.ca to update or change your information.

There are many ways to get involved in the work that we do. The list is truly endless:

  • Mentor an Indigenous student—share your expertise and wisdom!
  • Volunteer at one of our events or in our offices.
  • Host an event, an event is a great way to raise funds, and awareness too!
  • Become a monthly donor.
  • Become an Indspire ambassador.
  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Please call 1.855.INDSPIRE (463.7747) x264. We would be happy to discuss opportunities for you to get involved with our work.


There are many ways to give back, as an Indspire Alumni you understand first-hand the challenges that most Indigenous students face. As a former scholarship recipient, you know the impact of the funds you received.

There are many ways for you to get involved, such as:

  • Mentor an Indigenous student—share your expertise and wisdom!
  • Volunteer at one of our events or in our offices.
  • Host an event, an event is a great way to raise funds, and awareness too!
  • Become a monthly donor.
  • Become an Indspire brand ambassador.
  • Subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Rivers to Success: Mentoring Indigenous Youth is a program dedicated to helping students successfully transition from their studies and into the workplace. If you are a mentor who is willing to lend your time and expertise or a student looking for insight and guidance, visit our Rivers to Success page for more information about the program.

At Indspire we believe that Indigenous education is Canada’s future, and we invite you to help us build this future together. According to the Canadian Policy Research Networks, there are many reasons to support Indigenous Education, such as:

Education is by far the most important determinant of labour market outcomes and also plays a pre-eminent role in improving social outcomes.

As a result, if businesses are to thrive in the environment of limited labour supply that is currently developing in Canada, the integration of Indigenous people into the labour force will have to be accelerated. If these individuals do not possess the necessary skills, businesses will suffer.

If the education attainment gap was closed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by 2026, we would:

  • Increase tax revenue by $3.5 billion
  • Increase Canada’s GDP by more than $400 billion
  • Decrease government spending by $77 billion

No. This is not true. Although there are some First Nations communities that may cover some of the costs of their members to attend post secondary education, this is not true for many.

Given that 50% of the Indigenous people in Canada are under the age of 24, the demand for financial aid for students far outstrips the need for post-secondary education funding.

Education funding is set up by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and disbursed individually by each First Nation or Inuit community. Competition for these funds is high, and funds are often tied to several restrictions or run out before all the need is met. Funding is particularly scarce for Indigenous Graduate and PhD students.

Although there may be specific scholarships or bursaries earmarked for Métis students, they do not have any source of ongoing funding in Canada. Furthermore, the funds that the government provides have been capped for 20 years while during the same period, the Indigenous population in Canada has grown nearly six times faster than the non-Indigenous population and the costs related to post-secondary education have increased dramatically.


As a national organization, we are truly committed to all of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Our programs are delivered from coast-to-coast-to-coast.