Each year the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA), the Association representing and supporting the 80 ground and inland water search and rescue groups in British Columbia, receives numerous phone calls from citizens and businesses who have been contacted by an organization soliciting funds for ‘Search and Rescue’.
These solicitations may suggest the funding is for recognized Search and Rescue groups, or organizations that represent and support the groups.
Neither the BCSARA nor the Search and Rescue groups recognized by the Province as part of the Public Safety Lifeline solicit funding by telephone.
BCSARA recommends that anyone who is contacted by an organization seeking funding for Search and Rescue question the caller as to the organization’s name and charity registration number. Should a member of the public have concerns, or not receive tax receipts for a donation, they should contact the Canada Revenue Agency at:
Email: CharitiesComplianceDivisi.LPRA@cra-arc.gc.ca Phone: 1-800-267-2384 Fax: 613-954-8037 Address: Charities Directorate Canada Revenue Agency Ottawa, ON K1A 0L5
SAR groups in BC do require your support. You can contact them directly, or donate to BCSARA on their behalf.
For a complete listing of the Ground and Inland Water Search and Rescue Groups please look at our website: http://www.bcsara.com/sar-