Donate Money

It’s efficient, effective and always the right size

Financial contributions are the most effective way to support refugee settlement and integration and there are many options for a donor to choose from. By donating money, you give local agencies the flexibility to direct your donation exactly where it is needed most. You also reduce the need for them to devote staff to managing donations in kind, many of which are not needed or appropriate for refugees.

When you give money to a sponsorship group, you're helping to bring a refugee to safety. When you give to settlement organizations, you're helping experienced professionals provide more newcomers with language classes, employment advice, mental health counselling, social support and more. When you donate to Refugee 613, you enable us to continue providing information, connection and inspiration for building a more welcoming community. To learn more about our work, visit About Us.

Refugee 613 was created by a grassroots coalition and our staff and operations are hosted by the settlement agency Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).

To donate to our work, click the button below, which will take you to the OCISO donation page. Where it says “Apply Your Donation to a Specific Fund,” choose “Refugee 613 project” on the drop-down menu and complete the form.


Donate to Refugee 613


It’s important to know that Refugee 613 does not provide direct settlement services to refugees – rather, we connect people to each other and to the services. The following agencies provide direct frontline service to refugees and would welcome your financial contributions.  

 Thank you again for your generosity!


Will I get a tax receipt?

Yes, all the above charities issue tax receipts.

How do I know my money gets to where I want it to go?

Please read the details on each organization's website before making your donation so you know where it is going and the impact it will have.

Can I know who the individual refugee or family is? Can I meet them?

You will have to ask the agency if that is possible.

How do I know where my money is most needed?

All areas of settlement and sponsorship rely on individual donations and will welcome your support. Choose the one that fits your interests and values.

What about donating to agencies working abroad?

Absolutely — any support to refugees is welcome. We highlight local options above, but you can also donate to one of the humanitarian agencies doing excellent work abroad. Here are a few options:

  • The Humanitarian Coalition includes CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada.
  • UNHCR is the world’s leading organization aiding and protecting refugees. This United Nations agency provides shelter, food, water, medical care and other life-saving assistance to refugees around the world.
  • Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is the world's foremost medical relief agency and is working with refugees around the world.