Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a tax receipt for donating records to SFU Archives?

You may request a tax receipt for a donation of records to SFU Archives. When such a request is made, SFU Archives hires a manuscript appraiser to determine the fair market value of your records. This monetary valuation can only occur after your records are properly arranged and described by a professional archivist. Due to a backlog of donations awaiting processing, there can be delays in the issuing of tax receipts.

SFU Archives will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to issue tax receipts for later donations that are added to the original body of records you deposited with SFU Archives. This is due to the expense of hiring a manuscript appraiser. Please note that multiple appraisals for smaller portions of a body of records are likely, in the aggregate, to be of less monetary value than a single appraisal of a complete body of records. In general, the more complete the body of records, the more valuable they are likely to be appraised. Therefore, making one complete donation is generally preferable to making multiple donations over time.

Non-profit organizations pay no taxes and thus a tax receipt is of no benefit.

Feel free to contact the Staff Archivist if you have questions about the monetary appraisal process or the timing of tax receipting.