Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) do?
What is the difference between the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI)?
What does RHF fund?
How does an individual or organization apply for RHF funding?
How can I help raise funds for RHF?
How do I make a donation to RHF?
Where can I find detailed financial information about RHF?
How do I sign up to get additional information about RHF?
How do I update my mailing preferences?
How can I get in touch with someone at RHF?
Is the RHF website fully accessible?
How does RHF respect my privacy?


Q: What does the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) do?

A: The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF), a registered Canadian charity (registration # 10765 9427 RR 0001), works to improve the lives of people with disabilities by breaking down barriers, changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society. RHF’s goal is to create an inclusive world where people with disabilities can reach their full potential.

All around the world, 1.1 billion people are living with disabilities. These individuals not only face physical barriers but also social, economic and attitudinal barriers. We help remove these barriers by:

- Increasing awareness and changing perceptions about people with disabilities
- Providing solutions for issues faced by people with disabilities
- Creating  more accessible physical spaces and modes of transportation
- Funding more services and programs for those with disabilities
- Improving medical treatment and health outcomes for those with SCIs and other disabilities

Q: What is the difference between the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI)?

A: The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) are separate legal entities; however, staff and leadership are shared between RHF and RHI in order to ensure efficiency and effectiveness.

The Rick Hansen Foundation is a Public Foundation under the Income Tax Act, operating as a registered charity in Canada. The Foundation works to break down barriers for people with disabilities by raising awareness, changing attitudes, creating accessible spaces and inspiring an inclusive society. 
It does this by providing grants for equipment and assistance through our Quality of Life Program; offering free educational resources to schools to help educate kids on issues of disability, accessibility and inclusion; creating Planat, an innovative online tool that allows people with disabilities to view and rate the accessibility of places in their community and around the world.

The Rick Hansen Institute was established in 2008 with a mission to advance greater collaboration across the spinal cord injury (SCI) community, and to accelerate progress towards a cure for paralysis after SCI. RHI is designed to influence all elements of SCI treatment and care for newly, acutely and chronically injured individuals, including developing new therapies and decreasing the time required for research to be translated into real-life benefits. RHI is located in the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre, along with the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) and the Vancouver Coastal Health Spine Program. 

Q: What does RHF fund?

A: Since inception, funds raised by RHF have been directed towards the search for a cure for spinal cord injury and quality of life initiatives, through the support of charitable programs and research grants.

Over the last 30 years, the Rick Hansen Foundation has contributed over $140 million to individuals and organizations in need. 

Additionally, the Foundation has invested over $70 million in legacy and endowments to ensure a future for a variety of initiatives and innovations.

For more information about RHF programs and initiatives, please see our most recent Annual Report. 

Q: How does an individual or an organization apply for funding?

A: Individuals can apply for funding through RHF’s Quality of Life Program grants. Information about the Program, coverage, eligibility requirements, deadline dates, and more information can be found here.

Organizations who are qualified beneficiaries under Canadian Revenue Agency’s Charitable Rules and Regulations can apply to receive RHF funding.  As is the case with numerous charitable foundations, applications are reviewed by a committee and recommendations are put forward to the Board of Directors for approval. Please email info@rickhansen.com for more information. 

Q: How can I help raise funds for RHF?

A: You can get information about fundraising for the Foundation by visiting the Fundraising Ideas page of our website. We will walk you through the many options available to you, including how to plan a successful event or how to set up a personalized fundraising page.

Q: How can I make a donation to RHF?

A: There are three ways you can donate:

Donate Online
You can make a single online donation
You can make a monthly online donation
You can make a gift in honour or in memory
You can make a gift in support of an event or fundraiser

Donate by Mail
If you wish to donate by mail you can print off and fill out our monthly donation form, then mail to:    

Rick Hansen Foundation   
ATTN: Fundraising
300 – 3820 Cessna Drive   
Richmond, BC V7B 0A2   

Donate by Phone
If you would prefer to donate by phone using your credit card, please call our toll-free number 1-800-213-2131 ext. 1550 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PST. 

Tax Receipt Information
- You will receive a tax receipt regardless of your gift amount.
- A tax receipt will be mailed to you. Please be sure to provide your full name, mailing address, along with your gift amount and method of payment.
- If you make a secured online donation, you will automatically receive a tax receipt via e-mail.
- If you misplace your tax receipt,  please call us toll-free at 1-800-213-2131 ext. 1550, or email donations@rickhansen.com and we would be happy to send you a duplicate copy.

Q: Where can I find detailed financial information about RHF?

A: You can find detailed financial information in our Audited Financial Statements, our most recent Annual Report, and in the Foundation’s T3010, the Registered Charity Information Return we submit to the Canada Revenue Agency each year.

Q: How do I sign up for additional information about RHF?

A: If you’d like to get the latest news, updates on the progress of RHF’s new programs and initiatives, or information about upcoming events, sign up for our newsletter

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube for up-to-the-minute news, articles, photos, videos and more!

Q: How do I update my mailing preferences?

A:To update your mailing preferences or be removed from our mailing list, please contact us by phone at 1-855-518-7425 (1-855-518-RICK) or by email at info@rickhansen.com.

Q: How can I get in touch with someone at RHF?

A: For general questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us by email at info@rickhansen.com or by phone at 604-295-8149 (toll free: 1-800-213-2131).

For media inquiries and requests, please contact Dawn Tse, Publicist, at 778-296-1541 or dtse@rickhansen.com.

Q: Is the RHF website fully accessible?

A: We value the need for people with disabilities to fully participate as active citizens in their communities. We are currently developing our RHF website with specific consideration to meeting WCAG 2.0 guidelines. Thank you for your patience while we strive to achieve a fully inclusive user experience.

Q: How does RHF respect my privacy?

A: The Rick Hansen Foundation is keenly aware of the trust you place in us and of our responsibility to protect your privacy. As part of this responsibility, we are transparent in how we collect and use your information. Please read our full privacy policy for more information.