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

A: The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is a registered Canadian charity (registration # 10765 9427 RR 0001) that creates and delivers innovative solutions that lead to a global movement to remove barriers and liberate the potential of people with disabilities. 

Today, the Foundation is leading the movement to remove physical barriers to accessibility and inclusion in Canada for people with disabilities. See our programs.

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2. 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 non-profit organizations. Inspired by the belief that anything is possible, Rick Hansen began the Man in Motion World Tour in 1985, wheeling 40,000 km over two years. The Rick Hansen Foundation, established in 1988, has made transformational change in raising awareness and removing barriers for people with disabilities and funding research  for the cure and care of people with spinal cord injuries. Today, the Foundation is leading the movement to remove physical barriers to accessibility and inclusion in Canada for people with disabilities. 

Established in 2008, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) is a not-for-profit organization that works to drive innovation in spinal cord injury research and care in order to improve the lives of people living with spinal cord injury in Canada and around the world. 

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3. Q: Where does funding for the Rick Hansen Foundation come from?

A: RHF generates revenue from federal and provincial government grants, as well as donations from a wide range of individuals and organizations that support our mission and vision.  The Foundation also earns income on endowments and investments.

Our Annual Reports are available on our website to ensure we provide the highest level of accountability and transparency to our donors and other stakeholders.

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4. Q: What does the Rick Hansen Foundation 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. For more information about our programs, please see our most recent Annual Report

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5. Q: How does an organization apply for funding via the BC Accessibility Grants Program?

A: Any non-profit or for-profit commercial, institutional, or multi-unit residential site in BC that has completed an RHFAC rating can apply for funding to complete an accessibility improvement project through our BC Accessibility Grants Program. To receive funding:

  • Non-profit organizations must be listed as qualified donees under Canadian Revenue Agency’s Charitable Rules and Regulations.
  • For-profit businesses must provide matching funds.

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6. Q: Does RHF provide individual funding for people with disabilities?

A: Unfortunately, the Foundation does not currently have a grants program for individuals with disabilities. 

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7. Q: How can I make a donation to RHF?

A: There are three ways you can donate: 

  1. Online - You can make a secured single online or monthly donation. You can make a secured gift in honour or in memory.  
  2. Mail - Please 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
  3. Phone - Please call our toll-free number 1-800-213-2131 ext. 1550 between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm PST.

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8. Q: How can I get a duplicate tax receipt for my donation?

A: If you misplace your tax receipt, please email donations@rickhansen.com  or call 1-800-213-2131 ext. 1550 to request a duplicate tax receipt.

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9. Q: How can I help raise funds for RHF?

A: Thank you for your interest in raising money for RHF! You can get information about fundraising by visiting our Fundraising page.

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

A: You can find detailed financial information in our most recent Annual Reports.

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11. Q: How do I update my mailing preferences?

A: To update your contact information or to be removed from any of our email and/or mailing lists, please contact info@rickhansen.com with your request and include your name and email and/or mailing address. 

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12. Q: How does RHF respect my privacy?

A: The Rick Hansen Foundation is 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.

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