The act of philanthropy is a spiritual act, an expression of caring for one’s fellow human beings.
— ARTHUR FRANTZREB, Fundraising Pioneer —

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The continued success of Mariners’ House is made possible through the generous support of its donors, patrons, and volunteers.


How You Can Help


Monetary donations offer us the greatest flexibility for focused redeployment of well-wishing, and our website makes it painless to make a financial donation.

For the mere cost of two or three takeout coffees per month ($5-$10), you can make a one-time or continuing donation from your credit card through PayPal. The handling charge is very small. For those who prefer traditional methods of payment, we gratefully accept donations sent by cheque to our mailing address.

All financial donations are eligible for a charitable receipt.


Ships come and go every day of the year, so we have to be prepared to serve them, and that means we need staff or volunteers available 7 days/week. Volunteers are always welcome! As a volunteer, there are many things you can do to make a difference in the lives of seafarers, and to help keep Mariners’ House running smoothly.

If you’re interested in helping Mariners’ House fulfill its Mission to provide for the material, social, and spiritual well-being of seafarers, please contact us.


We also appreciate receiving magazines, books, jigsaw puzzles and warm clothing which we in turn donate to seafarers.

These articles are always in demand because they are popular sources of entertainment and comfort to seafarers.



Securities and Memorial Donations

Make a Donation of Stock or Mutual Funds and Save Taxes 

Canada’s tax incentives for charitable donations help you support your favorite charities, including Mariners’ House. Starting in May 2006, the Federal government made it especially attractive to donate eligible stocks or mutual funds instead of cash. For such securities that have grown in value and thus have an inherent capital gain, the new securities donation rules create a “win-win” situation for both donors and Mariners' House. 

How You Save By Donating Securities

All investors, whether during their lifetime or upon their death, must dispose of stock and other securities at some point. If your securities are sold for cash, you or your estate will pay the Federal government what could be a sizable tax amount if significant capital gains are realized. But if you donate eligible securities directly to Mariners’ House instead of selling them, you will eliminate the capital gains tax and will also get a tax-deductible receipt for the full market value of your securities (instead of only for the after-tax cash value). And you need no cash to make such a donation! Eligible securities are publicly-traded stocks (including Canadian and US stocks) or mutual funds. How you structure your charitable donations can be as important as the amounts you give, both to you and to Mariners' House. 

Counselors are Standing By...

Talk to Mariners’ House soon about how you might structure your donations in ways that can maximize the financial benefits of your gift for Mariners’ House as well as the tax benefits to you. Mariners’ House would require securities donations to have a market value of at least $250. For more information please call us at 514-849-3234. Mariners’ House also encourages you to contact your personal financial advisor before making any substantial gift. 

Bequests and Memorial Donations

You can also leave a legacy supporting your interests in Mariners’ House by naming Mariners’ House in your will. Your estate will receive a donation receipt for the full amount of the bequest. For further information please call Carolyn Osborne at 514-849-3234.


Please help us to continue offering assistance and friendship to the world’s seafarers!


“Mariners’ House is a wonderful organization to serve and support!”

— Every seafarer since 1862 —


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