We are asking families, individuals, or businesses to give a “tenth of a tenth” of their annual income, yearly to the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada. The Dasvand translates to “tenth part” and refers to the practice among Sikhs of contributing one-tenth of their hard work and honest earnings towards the common resources of the community in the name of the Guru. Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s own Gurbani outlines the concept of Dasvand in the line: One who works for what he eats, and gives some of what he has – O Nanak, he knows the Path (1)” (SGGS p 1245). In the time of Guru Amar Das Ji, Sikhs were encouraged to set aside a minimum of ten percent (Dasvand) of their income for the common cause.

Making a Difference

 Did you know that by donation to the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada you will receive a return of up to 40% (Federal & Provincial) for your generosity. In fact, if you are a first time donor since 2007 you can take advantage of the First Time Donor Super Credit offered by the CRA, one time, from 2013-2017. This new credit effectively adds 25% to the rates used in the calculation of the CDTC for up to $1,000 of monetary donations. Finally, employers or companies have a matching program for employees who donate to a registered Canadian charity like the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada (SHMC). Please consult with your employer to find out more. Below is an example of what “tenth of a tenth” looks like for different income levels:

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