There are many different ways to donate to U of T — from writing a cheque to leaving instructions in your will. All donations help our students who are being taught ideas and skills necessary to shape our world in the coming decades. Explore our donation options to discover which option(s) best suits your financial and philanthropic goals:

  • Bequests and other Planned Gifts

    Feel good about your gift now, but donate it later.
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  • Annual Fund

    Every annual gift has an impact on our students at U of T. And collectively, gifts of all sizes will make a significant contribution to the Boundless campaign. You can give to the college, faculty or program that matters most to you—or you can make an unrestricted donation toward the University’s greatest needs.

    Donors who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more are recognized at the Leadership Level.

    And you can double your impact with our Corporate Matching Gift program. Please see below for more details.

    To make a gift, or for more information, please contact:

    Donations Management
    Tel: 1-416-978-0811
    donations.management@utoronto.ca

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  • Boundless Promise Matching Program

    Philanthropic support is essential to nurturing the promise of our most talented students. The new Boundless Promise Program will match donations of $25,000 or more in support of needs-based awards at the University.

    These matching funds, drawn from our operating fund, go above and beyond what we already commit to student financial aid annually. When a donor makes such a gift, that benefaction is invested in our endowment, which in turn generates a permanent annual payout for the student award. This remarkable giving opportunity will make a lasting impact in the lives of our students and the future of our country.

    The minimum threshold for matching is $25,000 endowed. Using this sum as an example, here is how the matching works:

    boundless promise matching diagram

    Through University matching, the impact of the donor’s gift is thereby doubled. As stated above, U of T will maintain this match in perpetuity. Donors may designate their awards to a specific area of study as well as name the awards in accordance with the University’s Naming Guidelines.

    Learn more: Boundless Promise Matching Program (PDF)

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    Carmen Sebert
    Student Awards Officer
    University Advancement
    21 King’s College Circle
    Room 314
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    Tel: 1-416-978-5701
    carmen.sebert@utoronto.ca

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  • Charitable Gift Annuities

    A Gift That Gives Back

    Charitable Gift Annuities provide both immediate support to U of T and a secure income stream for your lifetime. Depending upon your age, this income may be 100 per cent tax-free.

    A portion of the total contribution is used to purchase the annuity from a licensed insurance company, while the balance is retained by U of T as an immediate donation, for which you receive a charitable tax receipt.

    The gift portion can support the University’s greatest needs, or you can designate it to a University priority that meets your interests.

    Benefits of a Charitable gift Annuity

    • You receive a guaranteed income for life. Annuity rates are typically much higher than the return on guaranteed income investments.
    • Depending on your age, a substantial portion or all of the annuity payment is tax-free.
    • You receive a charitable tax receipt for the gift portion.

    Example — A Charitable Gift Annuity for an 80-year-old:

    A transfer of $75,000 creates annual payments of $3,951, guaranteed for life, while $25,000 becomes the gift portion to U of T and the amount of your charitable tax receipt.


    For more information, please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    University Advancement, University of Toronto
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

    J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House
    21 King’s College Circle
    Toronto ON M5S 3J3


    BOUNDLESS LEADERSHIP: When you finalize your bequest or other planned gift, you will be invited to join the King’s College Circle Heritage Society, the University’s recognition society for such gifts. Click here for more information.

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  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    Double or triple the impact of your gift with the help of your employer. Hundreds of companies in North America will match contributions made to U of T by their employees. Some companies will even match gifts contributed by spouses or retired employees. Is your company a matching gift company? Search our list of Canadian companies or U.S. companies that will match your donation.

    Contact your Human Resources department to obtain a matching gift form and complete your portion. Then, include the form when you send in your gift to the University and we will take care of the rest. That is all it takes to double or even triple the good you do.

    Is your company a matching gift company?

    Search for Canadian matching gift companies:

    Search for U.S. matching gift companies:

    Have a question? Please contact us:
    Donations Management
    Tel: 1-416-978-0811
    donations.management@utoronto.ca

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  • Faculty and Staff Campaign

    Every day, U of T’s faculty and staff give their time and energy to help our students reach their boundless potential. Every year, many faculty and staff go above and beyond with a financial donation to the Faculty and Staff Campaign, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars annually and demonstrates to the wider community that we believe in our workplace.

    You may make a one-time gift or an ongoing donation through convenient payroll deduction. And you can direct your support to your own college, faculty, division or program—or to any area that is meaningful to you.

    To make a gift, or for more information, please contact:

    Donations Management
    Tel: 1-416-978-0811
    donations.management@utoronto.ca

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  • Gifts in Kind

    A personal and meaningful way to give

    A wide range of non-cash donations, such as books, real estate, artwork, special equipment and other tangible personal property, are commonly referred to as gifts in kind. These gifts may enhance an academic department or a U of T collection.

    The following types of property require special consideration and consultation with the University to ensure that they support its academic priorities:

    • Real estate
    • Certified cultural property
    • Personal book collections

    Benefits of a gift in kind:

    • You receive a charitable tax receipt for the appraised, fair market value determined on the day the gift is made;
    • Gifts in kind can be made during your lifetime, or through your estate by including instructions in your will;
    • You can designate your gift to any area of the University, such as the U of T Libraries, a U of T gallery, or to programs, faculties, schools, departments or divisions.



    When the donation is made, the University will either add the donated
    item(s) to its collections or it will liquidate the asset, depending on a mutually agreed-upon course of action.

    Giving Gifts in Kind Through Your Estate:

    It is important to contact our office before arranging this type of bequest to ensure that it supports U of T’s academic priorities.


    For more information, please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    University Advancement, University of Toronto
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

    J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House
    21 King’s College Circle
    Toronto ON M5S 3J3


    BOUNDLESS LEADERSHIP: When you finalize your bequest or other planned gift, you will be invited to join the King’s College Circle Heritage Society, the University’s recognition society for such gifts. Click here for more information.

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  • International Gifts

    Not a resident of Canada? Alumni and friends around the world can still help
    U of T in its mission.

    University of Toronto alumni and their families (family members are defined as: spouses, children, grandchildren, parents and siblings) may make donations directly to the University of Toronto and use the University of Toronto charitable receipt for their U.S. income tax returns under the Canada-United States Income Tax Convention.

    American citizens (or residents) who are not alumni or related to alumni of the University of Toronto, as well as corporations, foundations, estates and trusts requiring a U.S. tax receipt, can contribute to the University through The Associates of the University of Toronto, Inc., established in 1947 to facilitate donations. The Associates is a not-for-profit organization recognized under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, Section 501(c)(3).

    For more information on giving to U of T through the Associates, please call toll free 1-800-699-1736 or e-mail associates.ut@utoronto.ca.

    Donations may be sent to:
    Mr. Gary Kaufman,
    Treasurer, The Associates of the University of Toronto, Inc.
    58 West 84th Street, #2F
    New York, NY 10024 USA

    For U.S. Gifts,
    call 1-800-699-1736
    or contact us at associates.ut@utoronto.ca

    Additional information:
    View tax information (PDF):
    Canada-US Income Tax Treaty
    View the Financial Statements and Form 990 for the Associates of the University of Toronto (PDF):
    Financial Statement 2012-2013
    Financial Statement 2011-2012

    Federal Tax Return (Form 990) for 2013 (1 of 3)
    Federal Tax Return (Form 990) for 2013 (2 of 3)
    Federal Tax Return (Form 990) for 2013 (3 of 3)
    Federal Tax Return (Form 990) for 2012

    CHAR 500 Annual Filing for 2013
    CHAR 500 Annual Filing for 2012


    Hong Kong

    The University of Toronto Hong Kong Foundation solicits and receives donations for scholarships, enabling undergraduate students from Hong Kong with financial need to attend the University of Toronto. Visit the site.

    United Kingdom
    Residents of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who are interested in making a gift to the University of Toronto are asked to contact the office of Gift Planning, Division of University Advancement at 416-978-3846 or email: gift.plan@utoronto.ca.

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  • Stocks & Securities

    Tax-smart giving

    Donating publicly traded stocks and securities is a tax-smart way to support U of T. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for the fair market value of the donated security and you will not pay tax on any capital gain.

    You can support the University’s greatest needs or you may designate your gift to a University priority that meets your interests.

    Eligible gifts of stocks and securities include shares, debt obligations or rights listed on a designated stock exchange, a share of the capital stock of a mutual fund corporation, a unit of a mutual fund trust, an interest in a related segregated fund trust, or a prescribed debt obligation.

    Benefits of gifts of stocks and securities:

    • The capital gain inclusion rate is zero when eligible stock or securities are donated directly to U of T. If you sell the shares and donate the proceeds, you will be required to pay capital gains tax.
    • The value of your charitable tax receipt will be based on the market closing price on the day that U of T receives your stock or securities in its brokerage account.
    • Donors making a gift of shares acquired through an employee stock option plan of a publicly traded company benefit from the favourable treatment of a zero capital gain inclusion rate. To be eligible for this benefit, you must donate these shares in the same calendar year and within 30 days of their acquisition.



    Example: Jeff decided to support U of T with a gift of $100,000. When reviewing whether he should sell his shares in a publicly-listed corporation and then donate the cash proceeds, or donate the shares directly, Jeff learned that he would have a greater net tax benefit by donating the shares directly to U of T. The chart below assumes a tax rate of 50 per cent.

    SELL SHARES & DONATE CASH DONATE SHARES DIRECTLY
    Fair Market Value $100,000 $100,000
    Cost Basis $20,000 $20,000
    Capital Gain $80,000 $80,000
    Taxable Gain $40,000 $0
    Tax Credit (at 50%) $50,000 $50,000
    Tax on Gain (at 50%) $20,000 $0
    Tax Savings $30,000 $50,000


    Gifts of securities through your estate:

    When your executor donates securities, your estate does not pay capital gains tax on the appreciated securities and it also benefits from the full charitable tax receipt.



    If you have a question or wish to arrange a gift of securities, please contact us:

    ESTATES AND SECURITIES OFFICER
    University Advancement, University of Toronto
    Tel: 416-978-2214
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

    J. Robert S. Prichard Alumni House
    21 King’s College Circle
    Toronto ON M5S 3J3


    BOUNDLESS LEADERSHIP: When you finalize your bequest or other planned gift, you will be invited to join the King’s College Circle Heritage Society, the University’s recognition society for such gifts. Click here for more information.

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