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:

  • 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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  • Bequests

    Feel good about your gift now, but donate it later. A bequest is a gift in your will, which you can direct to U of T in general or designate to a particular faculty, college or other area of interest. As well, your estate will be eligible for a tax receipt that can be used in the year of death and the preceding year.

    Funds are usually bequeathed as a:
    Residual amount (e.g. a share or percentage of your estate) Specific dollar amount, a specific piece of personal use or other property

    Benefits of making a bequest:
    A bequest is a tax-effective means of supporting U of T. Your estate may claim gifts in the year of death equal to 100 per cent of your net income in that year and the preceding year. You have use of the asset while you are alive. You can designate your gift to a University priority that meets your interest, such as a scholarship, capital project, program or research.

    A bequest is revocable and can be changed if your financial circumstances change.

    Sample bequest wording:

    “To pay to The Governing Council of the University of Toronto ___% of the residue of my estate [or the sum of $____________.] This gift is to be used for such purposes and designs as deemed appropriate by The Governing Council of the University of Toronto.

    Sample bequest forms by division:

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@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:

    Erin Clifford
    Student Awards Officer
    University Advancement
    21 King’s College Circle
    Room 314
    University of Toronto
    Toronto, Ontario
    Tel: 1-416-978-5701
    erin.clifford@utoronto.ca

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  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

    Arrange a trust for U of T using cash, bonds, securities, real estate or another tangible asset. A charitable remainder trust—like a gift of residual interest—allows you to arrange your legacy gift now and receive an immediate tax receipt, while enjoying the interest income or use of the gifted asset for life.

    To establish a charitable remainder trust, you fund the gift by irrevocably transferring assets (a sum of money, securities, personal or real property) into a trust to be managed by a trustee (a financial institution, yourself, a lawyer or other individual). A trust document names the interest income beneficiary (you or an alternative individual based on one life, joint lives, or for a fixed term) and names U of T as the remainder beneficiary. You receive a receipt based on the net present value of the remainder interest.

    Benefits of a charitable remainder trust gift:
    Receive a charitable tax receipt for the net present value of the remainder interest in the trust when the gift is made. (Net present value is based on the anticipated number of years you or another assigned beneficiary will receive the interest income from the trust, according to current fair market value and the appropriate annual discount rate.) Carry the excess tax credit forward for up to five years if your gift exceeds 75 per cent of your net income in the year the gift is made. Experience freedom from investment worries while receiving lifetime income from the donated asset. Avoid probate. Charitable remainder trusts are less susceptible to being contested, and provide privacy. Designate your gift to a university priority that meets your interest, such as a scholarship, capital project, program or research.

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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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

    Gifts-in-kind may be added to the University’s collections for the enjoyment of future generations of students and faculty. Proceeds from gifts-in-kind that are to be liquidated upon the transfer of ownership to U of T, help to maintain U of T’s position as Canada’s top ranked university.

    If you are considering a gift of property, such as art collections, rare books, academic papers, musical scores, real estate or other valuables, please contact us first. Real estate, Certified cultural property or Corporate inventory property involve special consideration when given as a charitable gift.
    Benefits of making a gift-in-kind:

    Receive a tax receipt for the appraised fair-market value determined on the day the gift is made. Claim charitable donations up to 75 per cent of your net income, plus claim 25 per cent of the taxable capital gain resulting from a gift of appreciated capital property. A five year carry forward on unused donation amounts is permitted.

    Gifts-in-kind of national importance that are eligible for certification under the federal Cultural Property Export and Import Act may be claimed up to 100 per cent of your net annual income in the year of the gift, and any capital gain triggered by the gift is exempt from inclusion as income.

    Designate your gift to any area of the University, such as the University Art Centre, the University of Toronto Libraries, scholarships, buildings, programs, faculties, divisions or departments, to use at their discretion

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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  • Gifts of Residual Interest

    You can donate your personal property today, continue to make full use of it, and enjoy an immediate tax benefit. If you are considering a donation of real estate, please contact us first.

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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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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  • Life Insurance

    Could there be a better policy than supporting the University’s success? You can donate life insurance by transferring ownership and beneficiary status of an existing or new policy to U of T. Alternatively, you can simply name U of T as the beneficiary of your policy.

    Gifts of life insurance are made by transferring ownership of an existing or new policy to U of T. You receive a tax receipt for premiums paid after the date of transfer. You can also name U of T as beneficiary of your policy—the resulting tax credit will reduce estate taxes and increase the after-tax value of your estate for other beneficiaries.

    A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to make a difference. A modest annual premium paid over time will result in a significant future legacy.

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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  • RRIFs & RRSPs

    U of T and other charitable organizations can be a named beneficiary on registered retirement plan documents. A tax receipt for the value of the investment gifted will be issued to the donor’s estate (this may be all or part of the assets in the plan) and applied towards the final income tax return.

    Benefits of making a gift of RRSPs or RRIFs:
    RRSPs/RRIFs gifts are a tax-effective means of supporting U of T.You have use of the retirement saving investment while you are alive. Your estate may claim gifts in the year of death equal to 100 per cent of your net income in that year and the preceding year. RRSPs/RRIFs become fully taxable as income in the year of death, usually at the highest marginal tax rate, unless any remaining funds in a RRSP/RRIF account can be rolled over to a surviving spouse or a dependant child. You can designate your gift to a university priority that meets your interest, such as a scholarship, capital project, program or research.

    RRSPs/RRIFs gifts are revocable and can be changed if your financial circumstances change.
    Avoid probate. Gifts of RRSPs/RRIFs are less susceptible to being contested than a charitable bequest, and provide privacy.

    What you should know about arranging a RRSPs/RRIFs gift:
    U of T is pleased to assist you by providing sample wording to ensure the University can accept your gift as you intend.

    Please use the legal name “Governing Council of the University of Toronto” in your RRSP/RRIF beneficiary designation clause. Our BIN# is 108162330RR0001.
    Have a question? Please contact us:

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, GIFT PLANNING
    Tel: 416-978-3846
    or toll free at 1-800-463-6048
    Fax: 416-946-7574
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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  • Stocks & Securities

    Donating publicly traded stock and securities is a tax-smart way to support the University of Toronto. You will receive a tax receipt for the full appreciated value of a donation of publicly traded stock or securities, and you will not be subject to any capital gains tax.

    Eligible securities include shares, debt obligations or rights listed on a prescribed 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.

    The simplest way to make your gift of stock or securities is to have the shares electronically transferred from your account to U of T’s account. Staff in the Gift Planning office will guide you through the process and provide you with necessary information. The receipt value will be based on the closing trading price on the day U of T receives delivery of the shares. As with any gift, you may designate the use of the value of the securities or leave the gift unrestricted.

    Benefits of making gifts of stock and securities:
    Capital gains tax on publicly listed stocks and securities are exempt on gifts made as of May 2, 2006 when you donate your shares to U of T rather than selling and donating the proceeds (see example below)
    Value of your tax receipt will be based on the market closing price on the day U of T takes legal receipt of your stock or securities into our brokerage account. Claim charitable donations up to 75 per cent of your net income. A five year carry forward on any unused donation amount is permitted

    Designate your gift to a university priority that meets your interest, such as scholarships, capital projects, programs or research.

    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.

    Taxable Gain$40,000$0

    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
    Tax Credit (at 50%) $50,000 $50,000
    Tax on Gain (at 50%) $20,000 $0
    Tax Savings $30,000 $50,000

    Gifts of Employee Stock Options
    Donors making a gift of shares acquired through an employee stock option plan of a publicly traded company also receive favourable treatment as of the Federal Budget of May 2, 2006. Under the new legislation, the inclusion of the employee benefit (income) for tax purposes is reduced to zero if the shares are donated within 30 days of their acquisition. This change is designed to parallel the capital gains inclusion rate for donations of publicly traded securities.

    Have a question? Please contact us:

    ESTATES AND SECURITIES OFFICER
    Tel: 416-978-2214, toll-free at 1-800-463-6048
    gift.plan@utoronto.ca

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