What will your legacy be?
Over the last 200 years, McGill has produced Nobel laureates, Olympic medalists, top medical professionals, and world leaders. Its alumni have advanced global progress across nearly every field of endeavour – and it all began with a legacy gift.
A legacy gift is a charitable donation that is arranged during your lifetime but not available until sometime in the future, such as a bequest left in a will. It’s an opportunity to:
Maximize your impact: A legacy gift is often a donor’s most significant gift.
Minimize your tax burden: There may be financial benefits.
Create a lasting legacy for years to come: Legacy gifts can immortalize donors or loved ones, and endowed gifts live on in perpetuity.
So whether you want to support McGill’s brilliant students, award-winning researchers, or the University’s greatest needs, you can ensure your gift will help McGill build a better, fairer and more prosperous world.
Dr. Tanner’s scholarship means so much to me. It is through her good work and generosity that her name will be remembered among the McGill community.”
- Maria Haddad, BSc’20. Recipient of the Jurate Tanner Scholarship in Science.
Make your mark
Legacy gifts can support the areas that are most meaningful to you. Potential gift ideas include:
Student awards: Support opportunities that open doors for the best and brightest, or those most in need. Student awards can be established in your name or named in honour of someone else.
Research that changes lives: You can help bring transformative research to life. Support McGill’s academic researchers through Faculty awards, a Chair position, or research support funds.
McGill’s Greatest Needs: Foster new discoveries and create exceptional student experiences for generations to come.
The Dean’s Legacy Fund: The endowed Dean’s Legacy Fund gives you the opportunity to perpetuate support of your Faculty, and it empowers deans to be more agile when faced with funding challenges or opportunities for innovation.
Being a McGill graduate means a lot to me. And it’s important to pay things forward. McGill supported me. I will support McGill.”
- Kevin LaRoche, LLB’85
Tailored to your goals, needs and timeline:
Bequest: Including McGill in your will means keeping control of your assets today and making a world of difference tomorrow.
Life insurance: Designate McGill as a beneficiary of a new or existing policy.
Retirement plan assets: A strategic choice that may minimize estate taxes.
Charitable gift annuities: Enjoy the peace of mind of receiving income now and making an impact later.
Charitable remainder trust: Ensure a steady stream of income for you and your beneficiaries while making a long-term impact at McGill.
I’m proud of my McGill degree, and I feel fortunate for my opportunities. That’s why I’m leaving a bequest.”
- Bob Novelline, BSc’65
Planning your gift
Through estate planning, you can both provide for your beneficiaries and support charitable causes. We encourage you to discuss your intentions with your loved ones.
Those considering a legacy gift should consult their own legal, tax, and/or financial advisors. McGill’s Bequests and Planned Gifts office would be pleased to speak with you and your advisors.
Meet the Challenge. Leave your legacy gift today.
Have you included McGill in your estate plans?
Please let us know. Completing a simple form helps McGill ensure that your estate plans are carried out and allows us to express our appreciation during your lifetime.