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Charitable remainder trusts

Make a major donation of capital while you continue to receive the income.

Create a charitable remainder trust (CRT) with a bank or a trust company. See below for how you may benefit from setting up a CRT.

Make a gift outside of your will

A CRT can be set up independently from your will. This means your intentions remain confidential and the capital is protected against potential challenges to your estate.

Benefit from tax deductions

You may receive an immediate tax receipt for the present value of the CRT. US taxpayers may benefit from a tax-smart strategy to transform an appreciated asset into lifetime income.

Support yourself and your loved ones

You or your designated beneficiaries will receive income for a specified term. The remainder of the funds will be donated to the University.

Choose your cause

Support the area of the University you’re most passionate about. Let us know if you’d like to give to the University’s greatest needs, your faculty or another initiative.

Know the essentials

  • Speak with your tax advisor to determine if a CRT is the right vehicle for you
  • For more information, contact McGill’s Bequests and Planned Gifts team
  • Our Charitable Registration Number for Revenue Canada is: 11912 8981 RR0001
  • All charitable trusts by U.S. citizens must be in the name of “The Friends of McGill University, Inc.”
  • The Friends of McGill University, Inc. Tax exempt number for the IRS in the United States is: 23-7054819
  • For US taxpayers donating a CRT, a donor receives income for life or a term of years, not to exceed 20 years.

Legal notes

1. Information on this site is of a general nature and not intended to constitute financial or legal advice. Please consult your income tax, financial and/or legal advisors before arranging a planned gift.

2. All requests for information are confidential.

The 200 for 200 Legacy Challenge

McGill will soon celebrate its 200th anniversary, marking 200 years of excellence in research, discovery and learning. To commemorate this special occasion, the University seeks to secure 200 legacy gifts.  

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