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Bequests and Planned Gifts

Bequests and Planned Gifts

McGill University owes its very existence to the foresight of a generous planned gift. The University was founded in 1821 with a bequest from the estate of Scottish-born Montreal merchant James McGill. McGill has since grown from a small college to one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, thanks to the extraordinary legacy of many generations of supporters.

Create your own lasting legacy

Through your Will or other planned gift, you can create your own personal legacy at McGill that will empower future generations of students who in turn will go on to transform thousands of lives through their own contributions.

With easy and thoughtful planning, you can make provisions to recognize academic achievement or provide invaluable financial assistance, or you can support a faculty, school or department of your choice. You may also make your gift in honour or in memory of a special person in your life. Your legacy is your imprint that will ultimately leave a lasting impression on our students for many years to come.

How to make a transformative difference

A planned gift is a charitable donation which can be arranged during your lifetime, but is not available to the University until sometime in the future. Along with a gift in your Will through a bequest, there are other planning options that will also offer you financial benefits while allowing you to achieve your philanthropic goals and ultimately make a transformative difference.



Confirming your intentions

Have you included McGill in your estate plans? If so, we invite you to complete the Confidential Statement of Future Intent and return it to the Bequests & Planned Gifts Office. This document ensures that your wishes are fulfilled and that your gift is used as you have specified. You may direct your gift to support a specific faculty, school or department, or any other areas of your choice, such as scholarships, professorships, research and libraries. Unrestricted gifts are used by the University to address its most pressing needs at the time of receipt.

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. All requests for information are confidential.

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