Ways to Give
There are as many reasons to support McGill as there are students. Listed below are the most common ways that you can make a meaningful gift to provide students with the opportunities they need to contribute positively to the world around them and drive tomorrow’s society and economy.
You can support McGill University by giving online. Direct your gifts to McGill’s greatest needs, or choose to give towards scholarships and student aid, your faculty or school, the Library and more. It’s simple and means so much.
To make a donation online, use McGill’s secure and easy-to-use giving form by clicking Give Now anywhere on this website.
Telephone or Cheque
To give by telephone using your VISA, MasterCard or American Express, call us at 514-398-5000 or toll-free at 1-800-567-5175.
To give by mail, send a cheque, made payable to “McGill University,” to:
Donation and Record Services
1430 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3T3
If you pledged to make a gift when you were contacted by the McGill Student Phonathon, you will have received a printable pledge card. Don’t forget to fill it out and include it with your cheque when donating by mail.
Securities and Wire Transfers
Instructions for making a gift of securities
Please view the Securities Form PDF below for information on making a gift of securities:
Instructions for making a gift by wire transfer
Please view the Wire Instructions PDF below for information on making a gift by wire transfer:
For more information on securities and wire transfers, please call 514-398-2787 or email donations [at] mcgill.ca.
Gifts in Kind
Donors are welcome to make a “Gift in Kind” donation of property or a tangible item to McGill. This can include property such as real estate, works of art, book collections, equipment, furnishings, software and licensing. For more information, please consult our Gifts-in-Kind Policy.
For questions about gifts in kind, please call 514-398-2787 or email donations [at] mcgill.ca.
McGill Staff Payroll Deduction
Payroll deduction is a convenient way for McGill employees to contribute on a regular basis to almost any area of the University. Simply complete the following form for funds to be automatically deducted from your pay cheque.
For more information, please call 514-398-4436 or email afleadership.dev [at] mcgill.ca.
Matching gifts from companies that match employee donations are an easy way for you to increase the financial impact of your contribution – all at no extra cost to you!
Easy as 1, 2, 3
Follow these three easy steps and double the impact of your donation:
- Obtain your company's matching gift form (see below)
- Fill out the form and send it to McGill Matching Gift Program, 1430 Peel Street, Montreal, QC H3A 3T3
- McGill will contact your company and arrange for the matching gift.
Find your company’s matching gift program
Check whether your employer has a matching gift program and form:
Search for Canadian companies Search for U.S. companies
If your employer is not listed, you may still be able to take advantage of the matching gift program of a parent, subsidiary or affiliate company. Ask your HR department for information.
For more information about matching gifts, call 514-398-3748 or or email afleadership.dev [at] mcgill.ca.
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 Letter of 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.
McGill supporters in the United States, the United Kingdom and China have the opportunity to give to the University while benefitting from special programs in their own countries.
If you’re an international donor and you have questions about giving to McGill, please call 514-398-2787 or email donations [at] mcgill.ca.
Establishing an endowment is a great option for donors who wish to make large, transformative gifts to McGill that will not only have a direct and immediate impact but will also contribute to supporting the University in perpetuity.
When you endow a gift, it is structured so that the principal amount is invested and preserved, while only the investment income is used on an annual basis to benefit McGill. As a result, endowed gifts last forever by generating stable funding for donor-specified purposes, such as scholarships, fellowships, chairs, buildings, academic programs or the University’s greatest needs. Most endowments are named in honour of the donor and may be pledged over three to five years.
Administration of McGill’s endowment
Endowed funds will be maintained in perpetuity to be available for the purposes established by the donor. For this reason, the University adheres to the highest standards of stewardship and fiduciary responsibility for all endowment funds. The University endowment is managed actively by external and internal managers chosen and regularly evaluated according to guidelines approved by the Investment Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Governors, which also approves any changes in asset mix and distribution policy.
The overall objective is to obtain a total return (yield plus capital appreciation) that will provide an optimal, dependable source of income for the purposes specified for the endowment, while preserving the capital in real-dollar terms within the social and ethical norms of the University. Regular reports are made to donors in recognition of their importance to the University’s mission.
For more information on endowments, please call 514-398-2787 or email donations [at] mcgill.ca.
Corporate and Foundation Giving
Mutually beneficial partnerships with the private and non-profit sectors empower McGill to provide greater support for students, strengthen its academic programs and research initiatives, and have a positive impact in the greater community.
McGill’s Foundation and Corporate Relations team is the starting point for companies and charitable organizations who are interested in getting the greatest possible return on their philanthropic investment by giving to the University.
For more information on foundation and corporate giving, please contact:
Associate Director, Foundation Relations
melissa.poueymirou [at] mcgill.ca