Leave a legacy
Make a significant and long-lasting impact at Dalhousie University. We understand that estate and gift planning is deeply personal. Your confidentiality during this planning process is assured.
There are many ways to support Dalhousie through your estate planning. Here are the most common types of planned gifts we receive:
- Specific bequest: A gift of a set amount of money or a specific asset, such as property or securities.
- Residual bequest: A gift of all or a share of whatever is left in the estate after expenses and other legacy gifts have been distributed.
- Contingent bequest: A gift to Dalhousie only if a certain event occurs (if the primary beneficiary does not survive the donor, for example).
- Unrestricted: Your bequest can be given outright, without restrictions. We will use it towards Dalhousie’s greatest needs.
- Restricted: You may wish your gift to be used for a specific purpose, such as to support research, fund a lectureship or to create a permanent (endowed) scholarship or bursary fund in your or a loved one’s name.
Sample bequest clauses
General clause: To make an unrestricted bequest to Dalhousie through your will, we suggest the following legal wording:
I give, devise and bequeath the sum of __________ dollars (or a designated property or portion of estate) to Dalhousie University, both the principal and income to be derived there from to be used in such manner as the Board of Governors of the said University shall from time to time determine.
Vary to purpose clause: At times, circumstances make the specified use of a gift no longer practical or desirable, for instance, if a program is revised or research interests change. For this reason we urge you to insert the following clause in your will:
In the event it becomes difficult or no longer practical to achieve the original purpose of this gift, I authorize Dalhousie University to make changes in its use, keeping as far as possible with the spirit and general intent of the gift.
A charitable bequest to Dalhousie may provide a significant tax advantage for your estate. Your executor can claim charitable bequests equal to 100 per cent of the income on your final two tax returns.
- Contribute a paid-up insurance policy you already own and receive a tax receipt for its cash surrender value. If premiums are still required, all future premiums paid by you will be eligible for a tax receipt.
- Take out a new policy in Dalhousie’s name and receive a tax receipt for all the premiums you pay.
- Name Dalhousie as the beneficiary (rather than owner) of an insurance policy,
- Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) and your estate will receive a tax receipt for the amount of the proceeds paid to Dalhousie.
- Irrevocable: You receive a tax receipt now for the present value of the remainder interest. Irrevocable trusts are not subject to probate.
- Revocable: Your estate receives the tax receipt when the assets are delivered to the university.
Please contact Director of Planned Giving, Ian Lewer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902.494.6981.