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You can donate securities to CCLA with this form:

CCLA Stock Donation Form

By donating to CCLA you will be eligible for a tax receipt.

If you have any questions about donating stocks, please call us at (416)-646-1404.

A bequest in your will is one of the easiest ways to provide for the future of CCLA. For instance, you can direct your bequest to be used to fund the general purposes of the CCLA or you can direct your bequest to fund our vital legal challenges or our classroom work.

When no one can or will effectively stand up to power, or fight for Canadians’ rights and freedoms, we get to work. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association puts up a hand to ask about minorities, the vulnerable or powerless, and the fundamental freedoms needed for any democracy. And we’ll go to court to fight for those rights, often alone — a David versus the Goliath of governments. CCLA might not exist today without the bequests left in its name, in the wills and estates of Canadians.

BENEFITS OF MAKING A BEQUEST
  • You have the satisfaction of knowing that your legacy gift will support the fight for the rights and freedoms of all Canadians
  • Giving a percentage of your estate keeps your gift in line with your assets as they may change in value over time.
  • Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount received.
  • A bequest produces a tax credit of up to 100 percent of your estate’s taxable income on your final income tax return. This credit may be carried back to the previous year.
  • If you leave property such as stocks or real estate that has appreciated in value, your gift may be exempt from capital gains.

In each instance, you should consult with an estates and trusts lawyer as regards what makes most sense for you, given your particular and unique circumstances.

How to make a bequest

If you currently have a will and wish to change it to leave a benefit to the CCLA, your lawyer can prepare a codicil. A codicil is a testamentary document which amends your will and that allows you to make a change while leaving the rest of the provisions as is. If you are preparing a new will or a codicil, discuss your wishes and intentions with your lawyer, who will help you draft the appropriate clauses.

Here are sample bequest wordings:

A BEQUEST IN SUPPORT OF CCLA:

I hereby devise and bequeath to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 900 – 90 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON, M4P 2Y3, (state share or percentage of estate or specific amount). I direct this money to be used for the general purposes of the organization.

A BEQUEST IN SUPPORT OF CCLA IN PERPETUITY:

I hereby devise and bequeath to the trustees of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, 900 – 90 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON, M4P 2Y3, (state share or percentage of estate or specific amount). I direct this money be held and kept invested in perpetuity with the annual income generated [OR] the annual income and so much of the capital as the trustees in their discretion consider appropriate.

BEQUESTS TYPES

Specific bequest: CCLA receives a stated sum of money, or specific property such as real estate, securities, or other items. 

Contingent bequest: CCLA receives all or part of your estate if other named beneficiaries have died before you. 

Residual bequest: CCLA receives all or a percentage of the remainder of your estate, once other specific bequests have been fulfilled. 

Trust remainder bequest: the named beneficiary receives, for example, the income from a trust or the income and possible discretionary capital encroachments, as established by the terms your will. When the named beneficiaries die, all or part of what remains of the trust goes to CCLA subject again to the terms of your will.


To explore opportunities for capital gifts, please contact our Executive Director, Michael Bryant mbryant@ccla.org 416 646 1400.

If you would like to make a donation via cheque, please mail a cheque made out to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association to 900 – 90 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3. If you have any questions about our work or about your donation, please contact us at (416) 646 1404.