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Alexander Henderson, Spring Inundation, near Montreal, 1865. MP-0000.308.5, McCord Stewart Museum

Planned giving

Leave the McCord Stewart Museum a lasting legacy. A planned gift is the result of financial, tax or estate planning. It allows you to achieve your philanthropic goals while taking into account your personal, family and tax situation. Whatever the amount, your planned gift will help us ensure the sustainability of the McCord Stewart Museum.

To this end, the Foundation offers a variety of ways for you to contribute to the Museum’s mission now or in the future. Explore the different options available to you and make your choice. Each of them allows you to benefit from interesting tax advantages for you or your estate.

For all the details, we invite you to download the complete brochure.

Types of planned giving

Charitable bequests

Charitable bequests are a simple way to leave the McCord Stewart Museum a very valuable legacy. A gift in your will is a future commitment that does not hinder your current financial security, because you retain control over your assets and the right to alter your donation during your lifetime.

To make a bequest, simply name the McCord Museum Foundation as the beneficiary of a specific asset, sum of money, or share of your estate. Such gifts are adapted to suit your desires, and no bequest is too small to make a difference. Your estate will receive a tax receipt for the total amount of the gift, which helps reduce the taxes owing after you die.

Gifts of publicly listed securities

When you donate publicly listed securities (shares, bonds, or mutual fund units registered on a Canadian, American or international stock market) directly to the McCord Museum Foundation, you benefit from greater tax savings than if you donate the proceeds after selling such instruments first.

When you gift publicly listed securities, you avoid paying tax on the capital gain. However, if you sell your securities first and then donate the proceeds, you will have to pay tax on 50% of the capital gain.

To donate securities, simply follow the instructions we will send you explaining what is needed for your financial institution or broker to electronically transfer your securities to the McCord Museum Foundation. Following this transaction, you will receive a tax receipt for the full market value of the securities on the date your gift is transferred to the Foundation’s account.

Gifting securities is an effective strategy for minimizing the fiscal impact of your investments. If you own a management company, it may be more advantageous to have the company donate the securities. We advise you to consult your tax specialist.

Gifts of life insurance

Life insurance offers a simple, flexible way to make a substantial gift at an affordable price. There are different ways to give, depending on your situation:

Purchase a new policy If you purchase a new policy and name the McCord Museum Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary, each year you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the annual premiums you pay to maintain the policy. Upon your death, the Foundation will receive the death benefit, but your estate will not be entitled to a charitable receipt. Donating a new life insurance policy is an option for all insurable donors, but it is especially advantageous for younger people who generally pay lower premiums.

Name the McCord Museum Foundation as the beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy If you expect your estate to be subject to a large tax bill upon your death and would like to defer any charitable tax credits, you can name the McCord Museum Foundation as the sole or partial beneficiary of a life insurance policy while remaining the owner of this policy during your lifetime.

You can designate the Foundation as a beneficiary directly in your insurance policy or add a note to your will that you bequeath all or part of your policy to the McCord Museum Foundation. You will not receive any tax receipts during your lifetime but, upon your death, your estate will receive a receipt in the amount of the death benefit bequeathed to the Foundation. This option enables you to make a sizable donation while maintaining control over your policy.

Transfer ownership of an existing policy For a variety of reasons, you may find that a policy purchased some time ago is no longer needed. In such a case, you can opt to transfer ownership of the policy to the McCord Museum Foundation. You will then receive a charitable receipt for the fair market value of the policy, as calculated by an actuary. Ever since 2007, when ownership of an existing policy is transferred to a charitable organization and the charity is named the irrevocable beneficiary, the donor receives a tax receipt for the fair market value of the policy rather than the cash surrender value. In addition, if the policy is not yet paid up, you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the annual premiums you pay. However, this transfer may result in a taxable gain if the cash surrender value exceeds the adjusted cost basis. We suggest you speak with your broker or insurance company to determine the specifics of your policy.

Gifts of RRSPs/RRIFs

RRSPs and RRIFs are among the most heavily taxed assets upon the owner’s death, because the full amount is added to the deceased’s income the year of death, unless the plan is transferred to a spouse. However, upon the surviving spouse’s death, these funds cannot be transferred without triggering taxes, leaving the estate with a major tax bill.

Upon your death, naming the McCord Museum Foundation as the sole or partial beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF helps lower your estate’s tax bill, thanks to the charitable receipt for the funds donated to the Foundation. In addition, you maintain full control over your RRSP and/or RRIF as well as the right to modify your donation during your lifetime.

During your lifetime, you may find that you do not need the income from mandatory RRIF withdrawals since they only increase the amount of your taxable income, depriving you of certain tax benefits. If so, you may want to donate an amount directly from your RRIF. When withdrawing these funds, you will be subject to taxes withheld at source, unless you make a special request ahead of time to avoid this withholding. If you have not made this request and had it approved by both levels of government, your official charitable receipt will enable you to recover part of this tax.

Cultural patronage

Cultural patronage is a gesture that helps provide the McCord Stewart Museum with financial security and independence. It is a monetary donation of at least $250,000 to a cultural organization or museum that entitles the donor to a tax credit of 30% of the eligible amount of the gift.

A donation pledge registered with the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications can also be considered cultural patronage if you promise to donate at least $250,000 over a maximum period of ten years, at a rate of at least $25,000 per year.

A gift is considered cultural patronage if it meets all of the following conditions:

  • It is a monetary donation of at least $250,000.
  • It was made by an individual (other than a trust) after July 3, 2013.
  • It was made to one of the following organizations:
    • a registered charity operating in Québec in the arts or culture sector;
    • a registered cultural or communications organization;
    • a registered museum.

For more information

Pierre Poirier
Senior Officer, Annual Campaign and Planned Giving
fondation-mccord@mccord-stewart.ca
514-861-6701, ext. 1237

McCord Museum Foundation
690 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal (Quebec) H3A 1E9