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Estate & Tax-Smart Giving

Gifts from your estate can help fund much needed research and services providers through Autism Speaks Canada. They can also offer significant tax benefits for you and your family while supporting the cause you care about.

If you need more information on any of the following estate and tax-smart giving methods, please contact

John Branton
416-362-6227 ext. 204
1-888-362-6227 ext. 204

Bequest in your Will

Once you have taken care of your family and loved ones, we hope that you will consider naming Autism Speaks Canada a beneficiary in your Will. However long it is before we receive your gift, you can trust us to put your donation to work.

Gift of Life Insurance

A Gift of Life Insurance allows you to make a generous Legacy Gift to Autism Speaks Canada, with only minimal outlay of current savings or income. Donors often struggle between their desire to leave a gift to charity and their need to preserve their estate for their families. A gift of life insurance can resolve this conflict.

RRSP, RRIFS and Registered Annuities

If you are married, for tax planning purposes you should designate your spouse as the beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF. However, outside of marriage, designating Autism Speaks Canada as the beneficiary of your registered plan is a simple way to leave a generous gift.

Gift of Securities

For tax efficiency, you may wish to consider donating shares of a publicly traded security or mutual fund directly to Autism Speaks Canada. If your shares have increased in value, 50% of the capital gain is usually taxable as income. However, by transferring the shares directly to charity, the capital gain tax is not applicable.