The Ripple Effect

November 2015

Planned giving can be almost as easy as tossing a pebble into the water. Careful preparation is key and can go a long way toward making a transformative difference in the lives of our students.

What is a planned gift?

A planned gift is a charitable donation arranged during a donor’s lifetime, but not available to Macdonald until sometime in the future. Planned gifts are made through: bequests, life insurance policies, retirement plans, charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.

Why make a planned gift?

A planned gift can help you achieve your personal philanthropic objectives as well as meet tax and financial goals. With careful planning, you can make a much larger gift than otherwise possible, creating a lasting legacy for generations to come. You may also make your gift in honour or in memory of a special person in your life. No matter why you choose to make a charitable gift to Macdonald, your contributions are deeply appreciated. Macdonald’s excellence is built on the foundation of visionary people having an extraordinary impact through their planning and generosity.

Bob Parkinson

Bob Parkinson

Both well-known around Campus and knowing the Campus well, Robert Parkinson, DipAgr’63, made his planned gift “as a way of saying thank-you for such a good education, and at the same time allowing me to give something back to Macdonald. I wanted to make sure that future generations of Macdonald students would be as fortunate as I was and would have the same opportunities as I did.” Bob spent 39 years working on the grounds of Macdonald College, helping to tend and beautify the campus. Bob has always been actively involved in alumni activities and events; with his intimate knowledge of Macdonald and its trees, Bob would offer guided walking tours of the Campus during Homecoming.


Have you included McGill/Macdonald in your estate plans? You may direct your gift to support a specific faculty, school or department, or any other areas of your choice, such as scholarships, professorships, Internships or Faculty Development Funds. Unrestricted gifts are used by the Faculty to address its most pressing needs at the time of receipt. As part of our thank you, your gift will grant you membership to the Macdonald Legacy Society.

For more information on Planned Gifts, please contact the Macdonald University Advancement Office at 514-398–7695.

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