Toronto Public Library and you can both benefit from your thoughtful, planned giving (also known as legacy giving). Library supporters who include the Toronto Public Library Foundation in their will or as a beneficiary of other financial investments, become patrons of our Heritage Society and receive special benefits.


Liza Head shot Nov 2018Contact us for more information

Liza Fernandes, Director, Legacy Gifts
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
T. 416-397-5924

Charitable number 886554476RR0001



It’s so important to have a will in place and to keep it current. A well-planned will benefits you, your family and the charity you care about. Need help getting your will in order? Get free advice from lawyers, financial advisers, and other professionals at Leave a Legacy™ which run from May to October. Please consider remembering the Library when making a charitable gift in your will.

For more information or to attend a session, please email Emelita Ervin, Development Officer, Legacy Gifts or call 416-393-6263.


Wills and Living Trusts

The simplest way to make a planned gift to the Library is through your will or living trust, by naming the Toronto Public Library Foundation as a beneficiary. You can designate a specific amount of money, or a percentage of your estate, or the remainder of your estate after all other bequests have been paid. Your estate will receive a tax receipt that will help offset taxes.

Click here to download a PDF of suggested wording for your will.


You can designate the Toronto Public Library Foundation as the beneficiary of your RRSP/RRIF. By doing so, your estate can recover most of the taxes paid on this income. Your gift will be treated as a charitable donation in the year of death and you will receive a tax receipt for the full value of your gift.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Giving a gift of life insurance is another way to make a gift with tax benefits. There are several ways to do this. For more information, contact Liza Fernandes (see below for Liza’s contact information).

Appreciated Securities

Donate appreciated securities such as stocks, bonds, GICs or royalties and eliminate capital gains taxes as well as benefit from a charitable tax receipt. This is one of the most tax effective ways to make a charitable donation.

Click here to see the Benefit of Gifting Appreciated Securities.

To make a gift of securities, please complete the Transfer Form for Donation of Securities and email or fax it to the Foundation.


Create an endowment in the name of a loved one or support a current endowment and your gift will benefit the Library in perpetuity. The minimum amount to start a new endowment is $25,000. Please contact Liza Fernandes, Director Legacy Gifts at 416-397-5924 or today.

You may also choose to support an existing endowment with a gift of any amount. To donate to an existing endowment, please download and complete the Endowment Donation Form and mail it to the Foundation, or donate online.

June Callwood

The June Callwood Endowment Fund

The June Callwood Endowment Fund supports the annual June Callwood Lecture at the Toronto Public Library. The lecture honours the life, work and legacy of journalist, author and social activist June Callwood.

Pauline Hinch

The Pauline Hinch Endowment Fund

Named for Pauline Hinch a dedicated member of the Toronto Public Library staff, the Pauline Hinch Endowment Fund supports staff development at the Library. The Award encourages the endeavours of those who wish to take on the mantle of librarian and provides a full or partial scholarship to staff members seeking to qualify as a librarian.

The Rita Cox Endowment Fund

The Rita Cox Endowment Fund for Black and Caribbean Heritage supports The Rita Cox Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection at Toronto Public Library. The Collection features more than 16,000 print and audiovisual materials for adults, children and teens about the black and Caribbean experience with special emphasis on Canadian material.

The Ann Keller Endowment Fund

Established by Ann Keller, former Coordinator of Children’s Services, North York Public Library, the Ann Keller Endowment Fund supports collections, programs, and services and staff development directed toward serving children ages 12 and under at Toronto Public Library.

Lawrence Muller

Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund

The Muller Scholastic Fund, honouring Lawrence Muller, retired president of Scholastic Canada, supports Canadian Children’s Literature Festival, Book Bash.

Margaret Griffith

The Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund

The Grayce Margaret Griffith Endowment Fund supports Home Library Service which brings Library materials to those who are housebound due to age, illness or disability.

The Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund

The Usha Kanakaratnam Endowment Fund supports Ready for Reading, a program that encourages a lifelong love of reading and builds reading readiness for children birth to five years old.

Gwen and Peter Liu

Gwen and Peter Liu Endowment Fund

The Gwen and Peter Liu Endowment Fund support the Library’s Chinese Collections and programming.

Grayce Margaret Griffith

Sophie’s Studio Endowment Fund

Sophie’s Studio funds a variety of programs that bolster the reading and writing skills of young children, including Writing Workshops and KidsStops.

Helen Weinzweig

Helen Weinzweig Endowment Fund

Award-winning author Helen Weinzweig established this endowment to help support programs and services for youth at Toronto Public Library.

The Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund

The Rose and Milton Kirsh Endowment Fund supports groundbreaking programs and services, exemplary collections and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library. Every contribution to this Fund is an investment in literacy, education, culture and in the advancement of our world-class city.