Make a bequest
to the library
Make a bequest
to the library

Your legacy gift has benefits. Your legacy gift has benefits.

November is Make a Will Month

During the month of November learn about the importance of having a will and powers of attorney for you and your family. The Library has teamed up with the Ontario Bar Association to bring you information on Wills, Powers of Attorney documents and special considerations when preparing your estate and care plans.

 To find a session at a TPL branch near you, view this LINK

Looking for an online session? Check out…

Estate Planning 101: Answering Your Top 5 Questions

Tuesday, November 22, 2022  @ 11:30am-12:30pm  |  ZOOM

Join this free webinar to get straightforward answers to common Will questions from an experienced estate lawyer. This session is hosted by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.

Amanda J. Stacey from Miller Thomson with answer the most common questions people have when thinking about a will.

To register and for more information, click HERE 

Leave a gift to Toronto Public Library in your Will

Toronto Public Library and you can both benefit from your thoughtful decision to leave a gift by Will or other estate gift in support of the Library. Supporters who include the Toronto Public Library Foundation in their Will or as a beneficiary of other estate planning options, become members of our HERITAGE SOCIETY and receive special benefits


Gifts by Will

A gift in your will or a bequest is the simplest way to make a future gift in support of Toronto Public Library and wonderful way for you to leave a lasting personal legacy. You can leave a specific sum of money or property or a portion of the residue of your estate.

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


Information for Your Lawyer(s):

Legal Name: The Toronto Public Library Foundation (Charitable arm of Toronto Public Library)

Charitable Business Number: 886554476RR0001

Address: 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

Contact for more information: Liza Fernandes, Director, Legacy Gifts at or 416-397-5924

Gifts of Registered Plans

Donating funds from registered plans such as RRSP, RRIF and TFSPs is a tax-efficient way to make a legacy gift to the Toronto Public Library Foundation. During our working years, saving through registered funds is a great way to minimize taxes and increase our wealth. Upon our death, however, RRSPs/RRIFs become some of the most heavily taxed assets. A great way to reduce taxes payable on your estate is to donate all or a portion of the funds in registered plans to your favourite charity, like Toronto Public Library Foundation.

Gifts of Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to transform modest premium payments or an existing life insurance policy into a significant gift to benefit Toronto Public Library. When considering a gift of life insurance, the option you choose depends on whether you want to take advantage of tax relief during your lifetime or for your estate.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Making a gift of securities is a cost-effective and tax efficient way to support Toronto Public Library today or through your estate. When you donate publicly traded appreciated stocks, mutual funds or stock options, you pay no capital gains and receive a charitable tax receipt equal to the fair market value of your assets.

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 the Foundation.

Liza Fernandes

Vice President, Operations and Governance