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Legacy Gifts And
Gifts Of Securities

Supporting the Aquarium with a planned gift is a great way to ensure future generations will benefit from important aquatic education, conservation and research programs. Planned gifts can take several forms including bequests, gifts of securities, life insurance and endowments. In many cases, these gifts can result in significant tax savings.

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Bequests

When you include the Vancouver Aquarium in your Will, you are supporting programs that help preserve our oceans. Our vision is to create a sustainable world, where aquatic life is diverse and flourishing.

A bequest to the Aquarium can be directed in several ways. It can be an unrestricted donation that will be used for programs that are most in need of funding. Or, you may choose to specify that your bequest be held in an endowment. In this case, the capital of your bequest will be held in perpetuity and the income will be used to fund programs in the area that you have specified. There are endowments in place for the areas of conservation, education and research.

If there is a specific Aquarium program that you would like to support, you may wish to confer in advance with a member of our External Relations team at the Aquarium to assure that your wishes can be met and that your bequest provision is properly structured.

Information for Canadian donors:
Legal Name: Vancouver Aquarium Conservation Foundation
Canadian Charitable Tax Number: 88307-9063-RR0001 

Information for American donors:
Legal Name: Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
American Charitable Tax Number: 98-0050185

Please advise us when you are making a charitable bequest or legacy. We don't need to know the size of your gift, only confirmation that you have made a bequest to the Aquarium. We can ensure that you have our name shown correctly and that your gift will be used as you intended.

Gifts of Securities

A gift of publicly-traded securities, such as stocks, bonds or mutual fund units, is the least expensive way to make a gift to the Vancouver Aquarium. In fact, the combined benefit of paying no tax on the capital gain, as well as the tax receipt you receive for the entire amount, provides excellent tax benefits when making your charitable gift.

Transferring your securities to the Vancouver Aquarium is easy. Please contact your broker with details of the securities you wish to transfer along with the Aquarium’s account information (please contact us for full details). Your broker will contact our agent to arrange the transfer to our account. Once received, our agent will inform us of the gift and the current market value at closing on the day it was received into our account. You will receive a charitable gift receipt for this amount.

Please contact us for more information at 604-659-3506 or support@vanaqua.org.

Note: The information on this page can help facilitate discussions between you and your advisor. It is not intended as legal advice. We encourage you to seek advice from a qualified professional.

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