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Create a legacy for our oceans 

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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When you make a gift to the Vancouver Aquarium in your will or living trust, you are supporting programs that help preserve our oceans.

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.*

We recommend speaking with your financial advisor or lawyer to start preparing your will, or to add a gift in your existing will. You will need to give your legal professional our legal and official name and address which can be found below.

Information for Canadian and American donors:
Legal Name: Ocean Wise Conservation Association
Canadian Charitable Tax Number: 11928-2119-RR0001
American Charitable Tax Number: 98-0050185
Address: PO Box 3232, Vancouver, BC, V6B 3X8

*We recommend that if there is a specific Aquarium program that you would like to support, that you confer in advance with a member of our Development team to assure that your wishes can be met and that your bequest provision is properly structured.

Gifts of Securities

A gift of publicly-traded securities, such as stocks, bonds or mutual fund units, is an efficient 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.

Download the transfer form now.

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.

Legacy Circle

We want to know who you are! We are so grateful to be included in your estate plans and encourage you to let us know so we can include you in our Legacy Circle.

You do not need to tell us the details of the bequest – that’s completely up to you – but we appreciate the opportunity to recognize our legacy donors during your lifetimes and if applicable, to include members of your family.

If you have already made a legacy gift or are currently planning one, please let us know.

Contact Us

To find out more, please contact Jennifer Ferguson, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts & Planned Giving by email: Jennifer.ferguson@ocean.org or phone: 604 659 3472

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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