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Leave a lasting legacy

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.

Your Legacy

Your legacy for our oceans

By making a planned gift to the Vancouver Aquarium you will be creating a personal legacy for aquatic life. Your gift will support programs that preserve our oceans and ensure future generations can enjoy the wonders of the marine world in the same way that you have.

Planned gifts can take several forms including bequests, gifts of securities, and endowments. In many cases, these gifts can result in significant tax savings.

Please contact Vanessa Abaya, Director of Major Gifts at [email protected] or calling 236.886.4162 if you have any questions or would like more information about our Legacy Program.



When you make a gift to the Vancouver Aquarium in your will or living trust, you will be making a lasting difference for our work to conserve aquatic life.

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 where the capital of your bequest will be held in perpetuity and the income will be used to fund the program close to your heart. There are endowments in place for the areas of conservation, education, research and animal care.*

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

*If there is a specific Aquarium program that you would like to support, please connect with us to assure that your wishes can be met and that your bequest provision is properly structured.

Gifts of Securities

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. 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 604-659-3472 or [email protected].

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.

Legacy Circle

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.

Your donations makes it possible for us
to continue our ocean conservation initiatives.

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