Planned Giving

A planned gift to the Calgary Zoo can take many forms – making a meaningful contribution to your community and nature, and helping you address a variety of personal financial goals at the same time. You might want to make a significant gift during your lifetime, or as part of your estate. We can work with you and your advisors to create a gift plan.

Types of Planned Gifts

A Bequest in Your Will

You may choose to bequest a portion of your estate to a specific Calgary Zoo program, or to the general operating of the zoo. Bequests allow you to maintain control over your estate throughout your lifetime and beyond.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of publicly traded securities to the Calgary Zoo have increased considerably since the Federal Government decreased the tax on capital gains.

Gifts of Life Insurance Policies

You can make a very significant gift to the Calgary Zoo without great expense by donating a new insurance policy or an existing policy that you no longer need.

Gifts of Property

Gifts of real estate, works of art and other tangible assets may be made as a current donation or through your will. You may also decide that you or your beneficiaries retain use of that particular asset for your or their lifetimes.

Charitable Gift Annuities

You may purchase an annuity, whereby you or a beneficiary realizes a guaranteed income payment for life and a portion is donated to the Calgary Zoo.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Transfer cash or other assets to a trust, and receive or designate a fixed payment or interest income. Following your death, the assets in the trust become the property of the Calgary Zoo.

We recommend that you consult with your financial advisor concerning an arrangement for a planned gift.

Contact us for more information.

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