Making a donation

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No matter the size of your contribution, your generosity makes a difference. As a donor, you become associated with the Space for Life, the largest natural science museum complex in Canada.

The Space for Life Foundation is a duly recognized registered charity: 89742 6334 RR0001. A receipt for income tax purposes will be issued automatically for donations of $20 or more.

WHY MAKE A DONATION

  • Because you are concerned about the future of the planet;
  • Because you are concerned about your environment;
  • Because you believe in sustainable development;
  • Because you want to do your part for biodiversity conservation;
  • Because you believe that education can change human behaviour.

By making a donation, you join the Foundation in contributing to the advancement of natural science and scientific literacy, and helping to raise public interest in the environment, sustainable development and biodiversity conservation.

TYPES OF DONATIONS

One-time donation

Support the activities of the Space for Life Foundation by making a donation by cheque or credit card. Simply mail or fax us the form.

Monthly donations (PAD)

Donors are increasingly opting for our monthly pre-authorized debit (PAD) donation program. With your authorization, the monthly donation is automatically deducted from your bank account or charged to your credit card (Visa or Master Card) on the 1st or 15th of the month, as you prefer. Only one receipt is issued, at the beginning of every year, for the total amount donated the previous year. This reduces administrative and mailing expenses, and allows us all to help preserve the environment. Simply send us the form by mail or fax

Recurring yearly donations

This type of donation fosters the development of a relationship between the donor and the Foundation, through yearly gifts over many years. Simply send us the form by mail or fax

For more detailed information about the gifts outlined below, please contact us by calling 514 872-6956 or by e-mail at info@fondationespacepourlavie.ca.

Donations of securities

Gifts of publicly traded securities made directly to the Foundation have become more attractive following the introduction of greater tax advantages by the Federal Government in 1997. If your shares, bonds or mutual funds have increased in value since you bought them, you will, sooner or later, have to pay capital gains tax when you sell them.

You can significantly reduce your capital gains tax payment by transferring the securities directly to the Foundation. If you are a Canadian citizen, only 25% of the capital gains are taxable when you donate shares, bonds, forward contracts or mutual funds traded on an eligible stock exchange,* while, if you were to sell the securities, 50% of the capital gains would be taxable. You gain an immediate tax advantage, as your donation receipt indicates the fair market value of the donated securities.

For this type of gift, you must transfer ownership of the securities to the Foundation. Gifts are not eligible for the lower capital gains tax if the securities are sold and the proceeds donated to the Foundation.
* All Canadian stock exchanges, most U.S. stock exchanges, and many stock exchanges in other countries.

Security transfer donation form

Donations generated by a benefit event

Every year, many people organize charity benefit events, such as golf tournaments, costume balls and garage sales, or any number of other possibilities. Such activities must be previously approved by the Foundation.

Bequests

You may bequeath a set amount, a percentage of your succession, the remainder of your succession, an asset, the proceeds of a life insurance policy, an RRSP, a RRIF, or a percentage of your retirement fund.

Gifts of life insurance

You may assign your existing life insurance policy to the Space for Life Foundation, or name the Foundation as the beneficiary.

In Memoriam donations

In Memoriam donations are a concrete expression of sympathy for the family following the loss of a loved one. We inform the family of your donation and, if you so wish, the amount of the gift remains confidential.

In Memoriam donation form

In Honour donations

To mark a special event in someone’s life, such as a graduation, wedding, anniversary, new baby or first home, you can make an In Honour donation in their name. We will send the person an In Honour card explaining the nature of your donation. The amount of your gift will be kept confidential if you so wish. 

Endowed funds

These are gifts that keep on giving. The Foundation invest the initial donation for a period of ten years, and the capital remains intact. The interest, paid annually, becomes a source of financing for the future. You can contribute to an endowment fund immediately using one or a combination of the types of donations explained above.

Donor's Square

When you make a donation of $1,000, your name is etched for posterity into one of the flagstones in Donor’s Square at the Botanical Garden.

Flagstone campaign

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION

Use the On-line credit card or bank account donation Make an On-line donation today.

https://www.jedonneenligne.org/espacepourlavie/dons.php

By mail

To send your donation by mail, please forward your cheque and completed donation form, the In Memoriam donation form or the security transfer donation form to the following address:

Space for Life Foundation 4101 Sherbrooke Street East Montréal, Québec H1X 2B2

By fax

To make a donation by fax, please print and complete the donation form, the In Memoriam donation form or the security transfer donation form and send it to: 514 872-8438.

By telephone

You can also make a donation directly over the telephone by calling 514 872-6956.