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Wills and Bequests

Your gift of a lifetime!

A bequest to York University is an effective way to make a truly meaningful contribution to the University. Since a bequest is a deferred gift, it has no impact on your current lifestyle. You might find that a bequest provides an opportunity to make a much larger gift than anything you might have been able to afford during your lifetime. Your bequest can be structured in a variety of ways and may provide a significant tax advantage for your estate. Once realized, your bequest can be put to use immediately, or it can be endowed in perpetuity to support an area of interest to you; for example, scholarships, bursaries, academic programs and libraries, to name a few possibilities. In some cases, you have the option to name your fund, ensuring that – like your gift – your name, or the name(s) of those you wish to honour, will live on in perpetuity.

While your bequest will be realized in the future, by letting us know of your intention to include York University in your estate plans, you will become a lifetime member of the White Rose Legacy Circle. Benefits include public recognition of your bequest each year (with your written permission) and invitations to special events created specially for Society members.

See more information about making a bequest to York University by clicking on the titles below:

  • Kinds of Gifts
  • Naming Your Gift
  • How to Make a Bequest
  • What If Things Change
  • Please Contact Us

If you are considering a bequest, or deferred gift of any kind, to York University, we strongly encourage you to speak, in confidence, with a professional gift planner in the Division of Advancement to discuss the gift you have in mind. We want to work with you to insure that your gift intention can be fulfilled and your naming request honoured. Please contact Marisa Barlas, Senior Development Officer, Gift Planning at or call 416-650-8210.