Skip to main content Skip to local navigation
Home » Give to York

Give to York

The devastating impact of global conflicts and crises, such as the ones currently happening in Ukraine, Afghanistan and Syria have put the lives and education of current and prospective students in jeopardy. 

By donating to the York Emergency Student Support Fund, you will help ensure at-risk and affected students can pursue or continue their education safely and with much-needed financial support.

There Are Many Ways To Give To York

Monthly Gifts

Our monthly donation program allows you to spread your donations out during the year, providing us with a steady source of funding. This ensures your donation is invested in long-term projects and programs at York that benefit students and our community at large.  You will receive a cumulative tax receipt at the beginning of the calendar year for the last year’s donations.

Scheduled Gifts

By making a scheduled gift, you can create a customized schedule for your donation, spreading the payments out in easy monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual installments.  You will receive a cumulative tax receipt at the beginning of the calendar year for the last year’s donations.

One-Time Gifts

Make an impact today by supporting one of our dozens of meaningful designations and projects!  When you make your one-time gift online, you will receive an immediate tax receipt by email.

If you wish to donate, you can do so through any of the three options listed below.  If you have any questions or issues, please contact the annual giving team at

  1. Make your gift online! It’s fast, easy and secure and you will receive your tax receipt instantly if making a one-time gift.
  2. Mail a cheque made payable to York University along with your contact information and where you would like your donation designated to the following address:Division of Advancement
    York University
    West Office Building
    4700 Keele St.
    Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
  3. Call us! Make your gift by phone by calling 416-650-8210.

When you include York University as a charitable beneficiary in your Will, life insurance policy, or retirement fund account, you invest in York’s future students and preserve wealth for yourself, your loved ones and your immediate and future needs.


Arranging a gift in your Will, known as a bequest, is one of the easiest and most popular ways to make a legacy gift to support York students. These gifts may be a percentage of the remainder of your estate, a specific dollar amount or percentage, or contingent upon other factors. 

Beneficiary Designation
It’s as easy as contacting the firm/bank that holds your assets and asking them for a beneficiary form to fill out. Beneficiary designations can be applied to the following type of accounts:

Contact Us

To begin creating your York legacy, get in touch with us for a confidential discussion to explore your options. We are here to help you set up a gift in the most meaningful, tax-efficient way.

Informing us of your intentions helps ensure that we will be able to accept and use your gift according to your wishes. Your generosity will be celebrated and recognized today since you will be welcomed as a special member of York’s White Rose Legacy Circle.

Marisa Barlas
Associate Director Advancement, Gift Planning
York University, Division of Advancement
Tel: (416) 650-8221
Fax: (416) 650-8220

Legal Name: York University

Charitable Registration Number: 11930 6736 RR0001

This information is general in nature, does not constitute legal or financial advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional advice. We strongly encourage you to seek professional legal, estate planning and/or financial advice before deciding on your course of action.

Stay Connected 

Celebrate the York community by subscribing to our annual Legacies Newsletter. The Legacies Newsletter features heartfelt stories of our generous donors and the impact they make on our students and community members. Read our 2021 Legacies Newsletter and 2019 Legacies Newsletter online.

Interested in learning the benefits of legacy giving? Join us for our next Wills & Wealth Webinar Series. We host webinars featuring professionals in the industry to inform the York community on the importance and benefits of proper estate planning. Email to receive the latest on legacy giving stories and events.   

Past Webinars available on the YorkU Alumni YouTube channel: 

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way – Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid 

Tax-Effective Wealth and Estate Planning 

A gift of appreciated publicly traded securities is a simple and tax-effective way of supporting York University.

When you donate publicly traded securities (including stocks, bonds, and units of mutual funds that are listed on the Canadian or U.S. stock exchanges) you are not required to pay tax on the capital gains.  You’ll also get a tax receipt for the full appreciated value of the donated stock.

The receipt value will be based on the closing trading price on the day that the stocks are received in York’s brokerage account. 

For more information on making gifts of stocks or securities, please see the PDF resources below or contact us directly.

Marisa Barlas
Associate Director Advancement, Gift Planning
York University, Division of Advancement
Tel: (416) 650-8221
Fax: (416) 650-8220

Tina Dang
Senior Financial Analyst
Advancement Services and Operations
Cell: (416) 797-3511
Fax: (416) 650-8220

If you would like to make a gift by electronic fund transfer or wire transfer, please contact us at and we will provide you with instructions and the form to begin the process.


To ensure accurate handling, please include the following information in your email to

  • Email Subject Line: Wire Transfer Donation
  • Your name and contact information
  • The date York should expect the wire
  • The dollar amount being donated
  • The sending organization (who will be sending the wire on your behalf)
  • Where you would like your gift designated (if known)

US Donors

York University alumni and their immediate family members (spouse, parent or grandparent, siblings and children) may make donations directly to York University (either using the donation form or by mailing in a cheque) and use the issued tax receipt for their US income tax returns under the Canada-United States Income Tax Convention.

US citizens or residents who are not alumni or related to alumni of York University wishing to donate and receive a US tax receipt can do so by sending their gift to the following address:

Friends of York University, Inc.
c/o Roha & Flaherty
1725 I Street N. W., Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006-2423
att. T. Roha
501(c) (3) Registered Organization (US), EIN# 52-2066024

Cheques should be made payable to Friends of York University.

UK, Hong Kong, and Singapore Donors

Donors in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, and Singapore can make a donation to York University via Chapel & York: 

Hong Kong 

United Kingdom


Donation FAQs

When you donate to York University, 100% of your gift will go towards the designation of your choice.

If you made a one-time gift online, a tax receipt will be emailed to you immediately. If you made a one-time gift via mail or by phone, you will receive a tax receipt in the mail approximately 7 to 10 business days after the donation is received and processed.  If you are mailing in your donation, please allow for a week or two for the donation to make it to us in the mail.

If you are making a monthly or scheduled gift, a consolidated tax receipt for the total amount of your annual donations will be mailed to you at the beginning of the new year.

If your receipt has been lost, misplaced or you have moved, a duplicate receipt can be issued. Please contact us by email at or by phone at 416-650-8210.

Absolutely – you can change your gift at any time for any reason. If you would like to change your donation or update your credit card information, please email us at or call us at 416-650-8210. Please do not include any credit card information in an email or in voicemails – we will contact you by phone to update your information.

If you cannot find the designation you would like to donate to, please contact us at We can change the designation of your gift if you have already made it as well.

If you are making your gift online, please select the “This gift should remain anonymous” checkbox under Donor Information.

If you are making your gift by mail, please indicate that you would like your gift to be kept anonymous by attaching a note with your mailed cheque.

Yes! If you’re making your gift online, you can choose to make the gift either in honour or in memory of someone special or for a special occasion under the “In Honour/Memory of Someone Special” section.

If you are making your donation via mail or by phone, please let us know if the gift is in memory or in honour of someone special.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about making a donation to York University. The best way to contact us is by emailing us at  We will try to respond within 1 business day.