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This is a unique moment in human history, and many individuals and organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. Your generous support is essential to everything we do at the AGO, allowing us to bring people together with art to see, experience and understand the world in new ways. We are honoured by your choice to make a gift at this time.

You make it possible for the AGO to remain focused on our mission during these unprecedented times. Although we are temporarily closed for the health and safety of our community, we continue to care for our Collection and are planning for the moment when we can open our doors once again. Your generosity helps to ensure that we can welcome our community back to a vibrant hub of art and creativity. Thank you for believing in the power of art to sustain and inspire our community.

If you are renewing a Curators’ Circle level membership please visit the Curators’ Circle page to renew now.

 

 

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DONATION FAQs

Is the AGO a registered charity?

Yes, the AGO is a registered charity in Canada. Our Charitable Registration number is 11879 0401 RR0001.

Is my donation tax deductible?

All online donations to the AGO are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. For all other donations, the AGO issues charitable tax receipts for gifts of $25 or more. When you choose to become an AGO Member or purchase tickets to one of our Fundraising Events, the Canada Revenue Agency requires that a deduction be made from your charitable tax receipt, representing the value of benefits received. Should you have any questions about the amount of your contribution which is eligible for a charitable tax receipt, contact donations@ago.ca.

What does my philanthropic contribution support?

Your support helps enable the Art Gallery of Ontario's ongoing presentation of exhibitions and education programs, as well as conservation of art.

Where is my donation receipt?

The AGO issues electronic tax receipts for donations made online at ago.ca, as well as for specific fundraising events. The AGO issues all other charitable tax receipts by physical mail. You will receive an electronic tax receipt for online donations approximately 48 hours after making your gift, and for all other gifts, a physical receipt will be mailed to you as soon as the gallery reopens. For monthly contributions, consolidated tax receipts are issued once a year by February 28th for the previous calendar year's donations. If you have purchased a ticket to an AGO Fundraising Event, in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, the AGO will issue a tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount following the event date. Should you have questions about your receipt, you never received your receipt in the mail, or it has been misplaced, kindly contact donations@ago.ca for assistance.

Can I make a tribute donation or a gift in memory of someone?

Yes, we invite you to celebrate a loved one, mark a special occasion, or honour the memory of someone in your thoughts with a gift to the AGO. If making a gift online at ago.ca, you can select the tribute gift option and enter the honourees information along with a personalized message. While the gallery is closed, we would be happy to send an email to the recipient notifying them of your gift. The donation amount will not be specified in the note, unless you instruct us otherwise.

Can I make a donation anonymously?

Only donations totaling $2,500 or more within a given year would potentially be recognized publicly, on our website, donor wall or printed materials. If you are making a donation over a certain amount on ago.ca there will be an opportunity to indicate that you wish for that gift to remain anonymous. This will ensure that you will not be recognized publicly for this gift. Please note that the AGO will keep a record of your name and information associated with your gift in a secure database for payment processing purposes. The AGO will not share this information and will only use it for the purposes of communicating with you directly.

How else can I make a donation?

While ago.ca usually offers the fastest way to make your gift, if you have special instructions, or wish to include other information alongside your contribution, you can also make a gift by mail, telephone, gift of shares, or wire transfer.

By Mail

Please mail your donation via cheque made payable to: Art Gallery of Ontario. Kindly address this package to the attention of the Development Department as follows:

Mail to:
Development Department
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON M5T 1G4

By Telephone

If you would like to speak to someone about your donation and pay by credit card over the phone, please call 416.979.6619.

Gift of Shares

To make a donation of securities to the AGO, simply instruct your financial institution or broker to transfer your gift of securities to the Art Gallery of Ontario. When you make a gift of stocks, bonds, futures, options, or shares in mutual funds, you pay no tax on the capital gains earned. This could provide significant tax savings. Moreover, a charitable tax receipt is issued for the fair market value of the securities on the date they are transferred to the AGO. Kindly contact donations@ago.ca for a copy of our Gift of Shares form.

Can I leave the AGO a gift in my will?

The AGO is especially grateful to those who consider making a legacy gift. By planning to leave a gift to the AGO in your will, it helps us plan for the future and grow responsibly. It also allows you to leave a lasting impact on the AGO and the community we are a part of. There are many ways to include the AGO in your will, such as gifts tied to your estate, bequests, a charitable remainder trust, and naming the AGO as a beneficiary of your retirement or life insurance plan. Choosing the right planned gift depends on your personal circumstances and financial goals. We ask that you consult with your financial advisor to determine the right option for you. Click here for more information about Legacy Gifts at the AGO.

 

 

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