For those considering making a charitable gift, it’s useful to know that the ways to donate are virtually limitless. The following are the most common types of gifts accepted by the Ottawa Community Foundation:


Making a gift of cash is a simple way to make a donation to a Community Foundation fund. This type of gift can include cheques, money orders, and online credit card payments, which can also be set up as pre-authorized regular contributions. These gifts qualify for maximum charitable benefit under federal law.

Publicly listed securities

Donating appreciated securities to the Community Foundation allows you to eliminate capital gains tax and receive an immediate tax receipt for the market value of the securities. To donate securities, please complete this Gift of Shares Form describing the securities you wish to donate.


Over the years, the Foundation has accepted many bequests. Bequests can be in the form of a specific amount or the residue of an estate. The Foundation can provide suggested wording for a will which should be reviewed with a professional advisor. Donors of bequest can receive a substantial reduction in federal gift and estate taxes.

Life Insurance

The Community Foundation may be designated as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy. A tax receipt will be issued upon receipt of the proceeds of the policy at the time of death.
The Foundation may also be assigned ownership of a life insurance policy during a donor’s lifetime. A tax receipt will be issued for the cash surrender value of a policy at the time of donation. The payment of annual premiums is also a gift that generates an official receipt for income tax purposes.


An individual can donate all or a portion of an RRSP or RRIF during their lifetime with no tax consequences. The Foundation may also be made a beneficiary of the RRSP or RRIF, which the Foundation will receive upon an individual’s death.

For more information on these or any other giving options, please contact Janet Adams, Senior Associate, Donor Engagement at 613-236-1616 x 231.