Ways to Give

A Message from Our Campaign Chair

The canoe is a vital symbol of who we are as Canadians, and a new Canadian Canoe Museum is vital to ensure the collection, and all of its stories, are preserved and protected for generations to come.

This is not just a project for the City of Peterborough; it is a project for our entire country. And, this is not just a project for canoe enthusiasts; it is a project for all Canadians – First Peoples, historians, educators, storytellers, artists, athletes and more.

The $65M campaign has already garnered encouraging early support. Four levels of government have provided foundational funding, along with our lead donor, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and numerous other donors from across Canada.

We all have a responsibility to ensure the story of the canoe, and its impact on Canadian heritage, continues. Your financial commitment is essential to make certain we cross the threshold. Please envision your financial role in the work that needs to be done and secure your place in history in the making.

We have set out on our most important journey to date. And, on behalf of our Campaign Cabinet and fundraising advisors across the country, I ask that you join us in Inspiring Canada – by canoe.


Image of Bill Morris's Signature Bill Morris, Campaign Chair; Past Chair, Board of Directors


“The Foundation is pleased and proud to provide the lead private gift to the capital campaign. We have shared the vision for the new museum for quite some time now. This is an opportunity to be part of history in the making and to bring to life a new museum that has a national role to play. We hope that this investment will inspire others to support this extraordinary endeavour.”

Garfield Mitchell

Director, Weston Family Foundation

The $65M Campaign Journey

Ways of Giving

There are unique ways of planning your gift to The Canadian Canoe Museum Capital Campaign, some of which offer increased tax benefits. More than one type of gift combination may also work well for you. We suggest all donors seek professional advice as to their own personal financial situation.

Cash Gifts

Cash donations to the Campaign are acceptable as outright gifts or in the form of a pledge. Pledges are payable over a 3-year period, and if necessary can be extended to 5 years. Typically, the first pledge payment is made in the year in which the pledge is committed; however, an alternative pledge period can be tailored to your personal needs in consultation with the Campaign Office. Moreover, if your situation is such that an extended pledge period beyond 3 to 5 years is necessary, we would be pleased to work with you to identify the most appropriate arrangements.

In Kind Donations

In Kind donations are at times the best way for a company to make a significant contribution to a capital campaign. In Kind donations may be in the form of product or services. Each of these gifts is treated differently through Canada Revenue Agency. Charitable tax receipts may be issued for donations of product, whereas, a gift of services is not eligible. If a charitable tax receipt is requested for a gift of services, the donor must invoice The Canadian Canoe Museum for the value of the service; The Canadian Canoe Museum must then pay for those services which the donor then donates back to the organization. If this process is followed, then a tax receipt may be issued.

Gifts of Securities

Often a more tax effective way to make a major donation without the encroachment of liquid assets is via a gift of securities (i.e. stocks, bonds, mutual fund units and other securities), particularly those which have significantly increased in value since their acquisition. When making donations of appreciated property, it is best to transfer it directly to a charity rather than selling it first and donating the cash proceeds. When donating the actual security directly to the charity, Revenue Canada allows the taxable portion of the gain (or the inclusion rate) to be zeroed. The charitable tax credit amounts to approximately 47% of the donated value (depending on tax bracket) and can be used to reduce other tax liabilities. This type of gift can be easily transferred and processed by The Canadian Canoe Museum. We ask that you contact the Campaign Office first for our policies and procedures.

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For further information please contact:

Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd, Director of Philanthropy
(705) 748-9153
[email protected]

Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director
(705) 748-9153
[email protected]

Charitable Registration # 133781039 RR0001

Early Supporters

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