Gift of Shares

Give more to the Children’s and less to the taxman

A gift of shares is one of the easiest and most tax-effective ways of donating. There is a wide variety of publicly-traded securities that qualify and donating is simple and straightforward.

By donating shares directly to a Canadian registered charity like the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation (MCHF) you will not only help transform the lives of sick children, but you will also receive significant tax benefits because you are eligible for two tax savings:

  • A tax credit that is equal to the highest marginal tax rate
  • No capital gains tax on the disposition (donated shares)

The following example shows the results from:

  • Donating the proceeds (cash gift) from the sale of shares (Scenario A)

    - VERSUS -

  • Donating shares directly (Scenario B)

*For simplicity and illustration purposes, we will use 50% as marginal tax and tax credit rates for donations through this example. Actual results may vary depending on your marginal tax bracket.
These are general figures and do not constitute legal or financial advice.


If you have any questions about making your own gift of shares to the MCHF, please contact Samar El Soufi, Planning and Development Officer at 514-934-4846 or

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