Planned Giving for Canadians

The singular planned giving resource for Canadians

An essential resource for development officers who want to be able to offer their Canadian donors a full range of planned giving options.

The Authoritative Reference on Planned Giving for Canadians

A Comprehensive Resource

Planned Giving for Canadians is the comprehensive resource on the subject for the charitable sector and for those working in partnership with charities, including lawyers, accountants, bankers, financial managers, estate planners, and insurance professionals. It is an essential resource for development officers who want to be able to offer their Canadian donors a full range of effective giving options.


Available in Electronic Format

Now in its third edition, the book was originally co-authored and published in hard-copy editions in 1994 and 1997 by Frank Minton, Principal of Frank Minton Consulting, LLC, and Lorna Somers, Director of University Advancement at McMaster University. Since many changes in tax law occurred after the 1997 edition, Dr. Minton produced a substantially revised edition in 2007 that incorporated all changes up to that date.  The book is now published in a searchable electronic format and updated annually. The 2017 update of the third edition of Planned Giving for Canadians was recently completed by Dr. Minton, a longstanding supporter and friend of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP-ACPDP).


Both French and English Sample Documents

An important feature of Planned Giving for Canadians is the inclusion of French translations of numerous gift agreements, forms, and other documents that appear throughout the work. Many of these items can also be found in the Documents Folder that comes with the manual. Both the English and French versions of these prototype MS Word documents can be edited and used by a charity.

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The manual addresses the following topics:

  • Gift techniques
  • Bequests and life insurance
  • Endowments
  • Tax rules for charitable gifts in Quebec
  • Major gift strategies
  • Developing personal solicitation skills
  • International planned giving

Although the 2017 Federal Budget contained no new provisions to encourage charitable giving, the 2017 update does include some new rulings and developments. In addition to discussing them, the 2017 update adds new material about the humanistic aspects of planned gifts, makes substantial changes pertaining to gift annuities (including adding the table now used for determining the taxation of payments), calls attention to some clarifications regarding cross-border gifts, and adds marketing material. It also updates examples to reflect current provincial tax rates and makes various edits throughout the book.


The manual is easy to use:

  • Completely searchable index
  • All entries linked in Table of Contents, Index, and Bookmarks
  • Glossary
  • Prototype documents
  • Delivered electronically [subsequent annual updates delivered via email]