Personal Property

How it Works

An alumnus donates an art collection. UAlberta secures an appraisal and accepts the donation, valued at $50,000. The donor receives:

  1. A $50,000 tax receipt.
  2. A $25,000 tax credit, claimable for up to six years to reduce taxes owing. *

* Tax credit depends on donor's income and specific circumstances

Your books, artwork, archives or other materials of educational value could benefit students and researchers. The University of Alberta reviews all gifts of personal property to ensure they fit our educational mission, and considers accepting such gifts when funds are available to receive and maintain them. An appraiser will determine the fair market value of your gift and the university will issue you a tax receipt for that amount.

That tax credit can be used to offset any capital gains tax assessed to you. Some gifts, such as paintings by select Canadian artists, may be classified as "cultural property" and are not subject to tax on the capital gains.

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Marguerite Ritchie
Marguerite Ritchie, '43 BA, '43 LLB, '75 LLD (Honorary)

A Gift that Speaks Volumes

Every morning as a little girl, Marguerite Ritchie, '43 BA, '43 LLB, '75 LLD (Honorary), watched as her father left for work and mother stayed behind to run the family home and care for Ritchie and her two siblings.

"Even at my young age I recognized the inequality between the lives of women and men," Ritchie said.

By the age of six, Ritchie knew she wanted to devote her life to fighting for equality. Over a career spanning five decades, the human rights advocate, pioneering lawyer and member of the Order of Canada became widely respected and admired for her achievements. She played a key role in amending parliamentary procedures and constitutional and international law.

In 1974, she founded the Human Rights Institute of Canada. When the institute was dissolved in 2013, Ritchie donated the archives of the Human Rights Institute to UAlberta, along with financial support to hire an archivist. The collection is rich with letters, reports, debates and research materials dating back to the 1700s. Ritchie passed away in 2016 at the age of 96.

Her gift allows the university to attract scholars from around the world, and gives access to a unique slice of Canadian history. As Ritchie said, "I hope students and researchers will have a clearer vision of how the federal government operates and that they will be able to use it for the benefit of the people of Canada."

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