Over 60 years ago, a young woman stepped out of a boat onto a pebbly beach at Gombe – and into history. Dr. Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to environmental advocacy. Her legacy is a global movement that continues to inspire hundreds of thousands of people to advocate and take action for a better future. By leaving a gift in your Will, you can ensure your own legacy is one of generosity and hope. You can take pride in knowing you’ve helped make the world a better place for your loved ones and generations yet to come.

By making a gift in your Will to JGI Canada, your legacy will be:

  • The future of rescued chimpanzees living in the Jane Goodall Institute’s Tchimpounga sanctuary
  • The continued fight to put an end to the illegal wildlife trade
  • Community-centred conservation that improves the lives of local people in Africa and right here in
  • Canada, all while protecting biodiversity and saving wildlife
  • Empowering young Canadians – the next generation of conservation leaders – through Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program
  • Generosity and hope for your loved ones and generations to come

Inspired by Jane’s message of hope through action, it is more crucial than ever to remember that what you leave behind determines what lies ahead.

How to Make a Gift in Your Will

Leaving your legacy gift is as simple as adding a clause to your Will. Get in touch with your lawyer or financial advisor to plan what gift you’d like to leave and understand the tax benefits of your gift. You can also visit Will Power for more information. The easiest way to communicate your wishes and to ensure your gift is used as you have specified is to complete and return a Letter of Intent to JGI Canada.

Our legal name, and proper beneficiary for your gift

The Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation

Our mailing address

the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada c/o University of Toronto Mailroom 563 Spadina Crescent Toronto, ON M5S 2J7

Our Canada Revenue Agency Charitable Business Number

14053 0916 RR0001

What you leave behind determines what lies ahead.

Dr. Jane Goodall

Your Legacy Giving Questions, Answered.

  • Your legacy gift allows us to plan for the future. To fund community-centered conservation programs that empower people and protect animals. Through these programs, supported communities become part of the solution that helps them thrive by having their basic needs met, while helping them be less dependent on forest resources that are necessary for wildlife. Your legacy gift also allows us to help where the need is greatest. Whether there is an urgent need for support due to a sick chimpanzee at the Tchimpounga Sanctuary or a Roots & Shoots project in need of funding for their community garden – we’re able to help, all thanks to your gift. 

    Legacy giving can feel uncomfortable because you don’t see the direct impact of your work in your lifetime. But know that your gift will make a significant difference for animals, people, and the environment that you and your loved ones can feel proud of for years to come. 

  • While many people choose to leave all of their assets to their loved ones, even a small percentage of your estate can make a big difference for a charity. By leaving even a small gift in your Will, you can be sure that the cause closest to your heart will be part of your life’s legacy. This can serve as a comforting thought to loved ones and inspire them to carry on your legacy of generosity in their own life. Leaving a gift in your Will can also lead to reduced taxes for your estate. 

  • Every single gift makes a difference. Whether you made regular gifts throughout your lifetime or are leaving a small percentage of your estate to a charity in your Will – each gift leaves an impact. And legacy gifts are given by Canadians from a variety of backgrounds. Even a small legacy gift can go a long way in making a difference for animals, people, and the environment. Find out how even a small percentage of your estate can make a huge difference with Will Power’s legacy giving calculator.

  • Legacy gifts are an expression of what you care about most and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is here to help ensure your wishes are met. While we cannot offer financial or legal advice, and strongly suggest you get professional advice on all matters relating to your estate plans, we will do everything we can to assist you as you plan your legacy.

    • You can designate the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada as the owner or beneficiary of your life insurance policy. The process of leaving a gift of life insurance can be made by simply contacting your life insurance company and completing the appropriate designation form. The benefits of a gift of life insurance: smaller current cash investment leveraged into a larger future gift, your gift will not be reduced due to taxes, fees, cost of probate or administration, + charitable tax receipt for you during your lifetime or for your estate depending on the life insurance option you choose.
    • Donating your registered retirement funds (RRSPs, RRIFs) is a tax-smart legacy of generosity. By naming the JGIC as a beneficiary of your registered plans, you’ll continue to own and use the fund during your lifetime while receiving a tax receipt for the value of the plan. An added bonus? You’ll avoid probate fees, reduce estate taxes and can still provide for your family by naming more than one beneficiary.
    • A gift of residual interest is a legal arrangement that allows you to support Jane’s vision through JGIC’s conservation work by giving property now, while continuing to use the property throughout your lifetime
    • A charitable remainder trust allows you to transfer property (such as cash, bonds, mutual funds of securities) to a trust where you will earn the net income. Once the trust ends, the remaining investment money is donated to JGIC where it will be used to fund high priority, community-centred conservation programs
    • Charitable gift annuities can provide you with regular payments throughout your life while accelerating JGIC’s critically important conservation work
    • And if you want to donate gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, mutual funds) during your lifetime, this can be easily done by filling out this form