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Make a Gift in Your Will Today

A young girl with sight loss, wearing a pink dress, holding a white cane outside,

Make a gift in your will today to create a brighter future for people who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind.

Together, we can make sure no one with sight loss in Canada is left behind. 

No matter your age or stage in life, you can plan to leave a long-lasting legacy of support for people who are blind by naming CNIB in your will.  

Your gift will help ensure future generations of Canadians impacted by blindness can access the resources they need to realize their greatest potential – building a stronger, more equitable Canada for everyone.  

There are many different options available for making a gift in your will. We invite you to explore the information on this page, read our Legacy Giving FAQ, or contact us today to learn more and get the conversation started.

Building Your Legacy

Get started with these helpful donor guides, forms, and instructions on making a gift in your will:  

If you need further assistance please get in touch with us.

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Siblings Donna, Ian, and Heather MacKenzie stand together in front of the CNIB Guide Dogs wall in the Halifax office. Ian holds future guide dog Dorrie in his arms.

My mother’s gift to CNIB Guide Dogs has taught me and my siblings the grace in giving. CNIB has shown appreciation for my mother’s [charitable] gift, and a puppy is about to have a life of service and purpose.

Donna, whose late mother, Dorothy, left a legacy to CNIB in her will

Contact us

Please call, email or use the webform below.

We encourage you to speak with your loved ones and financial advisor or lawyer to finalize your plans, but we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Cindi Meyer 
Director, Planned Giving  

What information do I need so that I can include CNIB in my will?

When making a gift in your will to CNIB, you will need the following information:  

  1. CNIB’s legal name: The Canadian National Institute for the Blind 
  2. Registered Charity Number: 119219459 RR0003 
  3. CNIB’s address: 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 3E8 
  4. Then get in touch with us to let us know: or 1-800-563-2642  

Read our FAQ



Knowing I’m able to make a difference and leave a legacy fills me with a wonderful sense of satisfaction.


Shep Shell, CNIB supporter and legacy donor
Shep Shell, wearing a black suit, while walking with his guide dog, a Black Labrador.

Sample Bequest Language

Please read our "How to Become a Legacy Donor" guide for sample bequest clauses to use in your will.


For assistance with an estate or trust matter

For assistance with an estate or trust matter, please contact us at or 1-800-563-2642, and we will be happy to provide guidance and support.  

Make a Gift in your Will

Leaving a gift to a charity in your will is known as a “bequest.” Bequests allow you to leave a lasting legacy of generosity in support of causes you care about.  

A bequest can be a dollar amount, a specific asset, a percentage of your estate, or the residual amount of your estate.   

Please read our helpful guide for sample bequest wording and important details about CNIB, including our legal name and address. 

Create an endowment for lasting impact

An endowment is a permanent fund held by CNIB where a portion of the interest generated each year supports our work in perpetuity. This means that your gift will create impact for people who are blind, partially sighted, or Deafblind for generations to come.  

You can choose to create an endowment during your lifetime, or you can choose to create an endowment through a gift in your will.   

Leave a gift of insurance

Gifts of life insurance are a simple and affordable way to create significant impact for future generations of people impacted by blindness.  

You can choose to transfer the ownership of an existing policy to CNIB or purchase a new policy and make CNIB its beneficiary. No matter which option you choose, you will be immediately eligible for a charitable tax receipt.  

Give through an RRSP, RRIF, or TFSA

By naming CNIB as a beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF, or TFSA, you can create a significant impact without affecting your current financial situation. This option also allows you to reduce your taxable income while ensuring your gift will never be subject to probate fees. 

Other ways to give:
Charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust and gift of property.

Leave a gift of securities

You can create a powerful legacy of support by donating stocks, mutual funds, or traded securities directly to CNIB. When you give a gift of securities, you won’t pay capital gains tax and you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your gift.  

Get started by downloading and returning our Securities Transfer Direction form or contact Michael Cinovskis at

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Contact Us About Making a Planned Gift

Please let us know if you have any specific questions or general inquiries about making a gift to CNIB in your will.

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