What You Can Give

You have many options when it comes to giving to AU. Whatever the size, timing and frequency of your gift, it will help to support students, teachers and researchers, who collectively create one of the most dynamic adult learning and research environments in Canada.

For many of these giving options, we encourage you to talk to your family and your professional financial and estate advisors to create a plan that reflects your wishes.

Learn more below by exploring how you can give. When you’ve made your decision, you can:

  • donate online now to put your donation to work immediately
  • mail your donation to Development and Alumni Engagement office, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3 Canada (cheques made payable to Athabasca University).
  • send a fax to 780-675-6145
  • email us at development@athabascau.ca

Gifts over $10 may be eligible for a tax receipt.

If you have any questions, we can help. Please e-mail Development and Alumni Engagement or phone 403-294-7322 or 1-800-788-9041, ext. 7322, (toll-free) to speak with one of our development professionals.

Your Gift Can Be


A gift made by cash, credit card, cheque, money order or automatic bank withdrawal, as either a one-time donation or on a regular monthly payment schedule, can support one of AU’s top funding priorities or be directed to another area of interest. Monthly donations are especially valuable because they provide a steady stream of income that provides support throughout the year.



You may realize significant tax savings when you give publicly traded securities — stocks, bonds and mutual fund or trust units — directly to AU. There is no need to sell them first. Gifts of securities can be a particularly effective way to make a significant gift to AU. One of our development professionals would be pleased to discuss the options with you.



You may have works of art, rare books, property, high-tech lab equipment or other items that may be invaluable to AU students, faculty and researchers. All gifts-in-kind must be approved by the receiving faculty or department, so it is important that you discuss your plans with us prior to making your donation. Charitable donation tax receipts for gifts-in-kind are based on assessed market value of the items you give.



Through a bequest in your will, you can support people and causes that you care about and create a legacy that will live on for generations. Your bequest should be prepared in consultation with your family and your lawyer and discussed with one of our development professionals at AU to ensure it has the lasting impact you wish to achieve.


Life Insurance

You can preserve your estate for your family and also give a significant, lasting gift with minimal outlay of current savings or income. A life insurance policy given to AU is a deferred gift, and the proceeds from a commitment you make now will be realized by AU sometime in the future. One of our development professionals would be happy to talk to you about a gift of life insurance, and how it can work for you and your family.

AU's Charitable Registration Number: #10673 5830 RR0001