NAWL Trust

In 1983, the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education (NAWL Trust) was established to complement NAWL’s advocacy work.

Charitable Trust for Research and Education

A registered charity, the NAWL Trust’s mandate includes undertaking research and education on legal issues concerning all aspects of the social, economic and political life of Canadian women. It assists in the protection of women’s civil rights and liberties by charitable means, as well as in the relief of poverty. Donations to the NAWL Trust are used for charitable activities, including those delivered by NAWL for the NAWL Trust.
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Our Trustees


Some past activities funded by donations to the NAWL Trust include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating a bilingual, free, online course — Feminist Law Reform 101. The course provides practical, accessible, and engaging tools for participants who wish to develop or improve skills to assist in feminist law reform;
  • Hosting an annual essay contest for law students on topics of interest relating to feminist research, education, and law reform;
  • Providing grants to researchers working on legal issues that affect women in Canada. Research topics included: customary law and women’s rights, intimate violence and fundamental human rights, temporary labour migration to Canada, and child protection; and,
  • Developing an alternative law school orientation guide for law students. The guide includes excerpts of writing from 28 legal feminist scholars and activists.

The NAWL Trust is a registered charity and relies solely on the generous donations of individuals, and grants and donations from foundations and from other eligible sources.

Charitable registration number: 14083 5885 RR0001


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The Alison Dewar Scholarship

The late Alison Dewar was a long standing chair of the National Steering Committee and committed member of NAWL. A scholarship was established by the NAWL Trust and RCBY LLP in her memory.
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Other Ways to Give

Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Many of our supporters have been with us since NAWL was founded in 1974 — and their steadfast commitment to protecting and promoting women’s equality rights in Canada continues to inspire the work we do today.

These supporters often choose to kindly remember NAWL or the NAWL Trust with a legacy gift.

Frequently asked questions

Gifting Stocks and Securities

The most tax effective way to give.

If you own publicly traded securities that have increased in value since you purchased them, using them to make your charitable donations is the most tax effective way to give. You may donate publicly traded securities, stocks and bonds as well as mutual funds held in a non-registered investment account by transferring them “in-kind” to the National Association of Women and the Law Charitable Trust for Research and Education (NAWL Trust).

Currently, the NAWL Trust is only able to accept gifts of this nature through our charity profile page on the secure online platform, CanadaHelps. On behalf of the NAWL Trust, CanadaHelps handles the “in-kind” transfer, sale of securities, donor receipting and disbursement the proceeds to the NAWL Trust.

Gift stocks and securities

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Donating RRSPs or RRIFs

You can designate the National Association of Women and the Law or the National Association of Women and the Law Trust as a full or partial beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF).

The tax burden can be considerable for registered funds, such as RRSPs and RRIFs. When someone dies, it is as if they cashed in their assets all at once and it is added to their taxable income. Generally, the largest tax hit on an estate is for the remaining balance of an RRSP or RRIF on the death of a spouse, because the Canada Revenue Agency treats this as income in the year of death.

When this happens, this means the estate could be taxed at the highest income rate. This could be more than 50 per cent when probate fees are added.

Donating your RRSPs or RRIFs would eliminate this tax—but it does require careful planning. Donors should seek independent legal and/or accounting advice when considering a gift funded from RRSP/RRIF assets to ensure that they are not caught unaware of the tax implications of such gifts.

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