Become a Monthly Donor


When you make a monthly contribution to The ArQuives, you provide stable funding for the acquisition and preservation of LGBTQ2+ information.

To join, you simply pre-authorize a monthly deduction from your credit card.

The easiest and most cost-effective way to give to The ArQuives

  • As a monthly supporter, your contribution is convenient, automatic and effective
  • You enable us to better plan activities in advance
  • Our administrative costs are greatly reduced, which means more funds go directly to our work
  • You will no longer receive reminders from us, which reduces paper consumption
  • It is easy to activate and more convenient than writing cheques

Three easy ways to become a The ArQuives Monthly Donor

  1. Sign up online now

Make a secure donation

  1. Sign up by phone

Sign up as a monthly donor by calling 416-777-2755

  1. Sign up by mail

Send us the information by mail at:

The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699, 663A Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4Y 1Z9

To join by phone or mail, please provide the following information:

Charge to your credit card – credit card type (Visa and MasterCard), number and expiry date, and the amount you would like to give each month, and whether the deduction should occur on the 1st or 15th of the month.

Once you start your monthly gifts, withdrawals continue each month until you notify us of a change. A single tax receipt for your annual contributions will be sent to you after the end of the year.

Make a One-Time Donation


Make an immediate and secure online donation to The ArQuives.

Your gift to The ArQuives will help us to continue our vital work to:

  • Acquire, process and manage all materials that come into the Archives
  • Provide space for researchers on LGBTQ2+ heritage
  • Reach out to the public with walks, lectures, visits and tours

Donate Online

Donate by phone
You may make a donation by calling Raegan Swanson at 416-777-2755

Donate by mail
Send a cheque to:

Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
P.O. Box 699, 663A Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4Y 1Z9

Tax receipts will be issued for all donations of $10 or more.

Leave a Gift in Your Will

The Archives Must Exist Beyond Lifetimes

Including The ArQuives in your will means future generations will know the stories of the struggles and achievements of LGBTQ2+ communities. After you have provided for your loved ones, please consider a bequest to The ArQuives to continue our important work.

Sample wording for wills

Sample wording for a residual gift in your will:
“I give to The ArQuives, currently of 34 Isabella Street, Toronto Ontario, M4Y 1N1 all (or __ %) of the residue of my estate, to be used at the discretion of the organization.”

Sample wording for a specific gift in your will:
“I give to The ArQuives, currently of 34 Isabella Street, Toronto Ontario, M4Y 1N1, the sum of $__ to be used at the discretion of the organization.”

Donations in Lieu of Gifts

Are you planning a special occasion gathering for yourself, a family member or a friend? Don’t want folks to bring gifts? Please consider suggesting that guests donate to The ArQuives instead. We will send a representative to your event to collect donations. Please contact Raegan Swanson, Executive Director, at or 416-777-2755 for more information.

Gifts of Stocks and Securities

Why give a gift of stocks?

Making a gift of publicly-listed securities such as stocks or mutual fund units to The ArQuives helps us keep our stories alive. There are significant tax advantages in donating your shares in stocks or options directly to a charity like The ArQuives, rather than selling the shares and donating the proceeds.

A charitable donation of publicly-traded securities such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds or futures results in a tax receipt for 100% of the value of the gift on the day of the transfer. By providing a larger potential deduction than an equivalent gift of cash, this option allows you to maximize your charitable giving.

For more information about the donation of stocks, please contact Raegan Swanson at 416-777-2755

A gift of appreciated securities is a highly tax-effective gift option, whether given today or in the future through a bequest in your will.

Tax advantages of gifts of stock

As of May 2, 2006, you are exempted from any capital gains tax on a charitable gift of publicly traded stocks or securities. For example, you might wish to make a charitable gift of $10,000 by selling or donating stocks that cost you $4,000 to purchase, with a capital gain of $6,000. If you sell the stocks and donate the proceeds, you would claim a charitable tax credit for your donation but would also be assessed capital gains tax on 50% of the increase in value of the stocks. By donating the stocks directly to The ArQuives, you get the charitable tax credit for the donation and you are exempted from any capital gains tax. The direct donation option in the example provided would result in a reduction in capital gains tax of up to $1,400, depending on your tax bracket. (Source: Department of Finance Canada, Budget 2006, Eliminating Capital Gains Tax on Donations to Charities (May 2, 2006)).

Charitable registration number:

P.O. Box 699, 663A Yonge Street
Toronto ON M4Y 1Z9

Download our stock donation form

In Memoriam/Special Occasion Gifts

Please use this form to make a donation in memory of a departed loved one, friend or colleague or to celebrate a special occasion. Your donation to The ArQuives will be acknowledged with a card delivered by mail to an individual recipient that you identify.


Telephone: 416-777-2755

Street Address:
34 Isabella Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1N1

Mailing Address:
The ArQuives
P.O. Box 699
663A Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z9


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Friday

Please note that The ArQuives offices will be closed for winter holidays from December 21, 2019 to January 6, 2020. We will resume normal hours on January 7, 2020. All reference requests made to after December 12, 2019 will be answered in January 2020.


Some of our materials are stored off site. Before visiting the archives, please send us an email at listing in detail the topics and sources that you wish to consult and we will let you know when they will be available. We aim to respond to email inquiries within 4 business days.

The ArQuives is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Huron-Wendat. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.

The ArQuives strives to gather the stories of the unheard and silenced voices of the 2SLGBTQ+ first peoples of this land. We acknowledge that some stories have already been lost, and we aim to ensure that those that remain and those that are to come are preserved for the future.

The ArQuives has an access ramp to the front door and a lift from the first floor to the second floor. There are volunteers available to operate the lift. 

 There is an accessible washroom on the first floor. All washrooms are gender-neutral. 

 The ArQuives is a scent-free environment. 

 Please contact The ArQuives if you have any specific questions about accessibility that we can help with at