Bequests and Other Legacy Gifts

Gift planning is the making of “a gift that costs you nothing now” — a gift that helps Aga Khan University in the future and may reduce the taxes on your estate. Gift planning helps you achieve your philanthropic, tax and financial goals all at once — and may enable you to make a larger gift than you thought possible.

Legacy gifts have a profound and lasting impact on scholarship, teaching and research at AKU and are a continuing source of strength and support for the University. By including AKU in your estate plans, you will make a lasting contribution that will touch countless lives.

AKU will do with your legacy gift as you ask. Your gift can be “unrestricted” — that is, can support the University’s greatest needs — or applied to the purpose, school, department or initiative about which you care most.

If you are considering a legacy gift to AKU, the University recommends that you consult your family as well as your legal or financial advisor. You should take the necessary steps to ensure that you have made sufficient provision for your family and other heirs after you pass away. Your gift will then reflect responsible stewardship of family resources as well as charitable service to society.

All of these legacy gifts are perfectly alterable. You can change them if you need to, if your circumstances and needs change. None of these gifts is carved in stone. ​

Most legacy gifts come from

All legacy gifts to AKU in the United States flow through the Aga Khan Foundation USA, in Canada, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada, and in the United Kingdom, the Aga Khan Foundation UK.​

Other ​legacy gifts include​

Our Legacy Society​

Should you include Aga Khan University in your estate plans, we do hope you will share that wonderful news with us by completing the form below.

We would take great pleasure in welcoming you into our Legacy Society. The Society is our way of saying thank you for remembering AKU in your estate plans. The members of the Society will be listed in our annual report of gifts, will receive pins and other items with the Society's logo, and will be invited to special events for Society members. 


Should you have any questions at all on legacy gifts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, or any other country, please call or email Robert Sweet, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Principal and Legacy Gifts. Robert's telephone number is 001 203 273 ​4080, his email address​


Legacy​ Gifts: Canada | USA

Legacy Society Form​: Canada | USA | Other Countries​​​​

​Brochure: USA and Canada​​ | United Kingdom​

Video: Legacy Gifts (22 minutes)​​​

Video: Estate Planning 101 ​