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Charitable pledges: Are they enforceable?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:39 AM | By Anna Wong

Charitable giving has a long and honourable tradition, as the names of many university buildings and hospital wings attest. Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Management is a tribute to its namesake, whose family has donated over $27 million to the university. Earlier this year, the main campus of Toronto East General was rechristened Michael Garron Hospital after the Garrons donated $50 million.

While the philanthropic urge may be widespread, the fulfilment of charitable pledges is not a foregone conclusion. That is because charitable pledges, where the...