What is the difference between a gift-in-kind and a gift-of-service?

According to the Canada Revenue Agency charities glossary, “Gifts-in-kind, also known as non-cash gifts, are gifts of property. They cover items such as artwork, equipment, securities, and cultural and ecological property.

A contribution of service, that is, of time, skills or efforts, is not property and, therefore, does not qualify as a gift or gift in kind for purposes of issuing official donation receipts.”

See also the Young Associates glossary entry on in-kind donations.