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Why more Canadians are leaving a gift to charity in their Will

We are truly blessed. Supporters of the Foundation are thoughtful folks, who share a love for our United Church and are committed to building a better future. Often people think about contributing to the causes they care about with monthly donations or volunteering time, but a growing number of people are going one step further to leave a gift to charity in their Wills. These are ordinary Canadians who’ve realized they can make a powerful contribution that will last for generations, without taking away from the resources they or their families need.

Small Percentage, Big Impact

Leaving a gift in your Will can be a very simple process. Our Will Workbook is a handy resource you can use. You may be surprised how much of an impact a donation as little as 1% of your estate can have! 99% of your estate would still support your loved ones, and you wouldn’t use any of the money you need now.

4 Steps for Success

Here are a few suggestions that can help you take the next steps:

1. Calculate your donation. With a simple calculation, you can determine how much you want to leave to charity and to your loved ones. Try using the Legacy Calculator tool from our partners at Will Power, a national public education campaign inspiring Canadians to think differently about charitable giving.

2. Discover the tax benefits. Canadians can access amazing tax incentives to encourage giving to charity, especially from your estate! This article illustrates how a couple’s financial advisor helped them give to charity and take advantage of the tax benefits, all while leaving a sizeable inheritance for their daughters.

3. Ask a financial advisor. Consulting a financial expert can help you maximize your donation and ensure it works in your favour. You can use Will Power’s Financial Advisor Finder to match with an expert in your region. There is also a handy guide available to start the conversation with your advisor.

4. Find out how to keep the love going. The United Church of Canada Foundation can help you support the ministries that matter the most to you. Learn how a gift in your Will to the United Church of Canada Foundation can be part of your legacy at our Will Power page. Who would have thought of a Will as a powerful tool to make change in the world? But more Canadians are now harnessing the power of their Wills to inspire others and make an impact on the future. Help build a strong foundation for the United Church of Canada!

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But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.

1 Chronicles 29:14

We are grateful to our donors for their incredible generosity of spirit, as well as their trust in the Foundation to properly steward their gifts to support the causes, ministries, and communities close to their hearts. And we hope you’ll keep the love going.

If you have questions about how a gift to the Foundation in your Will can support the future of United Church ministry, we would love to hear from you


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