May is planned giving month – a time to consider leaving a legacy gift to your favourite charity.
Some of you may have read about Geneva King in our last newsletter. Her gift to L’Arche is helping us plan for the future and will have a lasting impact on the lives of people in the community.
If you haven’t already done so, here’s something to think about in leaving a legacy for your favourite charity. We sincerely hope you’ll consider L’Arche.
TOP 10 THINGS You Can Do Today To LEAVE A LEGACY™
- Prepare a will
- Leave a gift to the charity of your choice
- Be specific about which charity you’d like to consider
- Consider your assets
- Name an alternate beneficiary
- Add your charity of choice to an existing life insurance plan
- Choose a new life insurance plan and make the charity the beneficiary
- Memorial gifts to celebrate the lives of others
- Encourage others to give
- Ask your advisor about planned giving alternatives
Making a Difference
British Columbians are caring people. Many volunteer on a regular basis and give financially to the charities of their choice, and when they are gone, their support is sorely missed.
Ironically though, as many as 70 per cent of Canadians have not made a Will, and studies show that only seven per cent of those who make Wills leave money to charity. It’s clear there is a deep reluctance to plan for one’s death. Through the LEAVE A LEGACY™ program, people learn that their charitable bequest is felt long after their death. While realizing tax benefits, LEAVE A LEGACY™ donors have an enormous impact on our communities. They help to preserve our proud heritage and preserve it for future generations.
Your bequest ensures that the meaning you found in your life is never lost. When you LEAVE A LEGACY™ you ensure that help continues to be there for those who need it. Your gift is a lasting tribute!
LEAVE A LEGACY™ is a national public awareness program designed to encourage people to leave a gift through their will or any other gift planning instrument to a charity or non-profit organization of their choice.