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Ways to Give

Ways to Give

There are many ways to support the Homes – sign up as a monthly donor, honour someone special through the Tribute Program, plan a future gift, or sponsor an event.

You can make a donation by cash, cheque, money order, Visa or MasterCard. All donations of $20 or more will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.  Choose to direct your tax-deductible gift to support the projects and services that reflect your own charitable goals.

Here is a list of ways to donate:

All you have to do is visit the donate page and follow the instructions. All information entered is strictly confidential and securely protected.

Monthly Donations
It is very helpful to us when we know that we can count on your ongoing support. Monthly donations help the Homes save money, while offering a convenient way to give. It is as easy as sending in predated cheques, setting up monthly credit card payments or setting up a monthly debit withdrawal from your bank account.

Often people come into our lives who touch us deeply, either through their courage, friendship or simply being beloved family members. The Tribute Program allows you to honour a loved one, brighten someone’s day, or celebrate a special occasion while raising funds for the Homes and residents in our community. For a donation of $20 or more we will send a tribute card on your behalf.

Honour Someone Special
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, or baptisms: these are the perfect times to honour someone special with a Tribute care gift while showing your support for the Homes. Many people also choose to thank a special caregiver for outstanding care using our Tribute Program.

In Memory of Someone You Loved
Has someone special in your life passed away or do you know someone who has lost a family member or friend? The “In Memory” card is a thoughtful way to let your friends and family know that you are thinking about them in their time of sorrow.

Grandparents Day
On September 10, do something special to show how much your Grandparent(s) mean to you by honoring them with a tribute donation to the Homes. Grandparent’s Day was established in 1978 as a day to honour the importance Grandparent(s) have on our lives. This year, set aside this holiday to honour the Grandparent(s) in your life with a meaningful tribute donation.

Your support matters. Each year special projects are identified to be supported by your donations. When you make a tax-deductible donation to the Home’s current funding project, your support goes to the areas of most urgent need, as identified below:

  • Capital Projects – Therapeutic Gardens, Computer Learning Lab
  • Program Fund – Music Therapy, Falls Prevention Program
  • Personal Comfort Fund – Individual resident needs fund
  • Education Fund – Staff or Staff Dependent Post Secondary Bursary – $500.00

Just imagine what we can do with your help.

Good stewardship of our resources is a healthy way to ensure that programs we care about today will be available for tomorrow. To demonstrate a depth of commitment to the future of the Homes a planned gift, most often through an estate, will make a significant contribution to the wellness of future generations. There are many ways to make a planned gift.

a) Wills & Bequests:
A charitable bequest made through your will is a simple and impactful way of giving. Bequests are of significant value to the Homes. It is the easiest and most popular way to leave a legacy. A bequest is a future commitment that does not restrict your current financial security as both the principal and income of your estate are available during your lifetime.  Leaving a gift in your will is simple. Speak to your lawyer about drafting or revising your will or adding a codicil. Letting us know that you have made a bequest allows us the opportunity to thank you today and ensure that your gift can accomplish what you would like it to.

Other benefits include:

  • Satisfaction of providing a future gift while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime.
  • A charitable tax receipt to your estate.
  • Reduction or elimination of estate taxes through careful planning.
  • An opportunity to honour or memorialize yourself or a loved one by establishing a named endowment fund.

If you plan to remember a Home in your will, some sample wording you may wish to use is:

Residual Gift in Your Will
“My estate trustee shall pay____% of the residue of my estate to (Home name, address) for the purpose of supporting the highest priority needs as determined by the Home in consultation with the Auxiliary.”

Specific Gift in Your Will
“My estate trustees shall pay the sum of $____ (or transfer assets with an equal value) to the (Home name, address) for supporting the highest priority needs as determined by the Home in consultation with the Auxiliary.”

b) Gifts of Securities:
Donate appreciated stocks, bonds, mutual funds, flow-through shares or stock option and take advantage of the tax benefits. A gift of securities is a cost-effective opportunity to transform an asset into immediate and significant support for the Homes. By donating publicly traded securities, you eliminate the capital gains tax that becomes payable if you were to sell the appreciated securities on the market and donate the proceeds from the sale to the Homes.

The benefits of donating securities include:

  • Option of giving now or as part of your estate and will planning.
  • Satisfaction of seeing your gift put to good use.
  • A charitable tax receipt.
  • No capital gains tax paid.
  • Donating part of your stock and retaining the remainder for personal use.

Three simple steps: Donating a gift of appreciated securities is simple

  1. Determine with your financial advisor which investments will make the most philanthropic and financial impact.
  2. Contact us and let us know you made your gift.
  3. Instruct your broker to transfer securities directly to the Auxiliary/County and complete the appropriate transfer form.

c) Gift of Life Insurance Policy:
Gifts of life insurance are a cost-effective opportunity to transform modest premium payments into a significant gift for the Homes. Donors can plan now for future gifts to the Homes by designating the Auxiliary/County as the owner of a new or existing insurance policy, you continue to make premium payments and receive a charitable tax receipt for the premiums paid. If you designate the Auxiliary/County as beneficiary only, the proceeds of the policy go directly to the Auxiliary/County upon death and your estate receives a tax credit for the policy payout. Through charitable life insurance donations, donors can make larger gifts than they might otherwise have thought possible.

Life insurance presents a cost-effective way to give, whereby you can pay a nominal premium during your lifetime and leave a sizable legacy to Long-term Care. Some of the benefits of donating life insurance include: smaller current cash investment leveraged into a larger future gift; a charitable tax receipt tax; savings in your lifetime or for your estate.

Options include:

  • transfer of ownership of a paid-up or unpaid policy;
  • retain ownership and name the Home as the beneficiary; or,
  • name the Home as the owner and beneficiary.

d) RRIF/RRSP:
Make a gift to the Homes by changing the beneficiary information on your RRSP or RRIF. Retirement funds are one of the best ways to grow wealth during a lifetime, but one of the worst ways to transfer wealth to the next generation as they are among your most heavily taxed assets. Registered assets can only be rolled over to a surviving spouse, but are taxed if transferred to children or next of kin unless the child has a disability.

Gifts of RRSPs or RRIFs are a tax-smart and effective way to transform these assets into significant support for the Homes. By naming the Homes as a beneficiary of registered plans, donors receive a tax receipt for the value of the plan, and avoid probate fees by removing these assets from their estate and reduce their taxes.

A gift of RRSPs or RRIFs is a worthwhile alternative to a cash gift. You can donate all or a portion of your remaining retirement funds to the Homes.

Benefits of donating RRSPs or RRIFs include:

  • satisfaction of providing a future gift while retaining ownership and use of the fund during your lifetime.
  • a charitable tax receipt.
  • offsetting estate taxes and reducing probate fees.
  • ability to donate and at the same time provide for your family by naming more than one beneficiary.

e) Charitable Gift Annuity:
The gift that gives back. A charitable gift annuity allows the more senior donors to make an immediate donation of a capital sum to the Auxiliary/County, in return for regular payments at a specified rate for life. The amount of income paid to the annuitant (donor) and the portion that is tax-free depends on the age of the annuitant. Joint life annuities, that provide income for the lifetime of both lives involved, are also available.

It is a safe investment which can offer a significantly higher cash flow return than a GIC. Annuity payments are insured by the Canadian Life and Health Compensation Corporation and can be purchased now while deferring payments to a later date. Having a portion of your investments in a charitable gift annuity ensures that you receive a stable lifetime income unaffected by fluctuating economic conditions or having to manage your investment. A charitable gift annuity provides both an immediate and future legacy to the Homes.

Your donation may be applied against 100% of your taxable income in the year of death and, to the extent the gift cannot be fully used, it can be used as a deduction for taxes paid in the immediately preceding tax year.

Donated gifts-in-kind can be used as an important fundraising vehicle for our various special events. Tax receipts can be issued if the gift is accompanied by an official appraisal or business receipts. In some instances, an independent appraisal verifying the value of the gift is required in order for a tax receipt to be issued. The Canada Revenue Agency rules are very specific with respect to appraised values. The Auxiliary/Homes will work with you to ensure an appropriate receipt is issued where possible.

Please refer to the Corporate Givings page.

Jane Joris

“We believe in compassionate care, service excellence, dignity and choice and accountability. We want the best care possible while being good stewards of public money. As people caring for people, our services are provided by the community in the community for the community.”

Jane Joris
General Manager