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Join the Legacy Circle

Legacy giving through YWCA Metro Vancouver is about building futures for children, youth and women in need throughout the Lower Mainland. It gives you an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of others—in your lifetime and beyond.

Our Legacy Circle Members

Legacy giving includes bequests, life insurance, endowments, RRSPs and RRIFs, property, charitable remainder trusts and annuities.

This type of giving provides donors with optimal tax benefits, dependable long-term support for the YWCA, and most importantly, continued services and programs to help those who need them. It takes time and effort to create an effective plan for the future. We can determine the gift type that will best suit your needs and goals.

Bequests - It is possible to have your gift be used by a specific service or program of the YWCA. Names of programs and types of service offered do vary over time so this needs to be taken into consideration when making a designation. Please identify the YWCA by its legal name: Young Women's Christian Association located in Vancouver, BC. Sample bequest language

Changes to an existing will can be made by adding a codicil outlining your wish to change or amend an existing provision, or to add an entirely new one. Draft codicil

Life Insurance - When a donor irrevocably makes YWCA Metro Vancouver the owner and beneficiary of their life insurance policy, CRA allows us to issue the donor tax receipts for the full value of any policy premiums they pay. When a donor makes YWCA Metro Vancouver the beneficiary but retains ownership of the policy, a tax receipt for the value of the death benefit will be issued to the donor’s estate. Please identify the YWCA by its legal name: Young Women's Christian Association located in Vancouver, BC.

Endowments - For gifts of $25,000 or greater, you may establish a named endowment, whether through a current or deferred gift. Named endowments receive permanent recognition through our published donor listings and will be acknowledged on the Donor Recognition Wall. Sample endowment agreement

We also have a YWCA Legacy Endowment fund for donors who do not designate their endowment gifts, or who want to contribute less than $25,000. This fund provides the YWCA with financial stability in changing times and ensures that no one is turned away from the YWCA because they can’t afford to pay for services.

RRSPs and RRIFs - You can make a gift by designating YWCA Metro Vancouver as the beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), or make a gift in your will equal to the proceeds from your RRSP and RRIF.

Property - You can donate real estate, works of art, jewellery and prized collections to the YWCA.

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) - CRTs can be inter vivos (during the lifetime of the settlor, or donor) or testamentary (established at the death of the settlor) and can be either revocable or irrevocable. They can be funded with cash, securities, or real estate and they enable donors to meet their philanthropic and personal objectives.

Broadly defined, a CRT is any trust, inter vivos or testamentary, where all or a portion of the remaining trust assets are distributed to a charity at the termination of the trust.

Gift Plus Annuities - The donor can purchase a charitable annuity that makes a contribution to the YWCA, and in turn receive guaranteed payments for life. The amount of the payments depends on your age and the size of the contribution, but they may be higher than what you are receiving from your present investments, and the annuity arrangement is guaranteed.

For more information about donating to YWCA Metro Vancouver, contact:

Celia Campos
Manager, Fund Development
YWCA Metro Vancouver
535 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8
tel 604 895 5810
fax 604 681 9171

All planned gift donors are encouraged to have their plans reviewed by their own independent professional advisors and by the YWCA. All information pertaining to donors and donations received by the YWCA remains confidential. Advisor referral list


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