Planned Giving

Leave a legacy!

Use your assets to bring about choice in dying for the future and to help us support those who can no longer wait.

There are many ways to make a planned gift.  Some of the more common ones are listed below.  For informaton about how you can make a planned gift to DWD, please contact our national office. 

  • Bequests

    A bequest naming Dying With Dignity in your will is the most common planned gift. A bequest allows you to leave a pre-determined sum of money, securities, real estate or a percentage of your estate. Designate funds to a program of personal interest or direct your donation to the area of greatest need. Receive a tax credit for the value of the bequest that can be applied to your final income tax return, if properly structured.

    Click here to see our bequest policy.

  • Life Insurance

    A gift of life insurance, with Dying With Dignity named as the beneficiary or owner, is a deferred donation with favourable tax benefits available to you today or later to your estate. An existing or newly purchased life insurance policy allows you to magnify your donation through tax credits.  

    Your life insurance can be arranged so that you receive these credits for your annual premiums, for proceeds from the policy (at death, with the credit going to your estate) or for the cash value of a fully-paid life insurance policy.

  • Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds

    A transfer of stocks, bonds or shares is a very tax-effective way to make a donation. Donating stocks, bonds or mutual funds to DWD allows you to eliminate the capital gains tax on the increase in the value of the asset and qualify for a tax credit based on the asset's fair market value.

    Here's an example of a gift of stock: Anna Beck would like to contribute $10,000 to Dying With Dignity Canada. She purchased stock several years ago for $4,000. The stock is now worth $10,000, resulting in a capital gain of $6,000. She will not pay tax on the capital gain because she is donating the stock directly to Dying With Dignity. Anna also qualifies for a $10,000 charitable receipt. If she had chosen to sell the stock and keep or donate the proceeds, she would have been taxed on $3,000, or 50%, of the $6,000 capital gain.

    Contact our national office for more details.

  • Codicil to Your Will

    A codicil allows you to provide a bequest without re-writing your existing will. Provided your estate has not already been distributed in exact dollar amounts, a bequest in a codicil can be distributed from the balance of the estate.

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