Leaving a Legacy with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton

“What will my legacy be?” It’s a question we often ask ourselves, especially as we enter the later stages of our lives. For most of us, that means being remembered for our best qualities and for the positive impact we had on our family, friends and community.

Even though Canadians are incredibly generous and supportive of charities during their lifetime, few Canadians realize that they can arrange a legacy gift in their wills or testaments.

The Christmas Bureau of Edmonton is proud to have a legacy giving program for those seeking to leave a mark in another meaningful way in their community. We’ve compiled some helpful tips below to get you started on your legacy planning.

Did you know that 84% of Canadians aged 15 and over made a financial donation to a charitable or non-profit organization during 2007 (source)? However, only 7% of Canadians support charitable organizations by leaving a planned gift in their will (source).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a legacy gift?

A legacy gift is a charitable donation arranged during a donor’s lifetime, leaving some or all of a donor’s estate to a charity or charities of their choosing.

What types of legacy gifts are there?

We’ve compiled a list of the typical types of legacy gifts below.

Where can I find more information about legacy giving?

Leave a Legacy™, a program of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, is an excellent resource for those seeking more information about legacy giving. Visit their website for tips that will help you in your decision!

How do I plan for legacy giving to the Christmas Bureau?

We recommend seeking legal and financial counsel as well as discussing your decision with your family. When seeking legal and financial counsel, be sure to use our legal name, Christmas Bureau of Edmonton, and to refer to our registered charity number: 11922 2925 RR0001.

While we are happy to provide you with information about how your legacy gift can help the Christmas Bureau, we’re unable to provide legal, financial or other professional advice.

I’ve discussed my decision with my family and have sought the advice of a financial and legal advisor. Now what should I do?

We would be happy to assist you in identifying opportunities for legacy giving with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton. Please contact our Executive Director, Darlene Kowalchuk, by calling 780-454-6074 or by email at darlene.kowalchuk@christmasbureau.ca

Bequests are arranged through your will by designating a specific amount or percentage of your estate to the Christmas Bureau.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.

To make a donation through your life insurance policy, simply designate the Christmas Bureau as an owner and/or beneficiary, in whole or in part. This designation can be applied to an existing policy, or to one that is newly purchased.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.

To make a gift with your Retirement Plan Assets, simply designate the Christmas Bureau as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.

You can gift the Christmas Bureau with public securities and receive capital gains tax savings for you or your estate.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.

You can arrange a future gift to the Christmas Bureau, receive immediate savings and continue to receive income for life.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.

Endowment funds are not solely for the wealthy. Anyone can create one! Once the endowment fund reaches $10,000, it will begin gifting to the charity of your choice.

You can name your endowment fund for your family, a loved one, a friend or in any way that is meaningful to you. You can also contribute to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s Endowment Fund established with the Edmonton Community Foundation.

To learn more about endowment funds, establishing your own or contributing to the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton’s Endowment Fund, please contact the Edmonton Community Foundation at 780-426-0015 or by email at donorservices@ecfoundation.org.

Our legal name is Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and our registered charity number is 11922 2925 RR0001.