Future Gifts


Your will has power … to create a bright future. Now.

Every day the Sherbrooke* and Central Haven* teams passionately work to create well-being for our Elders. It’s a non-stop pursuit to alleviate suffering from loneliness, helplessness and boredom. These “plagues” of long-term care are painful and destructive to a person’s health and well-being. Covid-19 has raised the stakes even further, adding more complexity, challenges and risk..

 

But our mission remains unchanged…

        Create a community

               …that supports each person

                       …to live a full and abundant life! 

 

The funding challenges for us are huge. But a key solution is “future gifts”. Yes, a simple bequest in your Will for the Sherbrooke Foundation can address the needs of the human spirit! With it, Sherbrooke and Central Haven can continue to create, equip and support our Elders’ homes. Homes that are safe, life-giving and fulfilling.

 

Planning a gift in your Will can be a way to value the human spirit; a way to say that you believe in making life worth living for all who live at Sherbrooke and Central Haven. Right now and into the future.

“Music, art, games and constant social interaction all helped Don to learn and grow while at Sherbrooke. His disability was minimized and his abilities maximized!” Patrick, family member

But we cannot fight this good fight alone. Our community needs people like you to think about the impact you can be making into the future. Now.

 

Your Will is a powerful thing. It has the potential to make a difference that endures, a legacy. It can help us continue the loving, inspiring, innovative work that our team does every day. Today and in the years to come.

 

Covid-19 is shining a spotlight on long-term care in Canada. People see the inadequacies. We need to do better for people living in long-term care. Sherbrooke speaks up for them and shows a better way, a resident-directed way. We need your help to continue to change long-term care for the better.

 

Will you help us? Please consider a future gift for the Sherbrooke Foundation by speaking with your family and your professional advisor about it.

 

* Sherbrooke Community Centre and Central Haven Special Care Home are operated jointly and are supported by the Sherbrooke Foundation.


 

Common Questions About Gifts in Wills (Click here)

 

 
Why would I include a charitable gift in my Will?

People make gifts in their Wills for a variety of reasons. One of our donors summarizes it this way,

“Charitable gifts in our wills are important to us to say thank you to the charities we care about, to leave the world a better place, to teach our children the importance of giving and for the tax savings.”

“How can we expect our children to know and experience the joy of giving unless we teach them that the greater pleasure in life lies in the art of giving rather than receiving?”

– James Cash (J.C.) Penney

It’s good to ask ourselves, “What do I want to accomplish with what I’ve accumulated? Is it about more than transferring it to my family?”

If giving to charities is important to us now, is there a reason why it wouldn’t be important when we pass on?

 
How can I provide for my loved ones and leave a gift to charity?

This is a great question to discuss with your professional advisor. There are taxes that can be triggered upon your death, resulting in less for your loved ones. Ask your advisor about the taxes that your estate will be assessed and how to reduce them. A charitable gift in your Will may be an effective way.

People use a variety of ways to accomplish the two goals of supporting both loved ones and charity. For instance, some people leave a small percentage such as a tenth of their estate to charity. Others consider charity an additional “child”, dividing up the estate among their children plus charity.

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Some leave a specific dollar amount or shares of certain securities; for others it’s a percentage; for still others it’s what remains after all other disbursements. Gifts involving life insurance are another way to have your legacy make a remarkable impact.

 
I’m not a wealthy person. Will my gift make a difference?

When it comes to charitable giving, in death as in life, we each contribute what we can. Regardless of the amount, smaller or larger, all gifts combine to accomplish wonderful things together!

If you believe in full, abundant life for people living in long-term care, then you can make a gift in your Will to the Sherbrooke Foundation. You’ll know that you are leaving a gift with impact, touching the lives of countless people for years to come.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

– Mother Theresa

 
How will Sherbrooke use my gift?

Your gift will help us continue to change long-term care for the better! A gift in your Will might help create a more home-like environment in one of our neighbourhoods or fund further dementia-inclusive initiatives or contribute toward acquiring specialized equipment.

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

No matter what project your gift is applied to, it will contribute to the well-being of our Elders for years to come.

 
Isn’t it better to help now rather than later?

Making a gift now is wonderful, of course! But a gift in a Will is a different way of helping. It can often be the most impactful gift of a donor’s lifetime. A gift from a Will comes from assets, including real estate and investments. This can result in a larger gift than we’ve made

 before.

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

More importantly, making a gift in our Wills is a way to reflect and declare what we truly value in our lives.


The Sherbrooke Foundation encourages you to speak with your family and your professional advisor (legal, financial, accounting) about how your estate can make a difference that endures.

To speak with the Sherbrooke Foundation, please contact Rob Neufeld, Donor Relations Leader, by phone at 306-655-3632 or email rob@sherbrookefoundation.ca.