Planning Your Future Gift


Creating a bright future

Your future gift can create a bright future for elders.

Sherbrooke and Central Haven staff teams work non-stop to create well-being for elders living in our homes. Eradicating loneliness, helplessness and boredom is the goal.

Aging facilities, unpredictable funding and inflation are real challenges for us today.

And what about the future? It can appear daunting.

Yet there is a solution. By making a future gift such as a bequest in your will or a gift of life insurance donated to Sherbrooke Foundation, your legacy of giving will continue. You’ll be helping Sherbrooke and Central Haven continue to provide homes that are safe, life-giving and fulfilling places to live.

Will Power

Your will has the potential to make a difference that endures.

Legacy gifts are special. They ensure a bright future for Sherbrooke and Central Haven, benefiting countless Elders both now and in the years to come. These special gifts help empower the loving, inspiring, innovative work that our team does every day.

Please consider a future gift to Sherbrooke Foundation, designated for one of our homes. We encourage you to speak with your family and your professional advisor about your wishes as you make your plan.

Sherbrooke Foundation is an active member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) Will Power initiative. This national initiative inspires Canadians to think differently about giving and empowers them to create positive change through a gift to charity in their wills.

Visit WillPower.ca to learn more about how you can change the world with a charitable donation in your will, while still supporting those you love.

To discuss your future gift with Sherbrooke Foundation, please contact Donor Relations Manager Joy-Ann Allin at joy-ann.allin@sherbrookefoundation.ca or 306-655-3632 to set up an appointment.

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

One might ask, “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, why wouldn’t it be important as 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. A key consideration is that there are taxes that are 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 solution. People use a variety of ways to support 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. A gift using life insurance is another tool. It can leverage your legacy for 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 often results in a larger gift than we’ve ever been able to give. “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.

 
We encourage you to speak with your family and your professional advisors (legal, financial, and accounting) about how your estate can make a difference that endures. To discuss your future gift with Sherbrooke Foundation, contact Donor Relations Leader Joy-Ann Allin at (306) 555-3632 or joy-ann@sherbrookefoundation.ca.