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Your legacy can take many forms. On this page, find out what your options are for leaving a planned gift for the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

Be a Super Hero!

At the Alzheimer Society, we believe completing your Will and Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and Property makes you a Super Hero.

Why? Because you are protecting those you care about, your assets and, if you leave a charitable bequest to the Alzheimer Society in your Will, you will help us defeat dementia – a formidable foe!  Get started today!

Visit alzsuperhero.ca to order your free Estate Planner and Guide by submitting our request form, or contact us directly:

 

Colleen Bradley, Chief Development Officer, Planned Giving

Office Phone: 416-847-8924
Toll-free:  1-800-879-4226 ext. 8924
Cell Phone: 416-999-6406
Email:  [email protected]

Planned Giving Overview

The most common type of planned gift is a charitable bequest in a person’s Will.  However, Canadians are realizing that there are a variety of ways to give a charitable gift, they include:

Publicly Traded Securities – double the tax savings by eliminating capital gains tax owed.

Bequests – an easy way to reduce estate taxes and may increase inheritances to your loved ones.

Registered Assets – another way to significantly reduce the taxes owed by your estate.

Life Insurance – leverage the premium payments made today into a larger lasting legacy.

Major Gifts – find out how a gift of $10,000 or more will impact our programs and services.

Some of the many benefits of making a planned gift to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario include:

  • Substantial tax advantages under current laws.
  • Your giving can be tailored to your personal and financial circumstances.
  • Your donation is made from assets, not current income.
  • Gifts are planned today for distribution as some time in the future.
  • Most of the gifts involve planning, however they are easy to arrange.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you seek professional advice to ensure your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. 

Your financial or estate advisor will be happy to help you complete your gift. We can have a conversation with you and your advisors to determine if a planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs, tax situation and our funding objectives.   All discussions are confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift.

Whether you leave a gift to charity or not, please take the time to have your Will and Powers of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property completed.   We have seen firsthand the hardship that family members endure when these legal documents have not been prepared and cognitive ability declines.

Charitable Will Bequests

Many Canadians support charitable organizations through future gifts from their estates.  A Charitable Will Bequest is a direction in your Will that instructs your Executor(s)/Trustee(s) to leave one or more of your assets to a charitable organization.   A charitable Will bequest is a meaningful way to reduce your taxes, increase inheritances to your loved ones and make a difference in the world.

A Charitable Will Bequest is a direction in your Will that instructs your Executor/Trustee to leave one or more of your assets to a charitable organization(s).  It is an easy way to support the Alzheimer Society of Ontario while helping you achieve significant tax savings for your estate, thereby reducing or eliminating your income tax liability in the year of death.   

The Benefits to You

Convenient –   Can be made if you are over 18 years of age and can be for any amount you want.

Simple – Instruct your lawyer to include a bequest to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario in your Will or codicil.

Cost-effective – There are no extra out-of-pocket costs.  Your present income will not decrease.

Tax Relief – A charitable Will Bequest is a highly effective way to reduce estate taxes.

Tax Planning – We will issue a charitable tax receipt for the full value of your bequest.  Your estate will use this receipt to reduce the tax payable on your final tax return.  If your bequest exceeds 100% of your net income in the year of your death, the excess may be carried back to the previous tax year and the taxes already paid will be refunded to your estate.

Flexible – Your bequest can be for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, or the residue of your estate – that is a gift after your debts have been paid and other bequests made.   

Control – You retain use of the assets for the duration of your lifetime.

Peace of Mind – You can make changes to your Will at any time.

Satisfaction – Legacy gifts are made for personal reasons in addition to ensuring that the Alzheimer Society of Ontario continues leading the fight against Alzheimer disease and related dementias: via its elite researchers, quality of life improvement, and support programs for caregivers.  As well, your bequest can create a lasting memorial for you, your family or anyone you may wish to honour.

Whether you leave a gift to charity or not, please take the time to have your Will and Powers of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property completed.   We have seen firsthand the hardship that family members endure when these legal documents have not been prepared. You must have cognitive ability to sign legal documents such as your Will and Powers of Attorney.  Ask us for our free Will Planner and Guide and our Fact Sheets on Powers of Attorney for Personal Care and Property.  Visit alzsuperhero.ca to order by submitting our request form today.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you seek professional advice to ensure your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. 

Your financial or estate advisor will be happy to help you complete your gift. We can have a conversation with you and your advisors to determine if a planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs, tax situation and our funding objectives.   All discussions are confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift. 

 

Publicly Traded Securities and Mutual Funds

A few years ago, the federal government eliminated the capital gains tax on charitable gifts of publicly traded securities and mutual funds. If you own stocks or mutual funds that have grown in value, you will face a tax bill when you sell them.

By donating them directly to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario, you can eliminate your tax bill and make a significant gift at the same time. This giving option is attractive if your investments have grown in value, and you wish to donate from savings rather than cash flow.
 

The Benefits to You

  • Opportunity – An opportunity to make a significant gift.
  • Tax Advantages – By donating your appreciated securities or mutual funds directly to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario you eliminate your capital gains tax bill.
  • Reduced Brokerage Fees – Many brokerage houses forego fees for charitable transactions.
  • Simple and Convenient – Securities are easy to transfer.  Your broker transfers the shares from your account to the Alzheimer Society’s brokerage account.  The date of your donation will be the date the securities are deposited into our brokerage account.
  • Recognition – Your gift can be honoured during your lifetime.

How does it work?

A donation receipt is issued for the fair market value of the security on the date of transfer to our brokerage account.  The securities must be transferred to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario and not be sold by you, the donor. NOTE: The gift will not qualify for the capital gains tax elimination if the securities are sold, and the cash then gifted to a charity.

 

Guidelines for Transferring Assets

  1. The easiest and safest method of transfer exists if the securities are in a brokerage account. Securities may be transferred by instructions from you, the donor to transfer the securities from your account to the Alzheimer Society’s account.  Request our Securities Transfer Form HERE.  LINK TO [email protected]???
     
  2. A donor who holds securities certificates may present an endorsed certificate with the signature guaranteed by the bank or your broker, or an unendorsed certificate and a signed stock or bond power of attorney with the signature guaranteed.   Certificates may be delivered by courier to the Alzheimer Society’s office in advance of the closing if due precaution is observed, that is, the unendorsed certificates and the stock or bond power of attorney are delivered separately.
     
  3. Re-registering the securities certificates in the name of the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is not recommended, as re-registration can take more than two weeks in which time the value of the securities can change.
     
  4. To transfer mutual fund shares, the donor should send a letter of instruction to the fund company (i.e., AGF or McKenzie Financial, etc).  The donor must sign documents provided by the fund company.  Ensure that your financial institution does not sell or redeem and only TRANSFERS this donation.

CAUTION: When transferring listed securities ALWAYS ensure that the securities are transferred directly to the registered charity).   The securities must be transferred and not be sold by you, the donor. The gift will not qualify for the capital gains tax elimination if the securities are sold, and the cash then gifted to a charity.

 

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you seek professional advice to ensure your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. 

Your financial or estate advisor will be happy to help you complete your gift. We can have a conversation with you and your advisors to determine if a planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs, tax situation and our funding objectives.   All discussions are confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift.

Whether you leave a gift to charity or not, please take the time to have your Will and Powers of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property completed.   We have seen firsthand the hardship that family members endure when these legal documents have not been prepared and cognitive ability declines.

Registered Savings Plans (RRSPs and RRIFs)

Many Canadians have savings in Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP), but RRSPs and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) often create large tax liabilities in the year of death since the entire amount of the plan is included in your income in one year.

If you die without a surviving spouse or qualifying dependents, the full remaining value of your RRSP or RRIF is added to your income in the year of death, and your estate must pay the taxes. If your RRSP or RRIF has a registered charity as the direct beneficiary, your estate will receive a donation receipt for the entire value of the plan. The credit arising from this donation will offset the tax liability.  As a result, the entire value inside an RRSP or RRIF can be given to a registered charity in the year of death with no tax implications.  A gift of a RRSP or RRIF may enable you to fulfill dual goals of supporting the Alzheimer Society of Ontario while reducing the amount of taxes that your estate owes to Canada Revenue Agency.   

 

The Benefits to You

  • Tax Advantages – Tax-effective means of supporting the Alzheimer Society.  Your estate may claim gifts in the years of your death equal to 100% of your net income in that year and the preceding year.  RRSPs and RRIFs become fully taxable as income in the year of death, usually at the highest marginal tax rate, unless the funds can be rolled over to a surviving spouse or a dependant child.
  • Control – You retain the use of the investment for the duration of your lifetime.
  • Simple – Easy to arrange.  Simply ask your financial institution to change the beneficiary designation to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.
  • Flexible – The designation is revocable and can be changed if your financial circumstances alter.
  • Cost Effective – There are no extra out-of-pocket costs.
  • Eliminates Probate, Legal & Executor Fees – Your gift will not be subject to probate costs or delays in settlement. The full proceeds are payable to the charity upon your death.
  • Peace of Mind – You can plan, arrange, and announce the gift yourself and you will know that it will occur just as planned.
  • Control – Not a matter of public record allowing you to remain anonymous. And unlike a Will, the gift cannot be contested.
  • Memorialize – Your bequest can create a lasting memorial for you, your family or anyone you may wish to honour.
  • Opportunity – An opportunity to make a significant gift.
  • Recognition – Your gift can be honoured during your lifetime.

How does it work?

There are two ways to donate the proceeds of an RRSP or RRIF:

  • You can name the Alzheimer Society of Ontario as the direct beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF. Upon your death the proceeds will be paid directly to us without going through probate.
  • You can name your estate as the beneficiary of your RRSP or RRIF and leave instructions in your Will to donate all or part of your RRSP or RRIF to the Alzheimer Society.  You may specify a percentage of the RRSP or RRIF or a specific dollar amount to be donated. The donation qualifies for the charitable Will bequest donation tax credit for up to 100% of income in the year of death and in the year preceding.
    • NOTE: The trustee of your RRSP or RRIF will withhold taxes and probate will apply when choosing this option.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you seek professional advice to ensure your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. 

Your financial or estate advisor will be happy to help you complete your gift. We can have a conversation with you and your advisors to determine if a planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs, tax situation and our funding objectives.   All discussions are confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift.

Whether you leave a gift to charity or not, please take the time to have your Will and Powers of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property completed.   We have seen firsthand the hardship that family members endure when these legal documents have not been prepared and cognitive ability declines.

A Gift of Life insurance

Many Canadians own some type of life insurance as it allows for the accumulation of tax-sheltered funds and provides heirs with quick access to financial resources. A gift of life insurance may be appealing if you are under 50 and in good health, would like to make a large gift for a relatively small financial outlay, and your family no longer requires the insurance proceeds. In addition, you can make a gift of either a new or existing policy.   

The Benefits to You

  • Simple and Convenient – The transaction is simple.  Your life insurance specialist can advise you on the type of policy that would best fit your needs, custom design your program and carry through with the necessary paperwork.
  • Inexpensive – A way to make a larger gift than you might otherwise be able to, without depleting your current assets now or your estate later.
  • Leverage – The ultimate value of your policy will be far more than the premiums you pay.
  • Save Taxes today – Immediate tax relief in the form of charitable tax receipts for the premiums paid.       
  • Estate Preservation – Your estate to your family is not diminished because life insurance, by its very nature creates an additional, separate “estate.”
  • Eliminates Probate, Legal & Executor Fees – Life insurance is not subject to probate costs or delays in settlement. The full proceeds are payable to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario at maturity or your death.
  • Peace of Mind – You can plan, arrange, and announce the gift yourself and you will know that it will occur just as planned.
  • Control – Life insurance is not a matter of public record and allows you to remain anonymous. And unlike a Will, the gift cannot be contested.
  • Recognition – Your gift can be honoured during your lifetime.

How does it work?

There are a number of easy ways to make a gift of Life Insurance.

  1. You can take an existing permanent policy that has finished serving its original purpose and simply have the ownership and beneficiary designation transferred to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario. This designation cannot be changed.
     
  2. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the worth of the policy at the time of transfer.  Any continued premium payments also qualify for a charitable tax receipt.  Please note that there are tax advantages to retaining existing policies.  The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you discuss this matter with your insurance specialist before any transfer takes place.
     
  3. You can purchase a new life insurance policy.  After one premium payment has been paid, the Alzheimer Society of Ontario is named as the owner and beneficiary.  You continue to pay the premiums and receive a charitable tax receipt for those payments. Again, this designation cannot be changed. It may be to your advantage to name your estate as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy, and then make a same dollar amount bequest in your Will to the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.  You will not receive a charitable tax receipt for any of the premiums paid during your life.  However, your estate will be eligible to claim a donation for the full amount of the insurance proceeds.

You can name the Alzheimer Society of Ontario as your beneficiary on your individual or group life insurance. You retain ownership of the policy. You can change the beneficiary designation at any time.  If you are a salaried employee and have a benefit plan that has a death benefit component to it, consider naming the Alzheimer Society of Ontario as the beneficiary.  However, you will not receive a charitable tax receipt for any premiums paid during your lifetime.

The Alzheimer Society of Ontario strongly recommends that you seek professional advice to ensure your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. 

Your financial or estate advisor will be happy to help you complete your gift. We can have a conversation with you and your advisors to determine if a planned gift fits your desires, financial objectives, family needs, tax situation and our funding objectives.   All discussions are confidential and will not obligate you to make a gift.

Whether you leave a gift to charity or not, please take the time to have your Will and Powers of Attorneys for Personal Care and Property completed.   We have seen firsthand the hardship that family members endure when these legal documents have not been prepared and cognitive ability declines.