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Make a Long-Term Gift to the United Church of Canada Foundation

Build a strong foundation for the United Church of Canada

Long-term gifts to the United Church of Canada Foundation, including bequests and endowments, create lasting change in the United Church. People who make long-term gifts to the Foundation have provided stable, dependable support for their congregations, funded the building of a non-profit housing complex, and supported peace and justice work as well as the Mission & Service of the Church.

Connect with the Foundation

We are here to talk to you and help you decide how to make a meaningful contribution to the ministry and work you love. Call the Foundation office at 1-866-340-8223, or fill the form out below.

    Plan your long-term, significant gifts

    Most long-term gifts pledged to the Foundation take the form of endowments or bequests in your will. Including the Foundation in your will is a powerful, meaningful way for your legacy to contribute to the continuation and growth of the ministries you love most, while creating an endowment fund will ensure that there will be support for individuals and organizations that are aligned with your causes and beliefs for years to come. Find more information about how to plan your long-term gifts by clicking the boxes to the right.

    First set up in 1994 with an initial gift of $100, the Anna Jentzsch-Bill Endowment Bursary now provides annual awards of up to $5,000 to women in lay, ordained, or diaconal ministry in their theological studies, continuing education, or other professional development activities.

    Find a home for your gifts

    What do you want to accomplish with your giving? Do you want to build or strengthen communities of faith? Is seeking environmental justice important to you? Or, do you hope to create new youth and young adult ministry opportunities in your church? Whatever your passion, the Foundation can help you support the ministries that matter the most to you. Explore our established ministry funds, or contact us to talk about creating opportunities to support new causes, groups, and regions.

    Other Legacy Giving Opportunities

    Life insurance gifts

    A gift of life insurance can be used to establish an endowment or other long-term fund or make a meaningful contribution to an existing Foundation fund. It’s a powerful way to tie your legacy to a cause or ministry that matters to you.

    You can make a gift of life insurance to the Foundation in two ways:

    1. Designate the Foundation as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. The Foundation receives the proceeds of your policy upon your death. Your estate can claim a credit on the final tax return after your death.

    2. Transfer ownership of your policy to the Foundation. The Foundation issues a tax receipt for the cash value of the policy, which is creditable on your current year’s return. Donation receipts will be issued for any additional payments on existing premiums as well. Always here to help, we encourage you to contact the Foundation before transferring ownership of your life insurance policy.

    RRSP, RRIF, and TFSA gifts

    It’s easy to donate the proceeds of your Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Registered Retirement Income Funds (RRIFs) or Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA) to the United Church of Canada Foundation by designating the Foundation as a contingent beneficiary of your plan. This will ensure that the proceeds of your plan will only flow to the Foundation following the death of your primary beneficiary.

    When you designate the Foundation as a direct beneficiary of your registered plans or TFSA, we will issue a tax receipt for the full amount being transferred to your estate. You can name multiple beneficiaries, including your family and other charities.

    This deferred donation is not included in your estate and not subject to probate fees when they are directly designated.

    Learn more about Legacy Giving

    In the spirit of generosity, we ask you to consider leaving a legacy gift to The United Church of Canada Foundation. Your gift not only will provide ongoing support for the causes and beliefs you treasure most, it will provide a legacy of your faith in action.

    Your light will be a beacon that shines for years to come!
    Learn more about Legacy Giving by downloading the PDF below.


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