“Everyone would like to hope that what they believe in can continue after they’re no longer able to.”

Anonymous legacy donor

Legacy Gifts

Imagine every child in Canada being safe, secure, loved, educated, and flourishing in a positive environment. We do.

A study of children in the care of the Children’s Aid Societies revealed that these children were on average 1-2 grade levels behind their peers, suspended much more frequently, and unlikely to continue on to post-secondary education. By establishing a legacy gift, you can have a lasting impact on the work of the Children’s Aid Foundation while allowing us to build brighter futures for the young people we serve. Legacy giving is a meaningful way for you to make a difference and ensure that our most vulnerable children and young people will be supported for years to come.

Providing for Brighter Futures

Creating an endowment fund with the Children’s Aid Foundation ensures that our kids will perpetually be the beneficiaries of your extraordinary generosity.

With a minimum gift of $100,000, you will be providing much-needed support for the most urgent needs of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth year after year. Your endowment fund can be in support of the greatest needs of our kids, or can be directed toward one of the Foundation’s programs in the following areas: Crisis & Permanence; Identity, Equity & Inclusion; Education; Youth in Transition; and Health and Well Being.

Through this long-term investment, you will have a significant impact on the future of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth.

For more information on setting up an endowment fund, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

The gift of securities can be given in the form of publicly traded securities, exchangeable securities, bonds, or mutual funds. By donating publicly traded shares to the Children’s Aid Foundation you pay no tax on capital gains, making it one of the most cost-effective ways to contribute.

Making a gift of securities is a simple process and can be accomplished by filling-out and faxing our Donation of Securities Form. We strongly encourage you to to seek independent, qualified advice from your accountant, estate planner, lawyer, etc. before confirming a security gift.

How to Make a Gift of Publicly Traded Securities to the Children’s Aid Foundation

The Children’s Aid Foundation has made making a gift of securities a simple process. Instructions can be found by clicking here.

For more information on how you can setup a security, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

Many across Canada receive Canada Pension benefits that they don’t necessarily need for their retirement years. By providing for their retirement needs through other investment vehicles, donors may use the funds they receive from Canada Pension to make a charitable donation in support of the most urgent needs of Canada’s most vulnerable children and youth.

These gifts function much like a donation of cash. When you receive payment from Canada Pension, you may simply send the Children’s Aid Foundation a chque for the amount of portion of your allotted pension.

We strongly encourage you to seek independent, qualified advice from your accountant, estate planner lawyer, etc. before confirming your gift.

For more information on setting up a Canada Pension Plan gift, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

By assigning your life insurance policy to the Children’s Aid Foundation or making the Foundation a registered beneficiary you can have a significant, long-term impact on the life of one or multiple young people. You will receive an immediate tax receipt for the cash surrender value and, if you continue to pay the premium on the life insurance policy, each amount will qualify as a charitable gift.

With a life insurance policy you can provide a gift to the Foundation in three ways:

1. Donate an existing or a new life insurance policy where the Children’s Aid Foundation is the owner.
2. Name your estate as the beneficiary of the insurance proceeds and gift an equivalent amount to the Children’s Aid Foundation in your will.
3. Name the Children’s Aid Foundation as the primary or co-beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

For more information on how you can setup a life insurance policy with the Foundation, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

Donations made through RRSPs and RRIFs provide a rewarding way to create a lasting impact on the lives of the children we serve. Since 2000, the federal budget provides that for deaths occurring after 1998, naming a charity as a direct beneficiary will make the donor’s estate eligible to receive a tax receipt.

When a RRSP is being converted to a RRIF, you may want to consider withdrawing a portion and contributing it to the Children’s Aid Foundation. While this may reduce your retirement income, you would recover some of this through the tax credit you will receive for your gift. This gift option allows you to see the benefits of your gift during your lifetime.

For more information on setting-up a RRSP or RRIF benefiting the Foundation, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

A charitable bequest is the legal name for a gift made within the provision of your will. It can include any type of property (e.g. a sum of money), personal property, or real estate. It can also be a percentage of your estate, a portion of your real estate, or it can be contingent upon surviving loved ones.

You can setup a bequest as:
• Specific bequest – A gift within a will of a certain amount of money, a piece of property, securities, or other assets.
• Contingent bequest – A gift within a will that occurs only in the event that you are not survived by any other beneficiaries named in your will.
• Bequest subject to trust – A gift within a will made through a trust whereby a named beneficiary receives income for life, and upon his/her death, all remaining property is transferred to the Children’s Aid Foundation.

We suggest that you fully explore the various donation methods to ensure a gift is provided in the most tax-effective way and takes your family needs into account. If you have setup a bequest or plan to, please notify us of your bequest by filling-out our Charitable Bequest Confirmation Form.

For more information about bequests or setting one up, please contact:

Martina Borchardt
Senior Development Officer
Phone: 416-923-0924 x259
Email: mborchardt@cafdn.org

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A bequest is the legal name for a gift made within the provision of your will.

Your bequest will lessen your estates taxes upon your passing, which will leave more of your estate to be shared by your beneficiaries. Your estate will receive a tax receipt for the amount of your gift, and has the potential to reduce your taxes in the final return by up to 100% of your income in the year of death.

As well, a tax receipt for the value of your bequest will also assist in offsetting any tax on capital gains your estate may have from capital assets such as real estate or securities, if these assets have increased in value during your lifetime.

Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that by having made a gift in support of abused and neglected children, you have created a legacy for the children we serve and have gave hope for their future.

A bequest can include any type of property, such as a sum of money, personal property or real estate. A bequest may also be a percentage of your estate, a portion of your estate once other bequests to loved ones are made, or it may be contingent upon surviving loved ones.

Specific Bequest – A specific bequest is the name given to a gift within a will, of a certain amount of money, a piece of property, securities or other assets.

Example: “…to give to the Children’s Aid Foundation, the sum of $ 5,000 for its general purposes.”
Residual Bequest – A residual bequest is the name given to a gift in your will of a portion, or all of the remainder of your estate, after the other bequests to loved ones have been made, and all debts have been paid.

Example: “…to give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, to the Children’s Aid Foundation, for its general purposes.”

Contingent Bequest – A contingent bequest is the name given to a gift in a will that occurs only in the event that you are not survived by the other beneficiaries named in your will. These types of bequests are usually written to name the Children’s Aid Foundation as an alternative beneficiary where it is not certain that your gift to your original beneficiary(ies) may be carried out. For example, you would name the Children’s Aid Foundation as the beneficiary in the event of a common disaster, or where there are no relatives.

Example: “…to pay to my cousin John Smith, the sum of $ 5,000; provided that in the event my said cousin should predecease me, to pay the said sum to the Children’s Aid Foundation, for its general purposes.”

Bequest Subject to a Trust – A bequest subject to a trust, refers to a gift in a will made through a trust whereby a named beneficiary receives income for life, and upon his/her death, all the remaining property is transferred to the Children’s Aid Foundation.

Trusts that are established within a will are called testamentary trusts. Testamentary trusts may be an attractive planning option if you wish to provide income for life for a loved one following your death, while at the same time providing a gift to the Children’s Aid Foundation.

The mission of the Children’s Aid Foundation is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children through prevention, enrichment and education. The Children’s Aid Foundation would be pleased to discuss options with you to designate your gift to funding programs within these three funding priorities.

Yes! Please notify the Children’s Aid Foundation of your gift so that we can thank you. Through our Guardian of Hope Circle, the Children’s Aid Foundation would like to recognize you, and all of its generous friends who have included the Foundation in their estate plans through a bequest or other planned gift.

Before you make a donation, we strongly encourage you to seek independent, qualified advice from your accountant, estate planner, lawyer etc., on the appropriateness of doing so.

Click here to download the Charitable Bequest Confirmation Form.

  1. Contact your lawyer, and advise him/her about your desire to make a will or update your will to include a gift to the Children’s Aid Foundation.  Your lawyer will be able to provide you with independent advice regarding your estate and will recommend options for your intended gift to the Children’s Aid Foundation, which will be best suited to your needs, and the needs of your loved ones.
  2. Please contact Angie Docking (416-923-0924 x230 or adocking@cafdn.org) at the Children’s Aid Foundation, who will provide your lawyer with our correct legal name, and answer any detailed questions they may have.
  3. Your lawyer will ensure that your will, or codicil (amendment) to your existing will, is properly prepared, signed and witnessed.