What Matters Most To You?

Everyone is impacted by the experiences in their lives. It is what makes us who we are. Whether it is an illness or a hardship that touches us deeply, or a positive experience or opportunity that changed our lives – we all look for our own opportunity to give back and to make our world a better place. Throughout your lifetime you have supported causes that are important to you. By volunteering your time and your charitable donations, you have helped ensure that these organizations are able to continue their important work. Whether it is education, the environment, health related or faith based causes; you have played an important part in their continued success and ongoing work. How can you continue to make a difference – now and in the future?

Legacy giving-A gift for the future

Just as you give careful thought to many major decisions throughout your life, you will want to do the same when it comes planning your charitable gifts and your estate. Legacy giving is a gift for the future. You can make a major planned gift during your lifetime or you can plan to leave a bequest in your will. There are many ways to make a legacy gift and it may be your greatest opportunity to make a major difference in a way that matters most to you.

If helping children and youth in need is near and dear to your heart, please talk with FACS Founda­tion about legacy giving.

For more information on planned gifts,
please contact:

Tel: 905.937.7731
Toll Free: 1.888.937.7731
Ext: 3271

Email: foundation@facsniagara.on.ca

Our success is a direct result of the support we receive from donors across the Niagara Region.

Legacy of Caring Video

Planned giving allows each of us to make a difference in our community and with charities that are most important to us. Please watch this short video to see how one local family has created a legacy of their own.

Legacy Circle - How You Can Help the FACS Foundation

There are many ways to make a planned gift. Whether it is in your lifetime or as part of your estate, it could be the most significant gift you will ever make. Please read the following information and contact the FACS Foundation if you have any questions about making a planned gift. We are here to help you realize your charitable goals.
Life Insurance
Gifts of Life Insurance
By including the Niagara Foundation for Family and Children’s Services as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, you can have a significant long-term impact on the lives of many young people. As with other charitable gifts, there are tax benefits. Gifting through life insurance can be done by either:
  • Naming the FACS Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary. You will receive annual charitable tax receipts for the full value of the premium you pay, as well as a tax benefit associated with any cash surrender value.
  • OR naming the FACS Foundation as primary or co-beneficiary while you own the policy. Your estate will benefit from a charitable tax receipt.
Publicly Traded Securities
Gifts of Publicly Traded Securities
The gift of securities can be given in the form of publicly traded securities, bonds, or mutual funds. By donating publicly traded shares to the Niagara Foundation for Family and Children’s Services 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. Your accountant or lawyer can assist you with making a planned gift.
Donations made through RRSPs and RRIFs provide a rewarding way to create a lasting impact on the lives of the children served by the FACS Foundation. Federal tax law permits naming a charity as a direct beneficiary and makes your 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 FACS Foundation. This gift option allows you to see the benefits of your gift during your lifetime.
Canada Pension Plan
Canada Pension Plan
Many individuals across Canada receive Canada Pension benefits, which they don’t necessarily need for their retirement years. By providing for their retirement needs through other investment vehicles, donors can use the funds they receive from Canada Pension to make a charitable donation to one of the FACS Foundation’s many educational and enrichment programs and receive a tax receipt.

Gifts of this nature are much like a donation of cash. When you receive your payment from Canada Pension you simply send the Foundation a cheque for the amount or portion of your allotted pension.
Charitable Gift Annuity
Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a way to help the FACS Gift annuities allow the FACS Foundation to realize an immediate source of new funds while you receive a favourable tax rate and a tax receipt.
A charitable bequest is the legal name for a gift made within the provisions 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. We suggest that you fully explore the various donation methods with your financial advisor, accountants or lawyer to ensure a gift is provided in the most tax-effective way and takes your family needs into account. It is also very important to discuss this with all members of your family. If you have setup a bequest or plan to, please notify us by filling out our charitable Bequest Confirmation Form.
Create an Endowment
Create an Endowment
Creating an endowment fund involves setting up a continued investment that supports the Niagara Foundation for Family and Children’s Services. Through this long-term donation you can have a significant and positive impact on the future of a vulnerable young person. The FACS Foundation has developed an exciting new relationship with the Niagara Community Foundation to manage an endowment that will support our programs.