Ways To Give
- One-time donation – you may donate any amount of money, and know your donation supports our mission to save lives through breast cancer research.
- Monthly donation – your monthly donation allows for program and financial planning, and provides stable funding for our research. It’s easy to set-up a monthly donation charged to your credit card.
- In Memory or In Honour – dedicate your donation to an individual. A letter to acknowledge the dedication will be mailed to the individual or family.
- Securities – you do not pay capital gains tax when you donate stocks or shares to BCSC. You receive a tax receipt for the full amount of your donation, over $20. Contact us or your legal-financial professional for more information on transferring securities.
- Planned Giving – by leaving a gift in your will to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, your lasting legacy will be to help put an end to breast cancer. See below for more details about the benefits of leaving a planned gift to BCSC.
- Matching Gifts – Multiply the Impact of your Donation! Did you know that thousands of companies can match donations by employees to our organization? Find out more about the program here.
When you support the Breast Cancer Society of Canada with a future gift, you are helping to improve and save lives through early detection, better treatments and ultimately, the prevention of breast cancer. For more information, please contact: [email protected]
GIFTS IN YOUR WILL
Leaving a gift in your will (often called a bequest) is the simplest way to make a legacy gift that has several benefits. A gift in your will has no effect on your current income and you can receive a charitable tax receipt for your estate. Here is a sample of bequest wording to get you started: “To pay the sum of $_________ OR _______% of the residue of my estate to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada.
GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE
Life insurance is one way you can provide financial security for your family. But when the needs of your family are taken care of, a life insurance policy can be donated to charity. Donating a life insurance policy can also provide tax savings. Speak to your financial advisors for personalized advice on how a gift of life insurance can work for you. How to leave gifts of life insurance:
Designate Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) as the beneficiary of your policy
You can use a life insurance policy to make your gift simply by designating the Breast Cancer Society of Canada as the beneficiary of the policy. The insurance proceeds will be received by the Society tax-free and your estate will receive a donation receipt.
Transfer ownership of a paid-up policy to Breast Cancer Society of Canada
To receive an immediate donation receipt, you can make the Breast Cancer Society of Canada the beneficiary and owner of an existing paid-up policy. You will receive a donation receipt for the fair market value of the policy at the time of donation and the Society may either redeem the policy or hold it and receive the face value after your death.
Transfer ownership of a policy on which premiums are still owing
You can transfer ownership of a policy to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, even if premiums are still owing. You will receive a donation receipt for the policy’s fair market value at the time of donation. If you continue to pay the premiums after transferring ownership of the policy, you will receive donation receipts for those payments too.
GIFTS OF SECURITIES
Gifts of securities (such as publicly traded securities such as stocks, bonds or mutual funds) are becoming increasingly popular because they are very tax-effective and easy to do. These gifts can be any size, and can be given immediately or left to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada in your will.
Just like with a cash contribution, you will receive a donation tax credit for your gift of securities. In addition, you will not be subject to the capital gains tax that you would pay if you sold the same shares and donated the proceeds. Your estate can also have these same benefits if you choose to leave a gift of securities in your will.
Most securities are held electronically and so they can be easily transferred from your brokerage account to the brokerage account held by the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Your Financial Advisor can make all the arrangements.
GIFTS OF A TFSA, RRSP, RRIF
You can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer by donating the proceeds of a registered account such as a tax-free savings account (TFSA), a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or a registered retirement income fund (RRIF).
This will allow you to make a major contribution without reducing your current assets. In addition, your gift will reduce taxes on your estate because your estate will receive a donation receipt, and the funds will not be subject to probate fees.
Making a gift like this is east by naming the Breast Cancer Society of Canada as the beneficiary of your registered account. Benefit from the full use of your account during your lifetime. After your passing, the Society receives any remaining funds.