How To Give Getting Started
- Do you have an estate?
- Which charity?
- Do your homework
- Consult a Professional Advisor
- Talk to your Family members
Your “estate” is the sum of all your assets. Wealthy people might have very large estates, but even those who are not wealthy have the resources to make a charitable bequest. If every adult in Canada made a will and included a bequest of just $100, millions of dollars would flow to charitable causes every year.
Think about the charitable organization or cause you would most like to help. Maybe you or someone you know has benefited from the service of a particular organization. Maybe you’re an active volunteer or believe in the mission and values of a specific group. You might want to leave a gift in memory of a loved one for a certain use. To search a charity, click here.
Talk to the officers of the organization or group of your choice. They can tell you more about what they do, what opportunities available for giving, and how your gift can allow them to continue their work. To find a charity near you, click here.
Consult the appropriate professional advisor in order to get the right expertise and advice. An advisor can help to ensure the type and timing of your gift maximizes the advantages to you and the organization. To search for an advisor in your area, click here.
Make sure that your family members are aware of your intentions so they can support the achievement of your charitable goals.