Frequently Asked Questions
Do very many people leave gifts in their Wills?
Over a million Canadians have left gifts to their favourite charities in their Wills – and as our population ages, that number is sure to rise. Those with families are finding that with their children well-established, they have the ability to make this kind of meaningful gift. And those without children are finding that they can make an even greater impact long into the future by leaving a charitable gift in their Will.
Who can make a gift in their Will?
A person who leaves a gift to St. Joseph’s in their Will demonstrates their unending commitment to health care focused on the patient. They may have been treated at St. Joseph’s, or had a loved one who received care. They, or a family member, may have been a part of the St. Joseph’s team in their lifetime. But mostly, someone who leaves a bequest to St. Joseph’s cares deeply about providing high-quality care to the generations to come.
How will St. Joseph’s put my gift to work?
When the time comes, your gift will be used to support health care at St. Joseph’s in any number of ways. Wherever the need of our patients is greatest, that is where your gift will come into action. However, we know that many of our donors have had a special experience with a certain care program. We’d be happy to speak with you about directing your gift to a particular area of St Joseph’s. Please feel free to call Sue Hardy at 519-646-6085 ext. 64562 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Will my name and or my gift be made public?
A gift in your Will is a very personal decision, and we have the utmost respect for that. We promise to never publish or publicize your name or your gift without your express consent to do so. If it appeals to you, we recognize and honour our donors through our Planned Legacy Cornerstone Society.
Is there a way to provide for my family and still leave a gift in my Will?
There are a number of ways to make a gift in your Will that ensure your family and loved ones are entirely taken care of, including residual and percentage giving. Many Canadians are discovering that they have the capacity to both support an organization whose work they value, and provide generously for their children.
I already have a Will. Is there a way to update it?
You may use a short legal clause known as a codicil to amend your Will without needing to re-write it. In this way, you can simply add St. Joseph’s into your existing estate plans. As always, we strongly encourage you to speak with your financial planner or lawyer when making a charitable bequest.
Who can I talk to about a charitable gift to St. Joseph’s?
We’d be delighted to speak with you about your considerations for including St. Joseph’s in your Will. You can be confident that there is no obligation at all, and that your discussion will remain private and confidential. Please reach out to Sue Hardy at email@example.com or 519-646-6085 ext. 64562.