Legacy Giving

How you can help

When we think of leaving a legacy, it’s often in relation to those closest to us—children or grandchildren, decades-long friendships, or loving relationships. When you leave a gift in your will to the BCCDC Foundation, your legacy will also have a meaningful impact on all of British Columbia. By leaving a bequest—a charitable gift that’s made in your will—you have the opportunity to continue supporting a cause that’s most meaningful to you after your lifetime, all while your estate reaps tax benefits. A bequest is one of the most significant contributions you can make. When your bequest is made to the BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, it has the potential to shape the current and future health for thousands across BC. Learn about your options for creating your legacy below.

Types of Gifts

These are just a few types of planned gifts that can be made. If you’re curious about other options for planned giving or have ideas, please discuss them with your lawyer and financial advisor, or feel free to contact us for more information.

SPECIFIC BEQUEST

This is a particular item or property, or a specific dollar amount. In addition to cash, this can include real estate, artworks, securities, or items like jewellery or furniture.

RESIDUARY BEQUEST

A residuary bequest is the total residue of your estate, or a percentage of it, after all other bequests to beneficiaries have been made, and all other debts, taxes, and expenses have been paid.

GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE

You can transfer an existing and fully paid life insurance policy, sign over a partially paid policy, or purchase a new policy and make the BCCDC Foundation the owner and beneficiary. Each of these options provides you or your estate with the option to receive a charitable tax receipt for your contribution.

CONTINGENT BEQUEST

A contingent bequest is a bequest that is made to the charity only if the primary beneficiary predeceases the donor. A contingent bequest can be either a specific amount, or a percentage of the estate’s value.

Sample Language

The following are samples of language you can use when preparing your will. We strongly encourage you to discuss your plans with a lawyer and/or financial advisor prior to finalizing your will.

Specific Bequest – cash or property

I give to the BCCDC Foundation for Population and Public Health (charitable registration number 86127 7309 RR0001, of suite 1500 – 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7) the sum of $______ dollars for purposes as determined by and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

I give to the BCCDC Foundation for Population and Public Health (charitable registration number 86127 7309 RR0001, of suite 1500 – 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7), my property known as ________ [description of property], for purposes as determined by and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Residuary Bequest

I give to the BCCDC Foundation for Population and Public Health (charitable registration number 86127 7309 RR0001, of suite 1500 – 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7) ___% of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate for purposes as determined by and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Contigent Bequest

If [name(s) of primary beneficiaries] do not survive me, shall die within ninety (90) days from the date of my death, or die as a result of a common disaster, then I give to the BCCDC Foundation for Population and Public Health (charitable registration number 86127 7309 RR0001, of suite 1500 – 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7) ________ [specific dollar amount, percentage of residual, or description of property], for purposes as determined by and at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Restricted/designated Gift Purposes

If you would like to designate your gift to a specific BCCDC Foundation project, program, or fund please consult with us in advance. We want to work with you to ensure that your contribution will be used effectively and make the greatest difference to what you’re passionate about. If you do choose to restrict your gift, we also advise that you include a provision that allows for flexibility should the fund or circumstances of the BCCDC Foundation change:

“In the event that it should become impossible, inadvisable, impractical or in contradiction to the BCCDC Foundation’s gift acceptance policy to apply this gift for the stated purpose, the gift may be used for other purposes consonant with the spirit and intention of this gift, to the best advantage of the BCCDC Foundation, as to be determined by the Board of Directors.”

Important Information

It’s important that you consult with your legal and financial advisors when preparing your will—the information contained here does not constitute legal advice, and should only be used for informational purposes to start your conversations. However, we’d love to speak with you about your interests and goals in making a legacy gift, or if you’ve already put the BCCDC Foundation in your will please let us know.

When including the BCCDC Foundation in your will or any other legal document it’s critical that you include our correct legal information to ensure that your gift can be made smoothly and without error or confusion to your executor.

Our registered information is: 

Legal name: BCCDC Foundation for Population and Public Health
Charitable registration number: 86127 7309 RR0001
Registered address: 1500 – 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 3V7

If you choose to make a gift of property, the BCCDC Foundation reserves the right to sell the property unless it can be used in line with our gift acceptance policy.  

To learn more, discuss your options, or inform us that you’ve already put the BCCDC Foundation in your will, please contact Senior Development Officer Katie Koncan at katherine.koncan@bccdc.ca or 604-707-2415.