You can create a legacy of hope for children with cancer
Imagine helping to find a cure for cancer long after you’re gone, providing a life-changing experience at summer camp or a university scholarship that opens up a whole new world for a young cancer survivor. You can make these possibilities a reality through a legacy gift!
Cancer interrupts happy childhoods with harsh medical treatments, forced isolation and treatment-related health problems that last a lifetime. It disrupts those formative years that shape our future and who we become.
Your support helps us restore these lost childhoods and fight childhood cancer on several fronts: with laughter at camp, the best hospital care, year-round family programs, innovative science in the lab and by making brighter futures possible with post-secondary education scholarships.
Making plans today for a future gift in your will is a thoughtful way to celebrate your life, while creating a legacy of love and hope for children with cancer. After seeing their own son through cancer, Jennifer and Ken Laidlaw made the decision to leave a legacy gift to help children like their son Campbell for years to come. You can read about their generous decision and how easily it can be done here.
Creating your legacy is easy and there is an option that's right for everyone
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At Kids Cancer Care, we believe in the resilience of the human spirit and the strength of human compassion. A better world for children with cancer is within reach. It’s a world where children with cancer don’t just survive the disease, but they thrive – body, mind and spirit. You can help bring this world to life with your legacy gift.
Please consider notifying Kids Cancer Care of your legacy plans by completing a Planned Gift Confirmation and Confidentiality Form and returning it to us. We would love the opportunity to extend a personal thank you and to ensure that your gift will be used exactly as you wish. Should you prefer to remain anonymous, we will completely respect your wishes.
Our planned giving program is generously supported by the Calgary Foundation.
A legacy gift that's right for you
There are many ways to create a legacy for children affected by cancer. Please speak with your lawyer or financial advisor to determine the best course of action for you and your family. In the meantime, here are a few ways to leave a legacy.
- A legacy gift by will When updating your estate plans and considering whether to leave a legacy gift in your will, first decide if it is the right thing for you to do. You may choose to leave a specific gift amount, a percentage of or the residue of your estate.
Most legacy gifts are gifts in a person’s estate, primarily a bequest in their will. They are created by adding a codicil to an existing will or including a gift when preparing a new will. Often lawyers will add the codicil to a will without any charge especially if you provide specific wording. Work with your professional advisors to determine what type of gift is best for you.
When properly prepared, a will can ensure that your loved ones are cared for, the value of your estate is protected and that your legacy gift is also realized. As a member of the Canadian Free Wills Network, Kids Cancer Care is offering you the opportunity to have your will written or updated at no charge for the next 30 days. The Canadian Free Wills Network will pay for a simple will as defined by the drafting lawyer. There are provisions for situations that require more complex wills.
A gift in your will to Kids Cancer Care is a meaningful way to look after your loved ones, while offering hope to generations of children to come. Click here to learn more about the Canadian Free Wills Network and having your will written for free.
- A legacy gift by securities and mutual funds For gifts of this type, please complete a Gift of Publically Traded Securities Form and kindly forward to Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.
- A legacy gift by RRSP and RRIF A gift by unused RRSPs could help make a significant impact in the future of children battling cancer. You may be able to make the largest philanthropic gift of your life through your company’s pension plan or your own RRSP. By naming the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta the final beneficiary, if you or your family do not live to use the funds, Kids Cancer Care will receive them as a charitable donation. Gifts by RRSP or RRIF will help fund the future work of Kids Cancer Care and ensure our mission remains strong and vital for years to come.
- A legacy gift by life Insurance I know I have a Life Insurance policy . . . somewhere. Maybe you don’t think about that small life insurance policy, now paid up, that was taken out by your parents when you were a child . . . Is it filed away with old papers, or tucked away in your safety deposit box at the bank? Existing policies such as these may no longer be needed to serve the purpose for which they were originally purchased.
Consider the giving power of these life insurance policies. They are a way to put some of your sleeping assets to work for the future of a cause that is meaningful to you, such as Kids Cancer Care.