A legacy gift in your will can be generous, powerful and simple. It allows you to leave a larger gift than may be possible during your lifetime, transforming care for your loved ones, your community and beyond. Your donation will empower critical research, equip our health care teams with cutting-edge technology, and help transform care for all British Columbians.

By leaving a charitable gift in your will, you help ensure that the important work of our hospitals is able to continue for future generations.

Click here to read about British Columbians who have already made the choice to leave a legacy to health care with a gift in their will.

Why leave a gift in your will?

Benefits to leaving a gift in your will include:
  1. Making a difference in the lives of the next generation of British Columbians
  2. Your income today is not affected so you can still ensure your loved ones are taken care of first
  3. Mitigating tax burdens on family members
  4. Making a significant donation without spending current assets
  5. Receiving a charitable tax receipt for your estate

We are happy to work with you and your professional advisor to ensure the donation you choose to leave best suits your needs and wishes.

If you have already arranged a gift – thank you! Please let us know so we can thank you personally and keep you up to date on areas that interest you.

How to leave a gift in your will

Gifts in your will

Leaving a bequest in your will is the simplest way to make a legacy gift offering 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 VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to be applied by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its discretion, for the general purposes of the Foundation.”

Gifts of Life Insurance

Life insurance is one way you can provide financial security for your family. What you may not know is that once the needs of your family are taken care of, a life insurance policy can be donated to your favourite charity. Donating a life insurance policy can also provide tax savings. Learn more

Gifts of Securities

Selling securities from a highly appreciated portfolio could subject you to significant capital gains tax, but when you donate publicly traded stocks, mutual funds, segregated funds or bonds directly to a registered charity like VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, you benefit from the donation tax credit and the complete elimination of the capital gains tax. Learn more

TFSA, RRSP, RRIF

Donate 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) to reduce taxes on your estate. Learn more

 

Bequest wording sample for your will

BEQUEST WORDING SAMPLE

“To pay the sum of $_________ OR _______% of the residue of my estate to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation to be applied by the Foundation’s Board of Directors at its discretion, for the general purposes of the Foundation.”

LEGAL NAME AND ADDRESS

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation
190- 855 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

CHARITABLE REGISTRATION NUMBER

132173063RR0001

Gifts of Securities

Selling securities from a highly appreciated portfolio could subject you to significant capital gains tax, but when you donate publicly traded stocks, mutual funds, segregated funds or bonds directly to a registered charity like VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, you benefit from the donation tax credit and the complete elimination of the capital gains tax. Learn more

Why give to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation?

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health’s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians. We partner with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at VGH, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services.

Philanthropy allows us to invest in health care innovations that would otherwise be impossible. Thanks to donations, we have been transforming health care in BC for 40 years with $1 billion in philanthropic funding. Take a look at some of the vital projects these donations have supported. Learn more

FAQs

Q: Can I leave a gift to a specific area of health care?
A: Yes! Please contact Charlene Taylor at 604.875.4917. She will provide the correct wording to direct your legacy gift to your preferred area of care or research.

Q: With all the restrictions due to COVID-19, how do I make a will right now?
A: We spoke to Wills and Estates lawyer Gillian Crouch to find out how you can safely make a will right now, including having it witnessed over video conference. Click here for the full details.

Q: Will I receive a tax receipt?
A:  Yes. If you leave a gift in your will, at the time of your passing, your estate will receive a tax receipt and can claim a charitable tax credit for the full amount of your gift, up to 100% of your net income in that year. Any excess tax credit can be carried back to the previous year.

 

Gift & Estate Planning team

The Gift & Estate Planning team is happy to work with you and your professional advisor to ensure the donation you choose to leave best suits your needs and wishes.

Please connect with one of our team members directly to learn how you can leave a legacy for health care in BC.

Charlene Taylor
Director, Gift & Estate Planning
Phone: 604.875.4917
charlene.taylor@vghfoundation.ca

Kerry Shillito
Associate Director, Gift & Estate Planning
Phone: 604.790.0989
kerry.shillito@vghfoundation.ca

Chloe Taron
Officer, Gift & Estate Planning
Phone: 604.875.4676 ext 63396
chloe.taron@vghfoundation.ca

Celine D’Souza
Coordinator, Gift & Estate Planning
Phone: 778.653.2990
celine.dsouza@vghfoundation.ca

 

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Glen Patterson fell in love with BC as young man and left a legacy his family can forever be proud of.

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“As a cancer survivor, I have seen firsthand the power of philanthropy in health care, this is why I’m giving back in all the ways I know how. A gift of securities now and in my will is important to me so that advancements keep happening even when I’m not around.”

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“Every day I lay eyes on her, I feel like it’s a magic, amazing miracle day. I am so grateful for the incredible support and resources she received at VGH to save her life.”

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“Gino wanted to honour the family name and his sister by giving to this area (leukemia). He wanted to make a difference to people with cancer and their families.”

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“Pat and I believe in giving our money to those who can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people each year and know that this gift to the Foundation will help support so many others of our community.”

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