Outlive Yourself

You can help create a brighter future with your bequest

By leaving a bequest or gift in your will to YW Calgary, you are building a future where women and children can thrive in a safe and equitable community. You are showing a deep commitment to our work and the values we share. YW Calgary, as it has since its founding, will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of clients. We will continue to provide excellent supports and programs to the women and families who come to our shelters, participate in our programs and connect with us through outreach.

The impact of your legacy gift will allow YW Calgary to plan for the future, ensure our voices are louder, our impact is greater and our reach is further. Only together can we empower change.

Join others in creating a brighter future for women and children in Calgary. Hear why Islay Lamb is leaving a legacy gift to YW Calgary:

Islay decided to make this incredible decision for a few reasons. First our work is deeply meaningful to her as she herself had experienced domestic abuse in a past relationship, and was able to eventually leave, but knows that it is very traumatizing, complicated and not every woman has the means and ability to leave on their own. For her, this is why YW Calgary’s work is critical. “I knew YW had broad counselling services and a great deal of experience in family issues but I was thrilled when I was able to tour the Hub facility and it just confirmed my decision.” She also knows the future of this work is critical and has complete belief that the advocacy work and partnerships YW creates will build a future that is safer and provides more opportunities for women and children. “I wanted to know the charity I am leaving this important gift to be working on building the future I hope for and is one I believe will make that happen one day.”

Grandparent bequest

What are the benefits?

  • Your lasting legacy – A bequest is your lasting legacy, letting others know what was important to you.
  • Reduce estate taxes – Your estate will be entitled to a donation receipt for the full value of the bequest, which may dramatically reduce taxes payable by your estate.
  • Claim donations towards income taxes – Your estate can claim donations for income tax purposes of up to 100% of the net income in the year of death, and any excess amount can be carried back one year.
  • Changes can be made – A bequest is revocable and can be changed if there are changes to your financial situation.

How do I make a bequest?

We encourage you to seek professional legal, estate planning and/or financial advice when making decisions about your legacy gift to YW Calgary. For assistance in speaking with your advisor, here is a free guide to help.  We also encourage you to talk to your loved ones about your plans. Making a gift in your will is simple but it is important that the language is chosen carefully to ensure your wishes can be administered with ease and as you intended.

YW Calgary would benefit greatly from gifts to our greatest needs. Our programs are always evolving to meet the changing needs of the women and children we support. Here is some sample wording for including a gift in your will to YW Calgary:

We would prefer that you indicate in your bequest to support YWCA Calgary’s greatest needs.”

If you care deeply about a specific area, consider a statement such as this: “I would like to support women and/or women with children facing domestic abuse.”

An important part of bequests is to allow YW Calgary the flexibility to address unforeseen needs. Please consider including a clause that allows for adaptability. For Example: “If YWCA Calgary is unable to grant my wishes as described, I ask that they make every effort to adhere as closely and truly as possible to my stated intentions.”

We are truly humbled and inspired when donor’s final wishes include a gift to YW Calgary. The foresight and generosity will empower women and children who might otherwise be left behind. We are committed to fulfilling your intent.

Thank you for considering a bequest to YW Calgary.

You Can Help

The success of the women and families supported by YW are your success too. We cannot do this alone, your support helps us provide vulnerable women with flexible, personalized support to help them and their families move forward with dignity in times of crises.