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Legacy Giving Frequently Asked Questions

What is Legacy giving?

Giving through your will allows you to make a generous gift that you would never be able to give during your lifetime - and have a huge impact on those in developing countries. In planning an estate, we think of our loved ones first. A gift to CARE can offset taxes and help your estate keep value.

Who can make a bequest?
Anyone can make a bequest. It does not cost a thing and you can change your mind at anytime by changing your will.

What if I already have a will and I want to make a bequest to CARE?
You can simply write your wishes on a piece of paper, sign and date it in the presence of two witnesses who will not benefit from the change and attach it to your will. This is called a codicil to your will.

Gifts in Will

The values that you uphold can do much to shape the lives of those who come after you. One of the best ways is to make a gift through your will or estate plan to an organization you feel holds your values and strives to create the world you would like your children and grandchildren to inherit. Your gift does not have to break the bank. A surprisingly small amount can make a lasting difference in the world.

Your legacy will directly translate into improving the lives of people living in poverty through CARE’s innovative work. This means more mothers and their children will have greater access to clean water, nutritious food, and health services. It means more girls will get a better education. It means people living with HIV and AIDS will get the medicines they need. It also means that the millions of women and men living under the harsh conditions of a changing climate will be supported with the tools they need to keep making a living.

Besides supporting CARE’s mission through the years to come, you will also be giving your family an example of philanthropy that will become a precious family tradition in your honour.

There are several ways to make a planned gift:

  • Wills and Bequests
  • A Gift of Property
  • Gifts of Appreciate Securities
  • Gifts of RRIFs and RRSPs
  • Charitable Gift Annuities and Remainder Trusts
  • Gifts of Life Insurance

CARE Canada welcomes gifts of stock/publicly traded securities. A donor can give a gift of publicly traded stock or securities and eliminate the capital gain tax. Please download our Notice of Donation Form so that we can best manage your generous gift.

For more information:
If you are interested in planned giving options, or if you would like information, please contact Gail Black by phone at 1-647-879-2702 or by email at

CARE urges everyone to seek legal and financial counsel when planning a legacy gift to CARE.

Please send all legal documents to:
CARE Canada Head Office
9 Gurdwara Road
Ottawa, ON K2E 7X6