Become a Friend of FIRST
Your generosity could help ensure critical social services are available to the most vulnerable members of our community for years to come. For more details, contact our team at 604.336.3047 or [email protected] to discuss your options.
A bequest is a profound and lasting demonstration of your values and ideals. Further, a bequest to a registered charity such as First United, generates a receipt to your estate for the full value of your bequest, amounting to a significant tax credit applied to your final tax return. We encourage you to consult with a professional advisor as you plan your estate settlement.
Leaving a Legacy
You can choose to leave your gift undirected, which enables us to use funds where they are needed most, or you may direct your gift to any of our program areas or allocate it to the area of greatest need, as deemed by the executive and/or Board of Directors. You may also consider support for the Brownridge Fund, our long-term fund, which helps us build assets to sustain our work into the future. The fund is invested and managed by First United to provide revenue from annual earnings to the organization.
Share Your Intentions
When you arrange a bequest to First United, please let us know so we can thank you! As a recognized “Friend of First” your support will be acknowledged in many ways including special invitations to events and a listing in our annual report. If you wish to remain anonymous, please
let us know.
Help Us Plan to Receive Your Gift
Knowing the particulars of your gift helps us plan our programming with greater certainty. Details of your intention are kept confidential. Please consider sending us a letter with a photocopy of the portion of your will that refers to your legacy gift to us. We appreciate having a record of your wishes in writing if you are comfortable providing it.
How to Leave a Gift in Your Will
Include a clause in your will that details your wishes. The most important thing is to clearly identify the recipient charity. Include our full name, First United Church Community Ministry Society, and our charitable tax number – CRA# 82672 6135 RR0001. Here are three common examples of bequest wording:
- Residue of your estate: All the residue of my estate, including, without limitation, real and personal property, I give, devise, and bequeath to First United Church Community Ministry Society, CRA# 82672 6135 RR0001.
- Specific dollar amount: I give, devise, and bequeath to First United Church Community Ministry Society, CRA# 82672 6135 RR0001, $_____.
- Percentage of your estate: I give, devise, and bequeath to First United Church Community Ministry Society, CRA# 82672 6135 RR0001, __% of my estate.