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Leave a Legacy Gift

You CAN help shape the future.

A charitable bequest is a gift specified in your will. It is an effective way to support the programs, training initiatives and events offered by the Canucks Autism Network (CAN) well into the future. You can designate a certain sum of money, a particular asset, or a portion of your estate.

How to Leave a Bequest
When making or revising a will, it is recommended that you obtain assistance from your legal advisor (lawyer or notary experienced in estate planning).  Your advisor can help you prepare a new will or add a codicil to your existing one. As the following examples show, bequests to CAN are not complex and can take various forms to meet your wishes.

Bequest for Unrestricted Purposes
This is the most flexible type of bequest and is extremely important as Canucks Autism Network is able to designate the funds to the area of greatest need.

Examples:

  • A specific bequest – gives a specific cash amount or item of property.
    “I give to the Canucks Autism Network the sum of $ (or named property) to be used for purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”
  • A residual bequest – gives all or a portion of whatever remains after payment of debts,
    taxes, and other bequests.
    “I give to the Canucks Autism Network percent of the residue of my estate to be used for purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”
  • A contingent bequest – takes effect only if the primary purposes cannot be achieved. For
    example, if the primary beneficiary does not survive you.
    “If (name of primary beneficiary) does not survive me for 30 days, then I give to the Canucks
    Autism Network (a cash amount, named property, percentage of the residue) to be used for
    purposes as determined by the Board of Directors.”

Bequest for Restricted Purposes
Any of the above forms of bequest can also be used in making a restricted use bequest which describes the specific purpose of the bequest.

For example:

  • “I give to the Canucks Autism Network the sum of $ (or named property) to be used
    for (e.g. swim programs).”
  • “I give to the Canucks Autism Network percent of the residue of my estate to be used for (e.g.
    family events).”

It is beneficial to include language that allows us to use the gift for a different purpose if circumstances change.

For example:

  • “In the event that it should become impossible, inadvisable ,or impractical to apply this bequest for its stated purposes, the bequest may be used for other purposes which conform as much as possible with the spirit and intent of the bequest.”

The above information can be used for discussion between you and your legal advisor, however, it is not intended to be legal advice.

To learn more about leaving a legacy gift in your will or other types of planned gifts, please contact our Manager of Development, Tina Chiao, at [email protected] or 604-685-4049 ext 211.