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Leaving a Legacy

Plan a legacy gift and help us create an inclusive community for decades to come.

Why would I leave a legacy gift to The Semiahmoo Foundation?

Because The Semiahmoo Foundation provides financial support to Semiahmoo House Society and you care about its mission, which is to achieve the following:

  • People with disabilities will live in the community;
  • Their family and friends will know that their relative/friend is receiving ongoing quality care; and
  • All people will be valued.

And because we're strong. Semiahmoo House Society has been part of the societal fabric of Surrey and White Rock since 1958, ensuring that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services they need to experience life to its fullest potential. With your legacy gift, you partner with us in our commitment to deliver quality services, ensure that these services are sustainable and create a bright future for people with developmental disabilities.

What does leaving a legacy entail?

Leaving a legacy requires planning. It is also referred to as planned giving or gift planning. You can leave a legacy gift in many ways, while you're living or in your last will and testament, including: 

  • A Portion of Your Estate
  • Life Insurance
  • Real Estate
  • Annuities
  • Cash and Securities
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • RRSP/RRIFs

What are the benefits?

Leaving a legacy gift does not affect your immediate cash flow situation. Therefore, you do not have to worry about making lifestyle adjustments. Depending on the timing of your gift, it provides taxation benefits to you as the donor in your lifetime or to your estate in the year the assets are gifted. In addition, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your philanthropic goals will be met and your gift will make a difference in the lives of people after you're gone.

I want to leave a legacy, what should I do?

You can contact Louise Tremblay, Director of Development. You should also consult a qualified professional, such as your financial advisor or estate planner. They will be able to explain the various options available to you in order to make informed decisions. It is important that you garner all the taxation benefits of your planned donation and consider your personal financial needs during your lifetime.

Make sure you state your intention to leave a charitable gift in your will. Otherwise your wishes may not come to fruition. You don't have to redo your will; all you need is to file a codicil.

Do I have to donate my entire estate?

No. Charitable organizations appreciate any portion of your estate. This way you can remember your loved ones and your charity of choice in your will.

Can I make a legacy to The Semiahmoo Foundation?

Absolutely. All you have to do is contact us. Your gift will benefit Semiahmoo House Society.

Should I tell you that I plan on making a legacy gift?

That's up to you. If you wish to be recognized for the gift during the course of your life, it would be a good idea to advise us that you plan on leaving a legacy gift. In addition, you could join the club of legacy donors, comprising of other people who share a similar passion for issues that Semiahmoo House Society strives to address.

Consider leaving a legacy.  

By doing so, you not only leave a legacy, you also ensure that the organization remains vibrant and continues to offer people with developmental disabilities dynamic opportunities to exercise their rights of full citizenship for decades to come. 

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