Annie’s Special Gift From the Heart

Dianne Swinemar, Executive Director

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of our long-time donors recently who wanted to let me know that she had revised her will to include a gift to FEED NOVA SCOTIA. Her name is Annie and she told me that it had been quite some time since her previous will was updated, but when something significant changed in her life recently she decided to name a charity as one of her beneficiaries. She said she couldn’t imagine the thought of a child going hungry, especially when she has been so fortunate in life, and because of this she named FEED NOVA SCOTIA the recipient charity.

Annie’s story warmed my heart and I am so glad we had the opportunity to talk. It means a lot to me to be able to thank her for her thoughtfulness, and I could tell from our conversation that it means a lot to her to know the difference her gift will make in the years to come.

Through planned giving, everyday people like Annie have a powerful opportunity to ensure that the values they hold close to their hearts are part of their lasting legacy. A charitable bequest in one’s will is the most common way to do this. An added benefit is that a charitable bequest can also provide many tax advantages to your overall financial situation and estate plan.

There are several ways a bequest can be used to help others. You might choose to leave a specified sum of money or piece of property such as real estate or securities; or you might choose to leave all or a portion of the residue remaining in your estate after debts, taxes, expenses and other bequests have been paid. Life insurance policies, registered retirement plans and charitable trusts can also be included in estate plans, as can gifts-in-kind, such as vehicles and works of art.

Technical details aside, as my conversation with Annie reaffirmed, the ideal planned gift is the one that works best for your personal situation and supports a charity that is meaningful to you. Contact your charity of choice or professional advisor for more information on how you too can leave your legacy.