Bequest gives hope to people with cancer
When Lawrence E. Larry Lawrence passed away in 2009, he used his last will and testament to make a gift that is making a difference. He gave a generous gift from his estate to support the work of Shine Through The Rain Foundation.
Larry’s wife Florence was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1999. In addition to her conventional treatments, Florence received help and support from Shine Through The Rain Foundation. Larry recalled how much it meant to Florence to know she had a place to turn not only for information but also for emotional and spiritual support.
Although Florence died in early 2007, Larry said, “we always knew Shine Through The Rain was there for Flo, giving, serving and helping women going through cancer. And one day I knew it was my turn to give back. That’s when I called my attorney and added Shine Through The Rain to my will.”
Knowing that Shine Through The Rain Foundation meets very real needs and is a transforming influence in the lives of people with cancer and their families, Larry entrusted us with a gift to provide the kind of help and hope to the people who need it most.
A successful real estate developer, Larry took his responsibilities to others very seriously. In his note announcing his bequest he wrote, “I have been blessed in order to be a blessing. Use this gift to help the next person, the next family who are going through cancer. If you will do that, I know the money will be spent wisely.”
GIFTS THAT GIVE HELP, HOPE AND TRULY CHANGE LIVES
More than just numbers
Our statistics are impressive:
- Each year, Shine Through The Rain Foundation provides emergency financial assistance in every Province of Canada.
- We help more people who are struggling with cancer pay past-due rents and utility shut-off notices than any other Federal cancer non-profit.
- We are Canada’s leader in providing proven nutritional therapy programs that augment surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
- We provide emotional and spiritual support, giving patients expert whole-person guidance in their quest to return to health.
But in reality, those whom we help aren’t just statistics. To Shine Through The Rain Foundation, each of these dear patients is a special person unique and valued. And although it’s true we serve thousands of patients a year, we help one person at a time, treating each one with dignity and respect.
You can give help and hope to people who are going through one of the most vulnerable times in their lives by making a gift to the Shine Through The Rain Foundation in your will.
The benefits of leaving a charitable gift in your will
In the same way that having a will ensures that your loved ones are properly supported after you are gone, it also gives you the opportunity to make a meaningful gift to favourite charities, and ensure that their good works continue into the future.
When you make a charitable gift through your will, your estate receives a tax receipt which can reduce or eliminate the taxes your estate has to pay. This act of kindness may even allow you to leave more of your estate to your beneficiaries.
Please consult your financial or legal advisor to determine the best way to remember the Shine Through The Rain Foundation in your will.
Choose the bequest best for you
- By making a gift of a percentage of your estate, changes in your finances that occur after your will is drafted will not require that you constantly amend it.
- You can choose to give a specific dollar amount, or specific assets such as real estate or securities. Be sure to speak to your financial advisor to learn how your estate may be able to avoid paying capital gains tax on gifts of appreciated securities.
- You can make Shine Through The Rain Foundation the beneficiary of the residue of your estate, the amount left over after your other bequests have been fulfilled.
- You can make a contingent bequest that passes to Shine Through The Rain in the event your primary beneficiary predeceases you.
Guidance about making a gift in your will
Discussion points with your financial and legal advisors
Possible Wording in Your Will
To leave a gift to Shine Through The Rain Foundation, ask your attorney to include one of the following statements in your will:
I give, devise and bequeath to Shine Through The Rain Foundation, Federal charity number 89188 1005 RR0001
- The sum of $ _________ OR
- My property known as ________ OR
- _____% of the residue of my estate OR
- The residue of my estate, for its sole use and purposes.
Should you wish your gift to benefit recipients in a specific Province or city, then you may add: It is my preference that this gift be used in _________.
Amend your existing will using a codicil
If you do not want to rewrite your existing will, you can still support the good works of Shine Through The Rain Foundation by making a bequest using a codicil (a simple supplement) to your will. The cost for doing this is significantly lower than writing a new will.
Independent council is advised
Shine Through The Rain Foundation will happily provide you information and assistance on bequests as well as other ways you can support our efforts. However, the ultimate responsibility regarding your finances, tax implications of donations and compliance with legal requirements rests with you and your professional advisors. Please seek qualified independent advice when executing will, endowed funds, trusts, contracts and other legal agreements.
You are invited to join our circle of care
The Circle of Care is a group of caring individuals who have told us that they have pledged to remember Shine Through The Rain Foundation in their estate planning. We express our deep appreciation for Circle of Care members in a variety of ways including:
- Invitations to our special events which include teas, luncheons and concerts.
- Personalized in depth review of our programs
- Attendance at special women’s survivor meetings
If you have included Shine Through The Rain Foundation in your will or have made another type of planned gift and would like to join our Circle of Care, please contact us as noted on the other side of this page.