Ways to Support your Community – Make a Gift:

Gifts of Cash

Many of our donors find this route appealing. Funds are invested immediately to begin accruing interest and the donor receives tax savings on their next return. Donate with cash, cheque or credit card for an immediate way of supporting your community. Donations are pooled together and invested; the investment income supports local registered charity[s] the donor is passionate about. Capital is untouched and your gift becomes part of a permanent endowment fund that will give to the community in perpetuity.
Contact the Foundation office to make a gift of any of the following:

Gifts of Property

Individuals may donate their home or other real estate, such as farm property.

Wills and Bequests

A bequest may be for a specific amount of money, a particular property, a percentage of an estate, or the remainder of the estate after all other bequests have been given. It may also include proceeds from an RRSP (registered retirement savings plan) or insurance policy.

Appreciated Securities

Donors who gift appreciated securities are exempted from paying the related capital gains included in income tax. (On May 2, 2006 the Conservative government eliminated capital gains tax on donations of publicly listed securities to charities, effective immediately.) There are many possibilities to consider and significant tax benefits in donating to Durham Community Foundation. We would be pleased to work with you and your professional advisor – lawyer, accountant or financial planner – to find the approach that best suits your personal circumstances.

Life Insurance Policy

Life insurance is an ideal way to create a major gift at a relatively low cost to you. Donors may name Durham Community Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy and receive a tax receipt for the premiums.

Transfer of a Private Foundation

A private foundation or charitable trust can be transferred to establish a Named Fund within Durham Community Foundation. This will ensure the original intent of the fund or trust lives on.

In Memoriam and Tribute Gifts

To recognize the community passion of those who have passed. Tribute donations for all special occasions in honour of a loved one. A growing option to acknowledge seniors; especially those in alternative living arrangements.

Corporate Giving

Establish a corporate giving program at your workplace. It’s advantageous to use Durham Community Foundation as a vehicle for its community giving by establishing its own Named Fund. Your company’s Named Fund can honour a retiree, or recognize a board member or employee for outstanding contribution to the company or organization.