Those who make planned gifts to the church are those who have experienced God’s gracious provision in their own lives as well as visionaries who have caught a glimpse of what the church can do through the grace of God and the generosity of God’s people. Their gifts help to ensure the long-term viability of the church and its ministry. Through their generosity and foresight, they are planting seeds of hope, for generations to come!
Worship resources from the Stewardship and Planned Giving Department for clergy and worship leaders are now available to help preparation for a service focusing on planned giving. The third Sunday of November each year is designated by the 141st General Assembly as Planned Giving Sunday, to coincide with National Philanthropy Day in order for congregations to celebrate the contributions philanthropy has had in the life of the church, Canada and the world; and to highlight the ministry of Planned Giving and the legacy of faith and hope it can provide for generations to come.
The Planned Giving Office is pleased to announce that new gift annuity pew cards are now available for order, free of charge. The cards highlight the benefits of becoming a gift annuitant. Order copies today.
View, download or request copies of this short, beautiful video. It introduces concepts of planned giving and explains the benefits of fostering a spirit of generosity. Use the video during worship to show how we can all make generosity a part of who we are and allow a true spirit of Christian stewardship to take root.
Understanding the “First-Time Donor’s Super Credit” to Encourage Greater Charitable Giving
In the federal budget presented on March 21, 2013, the government announced an experimental, new tax incentive to encourage charitable gifts by those not in the habit of giving.
Donors who haven’t claimed a charitable donation on their tax return since 2007 will receive a special “super credit” for charitable gifts up to $1,000, increasing the normal tax credit by 25%.
The standard federal tax credit for charitable gifts up to $200 is 15%, rising to 29% for gifts over $200. The additional incentive would therefore entitle first-time charitable donors a 40% credit for gifts up to $200 and a 54% credit for gifts between $200 and $1,000. This would mean first-time donors would receive an additional $125 in credits for a charitable gift of $500. It should be noted that this is a temporary measure and will be re-evaluated after five years. The super credit can be claimed only once by taxpayers during that period.
The number of Canadians making gifts to charity has been declining over the last decade, especially among younger Canadians. It is hoped that the “First-Time Donor’s Super Credit” incentive will encourage younger Canadians to develop a greater interest in charitable work and philanthropic giving. Read more.
Stories of Giving
Canadians listed below have generously used Planned Giving to share with their church and the wider community and are each celebrated in our biographical Stories of Giving.
- George Van Beek
George van Beek This engineer’s gift of stock launched the Avondbloem Experimental Fund in 1981 which has provided grants for more than 120 creative ministry projects across Canada.
- Lord Strathcona
(Donald Smith) This co-founder of the Canadian Pacific Railroad drove the last spike in 1885. His generous donations established the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and provided scholarships for the first women to study at McGill University.
- James Naismith
Dr. James Naismith After graduating from Presbyterian College in Montreal, he decided he could have a greater impact through sports than in congregational ministry. While training to be a YMCA director, he invented basketball in 1891. The James Naismith Foundation maintains the Naismith Museum in Almonte, ON, and supports basketball programs in First Nations communities.
- Isabella Walton
Isabella Walton This Sunday School teacher’s gift of her farm in Scarborough, ON, to the PCC became Walton Place, housing Westminster Church, a 104 unit apartment complex and the Isabella Walton Childcare Centre.
- J.B. Maclean
Colonel J.B. Maclean This son of the manse established Maclean Publishing, and the bequest of his beloved experimental farm to the PCC in 1950 became Crieff Hills Conference Centre which hosts thousands of visitors each year.
- Helen Watson
Helen Watson This retired nurse’s bequest to St. David’s Church in Halifax established the Watson Endowment Fund, which has disbursed over $110,000 for a variety of ministries in Nova Scotia.
- Giollo Kelly
Giollo Kelly This pioneering church worker became one of the first women elders in 1966 and one of the first Presbyterians to acquire a gift annuity in 1994.
- Simon Wing Dr. Simon Wing This endocrinologist’s gift of stock in 2012 commissioned a communion table for Montreal Chinese Presbyterian Church in memory of his father, James Wing, and the 1000s of Chinese immigrants forced to pay the head tax.