A Legacy of Vision and Generosity
In the Gospel of John, Chapter 10, Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” These are stories of Canadian Presbyterians who truly lived their lives fully.
Dr. James Naismith graduated from Presbyterian College in Montreal, but then 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. Learn more.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (who wish to remain anonymous) gave $200,000 from their stock portfolio to help maintain their local church facility so that the light of God’s love will continue to shine through its stained glass windows for at least the next twenty years.
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What will your legacy be? All of these people and countless others are visionaries and we are the beneficiaries of their faith and generosity. But we don’t have to remain just beneficiaries; through our planned gifts we can also become benefactors and leave enduring legacies of our own.
A bequest can provide annual income for creative ministry with children and youth for generations to come.
A gift of publicly traded securities can help provide start-up libraries for new ministers in Malawi through the PCC’s New Ministers’ Library Endowment Fund.
A gift annuity can provide tax-free income for life and money to enhance the music ministry of a congregation so that songs of praise continue to echo down the centuries.
The good news of planned giving is that we don’t have to be rich to have an enduring impact through our philanthropy. By using the tax benefits and by pooling our resources with other Presbyterians, we can leave larger gifts than we may have imagined possible and plant seeds of hope for generations to come. What will your legacy be?
“Therefore Jesus said again, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”.”
For More Information
The Stewardship & Planned Giving staff are available to help you turn your philanthropic wishes into reality.
- by email
or call the Stewardship & Planned Giving department 1-800-619-7301
or mail to: The Presbyterian Church in Canada, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1J7.
- or use the Contact Stewardship form
The Presbyterian Church in Canada strongly recommends that you seek professional advice so that your legacy gift is tailored to your circumstances.
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