Stewardship is not a religious word for money; it is a Christian attitude toward all of life. When we think of ourselves as stewards of God’s gifts, our primary motivation for giving is a grateful desire to share God’s grace throughout the world. By planning your giving strategies, you can ensure that your assets will be directed to the work of God, both during your lifetime and far into the future.
A bequest is a legacy gift of money or property given to a charity upon the death of the person who is making the gift. Discover the many creative ways faithful Presbyterians have left a legacy to the church through gifts from their estates through their wills. […]
One of the simplest ways to plan for a final gift to the church is to make your church a beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP), Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF), Tax‐ Free Savings Account (TSFA) and/or Life Insurance Policy. Arranging to donate all or part of your RRSP, RRIF, or TFSA is an effective way to reduce the taxes that will be payable by your estate. […]
When the church receives a planned gift, an official donation receipt is issued, acknowledging the gift. Depending on the timing and nature of the gift, you or your estate can then claim a tax credit. By using the tax laws as they are designed 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. […]
Read nine stories of Presbyterians who left a legacy through the church they love. The inspired faith and resolve of these generous visionaries continues to bless their churches and their communities for years to come. […]
Ways to Give
Gifts of Cash
Whether it is a one-time gift or given over time, cash is a simple and effective way of supporting your local Presbyterian congregation’s […]
Publicly Traded Securities
If you sell a stock or bond privately, you are taxed on 50% of the capital gains. However, if you gift that security directly to the church, all capital gains taxes are eliminated and you receive a tax receipt for the full market value of the security on the day it is received by the church. […]
Charitable Gift Annuities
Gift annuities are a way that Canadians 60 years of age and older can make a gift to the church to fund the ministries of their choice and in return receive a guaranteed annual income for life, the majority or all of that income tax-free. […]
Life Beneficiary Gifts (RRSPs & RRIFs)
It’s a simple process to add the church as one of the beneficiaries of your RRSP or RRIF. Since such gifts are deferred, designating the church in your RRSP or RRIF doesn’t jeopardize your own future financial stability and your estate will benefit from the tax credits. […]
Life insurance is often something we don’t really want to think about—after all, who wants to think about their own death? Yet life insurance can also be a creative way to increase the amount you are able to leave the church while also providing for your loved ones and heirs. […]
Gifts of Residual Interest
Did you know that you could give your home to the church now, receive immediate tax benefits and continue to live in your home for the rest of your life? Such gifts are called gifts of residual interest, and they are a way that you really can have your cake and eat it too. […]
Donor Advised Funds
A Donor Advised Fund is set up by a donor who reserves the right to direct how the capital is invested and how the revenue generated by the fund is distributed. This type of giving agreement is made between a donor and a sponsoring organization. […]
Charitable Remainder Trusts
Many people would like to leave a gift to the church but also want to make sure that the needs of a dependent child or spouse are provided for. Charitable Remainder Trusts are a way that you can meet both of those objectives. […]
Free for your congregation:
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The stewardship department has published five insert-sized, 4-sided brochures, each outlining a popular method of legacy giving. Brochures include charitable bequests, publicly traded securities, life beneficiary gifts, life insurance and charitable annuities.
Are you considering making a charitable bequest?
Making a Charitable Bequest
Making a Charitable Bequest
Learn how a charitable bequests can direct the fruit of your labour to God’s mission far into the future.
Webinar: Many Ways to Give
Did you know half of Canadians can’t make a legacy gift because they don’t have a will? This webinar shows you how to prepare to to make a planned gift. […]
PCC Mission Priority Funds
If you’d like to leave a legacy for The Presbyterian Church in Canada through a planned gift, consider giving to the PCC’s Mission Priority Funds. These funds were established to help you match your passion and interests to areas of ministry and mission in the church that need your support. Learn more about the PCC Mission Priority Funds.
For More Information
The Stewardship and Planned Giving staff are available to help you turn your philanthropic wishes into reality. To learn how a bequest, gift of stock, gift annuity or other planned gift can leave a lasting legacy, please contact us
The information on this page does not constitute legal or professional advice and should not be substituted for appropriate professional advice. The Presbyterian Church in Canada strongly recommends that you seek professional legal and financial advice to ensure your financial situation and those of your dependents are considered; that your tax situation is reviewed; and that your legacy gift is tailored to your circumstances.