Loaves & Fishes Fund

In Jesus’s hands five loaves and two fish became enough to feed a multitude, with plenty remaining.

Become a part of the ongoing miracle of multiplication by donating to Presbyterian World Service & Development’s Loaves & Fishes Fund. Legacy gifts harness the power of your investment money, provide a steady stream of income to PWS&D and use tax efficient strategies to maximize your gift and your own tax savings.

How it works

Your gifts to PWS&D’s Loaves & Fishes Fund will improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world. It means PWS&D’s long-term, sustainable programs will have the consistent, dedicated support they need over a seven-year period.

Making a legacy gift to the Loaves & Fishes Fund, allows one-seventh of your gift to be used to support the work of PWS&D in the year it is given. The rest of your gift is invested by professional fund managers for the Trustee Board of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. Over the next six years, PWS&D uses a portion of the gift, plus the annual interest earned to support our ongoing work. At the end of the seven years, your entire gift – plus all the income and capital gains generated by your investment – will have been used for the development, relief and refugee support work of PWS&D.

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After your lifetime, a planned gift will continue to plant seeds of hope for generations to come. Photo: Paul Jeffrey, Philippines.

After your lifetime, a legacy gift will continue to plant seeds of hope for generations to come.
Photo: Paul Jeffrey, Philippines.

There are several ways you can make a legacy gift to PWS&D

  • Bequest through your will
  • Gift of stock
  • RRSPs and RRIFs
  • Real estate
  • Life insurance
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Special gifts of cash

When making a legacy gift to The Presbyterian Church in Canada, please consider naming PWS&D separately in order to support the ongoing development and relief work of the PCC.

If you have chosen to include PWS&D in your estate plans, please let us know. We would love the opportunity to thank you.

On January 24, 2014, PWS&D and Presbyterians Sharing received an incredibly generous gift from the estate of Marion and Bruce Berry of Thornhill, Ontario. The couple, married for over 70 years, left a bequest of $850,000 to be equally divided between PWS&D and Presbyterians Sharing.

Marion and Bruce were faithful and longtime members of Thornhill Presbyterian Church and had a strong connection to The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

Bruce was a shop teacher and technical director at Earl Haig Secondary School. He loved carpentry and ballroom dancing, and he curled up until his 90th birthday! Marion was a church organist and homemaker. She generously shared her musical talents and encouraged young people to play music at church services. Both Marion and Bruce loved to play bridge, and they were formidable opponents!

Friends described Bruce as a builder, and Marion as an encourager – and their gifts will be used to both build and encourage through the mission and ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Canada for years to come.

Marion and Bruce were practical people who wanted their money to go to charities where it would be used well to help others. They didn’t want to receive a lot of attention for their gifts, but instead wanted to show others that with planning and foresight, the fruits of their lives and labour can make a big difference. Such is the power of planned giving!

For more information on legacy giving, ways to give, or the tax benefits of making a legacy gift please visit: http://presbyterian.ca/plannedgiving/.

For legacy giving resources, including worship resources, click here.

To talk to someone about making a gift, contact:

Stewardship and Planned Giving Office
The Presbyterian Church in Canada
50 Wynford Dr.
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 1J7 Canada

Karen Plater, Associate Secretary
1-800-619-7301 ext. 272