Creating a Legacy

Sow the seeds of your legacy

An old Chinese proverb says: "One generation plants the trees… another gets the shade."

This is the idea of Legacy Giving. When you leave a gift to The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta in your Will, you are planting a seed - a seed that, with careful tending, will grow into something for future generations to benefit from - ultimately leaving a gift that helps build a better world.

That is the power of Legacy Giving.

Our commitment to you

When you entrust your Legacy Giving to the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, we offer these four commitments to you:

1. We will invest your gift wisely.
Today over 120 individuals, families and businesses have entrusted their legacies to us. We work with top-notch investment experts to help your fund grow so that the reach of your legacy will expand over time.

2. We will carry out your wishes.
We are your legacy partner and we have been helping people leave legacies to their community for almost 20 years. We ensure your legacy is always invested wisely in the community – directed to the best and most effective community projects and charities in the areas you care most about.

3. We will ensure that your gift has a lasting impact.
As one of Canada's community foundation, we have deep roots in the community and unparalleled knowledge of community issues and organizations. No matter what your interest – children and youth, arts and culture, education, environment, health care, animals – we will ensure your legacy gift always makes a real difference.

4. We will honour your generosity.
There is great power in charitable giving through an endowment fund. It is a reflection of your values, and a statement to future generations about your foresight, concern, imagination and vision. We will work with you to share your story and inspire others to make a difference in our community – or, if you prefer, your anonymity will be respected.

It's easy to get started - start building your legacy today

1. Talk with the right people
Talk with your family, friends, financial advisor, or lawyer. Discuss what you care about and what impact you would like to have in your community. Explore what you might use to create your fund - a gift in your Will, life insurance, RRSP/RRIF or something else. There are many options.

2. Call Our Office
We are happy to answer questions about gift types, fund options, and tax implications. With our extensive knowledge of the community, we can help you identify the best way to support the causes you care about.

3. Update your Will
A well-prepared, up-to-date Will is essential to making your wishes known so that your legacy is exactly what you want it to be. Contact our office to review examples of will clauses for your use as you get started.

Join with your community

When you leave your legacy with the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta, you become part of something bigger… part of something better. You connect at a deeper level with your community. You leave a more lasting impression in this place you call home. You join a group of caring citizens who are building a better community for our children's children.

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