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A Gift in Your Will 2018-10-02T08:43:21+00:00

Making a Gift in Your Will

When you imagine the future of health care in our community, what do you see?

Perhaps you see the latest equipment and technology, ready and waiting to save the life of someone you love. Or a world-class facility where our friends, family, and neighbours can focus on healing and recovery when a health crisis strikes. Maybe you see a community coming together to provide the best possible care, right here at home.

Or perhaps, like all of us at Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, you see all of that and more.

If you share our vision of exceptional health care, then leaving a gift in your will might be right for you.

When you remember Collingwood General & Marine Hospital with a gift in your will, you’re making an investment in innovation. You’re ensuring future generations can enjoy the same excellent care we’ve come to expect from our community hospital.

Every day, community members just like you leave gifts in their will to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation. Doing so makes them a part of our journey toward the health care system of the future.

With a gift in your will, you can help meet the ever-changing needs of our permanent residents, seasonal visitors, and weekend warriors who make up our vibrant community.

Because when it comes to health care in our community, we’re all in it together.

Building a Hospital of the Future

Collingwood has always been a community that rises to the challenge to meet the changing needs of our residents and visitors. Looking ahead, it’s clear more change is on the horizon.

A growing contingent of former weekenders and new retirees are joining generations of long-time residents in our region to continue building a vibrant, caring community.

And a community hospital that can innovate and meet those challenges is an integral part of ensuring future generations receive the very best care.

That is the gift you give to our children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren when you remember Collingwood General & Marine Hospital with a charitable bequest.

By leaving a gift in your will, you help take your community hospital beyond the current challenges. You put it in the best possible position to innovate and address the challenges of the future.

As our population changes, the issues facing our health care system will become more complex. By leaving a gift in your will, you’re ensuring we’re ready to meet those challenges. You’re making a powerful investment in bringing world-class health care right here to our community.

Your community needs you. Together, we can embrace the opportunity to design the system of the future—for all of us.

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John's Story

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How to Leave a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift in your will is an incredible way to help create the health care system of the future – for all current and future members of our community.

There are many ways to make a meaningful impact through your will. The following are the most common:

  • Leaving a residual gift ensures that all the other commitments in your estate, including gifts to your loved ones, are met in full. The remainder is given to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation.
  • You may leave a percentage of your estate as a charitable gift.
  • A fixed amount gift is a good option for those who feel confident in their estate’s ability to meet all their priorities.

We strongly encourage you to speak with your financial planner or lawyer, as well as your family and other beneficiaries, when deciding if a charitable bequest is right for you.

Sample Wording

If you’ve decided to leave a gift in your will, the following is the information you need to add the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation to your will. You can bring this along to an appointment with your lawyer:

I direct my Estate Trustee to pay or transfer (describe the gift, i.e. sum of money, article of property including sufficient detail to describe it accurately) to the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation and I declare that the receipt of the person professing to be the Treasurer or other proper office of such charitable institution shall be a sufficient discharge to my Trustees who need not see to the application thereof.

If you already have a will, a simple amendment to your will (or ‘codicil’) may be all that you need.

If you would like more information or have specific questions, we’d be delighted to speak with you about your considerations for including the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation in your will. Please reach out to Jory Pritchard-Kerr at 705-444-8630 or kerrj@cgmh.on.ca. You can also download our legacy giving brochure.

Your Questions Answered

More than one million Canadians have left gifts to their favourite charities in their wills. As our population ages, that number is expected to increase. Individuals with families often find that with their children well-established, they have the ability to make this kind of transformative gift. And those without children find that they can make an even greater impact in their community by leaving a charitable bequest.

If you already have a will, there’s no need to re-write it in order to include your gift to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation. You can use a special legal clause called a codicil to amend your will and add your intent to make a bequest. As always, we strongly encourage you to speak with your financial planner or lawyer when making a charitable bequest.

There’s no limit to the number of charities you can remember with gifts in your will. If you think of your estate as a pie, you can cut it into as many different sized slices as you like!

Both present and future gifts are very much needed and appreciated. And you don’t need to make a choice between making a gift now or later. Many donors choose to continue making regular gifts in addition to their intention to leave a gift in their will. You could even give to our endowment fund, which preserves the capital that’s contributed to it and funds vital Hospital projects with the interest accrued each year.

There are many ways to support health care in our community through a gift in your will while also providing for your family, including residual and percentage giving. More and more Canadians are finding they are able to provide generously for their families and make meaningful contributions to the charities they care about.

The government does provide funding for hospital operating costs, such as providing medical care, medications or operating medical technology. But capital projects, such as new equipment and technology, are only made possible with the generous support of our community.

We’d be delighted to speak with you about your considerations for including the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation in your will. Please reach out to Jory Pritchard-Kerr at 705-444-8630 or kerrj@cgmh.on.ca. You can also download our Legacy Giving Brochure here. 

Contact Us

Every day, community members just like you leave gifts in their will to Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation.

If you’d like to leave a legacy of exceptional care for generations to come with a gift in your will, or simply have questions about your options, we would love to speak with you.

Please contact Jory Pritchard-Kerr, Executive Director, at 705-444-8630 or kerrj@cgmh.on.ca, or Jesse Dees, Development Officer at 705-444-8645 or deesj@cgmh.on.ca.