The question that got me thinking

Someone recently asked me how I wanted to be remembered, and the first thing that came to mind was “as someone who cared”. I want to be remembered as someone who made a real effort to take action on the future of healthcare in South Georgian Bay, and cared about the impact my life would have on others.

Considering your involvement in The Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation, I’m guessing you are someone who cares about making a meaningful contribution too. Have you ever thought about how to keep the good work you’ve already started with the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation going? How to amplify it so that you make a difference for the generations to come?

One way is by leaving a gift to the Foundation in your Will. Imagine making a bigger contribution than you ever thought possible, without using any of the money you need during your lifetime, or significantly taking away from your loved ones. You can have the best of both worlds with a charitable gift in your Will.

Consider an average estate of $845k. You probably want to leave the majority of your estate to your loved ones. But what if you left a small portion of your estate – 5% of it – to your charity of choice? That small percentage translates to a $42,000 donation, a bigger impact than most of us would ever be able to make during our lifetime. Imagine what could be accomplished with a donation that size!

If this is something you have ever considered, here are a few simple steps you can take to get started:

  1. Identify your goals. What kind of difference do you want to make? You can visit our Will Power page to see how a gift in your Will could be used, and calculate your future impact after family is taken care of.
  2. Talk to your family. A discussion around a shared legacy is a powerful way to bring loved ones together. It can become a bond-building exercise, a way to create lasting memories.
  3. Speak to an expert. A financial advisor can help you realize the full potential of your future gift and the tax benefits involved. Find an advisor here in South Georgian Bay by using our Will Power’s advisor finder search page.

Find these resources and more at our Will Power webpage

If on your journey, the discussion around legacy gets you thinking about how to make a lasting contribution to the Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation, please get in touch. I would love to talk to you about how a gift in your Will can become a powerful tool for change.

Jory Pritchard-Kerr
Foundation President & CEO

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