Your commitment to creating an accessible, inclusive world for people with spinal cord injuries and related physical disabilities can live on through your legacy. Your gift will help individuals adjust, adapt, and thrive.

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Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Leaving a gift in your will is easy and profoundly meaningful. Since 1957, our organization has been transforming the lives of people with spinal cord injuries and related physical disabilities. We are so grateful for your dedication to help us continue our work for future generations. The act of leaving a gift in your Will is one of the most significant and simple ways to create a legacy of hope, and we are honoured to help you with this process.

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Please contact us for more information and speak to our gift planning consultant. Call Shelley Milstein at 604-326-1222 or reach out by email at smilstein@sci-bc.ca.

Learn more about legacy giving below.

Why Should You Leave a Gift in Your Will to Spinal Cord Injury BC?

A planned gift can help you:

  • Ensure that you leave a gift that reflects your personality and values
  • Increase the impact of your charitable gifts
  • Leave an inheritance at a lower cost, often eliminating the taxable impact on your beneficiaries
  • Reduce income tax and avoid capital gains tax
  • Make a lasting difference in the lives of those living with physical disabilities

The most common form of legacy giving is through a bequest of cash or a percentage of your estate as defined in your will.

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy gift. A gift of any size will help people living with spinal cord injury connect with others, gain a sense of community, and find the resources they need to thrive. A financial planner is the best person to help you decide which type of gift is most advantageous for you. If you are interested in leaving a different type of gift, please visit this page.

Why Make a Will?

Making a will gives you control. If you don’t have a will, you lose the ability to determine who benefits from your estate and by how much. A well-planned estate can also maximize the bequests you wish to leave. Think about how you wish to share your assets between family, friends and your community. What is important to you? What kind of change do you hope to see in the world and how can you help? Planning a gift in your Will is the best way to leave a legacy that reflects your values and impacts the future.

It is always a good idea to discuss your wishes with your family and loved ones. You should consider who you want to act as your Executor(s)* as they will be responsible for ensuring that your wishes are carried out. Working with a financial planner is also very helpful to determine your best options for tax purposes and charitable giving, and a lawyer or a notary public can help prepare and file your will.

*an Executor is a person named in a Will and appointed to carry out the provisions of that Will.

How to Direct Gifts in Your Will

  • All gifts intended for Spinal Cord Injury BC should be directed to us under our legal name, “Canadian Paraplegic Association (B.C.)”, doing business as Spinal Cord Injury BC.
  • Our charitable number is 118835024.
  • Donors may wish to leave a bequest to the BC Paraplegic Foundation, which is the major funder for Spinal Cord Injury BC. Call us to discuss which type of gift would best address your plans and preferences.
  • You may wish to contact a financial planner or advisor to help you best plan for your future.

To discuss a potential gift please call Shelley Milstein at 604-326-1222 or contact her by email at smilstein@sci-bc.ca.

How Does Your Gift Make a Difference?

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Because of your generosity, we will be able to continue providing support for people with spinal cord injuries and related physical disabilities for many years to come. By planning your gift today, you will help change lives tomorrow.

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