Please contact Meewasin’s Fund Development Manager at 306-665-6887 for more information about Meewasin Planned Giving programs.
Friends and supporters who believe in the importance of conserving the natural and cultural resources of the South Saskatchewan River Valley, may choose to contribute with a planned gift to Meewasin. Meewasin receives gifts targeted towards one of three areas; conservation, development or education.
Planned gifts are gifts that provide Meewasin with funding at a future time. Planned gifts typically have a significant impact on Meewasin’s work as they provide significant funding for major initiatives. A planned gift to Meewasin allows donors to leave a legacy for generations to come. There are a number of ways to create a planned gift, as described below.
Gifts By Will
Gifts of cash or property may be made to Meewasin in your will. These gifts provide tax credits to your estate.
Gifts of Life Insurance
Purchasing a life insurance policy with Meewasin as the beneficiary allows you to make a substantial gift to Meewasin for only the cost of the premiums on the policy. Such premium payments qualify for an immediate tax saving. If you already have an existing policy, it may be transferred to list Meewasin as the beneficiary. Tax receipts will be issued for premium payments or the cash value of an existing policy.
Gifts of Property
Gifts of Property, such as real estate, conservation easements, securities and personal property can be made to Meewasin. These gifts are entitled to tax credits at the time of transfer. Your enjoyment of the property can be shared with future generations.
Gifts of Annuity
A Gift Plus Annuity Plan is when Meewasin uses your contribution to purchase a guaranteed life annuity for your benefit. The portion of your contribution not required for your annuity will be used by Meewasin for immediate use, or invested in Meewasin’s endowment fund. It provides immediate tax credits to you.
Gifts of Residual Interest
A Gift of Residual Interest allows you to make a gift (art, real estate) while alive, but allows you to maintain the use of your possession until your death. Upon death, Meewasin gains the full use of the property.
A tax credit, based on the discounted value of the donated interest, is issued at the time of the gift allowing you to reduce your income taxes.
Charitable Remainder in Trust
A Charitable Remainder Trust involves the transfer of income producing property (cash, securities or real estate) into a trust.
During your lifetime, you continue to receive income from the transferred property.
Upon your death, the remaining interest in the transferred property becomes an irrevocable gift to Meewasin. The transfer of the property to the trust will provide a tax credit to you at the time of transfer based on the discounted value of the property. The trust provides continuing income to you during your life and avoids probate costs on the donated remaining interest.
Gifts with Replacement Life Insurance
A Gift with Replacement Life Insurance involves you replacing your gift to Meewasin with life insurance of which your family members are beneficiaries. This allows you to make a gift to Meewasin while you are still alive without reducing the estate value to your family. Tax credits resulting from the donation will fund insurance premiums.
Please contact the Meewasin Donations Officer at 306-665-6887 for more information about the above Planned Giving programs.