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 Making Your Gift

Making Your Gift

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Your gift reflects your values, hopes and aspirations.

That's why we offer flexible options that will help you set up a fund that creates the kind of community impact that you are seeking with the level of involvement that suits you best.

All of our funds allow you to focus your investment to support issues that interest you and have a positive impact on your community. You may choose to actively participate in how your funds are distributed, or have the foundation distribute your funds through our annual grants program on your behalf.

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Give a specific gift, or gifts, to one or more existing funds in a one-time donation. This includes the Smart & Caring Community Fund, funds associated with a specific organization, and funds associated with a specific field of Interest; e.g. arts, education, health, sports, seniors, youth, environmental conservation.

Tip: Make your annual giving easier by setting up an annual or monthly renewing gift.

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Smart and Caring Community Fund
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The Smart and Caring Community Fund provides a wonderful opportunity for others to join with the foundation in the celebration of philanthropy. Through community consultation and research, this fund is targeted towards community needs-annual grants from this fund shift as these needs change over time. Your donation goes even further: Currently, a long-standing supporter of the West Vancouver Foundation will match your donation. Make an online donation to the Smart and Caring Fund.

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West Vancouver Foundation Capacity Building and Growth Fund
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Our Capacity Building and Growth Fund supports our leadership initiatives such as research for our Vital Signs report as well as projects that allow us to support charitable organizations in our community. Make an online donation to the foundation's Capacity Building and Growth Fund.

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Hosted Agency Funds
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The West Vancouver Foundation hosts Agency Funds on behalf of charities seeking to create a stable and long-term source of revenue. We welcome donations of any amount to any established hosted organization fund. Make an online donation to a hosted Agency Fund.

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Other Existing Funds
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The West Vancouver Foundation uses the services of Canada Helps. Canada Helps is an established leader in online donation-providing services, providing support for thousands of registered Canadian charities. You may designate your gift by selecting a fund from the pull-down menu on our Donate Page or by writing a fund name in the message box. You may choose to make a one-time donation or monthly donations, and you can pay with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Interac or through a PayPal account. Make an online donation to an existing fund.

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Personalized your giving plan by establishing a fund
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A gift to an endowment fund is a gift that keeps on giving.

The West Vancouver Foundation offers flexible options that will help you establish a fund that creates the kind of community impact you are seeking with the level of involvement that suits you best.

All of our funds allow you to focus your investment on supporting issues that interest you and have a positive impact on our community. You may choose to actively participate in how your funds are distributed, or have the foundation distribute your funds through our annual grants program on your behalf.

Donors work with us-as an alternative to setting up a private foundation-because of our deep connection to the community and because it is simply easier administratively.

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Establish a Designated Fund
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A Designated Fund allows you to name charities that you wish to support in perpetuity through annual grant payments. The fund can be named after your family, business, or the designated charity.

You can begin with an initial investment and then continue to build your fund over time. The timing and size of grants will depend upon the value of the fund. 

 

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Establish a Donor Advised Fund
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Establishing a Donor Advised Fund allows you to make grants to any registered Canadian charity, while having the option to change your wishes at any time. This is a popular way to give through community foundations. Similar to a private foundation, a Donor Advised Fund enables individuals and families to establish a charitable endowment fund, receive a donation tax receipt and then recommend grants over time.

This fund can be started with $10,000 and a pledge to contribute $10,000 each year for five years until the fund reaches $50,000.

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Establish a Field of Interest Fund
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This type of fund allows you to direct the income from your fund more broadly to cover a particular area of interest rather than any specific organization e.g. arts, youth, health, education, sport, environmental conservation, etc.

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Leave a Lasting Legacy in your Estate Plan
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You can easily provide for a gift to the community by specifying your wishes in your will/bequest. There can be considerable tax advantages when charitable gifts are included as part of an estate plan.  Please talk to your lawyer or professional advisor to simplify the process and maximize the tax advantages. It can also be beneficial to make your wishes known to your family and the designated executor. No matter your age, you can set everything up now to ensure your wishes will be met. We recommend you seek planning advice from your professional advisor.

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Establish an Agency Fund
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Your charitable organization can set up an Agency Fund with us, creating a long-term source of revenue. By pooling investments, we will reduce your risk while optimizing returns. We also can help to grow your investment, ensuring you get the most from our partnership. The foundation accepts donations on behalf of these organizations. See our section on giving for charitable organizations for more information.