Many people have life insurance in one form or another. The value of life insurance is usually to provide financial security for your loved ones in the event of your death. Yet life insurance can also be used to support your favourite charities. It can help you make a larger gift than you may otherwise be able to make with your current income or through a bequest.
Ways you can give a gift of life insurance:
- Purchase a new life insurance policy and name JDRF Canada as the owner and beneficiary of the new policy. The premiums you pay will be tax-creditable donations to JDRF Canada.
- Change an existing life insurance policy to name JDRF Canada as owner and beneficiary, and receive a charitable tax receipt for the value of your life insurance policy.
- Name JDRF Canada as the beneficiary of the policy. Your estate will claim a charitable donation tax credit for the proceeds of the policy. The tax credit will offset income taxes payable on your estate’s final tax return, and the gift will not be subject to probate fees.
- You could make a bigger gift than what may be possible during your lifetime
- The final value of an insurance gift is guaranteed and normally will not be diminished by taxes, fees or creditors’ payments
- Life insurance can have a multiplying power that allows a relatively small investment to provide a large tax-free death benefit that can grow even more during your lifetime
All donors are encouraged to seek independent financial and legal counsel when executing wills, trusts, contracts and other agreements.
JDRF Canada will provide you with information and assistance to make a gift of life insurance. However, the ultimate responsibility regarding evaluations, tax deductibility, and/or similar legal local, provincial or federal compliance issues rests with you and/or your counsel.
To learn more, please fill out a request for information, or contact:
National Manager, Foundations & Planned Giving
Charitable Number: 111897 6604 RR0001