Investing in the Future
All investments matter.
This section provides you with the information you need to tailor a gift to your specific circumstances. Many gifts to Future Focus generate tax benefits, so please read the descriptions below to find out more.
Pledges & Payments
At Future Focus, we like to make it as easy as possible for you to make your gift. Pledges may be made and paid over a period of up to five years. You can choose to make your donation by a cash gift, cheque, money order or through Visa, MasterCard, or PayPal. By pledging and paying over a number of years, you allow Future Focus to make long-range financial plans and allow for greater fiscal control.
Payments can be made on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual basis.
Planned gifts can take many forms including:
- Charitable gift annuities
- Life Insurance
- Charitable remainder trusts
The most important thing is to choose or identify a type of planned gift that best reflects your individual needs from both a financial (tax) and philanthropic perspective.
Education is a key concern for many, and now some companies are encouraging their employees to support youth education by offering an incentive to match employee gifts to an eligible institution, in some cases doubling or tripling the employee’s contribution.
In most cases, companies require a form be filled out by the employee to accompany their gift. Upon receipt of your donation, Future Focus completes the form and returns it to the company. If the donation qualifies for a matching gift from your employer, a cheque is mailed to Future Focus and a gift is applied to the same area as designated by your original donation.
The Federal Budget of May 2, 2006 makes donating publicly-listed securities to charities a much more attractive proposition. Donors are no longer taxed on the capital gains accrued on securities donated after May 1, 2006 to a registered charity such as Future Focus. Under the new taxation rules, if a person donates stock they will be receipted for the full appreciated value of the shares on the date they are received and will not have to pay any tax on the gain.
A “gift-in-kind” is a gift of tangible property that will prove valuable to Future Focus. This type of gift may be made outright, as residual interest, or to fund a charitable remainder trust. This can include such things as land, special library collections, valuable artwork, and personal/business papers of historical/research interest to Future Focus.
For gifts less than $1,000, Future Focus may issue an immediate tax receipt for the donation’s fair market value. For gifts valued at more than $1,000, special Canada Customs and Revenue Agency appraisal guidelines must be followed.
If you wish to make an online donation, click the button below to begin the process via PayPal.