A Bequest in your Will
Once you have taken care of your family and loved ones, we hope that you will consider naming Autism Speaks Canada (ASC) as a beneficiary in your Will. However long it is before we receive your gift, you can trust ASC to put your donation to work funding research and family services.
What is a bequest?
A bequest is a gift made through your Will, and is the most common form of Legacy Gift made by Canadians. Below is a list of sample bequests.
- To give a specific amount “I give and bequeath the sum of $...... to Autism Speaks Canada, for the general purposes of the organization and its greatest needs.”
- To give a percentage of your estate “I give and bequeath …% of the residue of my estate to Autism Speaks Canada, for the general purposes of the organization and its greatest needs.”
- For a gift contingent upon a certain condition “In the event that my siblings do not survive me, I give and bequeath the sum of $... (or …% of the residue of my estate) to Autism Speaks Canada …”
- To designate your gift for a specific purpose “I give and bequeath the sum of $..... (…% of the residue of my estate) to Autism Speaks Canada to be used in support of research (or insert other designation).”
What are the benefits?
- A bequest in your Will allows you to make a substantial gift to a cause you are passionate about. Many times, a bequest will be a Donor’s largest single philanthropic gift.
- Bequests are flexible so you can choose a specific amount or a percentage of your estate; customization allows you to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of first.
- You can amend or revoke your Will at any time. You choose what is best for you and your loved ones.
- Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt of your gift.
- You will feel good today knowing that your Legacy Gift will help so many others in the future.
What if I already have a Will?
It’s not too late to add a bequest even if you already have an up to date Will. For a nominal legal fee, you can add a codicil (amendment) to your existing Will.
What are my next steps?
- Contact your lawyer. Your lawyer will help you with key information and details.
- Discuss your decision with your loved ones, and be sure they know how to contact your lawyer and where you keep a copy of your Will.
- Contact Autism Speaks Canada to inform us of your gift because it helps us to better plan for investments in leading research and family services. We would also appreciate the opportunity to include you in the Autism Speaks Canada Legacy Society.
What information will my lawyer need?
Legal Name: Autism Speaks Canada
Registered Charitable Number: 869420208 RR0001
Address: 2450 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2J 4A2
For more information please contact
Director of Development
Autism Speaks Canada
Phone: 416-362-6227 ext. 204 or 1-888-362-6227 ext. 204