Leave a Legacy

You can leave a lasting legacy with your final wish

With your future support, we can continue to operate the shelter and provide vital programs and services. Surprisingly, this final gift can also be a practical addition to a financial or estate tax plan. There are a number of types of bequests that we accept, and you should speak to your financial advisor about the options that work best for you.

Charitable Bequest

A charitable bequest is simply a distribution from your estate to a charitable organization through your last will and testament. There are different kinds of bequests. For each, you must use very specific language to indicate the precise direction of your assets, and to successfully carry out your final wishes. In any charitable bequest, be sure to name the recipient accurately. To support our work in the Central Alberta community, please make the recipient the Central Alberta Humane Society.

There are a few types of charitable bequests, for example:

  • General Bequests are legacies left to certain people or causes that come from the general value of the estate, and are made by designating a specific dollar amount, a particular asset or a fixed percentage of your estate to the cause of your choice.
  • Specific Bequests are made when a particular item or property is bequeathed for a designated purpose.
  • Residuary Bequests are made when you intend to leave the residue portion (any left over property) of your assets after other terms of the will have been satisfied.
  • Contingency Bequests allow you to leave a portion of your estate to a particular charity if your named beneficiary does not survive you.

Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance is made when you name a charitable organization of your choice as the beneficiary. This means that you control the policy, and the organization would receive the insurance proceeds upon death.


Gifts of retirement plans are made when you name a charitable organization of your choice as the beneficiary. This means that upon your death the organization would receive the proceeds and you’re estate will receive a charitable receipt. This receipt will counterbalance your final tax return, transforming any final tax liabilities you have when you die into a charitable gift.

Charitable remainder of trusts

A gift of trust is made when you decide to make a charitable organization of your choice the secondary beneficiary to an irrevocable trust. The primary beneficiary (or the income beneficiary) includes you, and if applicable, your spouse. Throughout your lifetime or for a stated period of time you will receive a predetermined amount of the trust; upon death the charitable organization of your choice will receive the remainder of the trust.

Real estate

A gift of real estate is made when you leave property, buildings, land, or a place of residence that you own to a charitable organization of your choice. This type of gift can be given immediately or specified in your will. You will receive a charitable tax receipt to be used in your final income tax return.

Donation of Stocks & Bonds

We are now able to accept donations and legacy gifts of stocks and bonds, through the Canada Helps website. If you or a loved one would like to donate to animals in care by giving the gift of stocks and bonds, you can find more information here. Canada Helps is a trusted website and donation platform for CAHumane.

Naming Opportunities

We believe donor recognition is to sincerely show gratitude toward donors who support the organization. Central Alberta Humane Society recognizes and appreciates the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations that invest in its facilities, programs, and operational funding. Donor recognition at Central Alberta Humane Society are based on donor needs and wishes, as well as the availability of recognition pieces at the Animal Care and Humane Education Center.  We wish to respect the individuality of the donor, the donation, and the facility as a whole. Learn more here.




If you have questions, or would like to speak to someone about your legacy gift options, please call 403-342-7722.

Eve Sira, Executive Director  (ext.204)
Andrea Zess, Community Development Coordinator (ext.207)

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