What is the best way to structure my charitable giving that allows me to create a meaningful legacy?
After building wealth and success throughout your career, you want to give back to a charity you support, maybe one that made a difference in your life. It could be a hospital or a charitable foundation researching an illness that has affected you and/or your family. It could be a summer camp you attended as a child that helped shape the person you are today.
A legacy is a heartfelt gesture that allows you to give back for years – even decades – after you’re gone.
Traditional Charitable Giving
There are many traditional ways to leave a gift to a charity. These include making a donation in cash, leaving an endowment through your will or a trust, designating a charitable organization as the beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF or TFSA; or through the gift of a physical asset like fine art.
Donating Life Insurance
You can also create a legacy using life insurance, where the beneficiary is a charity or charitable foundation of your choice. This allows you to make significant charitable donations while you enjoy the tax benefits and enhance the value of your estate.
Mark Levine is well acquainted with charitable giving. He has been a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of The Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto since 2015.
In 2020, he and his family established a Donor Advised Fund to make annual gifts to Sick Kids’ Hospital as well as other charities that he and his family are passionate about.
I’ve always believed that applying for life insurance was filling out a form and obtaining a quote until I met Mark and his team at Integrated Financial Strategies. Mark’s patient, diligent & detailed approach to reviewing my personal and business affairs produced a solution that provided me with peace of mind that I was doing the right thing at the right time to protect my family and my business.