Legacy Giving

Great way to donate to the programs and services you care most about

You can arrange for a gift in several ways. The most popular being a charitable gift through a bequest in a will. You can set aside a specific dollar amount or leave a percentage of your estate or any assets left over after your family has been provided for. You can also donate something you own, like a car or a home. Some people leave a paid-up life insurance policy, securities, retirement account or other financial investment. A charitable bequest will not take effect unless you state your intention in your will. Without a will, you lose control over your property after death. Your property and finances are settled according to provincial laws, whether or not they correspond with your wishes.

Atira can give you some general information about your planned gift and discuss with you any special wishes you have as well as specific needs of the organization. It is also recommended you talk with a professional advisor - like a financial or estate planner, lawyer, accountant, trust officer or insurance agent. A professional advisor can provide information about the tax benefits of planned gifts and make sure you are getting the maximum tax and legal advantages allowed for your gift. If you do not have a professional advisor, the following organizations may be able to help:


Lawyer Referral Service
Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch)
Phone: (604) 687-3221
Toll Free: 1-800-663-1919

Canadian Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (CAIFA)
CAIFA Office: (604) 684 8111

CLU Office: (604) 941-9657

Chartered Accountant Referral Service
Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia
Phone: 681-3264
Toll Free: 1-800-663-2677


If you'd like to take the next steps towards leaving a legacy gift for Atira and making a lasting contribution towards ending violence against women:

  • Prepare a will. (Without one you lose control over your property at death.)
  • Leave a gift in your will for Atira Women's Resource Society.
  • Leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets in your will to Atira Women's Resource Society.
  • Consider using assets for your charitable gift. These include but are not limited to cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, term deposits, real estate, vehicles, art, jewellery, or insurance. Such gifts may even provide tax savings.
  • Name Atira Women's Resource Society as a beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF or pension.
  • Name Atira Women's Resource Society as the beneficiary of an existing or paid-up life insurance policy.
  • Purchase a new life insurance policy naming Atira Women's Resource Society as the beneficiary.
  • Remember loved ones with memorial gifts to Atira Women's Resource Society.
  • Encourage family and friends to leave gifts to Atira Women's Resource Society in their wills.
  • Ask your financial or estate planning advisor to include charitable giving as part of their counsel to clients.