• Legacy Giving

Legacy giving

Help a low-income single mom and her children tomorrow by making a legacy gift today.

Legacy giving is an opportunity to make a lasting difference in your lifetime and beyond. We can help you determine the type of gift that will best suit your needs and goals. 

When you make a legacy gift to the YWCA, you become a member of our Legacy Circle, a group of passionate individuals who are committed to building better futures for women and their children across Metro Vancouver. 

Legacy giving includes: 

  • Bequests
  • Endowments
  • RRSPs and RRIFs
  • Gifts of property
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Annuities

*When making your legacy gift, please identify the YWCA by its legal name: Young Women’s Christian Association, located in Vancouver, BC.

For more information about leaving a legacy to the YWCA, contact JoAnne Fahr at jfahr@ywcavan.org | 604 895 5829


You can designate your gift in your will to a specific YWCA program or service. When making your designation, please keep in mind that the names of programs and types of services we offer do vary over time. Download our sample bequest languageOr download our sample codicil to establish your legacy gift. Attaching a codicil to an existing will ensures your wishes are followed without you having to redo your will.  


For gifts of $25,000 or greater, you may establish a named endowment, whether through a current or deferred gift. Named endowments receive permanent recognition through our published donor listings and will be acknowledged on the Donor Recognition Wall. Download our sample endowment agreement.  

We also offer a YWCA Legacy Endowment fund for donors who do not designate their endowment gifts, or who want to contribute less than $25,000. This fund provides the YWCA with financial stability in changing times and ensures that no one is turned away from the YWCA because they can’t afford to pay for services.  


You can make a gift by designating YWCA Metro Vancouver as the beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) or by making a gift in your will equal to the proceeds from your RRSP and RRIF.  


You can donate real estate, works of art, jewellery and prized collections to the YWCA.  

Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs)

CRTs can be inter vivos (during the lifetime of the settlor or donor) or testamentary (established at the death of the settlor) and can be either revocable or irrevocable. They can be funded with cash, securities or real estate. Broadly defined, a CRT is any trust, inter vivos or testamentary, where all or a portion of the remaining trust assets are distributed to the YWCA at the termination of the trust.  

Gift Plus Annuities

You can can purchase a charitable annuity that makes a contribution to the YWCA, and in turn receive guaranteed payments for life. The amount of the payments depends on your age and the size of the contribution, but they may be higher than what you are receiving from your present investments, and the annuity arrangement is guaranteed.