Gift Planning - Leaving a Legacy

A planned gift to the Fort Edmonton Foundation ensures that your legacy will keep Edmonton’s past alive. Your planned gift to the Fort Edmonton Foundation is an investment in the preservation of the history of Edmonton. Legacy gifts ensure that projects of educational, historical and interpretive value continue to be built in Fort Edmonton Park.


Planned giving is simply the commitment to leave a gift to the charity of one’s choice. Planned giving isn’t only for the wealthy and no planned gift is too small. Your planned gift to Fort Edmonton Foundation could produce a significant contribution, while providing you and your loved ones with substantial tax and estate planning benefits. Although charitable gifts can be made at any time, it is wise to plan your contribution now to maximize the financial advantages of planned giving.


Here are the most common ways to plan a gift for the future:


Bequests in a Will

The simplest and most common form of planned giving, more than 80 percent of planned gifts come through bequests. There are three types of bequests: specific, residual and contingent bequests. Making a bequest to the Fort Edmonton Foundation is as simple as writing your wish to make the gift into your will.



Donors can make a charitable gift of all or any portion of any retirement funds remaining after their passing. Surviving spouses or beneficiaries would be permitted to maintain an RRSP in a tax-deferred plan. Gifts of RRSPs or RRIFs are an excellent option for people without a spouse.


Life Insurance

This is the second most widely used type of planned gift in Canada. A current gift of life insurance involves a transfer of ownership of the policy to the charity. The insured can pay the annual premiums of the policy and receives a tax receipt for that amount each year. The charity owns the death benefit and any cash surrender value in the policy. A deferred gift of life insurance names the charity as the beneficiary of the policy.


Donation of Securities

Securities are increasingly popular as gifts to charities due to Federal incentives introduced in 2006. Canadians are no longer taxed on the capital gain on securities they donate to a charity. Not only is a gift of securities now substantially less expensive to the donor, the net gift has a higher dollar value. 


Real Estate

When you plan a gift of real estate to the Fort Edmonton Foundation, you, or your estate, will receive a tax receipt for the fair market value of the property at the time it is received. Donors also have the option of retaining a life interest in real estate they donate to a charity.



This form of planned giving allows donors to give a lump sum to a charity in exchange for fixed lifetime annuity payments. The charity would issue a tax receipt for the amount by which the gift exceeds the total anticipated annuity payments as based on life expectancy tables.


Charitable Remainder Trusts

These are trusts that pay income to the donor, or beneficiaries, for life or a set term. Upon death of the donor or beneficiaries, or at the end of the term, the charity receives the amount that remains in the trust. 


For more information on how you can create a legacy for Fort Edmonton Park, please contact Janet Tryhuba, CFRE, Executive Director.


Telephone: 780.496.6978