As we look back on our lives, we may wonder: “How will I be remembered?”

Planning a gift in your will can bring a sense of peace and comfort to these contemplations.  Leaving a planned gift to United Way Centraide Canada provides you with the opportunity to create lasting meaning by helping future generations across Canada.

For further information on how you can leave a planned gift, or gift of stocks and securities to United Way Centraide Canada, please see below.

Planning Your Gift

How do I plan my gift?

There are a few simple ways to plan a gift in your will for the United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWOCK). Planning for the future does not require depriving your family and loved ones to accommodate charities, nor does it mean putting a strain you as you put your affairs in order.

Often, people choose to make "residual gifts." This type of gift constitutes the balance of an individual’s wealth once his/her fixed obligations are met. For example, you could provide a determined amount of money to your children and grandchildren, and leave a percentage of the remaining funds to UWOCK.

It is also possible to leave a specific percentage of your estate to UWOCK. For example, you may choose to divide your estate into equal portions amongst your children and grandchildren, and donate the final portion to UWOCK.

If you have any questions or to discuss legacy giving, please send an e-mail to [email protected]

The most effective way to contribute to the future of communities across Chatham-Kent is through planned giving, also known as granting a legacy or making a bequest. It is up to you to decide how your gift will be used, however a general gift allows the United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWOCK) to direct the monies received to the areas of greatest need.

How do I name United Way of Chatham-Kent in my will?

To establish a legacy gift, please instruct your lawyer to include the following statement to your will:

Clause for your will

I give to the United Way of Chatham-Kent, 425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham, Ontario N7L 4K4 the sum of ($_______________), or (_____________%) of the residue of my estate or my property at ____________ in the Municipality of _____________. The disposition of my bequest is to be used by United Way of Chatham-Kent at its discretion.

Note: You can also download this clause in PDF format, or e-mail a link to this page to your lawyer.

UWOCK Charitable Number: 11927 8166 RR 0001

We strongly recommend you consult your lawyer if you are considering including the United Way of Chatham-Kent in your estate plans.

What resources do I need to provide to my professional advisors?

We recognize the importance and impact of the work of professional advisors, including financial advisors, lawyers, trusts officers and funeral director.

Below you will find the United Way of Chatham-Kent’s legal name & charitable registration to provide to your advisors.

Legal name and charitable registration

Legal Name: United Way of Chatham-Kent

Charitable Registration Number: 11927 8166 RR0001

Mailing Address:

425 McNaughton Avenue West, Chatham, Ontario N7L 4K4

If you have any questions or to discuss legacy giving, please send an e-mail to [email protected].

How do I prepare or revise my will?

Everyone should have a will. A will is crucial in ensuring your assets will go to the people and causes you support.

Your wishes can be amended at any time by making a Codicil to your existing will or by creating a new will. In your will you could bequeath a specific sum of money, a percentage of your estate, stock, or bonds.

Please see “How do I name United Way of Chatham-Kent in my will” on this page, for sample wording if you would like to leave a gift to the United Way of Chatham-Kent in your will.

We strongly recommend you consult your lawyer if you are considering including UWOCK in your estate plans.

How do I give gifts of stocks and securities?

United Way of Chatham-Kent (UWOCK) can accept publicly-traded securities, including shares, bonds or mutual fund units. If you are considering giving a gift of stock and securities to UWOCK, please consult our Notification of Securities Transfer form or contact [email protected].

UWOCK always recommends that you consult with your own financial advisor before initiating any type of donation of securities.

The process.

Leave a Legacy

Leave a legacy of hope to people across Canada, and to continue transforming lives for years to come.