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Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy 

You can create impact for generations of women, girls and gender-diverse people to come. Make YWCA Hamilton part of your legacy plans. 

Talk to your lawyer about adding YWCA Hamilton to your Will

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Leave a Legacy

To learn more about how you can help and make YWCA part of your legacy to build a better future for women, girls, and families, please contact :

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Heather Barkley

Director of Philanthropy
(905) 522-9922 ext. 156

This information is general in nature and not intended to be a substitute for professional legal or financial planning advice. We encourage you to seek independent, professional legal and/or financial planning advice.

Every gift in a will makes a difference for women, girls and gender-diverse people, today and in the future. When you make a legacy gift to YWCA Hamilton, you are helping to build a better future for women, girls, and families. And your impact will be big. 

A planned gift to YWCA Hamilton will help to provide critical services in the areas of employment support and training, housing options and shelters, leadership development programs for girls, health and wellness education, and key supports for women, children and gender-diverse people who have experienced violence. 

Interested in learning more about how you can leave your legacy? Please complete this information request and our team will be in touch as soon as possible.  

Legacy giving options offered by YWCA Hamilton


Consider designating your gift in your will to YWCA Hamilton. You can make a gift of cash or property with YWCA Hamilton as the beneficiary.

Gift of Life Insurance

You can make YWCA Hamilton the owner and beneficiary of a new or an existing life insurance policy. The premiums you pay qualify for a tax credit.

Charitable Gift Annuities

A gift annuity returns a competitive rate of income to you, most if not all, of which is tax-free and a residue which can go to YWCA Hamilton.

Charitable Remainder Trust

You may wish to set up a trust and name YWCA Hamilton as a beneficiary at the time the trust is to be distributed. You receive the income from the trust and we receive whatever remains in the trust after you pass away.

One of the tax advantages to this planned gift includes a donation receipt at the time the gift is made, which is equal to the present value of the remainder interest.


This can be a gift of property, e.g., real estate, works of art, jewelry, etc. We will issue a tax receipt after independent appraisals.


You can deduct the full value of the stock as a charitable donation and you don’t have to pay capital gains tax.

Download our Gifts of Securities Transfer Form

Frequently Asked Questions

YWCA Hamilton respects the wishes of all who support us with their generous gifts and donation. If you wish to support a specific program, we will honour your directions and allocate your gift towards that program. 

Supporting YWCA Hamilton is part of your legacy and we are here to partner with you on that vision. Gifts that are not specifically earmarked for a program will be put to work to sustain YWCA Hamilton for years to come and help manage the urgent needs that arise in our facilities, programs and services. All gifts are welcome.  

Sharing this information with us means we can ensure your specific requests can be fulfilled and appreciate and thank you for this future gift during your life. 

You can make a gift of securities donation by contacting Malgosia Sienkiewicz, Donor Relations and Campaign Officer at msienkiewicz@ywcahamilton.org or 905-522-9922 ext 181. You may also download our gift of securities donation form here. 

To learn more about the Will Power campaign, you can check out their website at willpower.ca or check out our Will Power page at https://www.willpower.ca/charities/ywca-hamilton/  

Tribute and In Memory Donation Information

Please contact us to request donation cards for an upcoming funeral, celebration of life or memorial. We can provide printed in memory donation cards (2-4 business days required), a customized print-at-home template, or customized online donation link to best suit your needs.  

Funeral donation card request (3 options to choose) :

  1. Generic printed versions that we can mail/be picked up 
  2. Customizable Canva template that can be printed and/or emailed  
  3. Memorial donation link 

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