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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 Heather Barkley, Campaign Officer at

hbarkley@ywcahamilton.org or 905-522-9922 x 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.

With your support, YWCA Hamilton will ensure that women and girls have the rights, resources and opportunities to shape their own lives and define their communities. For 130 years, YWCA Hamilton has been a leader in transforming the lives of women, girls and families in the greater Hamilton area.

We are there for women, children and families when they need us most. We are the largest multi-service women’s organization in the world and impact the lives of over 10,000 individuals in Hamilton each year. When you make a legacy gift to YWCA Hamilton, you are helping to build a better future for women, girls, and families..

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 and children who have experienced violence.

Please reach out to us to discuss the type of legacy that you would like to leave.


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

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