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Gift through a will

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A bequest is a future gift that doesn’t cost you anything during your lifetime.

To leave a gift to Plan International Canada, you don’t have to rewrite your existing will. A simple addition to your will – called a codicil – is all you will need.

This gift may ease the burden of probate fees (fees paid to the government when establishing your will). A gift through your will can also provide you with a tax benefit.

The benefits:

  • A gift in your will is an effective way to reduce estate taxes.
  • Plan International Canada will issue an official receipt for the full value of the bequest.
  • Your gift can be made for any amount.
  • You can choose to make changes to your will at any time.

Ways to leave a gift in your will:

  • Leave a percentage of your estate
  • Leave a specific dollar amount
  • Leave a residual bequest - share of the remainder of your estate after other needs are met
  • Or, leave a contingent bequest – a share of your estate after your other beneficiaries have passed on

Your lawyer can help you decide which approach is best-suited for your situation.

Please find a sample of will clauses for you to consider (PDF)

Please note:

We cannot accept bequests left to specific sponsored children, nor are we entitled to bequests if the child named in the will has graduated from Plan’s programs. To be fair and equitable to the children we help, our policies prohibit us from giving cash gifts to individuals

  • Our legal name is Plan International Canada Inc. We recommend that you consult Plan International Canada to ensure our correct legal name is represented in your will.
  • We also encourage you to seek professional advice to ensure that your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed and that your planned gift is tailored to best fit your requirements. The information provided here is intended as an overview and does not constitute financial advice.

For more information, please contact Karobi Ray, CFRE, toll-free at 1-800-387-1418 ext. 292 or (416)-920-1654 ext. 292 or email

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