In their Wills, people often overlook the golden opportunity to give to a charity, foundation, non-profit organization, or other community cause that they may have supported in life.
“Community” is something we all value. Being part of community can make us feel like part of something bigger than ourselves. Community is what we try to give our children through the many activities we encourage them to get involved in throughout their adolescence. We give volunteer hours to build community. We support others who are less fortunate in our community by giving to charitable or non-profit organizations.
When we die, our role in “community” can truly live on. Giving money in a Will to your community is a way of ensuring that it will live and thrive. We know that tight government money won’t necessarily be there. Even a small amount to a typically under-funded organization can give it the opportunity to do great things.
By giving in your Will, your money and your memory will live on in untold many positive ways. Here is a small example of Northern-based organizations that you may wish to support: (By the way, I encourage clients and visitors to this page to contact me if they wish to have others added)
Food First Foundation (Pan territorial)
Children First Society (Inuvik)
Ecology North (Yellowknife/Pan territorial)
Food Rescue (Yellowknife)
Inuvik Community Garden Society
Inuvik Food Bank
Fort Smith Ecumenical Group/Soup Kitchen
Yellowknife Association for Community Living
Northern Youth Leadership (Pan Territorial)
Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC)
Mildred Hall School’s Traditional Mentorship Program
Hay River Soup Kitchen
YK Cares (Yellowknife)
Girl Guides of Canada – Yellowknife
MS Society of Canada – Yellowknife
St. John Ambulance (Pan Territorial)
CNIB (Pan Territorial)
Hay River Seniors’ Society
Foster Family Coalition of the NWT
Yellowknife Community Foundation
NWT Breast Health/ Breast Cancer Action Group
Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation
Here are some other, non-NWT based, charities worth considering:
Doctors Without Borders, Canada
Tides Canada Initiatives Society
Canadahelps Canadon, an online portal for giving to all Canadian charities
and thousands more!