Legacy Giving

Help the Magic live on

Campfire Circle is very fortunate to have many donors who support our mission generously throughout their lifetime. Legacy Giving allows that relationship to continue, in perpetuity, through bequests or other planned gifts, supporting Campers and their families for generations to come.

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My legacy gift will make sure that Campfire Circle continues to do the outstanding work they are doing, forever. For as long as there are kids who need camp, I’ll be part of making sure it will always be there. And that makes me feel really good.

— Shirley Greenwood, Volunteer and Legacy Circle Donor

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Reasons to give

Legacy giving often allows you to give more than you would otherwise be able to during your lifetime. Like every donation, your commitment will enrich the lives of more kids and families with magic, laughter, and fun.

We want every child and family affected by childhood cancer in Ontario to benefit from camp—the instructions you leave behind will help your legacy come alive.

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Our Legacy Circle promise

We are committed to respecting the wishes of every member of our Legacy Circle. This is our promise to you:

  1. Your Will is a private, personal document. We respect your privacy.
  2. We understand and support the notion that your loved ones come first.
  3. We would like to know if you have made a gift to us in your Will so we can make plans for our camp, and recognize your generosity. Whether you choose to tell us or not is entirely your decision.
  4. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our areas of work that interest you most, and how you can ensure your gift is directed to that area in the most effective way possible.
  5. We will provide you and your loved ones with special opportunities to learn about our work in any ways that are meaningful to you.
  6. We are proud of our effectiveness and efficiency. We will apply both to your gift.
  7. We deeply appreciate the confidence and trust you have in us.
  8. We will respond immediately to your questions or concerns. You can contact Angie Barbieri or anyone on our team, at any time.

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Know your donation options

With the help of a financial advisor and your family, you can determine what you’d like to donate to Campfire Circle. The next step is to assess your options, finalize your decision, and have your lawyer make the appropriate arrangements.

There are several different ways to leave a future gift, and it’s important to understand your options and choose what works for you. We’ve highlighted some of the ways here, but it’s still important to consult with a professional advisor to help you decide.

Bequests in your Will

Anything from money to property to works of art can be given to us on your behalf.

specific bequest allows you to designate a specific dollar amount or piece of property in your Will to Campfire Circle (e.g. real estate, stocks/bonds, works of art).

Residual bequests allow to you allocate all (or a portion) of your estate that remains after all debts, taxes, expenses, and other bequests are paid.

Finally, a contingent bequest allows you to make a provision in your Will that your gift only takes effect if your primary intention cannot be met (i.e. if your primary beneficiary and alternate beneficiaries do not live longer than you).


Sample codicil language

If you already have a Will, you can still help us by adding a codicil to your existing Will. For your convenience, we’ve created a bequest and codicil samples document for example statements. Please do not write on or amend your current Will, or it could become invalid.

Life insurance policy gifts

Another legacy option is to name us as the beneficiary of an insurance policy (including a policy from your workplace). When the funds are released, Campfire Circle will receive the donation on your behalf.

You can also consider signing over ownership of a policy with premiums that are fully paid. If you choose this option, you’ll get a tax receipt for the cash surrender value.

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By naming Campfire Circle as the beneficiary of your RRSP/RRIF, you will contribute the remaining balance of these investments that exist upon your passing. This method can also offset the tax that would otherwise be payable on these assets by your estate. Talk to your professional advisor to determine if this is a good option for you.

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Charitable Remainder Trusts

This legacy option may suit people who want to make to substantial donation with an irrevocable trust and earn immediate tax savings, while receiving income from the asset’s interest for life. Once transferred, you’ll receive a tax receipt for the present market value of the gift. Upon your passing, the asset is transferred to Campfire Circle.

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Confirming your legacy gift

Once your arrangements have been made, complete our legacy gift confirmation form to notify us of your future gift. It’s important for us to know about your intended gift so that we can keep you informed of future plans.

This will also help us create proactive plans so that we can continue to fulfil our mission.

Legacy gift confirmation form
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Contact us for more info on legacy giving and other donation options. We'll help you get started with all the right tools and information.

Angie Barbieri

Director, Annual & Legacy Giving

A note to our donors

The Legacy Giving information on this website is provided for general information purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice and assistance from your lawyer, financial advisor, or tax consultant.

We recommend that you discuss your plans with your lawyer and/or financial advisor before proceeding with a legacy gift.

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