Life Insurance

Donating life insurance can be an excellent opportunity to support Terry’s dream of a world free of cancer and transform affordable premium payments into a substantial future donation. There can also be tax saving benefits.

Donating a life insurance policy isn’t subject to taxes, probate costs or estate debts, and you can make a substantial contribution through relatively small monthly or yearly payments. At the same time, you’ll be rewarded for your donation through the charitable tax receipts you receive. The premiums on a $25,000 policy will cost far less than the payout amount over time, and when you include your tax credits, you end up paying even less overall for a very sizeable gift. (source: co-operators.ca)

Here are three ways you can donate a life insurance policy to a charity:

  1. Take out a new policy  in the name of the charitable organization. You’ll receive a charitable tax receipt for the cash value of the policy and for any premiums you pay.
  2. Name the charity as the beneficiary of an existing policy. This is a good option if you already have a policy that your family no longer needs for financial stability. At the time of your death, the charity will receive the policy proceeds and your estate will receive the tax benefits.
  3.  Transfer ownership of an existing policy to the charity and receive a charitable tax receipt for the cash value of the policy. If you owe annual premiums on the policy, you’ll still pay them, but you’ll also receive tax receipts in the amount of your payments.

Need help? Contact Mark Mahl our Manager of Philanthropic Relations.