Harmony House

Women's Shelter

Legacy Giving

Our Legacy donors are individuals like you who care about a world free of violence and abuse and want to promise
our children, grandchildren and generations to come that they will have safe, supportive transitional housing
while empowering survivors of violence as they rebuild their lives!

You can demonstrate your support for our shelter and future by making a legacy gift today.
For more information, please get in touch with Francesca Davila at or call 613-798-4696, ext. 270
Our Legacy donors are individuals like you who care about a world free of violence and abuse and want to promise our children, grandchildren and generations to come that they will have safe, supportive transitional housing while empowering survivors of violence as they rebuild their lives!

You can demonstrate your support for our shelter and future by making a legacy gift today.
For more information, please get in touch with Francesca Davila at or call 613-798-4696, ext. 270

How to plan the gift of a lifetime?

Creating a will is the easiest way to choose how your assets will be distributed. You can decide how your estate will be distributed through this very personal process. We will be happy to work with you and your financial advisor to ensure you receive the most significant possible tax benefit and recognition for your generosity and support.

If you want to help future generationsto live a world free of violence and have safe, supportive transitional housing while empowering survivors of violence as they rebuild their lives through a gift in your will and would like to learn about specific projects, please get in touch with Francesca Davila, Fundraising and Brand Development Manager at fundraising@harmonyhousews.com

We will be happy to work with you and your financial representative to ensure you receive the greatest possible tax benefit and recognition for your generosity and support.

Sample wording for your will

Well-prepared will is essential not only for ensuring that your final wishes are clearly communicated and your estate benefits from significant tax savings.

Give where needed the most

To deliver, pay, or transfer [ $____ / ____ % / the residue] of my Estate to St Matthews Harmony House, charitable registration #886420199RR0001, for general charitable purposes in conformity with the objectives of St Matthews Harmony House.

Give to a specific program.

You might be passionate about specific areas such as Childcare, Mental Health, Women's Entrepreneurship, Boy's program or Peer Support.

To deliver, pay, or transfer [ $____ / ____ % / the residue] of my Estate to St Matthews Harmony House, charitable registration #118875517 RR0001, for general charitable purposes, having regards to my interest in___________________(insert one or more focus areas) in conformity with the objectives of St Matthews Harmony House.

Legal name: St Matthews Harmony House
Charitable Registration Number: 118875517 0001

Life Insurance

A gift of life insurance is a creative way to build long-term financial strength without diminishing your own — even a relatively small commitment can provide significant benefits. There are many ways for you to make a gift using life insurance:

  • You may donate a paid-up life insurance policy that has now outlived its original purpose by naming Harmony House the owner and beneficiary of your policy and receive an immediate tax receipt for the cash surrender value of the policy.
  • You may gift an existing policy on which premiums are still being paid by transferring ownership to Harmony House and receiving tax receipts for all future premium payments.
  • You may make a gift by purchasing a new policy on your life, naming Harmony House as the owner and beneficiary and receiving tax receipts for all future premium payments.
  • You may also choose to retain ownership of your policy and name Harmony as the direct beneficiary, and, upon your passing, your estate will receive a tax receipt for the value of the policy

RRSP/RRIF

Funds Your retirement funds are amongst the most heavily taxed assets you own. However, when Harmony House is designated as a direct beneficiary of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered retirement income fund (RRIF), these taxes are offset at the time of death. As a result, your gift will be treated as a charitable donation in the year of death and Harmony House will issue a tax receipt for the full amount being transferred to it. The gift is simple to make — you name Harmony House as a direct beneficiary on the plan document and advise the institution holding your retirement account of the change.

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