Make a Lasting Impact with a Gift in Your Will

You updated Will is important to ensure your final wishes known. In addition to ensuring the financial security of your family, you can also leave a lasting impact by making a final gift of conservation.  And, charitable giving through your estate can result in significant tax savings.

The Essex Region Conservation Foundation focuses its fundraising efforts on four pillars to ensure a future of sustainability for the Windsor-Essex region.  These pillars include:

  • Green our region and take climate action
  • Connect our region by trails
  • Inspire future generations through conservation education
  • Preserve our region’s heritage at the John R. Park Homestead

Bequest Sample Wording

The charitable bequest in your Will can provide a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your Estate, or a gift of the residue, which consists of whatever remains in your Estate after gifts to your loved ones and all expenses have been paid.

A gift in you Will can have a tremendous impact on the environmental future of our region, and leave a legacy of conservation for generations to come. 

We always recommend that you speak to your lawyer and/or financial planner to determine if a gift in your Will is right for you.  That said, here is some sample wording that could be used:

To give where the need is greatest:

“I give the sum of [ $____ / ____ % / the residue] of my Estate to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, charitable registration 118902162RR0001, for general charitable purposes in conformity with the objectives of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation.

To give with a specific purpose in mind: 

If you wished your gift to support one of these specific pillars identified above, the suggested wording could be:  “I give the sum of [ $____ / ____ % / the residue] of my Estate to the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, charitable registration 118902162RR0001, for general charitable purposes in conformity with the objectives of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation, having regard for my interest in <insert one or more of the pillars of interest>.

We’re Here to Help!

If you’d like to discuss the potential of leaving a gift in your will, please feel free to contact us at foundation@erca.org or by phone at 519-776-5209 ext. 352.