“My friends and fam­ily joke that if we have the apoca­lypse, my arugula is go­ing to live”

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from giv­ing on­line and leav­ing a gift in your will to cre­at­ing a fundrais­ing web­site and giv­ing stocks and se­cu­ri­ties. “The point is, every­one has the ca­pac­ity to make a dif­fer­ence,” says Sodowsky. “Your do­na­tion en­sures that women have a place in health­care to call their own.”

Fight­ing The Good Fight

One of the most nec­es­sary ben­e­fi­cia­ries of legacy giv­ing are those ded­i­cated to fight­ing dis­eases, and in its more than 100 forms, arthri­tis is the most costly ($33 bil­lion an­nu­ally) chronic dis­ease in Canada, af­fect­ing more than 5.2 mil­lion Cana­di­ans (in­clud­ing 700,000 British Columbians).

How­ever, arthri­tis re­search re­ceives only three per cent of the avail­able re­search fund­ing in this coun­try. For­tu­nately, Arthri­tis Re­search Canada is the largest clin­i­cal arthri­tis re­search or­ga­ni­za­tion in North Amer­ica, with a di­versely dis­ci­plined sci­en­tific team whose 75-plus stud­ies cover the breadth of this dis­ease.

Dr. John Es­daile, sci­en­tific di­rec­tor for Arthri­tis Re­search Canada, says:

“With donor sup­port and as a world leader in pa­tient-fo­cused re­search, our or­ga­ni­za­tion is mak­ing ma­jor strides in chang­ing the tra­jec­tory of arthri­tis by re­duc­ing its im­pact on both dis­abil­ity and job loss and by prevent­ing its de­vel­op­ment.”

Would-be legacy-givers take note: the num­ber of peo­ple, both young and old, with arthri­tis is ex­pected to rise dra­mat­i­cally in the next 20 years; a gift to Arthri­tis Re­search Canada en­sures life­sav­ing re­search con­tin­ues and that pa­tients tri­umph over the pain and dis­abil­ity of this dis­ease.

Can­cer statis­tics are un­de­ni­able: nearly one in two Cana­di­ans are ex­pected to be di­ag­nosed with some form of the dis­ease in their life­time, and 206,200 Cana­di­ans are ex­pected to be di­ag­nosed this year alone.

But other statis­tics re­in­force the im­por­tance of giv­ing to or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety (which re­cently merged with the Cana­dian Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion to pool re­sources and im­prove ef­fi­cien­cies): since 1988, more than 179,000 deaths have been avoided as a re­sult of can­cer pre­ven­tion and con­trol ef­forts. Also, the five-year can­cer sur­vival rate has in­creased from 25 per cent in the 1940s to 60 per cent to­day.

These suc­cesses can be at­trib­uted in a large part to ad­vances in re­search and pre­ven­tion funded through the gen­eros­ity of Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety donors, in­clud­ing legacy donors.

Jan­ice Wil­liams, man­ager, es­tate and gift plan­ning, for the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety BC & Yukon, says: “A legacy gift is an op­por­tu­nity to change the fu­ture of can­cer. Donors want to make a dif­fer­ence and I have the op­por­tu­nity to work with them to ful­fill that wish through a char­i­ta­ble be­quest. The strides we're mak­ing to­wards erad­i­cat­ing can­cer and the sup­port pro­grams we of­fer to those liv­ing with can­cer wouldn't be pos­si­ble with­out their gen­eros­ity.”

What could be more uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized as a phil­an­thropic cause than The Sal­va­tion Army? The 152-year-old or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ates in 127 coun­tries and 51 B.C. com­mu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing pro­grams and ser­vices that live up to its fa­mous moniker, Giv­ing Hope To­day.

Vicki Raw, char­i­ta­ble gift ad­vi­sor, planned and ma­jor giv­ing for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, says: “Even the av­er­age cit­i­zen knows we of­fer food, cloth­ing, and shel­ter to those in need, but we also trans­form lives by help­ing peo­ple es­cape do­mes­tic abuse and hu­man traf­fick­ing, as well as get on the path to re­cov­ery from ad­dic­tion.” Most re­cently, the or­ga­ni­za­tion is ac­tive in ev­ery­thing from the B.C. wild­fires to Africa famine relief.

The Sal­va­tion Army's mis­sion is sim­ple: to be a trans­form­ing in­flu­ence in the com­mu­ni­ties it serves. Be­com­ing in­volved is equally sim­ple: the or­ga­ni­za­tion's web­site lists no less than 19 dif­fer­ent ways you can help, from be­com­ing a monthly donor and mak­ing a gift in your will, to cor­po­rate part­ner­ships and ac­tive vol­un­teer work.

Raw con­cludes: “I've worked in the phil­an­thropic field for 22 years and never seen such gen­eros­ity in legacy giv­ing as with The Sal­va­tion Army. Peo­ple know we do good work—and that their gifts truly make a dif­fer­ence.”

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