Wall of gen­eros­ity

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The Winch­ester Dis­trict Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion’s Donor Wall is one of the first things that vis­i­tors see when they come into the hos­pi­tal lobby.

It’s a place to hon­our and rec­og­nize those who have given out­stand­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port to lo­cal health care close to home. Now, a new sec­tion on the site also rec­og­nizes those who have made a de­ci­sion to give a planned gift.

Planned gifts are a way for donors to help make their hopes and dreams for WDMH come true. The most com­mon type of planned gift is a dona­tion in a will, but there are many other types like a life in­surance pol­icy, an RRSP or RRIF or pub­licly traded se­cu­ri­ties.

“For those who have ever wished they could do some­thing, or some­thing more, for their lo­cal hos­pi­tal, or for those who would like to pay less taxes now or through their es­tate, a planned gift is some­thing to se­ri­ously con­sider,” ex­plains Kristen Cas­sel­man, the Foun­da­tion’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. “Be­cause of Canada’s gen­er­ous tax sys­tem when it comes to char­i­ta­ble giv­ing, it’s pretty amaz­ing what some­one can achieve for them- selves, their fam­ily and WDMH with a well-planned gift.”

No one is ob­li­gated to share his or her plans with the foun­da­tion. How­ever, by do­ing so, the foun­da­tion is able to in­vite planned giv­ing donors into its So­ci­ety of Com­pas­sion­ate Care For­ever. This is a way for Foun­da­tion staff and vol­un­teers to ex­press their grat­i­tude to donors. Re­gard­less of the planned gift amount, one of the ben­e­fits of the so­ci­ety is the op­tion for donors to have their name pub­lished on the new donor wall. “It’s very mean­ing­ful for us to be able to thank and rec­og­nize peo­ple for what they are do­ing for lo­cal health care at WDMH. Our new donor wall will help with that,” adds Ms. Cas­sel­man.

“Your life’s legacy is im­por­tant, and some­thing worth think­ing about and plan­ning for,” she says. “We are hon­oured and grate­ful to work with donors who are giv­ing a planned gift to the Foun­da­tion in sup­port of WDMH. Thank you to ev­ery­one who is con­sid­er­ing a planned gift and to those who al­ready have.”

Visit www.wdmh­foun­da­tion.ca for more in­for­ma­tion.

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