Other than leaving a gift in my will, what are the other ways to leave a lasting gift to The Salvation Army?

What wording should I ask my lawyer to include in my will to ensure that my wishes will be followed after my passing?

  • The Salvation Army will accept unrestricted gifts, as well as gifts restricted for specific programs and purposes, provided that such gifts are consistent with its stated mission, purposes, and priorities.Unrestricted gifts are used to support the work of The Salvation Army throughout Canada and around the world.

    Gifts may be restricted to specific Salvation Army programs/purposes or communities throughout Canada and established programs The Salvation Army operates in the developing world.

    Here are statements we recommend be included in your will:

    I give, devise and bequeath to The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada…

    • the sum of $ _____ OR
    • my property known as _________ OR
    • ____% of the residue of my estate OR
    • the residue of my estate, for its sole use and purposes OR

    Should you wish to designate your gift to benefit a specific location, social service, or church ministry, then you should add: It is my preference that this gift be used for ________________.

If I don’t designate my gift to a specific area, where does it go?

  • All unrestricted bequest gifts are allocated to The Salvation Army’s national budget and are used to fund Salvation Army services across Canada.

How does The Salvation Army handle bequests that are specified for a particular Salvation Army program or geographic area?

  • All gifts are allocated in accordance with the exact wording in the will.We recommend that you speak with a Salvation Army Gift Planner if you are considering restricting your gift for use in a particular program or geographic area. This will enable us to confirm with you or your advisor that the Army operates such a program or has operations in the geographic location you wish to specify.

    In cases where an executor or other interested party brings more information regarding the donor’s intent to our attention that will be taken into consideration in allocating the gift.

    In the absence of specific direction in the donor’s will:

    • Restricted bequests of $10,000 or below are directed to the annual operating budget of a particular location, or a specific capital or program purpose identified by the donor.
    • Restricted bequest gifts in excess of $10,000 are allocated to the specified location, program or purpose. These gifts are held in a reserve account and are typically used to cover approved capital expenditures by the location or program/purpose specified, unless the donor has directed that they be used to cover operating expenses.

What if I change my mind? Can I change how I’ve designated my bequest gift?

  • If you have included a specific direction within your will and change your mind as to how you want your gift to be directed, all that is required is that you ask your lawyer to add a codicil to your will outlining how you wish your bequest to be used. The original will, together with the codicil, represent your new will.

What if a Salvation Army program I’ve specified in my will is discontinued by the time I pass away – where would my donation go?

  • If you use our recommended wording for gift specification in your will (eg. it is my preference that …), The Salvation Army will be able to apply your gift to any successor program, or to as similar a program as possible without going to court.If the gift has a mandatory usage which we cannot honour, then we have to go to court to get it changed to something as close as possible to the donor’s intent. The legal costs associated with this are deducted from the gift which is not something that we or our donors wish to see.

Why do you ask people to make a bequest to “The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada”, rather than just to “The Salvation Army”?

  • The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada is the corporate trustee body set up to hold assets and perform contracting for The Salvation Army so that is why we recommend this wording. The term, “The Salvation Army” also still works, but the Governing Council will be the entity which will sign on behalf of The Salvation Army.

Will my bequest be used to support the work of the local Salvation Army Community Church (Corps)?

  • If you clearly indicate in your will that you wish your donation to be directed to the local Salvation Army Community Church (Corps), your gift will be allocated to that church, as you intended, to be used as you wish.

Does The Salvation Army accept gifts of cemetery plots?

  • No. Since we cannot make use of such gifts, we would have to sell them. This would be extremely time consuming and result in little revenue to support Salvation Army services. We recommend that individuals sell unwanted/unneeded plots to the Cemetery.

I am now in my late 80’s. Many years ago, I took out a life insurance policy, naming The Salvation Army as beneficiary of my policy. I can no longer afford to pay the premiums. Will The Salvation Army agree to continue payments on this policy?

  • The Salvation Army considers such requests on a case by case basis. For the most part, we will not assume responsibility for outstanding premium payments. We normally recommend that the individual cash in such a policy and donate the proceeds to The Salvation Army. The charitable tax receipt issued can be used to offset income taxes payable.If you have gifted an insurance policy, naming The Salvation Army as owner and beneficiary, then The Salvation Army would cash out the policy and use the funds to support its programs, as outlined within the insurance policy.

My lawyer has asked me for the correct Salvation Army charitable registration # to include in my will. What # should I provide?

  • The Salvation Army is a registered charitable organization. The principal charity is Territorial Headquarters and each local Salvation Army ministry unit is an associated charity. While many locations of The Salvation Army may receive gifts of cash, equipment and tangible goods, they do not have the administrative resources to properly record certain types of gifts.We recommend that the Territorial Headquarters Charitable Registration # 10795-1618-RR0001 be used as all gifts received through wills, life insurance, annuities, securities and endowments/trusts are administered through The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters to ensure efficient processing and allocation of gifts as directed by the donor.