Legal Wording

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.

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.