Ways to Leave a Legacy

A planned gift makes a lasting impact for the people and places you most value in your life. By making a planned gift to the Henri Nouwen Society, you will leave a legacy of your belief in the value of Henri’s spirituality and his vision for change in the world through compassion and social justice.

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 Top 10 Ways to Leave a Legacy

  1. Prepare a will. Without a will you lose control over your property at death.
  2. Leave a gift in your will for the Henri Nouwen Society. Imagine the positive impact for those who will seek, learn and share Henri’s writings and teachings if everyone made a gift from their estate to the Henri Nouwen Society and other similar not-for-profit organizations.
  3. Leave a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the assets in your will to the Henri Nouwen Society.
  4. Consider using assets for your charitable gift. These include but are not limited to cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, term deposits, real estate, vehicles, art, jewelry, or insurance. Such gifts may even provide tax savings.
  5. Name the Henri Nouwen Society as a beneficiary of your RRSP, RRIF or pension.
  6. Name the Henri Nouwen Society as the beneficiary of an existing or paid-up life insurance policy.
  7. Purchase a new life insurance policy naming the Henri Nouwen Society as the beneficiary.
  8. Remember loved ones with memorial gifts.
  9. Encourage family and friends to leave gifts to the Henri Nouwen Society in their wills.
  10. Ask your financial or estate planning advisor to include charitable giving as part of their counsel to clients.


For more information about planned gift opportunities and including the Henri Nouwen Society in your estate plans, contact Colette Halferty, Director of Philanthropy & Special Events, via email or telephone at 1-866-226-2158.