Over the past 100 years, Easter Seals Ontario donors have demonstrated their shared commitment to helping kids with physical disabilities by including Easter Seals Ontario in their Will. Remembering Easter Seals Ontario in your estate plans can make a substantial and lasting impact on the lives of many kids with disabilities for years to come.
Putting Kids First: Paul’s Story
“I grew up in the Ottawa Valley, one of two boys. Sports consumed most of my life as a kid, and I was lucky enough to attend university on a football scholarship.
I decided to join my local Rotary Club after graduation. And when a spot opened up for our club on the Board for Easter Seals Ontario, I was happy to take it. I didn’t know much about Easter Seals back then – but it didn’t take long for me to become deeply passionate about the cause.
Is there any better reward than seeing a smile on a kid’s face?
I feel immense joy when I visit the Easter Seals camps and see young people with physical disabilities fully participating in every kind of activity or sport you could imagine. You’re watching children transform before your own eyes, and it’s truly remarkable.
In fact, my late wife Alison and I chose to get married at an Easter Seals camp back in 1993. She was a passionate volunteer herself, and I carry her memory with me every day.
Alison and I were inspired by all the kids we met through Easter Seals. In the late 90’s we met a young provincial ambassador named Sarah. She and her mother grew to become more like family than friends to us.
Today, Sarah has overcome countless obstacles to become a well-loved teacher. She’s living proof of my impact as a long-loyal Easter Seals supporter. And I know that by leaving a gift in my Will to Easter Seals, I’ll be helping more children like Sarah grow into capable, successful adults. Perhaps you might be considering this type of giving yourself?
I trust the gift I leave will help change lives for years to come – and I hope someday to be remembered as someone who truly made a difference for others.”
If you think leaving a gift in your Will to Easter Seals is the right choice for you, here’s some information you may need to move forward.
Legal name: The Ontario Society for Crippled Children, operating as Easter Seals Ontario
Charitable ID: 119068377 RR0001
You can use the sample language below to edit your existing Will rather than beginning entirely anew. Easter Seals Ontario strongly recommends talking to a lawyer or estate planner prior to confirming your legacy to Easter Seals Ontario. Professional advice ensures that your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed, and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances.
Sample Will Language:
I give, devise and bequeath to The Ontario Society for Crippled Children, operating as Easter Seals Ontario the sum of $_________ to be used for any purpose(s) approved by the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Ontario. The receipt of the person who professes to be the Director of Finance & Administration or other proper officer for the time being of Easter Seals Ontario shall be sufficient discharge thereof.
For more planned giving information or to have a confidential conversation about your philanthropic goals, please contact Kate Douglas:
1.800.668.6252 | 416.421.8377
Easter Seals Ontario strongly recommends professional advice to ensure that your financial goals are considered, your tax situation reviewed and your planned gift is tailored to your circumstances. Making a planned gift involves preparation and planning. Planned gifts should always be part of your estate and/or financial planning process.