Planned giving is increasingly popular, for a number of reasons. First, it can take place either during the donor’s lifetime or after death, and it can be sustained over time.
There are also a number of options for getting tax benefits, including charitable bequests, gifts of annuities or trusts, gifts of life insurance, gifts of listed securities, etc.
Planned donations also allow you to support an organization in a tangible and lasting way, and it enables organizations to pursue their mission and better plan their long-term actions.
J.A. DeSève’s foundation: A powerful example of commitment over time Businessman Joseph- Alexandre DeSève is a great model. A passionate admirer of art and filmmaking, as well as a film producer, distributor and exhibitor, Joseph-Alexandre DeSève owned Théâtre St-Denis, and the companies France Film, Renaissance Films Distribution and Télé-Métropole. Upon
his death in 1968, the foundation that bears his name was created. He was one of the first Canadians to set up a charitable trust and to determine in his will how it would be used, so that his estate would be reinvested in the form of financial support in the community.
Still today, the Fondation J.A. DeSève actively continues its work in charity, education, social assistance, and scientific, medical and social research. A number of cultural, health and university institutions have received support from the foundation, including the University of Montréal, Laval University, UQÀM, Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and—for the last 15 years now—the Dominican University College Foundation.
This is one of the Foundation’s primary partnerships. Since 2002, more than a half-million has been invested by DeSève Foundation to create bursaries and support Pastoral teaching.