Posts by Anne Beifuss

Spring Forward Your Giving

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Despite our very snowy and cold weather of late, turning my clock forward on Saturday was a nice reminder that Spring is actually on the way. That means it’s almost time to tackle those jobs around the house I often put off. Cleaning out the garage. Painting the living room. Organizing the digital photos we’ve…

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Donating Securities to Charity

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Why donate publicly traded securities to charity? Historically, donations to charities have been in the form of cash (cheque, e-transfer or credit card). However, as people discover the benefits of donating publicly traded securities (stocks, bonds or mutual funds), these in-kind gifts are gaining prominence as a tax effective way to donate versus cash gifts.…

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Passion for Giving, Passed Down Through Generations

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For Alain Reimer, learning to be generous started when he was a child. “We were taught that giving was just a part of life,” he says of what his parents told their children. On Sundays, when the family attended church, he remembers being given money to put in the Sunday school offering. “If we had…

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Sometimes Love is Half a Sandwich

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I never would have thought it, but one of the best lessons of love I ever learned was taught by a man with half a sandwich. More than thirty years ago, I spent a few summers on a construction crew. The work was hard, and the days were long. The pay was okay, but like…

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Generations of Giving

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Evelyn is an avid volunteer and gives to various charities. Most of her holidays are spent with teams of shoe box distributors: building water filters for homes, providing medical services in needy communities, and supporting agriculture projects (food always in the home). “After annually packing shoe boxes, I was curious about the distribution at the…

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January Newsletter

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A new year with new beginnings January blows in on the heels of the busy Christmas season, bringing with it new year’s resolutions and colder weather. It also provides us an opportunity to pause and reflect on our own goals and attitudes. Whether you are taking in the new year from the top of the…

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A Legacy of Love

Arthur and Beverly* were in love. It had taken years to understand the depth of their connection, but they had found it and cherished it. Then, tragedy struck. A story like theirs needs to be remembered and honoured. This is how their legacy continues. A Difficult Family Separation Neither Arthur nor Beverley could pinpoint a…

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A Snowfall of Generosity

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There had been another large snowfall. The expectant mom sat in her car, gripping the steering wheel and trying not to cry while her toddler wailed in the back seat. They were new to the neighbourhood, and with her husband out of town, it had already been a long week of cold weather. And now…

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Giving a Gift for Now and Later

I love the thrill of giving a gift. Hearing a child’s exclamation of joy. Or, watching a tear run down a loved one’s cheek. There’s a sense of satisfaction, knowing the gift will be enjoyed throughout the year, or even longer. Every family has their own holiday gift exchange traditions. Some sit together, watching one…

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December 2018

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The joyful season of giving Last week, we shared a quote by essayist Hamilton Wright Mabie, who said, “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” Christmas is a time when the idea to love our neighbours is a nation-wide call to be generous. As you read this month’s blog…

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