The Unexpected Comfort of Giving

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My mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. We were told her condition was treatable, but not curable. To say the diagnosis hit Mom and the rest of the family hard is an understatement. Statistics[1] hold that most Canadians know all too well the flood of emotions that accompany this news. In addition to new…

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Charitable Giving Strategies for Business Owners

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In this podcast, Brian Hilt, BA, CFP of Seedtime & Harvest Wealth Counsel interviews Abundance Canada’s Marlow Gingerich on Charitable Giving Strategies for Business Owners. There is a lot of great information on ways to give. We encourage you to check it out! Access the podcast here: *Run-time is 40:31

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A New Perspective

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This Wednesday, Canadian neighbourhoods will be filled with kids in costumes heading door to door in search of Halloween candy. Treats will be prepared, bells will be rung, doors will be opened, and sweets will be doled out. Whether or not Halloween activities are part of your autumn traditions, this model of giving can be…

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Beyond the Thanksgiving Table

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This time of year was always special to me when I was a kid. Thanksgiving meant a big turkey dinner at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, complete with stuffing and all the fixings. Grandma would cook the food, and Grandpa’s job was to carve the turkey with the electric knife. And oh, the desserts! There was…

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The Benefits of Planned Giving


Originally published in Wealth Professional Canada. Issue 6.08, October 2018. An interview with Darren Pries-Klassen on incorporating planned giving into a conversation with your professional advisor, or their clients.

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From Hosting to Hospitality


Learn from a simpler time Growing up, hospitality was very important to Abundance Canada client Gordon Baergen’s family. His father was a Mennonite minister, so they often had missionaries on furlough stay with them and people from the congregation stop by unannounced. “Our home was always open to whoever wanted to come,” remembers Gordon. “Back…

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Freedom to Take the Time to Decide

Making Decisions

From the time we are young, we are taught that decisions about money are not to be taken lightly. We need to take the time to decide where our hard-earned money is going to go. Whether it is saving up for a bike, car or home, life experience familiarizes us with the pillars of financial…

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Impacting Generations


For some, the high school years are the best of their lives, while for others they are a gauntlet to be endured. And yet, no matter what our high school experience is like, the lessons learned in those halls and classrooms often impact our lives long beyond graduation. Abundance Canada client Robert Konrad has stayed…

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Building a Foundation in Financial Literacy

By Darren Pries Klassen, CEO This week, children across the country are starting a new school year. Whether it is the first day of kindergarten or the last year of High School, every family approaches this new beginning with the sincere hope that these lessons are leading to a successful future. Financial literacy education, or…

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Unexpected Truth: Lessons from a Thai Refugee Camp


By Brad Friesen, Gift Planning Consultant Back in 1988, my wife and I chaperoned 17 high school students on a trip to visit refugee camps in Thailand. We thought the students would learn about missions and life outside of Canada. We had no idea the experience would change us forever. Our first stop in Thailand…

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