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Our gift planning consultants and leadership team love sharing their stories and expertise with you. We hope you can take a moment to enjoy these posts again or discover something new as we share some of our most loved blogs from the past year. The count is in and the most read blogs of 2019…

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difficult conversation

Wise will planning is much more than just dividing assets after you die or thinking about charitable bequests. The type of assets you have, your values, the needs of your loved ones and the type of relationship you have with them must all be considered in your planning. That is part of what makes conversations…

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December Newsletter

A Deeper Connection This month, Darren continues his legacy giving series with a post about having hard conversations when it comes to your final wishes. We also look at preparing for the holidays and share a beautiful story of generosity from some of our clients. Read the December Generosity Matters Newsletter >

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KITCHENER, ON, December 9, 2019:  Abundance Canada, a donor-advised public foundation, announces the appointment of Rachel Niessen to its leadership team as Director of Finance. Niessen will succeed Rick Braun-Janzen, who will transition into the position of Director of Gift Planning at Abundance Canada. Niessen joins Abundance Canada with a wealth of experience in the…

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Rodger and Carol

When Rodger and Carol Woods chose to add shares in a new company to their investment portfolio, they hoped for a decent growth rate and maybe even some future dividends. The investment performed just well enough to stay in their portfolio, but never really took off. They never imagined such a dud would one day…

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holiday party

Growing up, hospitality was very important to Gordon Baergen’s family. His father was a Mennonite minister, so they often had visiting missionaries stay with them and people from the church stop by unannounced. “Our home was always open to whoever wanted to come,” remembers Gordon, “Back then, generosity … was giving what we had ……

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Generosity in Action This month, we share more stories of clients living out their generosity. We believe that generosity matters, so let’s look at how we can increase its impact to support the causes we love. Read the November Generosity Matters newsletter >

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Upsize your giving

Anna* was ready to downsize a lot of things in her life. At 75 years old and widowed, she knew she was better off making changes while she could still manage everything. After some careful planning, she began scaling back her house, her vehicle, and even her extensive volunteer commitments. Meanwhile, her charitable giving happened…

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Steve Brandt

As a young entrepreneur, Steve Brandt didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about how he could be generous. He had grown up in a Christian home and during that time had seen his parents give faithfully to their local church and to those in need. However, starting a livestock transportation business from scratch took…

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Sherlock Friesen

Sherlock Friesen is a long-time Abundance Canada client. He follows a well-thought out Generosity Plan™ that includes making regular charitable donations from his Gifting Fund™. This methodical approach to charitable giving suits his analytical nature. He’s the first to admit that he rarely added an additional dollar to his grocery bill at the checkout nor…

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