Join The DMRF Canada Legacy Society

Join The DMRF Canada Legacy Society

The DMRF Canada Legacy Society was created to recognize those who have made a lifetime commitment in the battle against dystonia.

Please contact Executive Director Stefanie Ince at stefanieince@dystoniacanada.org or 1-800-361-8061 if you are considering making a bequest to the DMRF Canada in your will or would like to discuss any of the planned giving options below.

Wills and Bequests Bequest gifts are the simplest of planned gifts.

A bequest is simply a statement in a will that stipulates a gift to an individual or organization. All donations– including bequest gifts - will enable the DMRF Canada to continue to move forward in its mission to find a cure and to serve those affected by this debilitating disorder. When making your gift, please note that the legal name of the DMRF Canada is "the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada."

The general bequest is probably the most popular type of bequest and is usually stated as a designated dollar amount. (Example: I leave to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the sum of $50,000.)

A specific bequest may designate a particular item to be donated. (Example: I leave to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2000 shares of XYZ stock.) (Or, I leave to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada my savings account #23456 at (name of your bank).

A residual bequest is used to give all -- or a portion of -- one's estate after specific and general bequests are distributed. (Example: [after specifying any items or amounts to other beneficiaries] I give the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.)

A percentage bequest allows the amount to be distributed to the DMRF Canada to grow over the years as the estate grows. (Example: [after specifying any items or amounts to other beneficiaries] I give to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 50% of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate.)

A contingent bequest is one that will take effect only if the primary intention cannot be met or if a beneficiary predeceases the donor. (Example: In the event that ____ predeceases me, I direct that the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, receive his/her designated bequest.)

Samples of language that you may want to consider (in consultation with your advisor) are as follows:

• Unrestricted: "to be used for the benefit of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada as is its Board of Directors may determine."

• Endowment: "to become part of the general endowment of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada."

• Memorial Fund: "to establish a fund known as the _____ Memorial Fund. The Board of Directors of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada, at its discretion, shall determine the use of the income for any purpose. Said Board of Directors may authorize the expenditure of all or any part of the principal of the Fund for some project or special purpose, provided that an appropriate recognition be made in the name of ______ ."

• A specific purpose: "to be used for the purpose of (be specific) or if such use, in the judgment of the Board of Directors of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, is or shall become impractical or unwise, then for such purpose as said Board shall determine." Life Insurance Gift You can name the DMRF Canada as the primary beneficiary of part or all of your life insurance policy. Ask your insurance professional to help you make the Foundation your beneficiary.