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Planned Giving

Leaving a legacy helps loved one's memory live on.
Marie-José Baracat was a passionate artist and teacher. She spent her life generously giving to her family, her students and strangers. During her years as a teacher, she quietly gave back to the community. She would often stay late after school to help students and would bring extra school supplies for those who did not have their own. When diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2003, Marie-José continued to help others and used her art to help cope with the pain of treatments. Three months before her passing, she sat down with her daughter, Karen, and showed her a lifetime of art work. Marie-José realized that she didn't have much time left and wanted to be able to continue giving back long after her passing. She asked Karen to sell her art work and donate the proceeds to continue to help children and families. 
Karen has volunteered at United Way for more than four years, and has expressed her respect and appreciation for the organization. Her mother, Marie- José, also felt a special connection to United Way and our priority of helping children and families succeed. It only seemed natural to partner with United Way to ensure that Marie-José's determination to help others would live on. Karen donates the proceeds from the sale of her mother's art to United Way's Tomorrow FundTM. The Tomorrow FundTM ensures that United Way is able to make an impact on future generations of people from Windsor and Essex County. The donation is not spent and the interest earned is used to support current and new programs.
"The support of The Tomorrow FundTM is our way of showing just how important the United Way is not only for today, but for children and families of tomorrow," said Karen. "This was one of my mother's greatest passions and United Way's priority of Positioning Kids and Families for Success directly aligns with my mother's values," Even though Marie-José is no longer with us today, her generosity lives on in her family's heart, her artwork and in the special legacy to United Way. Please consider leaving a legacy gift to United Way's Tomorrow FundTM, just like Marie-José. No matter how small the gift, you too can make a positive impact on so many in our community for many years to come through United Way.
The Tomorrow FundTM
To learn why Debbie and David Meloche decided to leave a gift to the Tomorrow FundTM, click here
The Tomorrow FundTM is a pool of capital funds from which the interest income is used to provide financial resources for future community needs services.
A gift to the Tomorrow FundTM allows individuals to leave a lasting legacy that will ensure the future well-being of our community. The Tomorrow FundTM continues giving beyond your lifetime, and ensures that your generosity makes a lasting impression on our community well into the future.
Participation in the Tomorrow FundTM is easy and flexible with giving options that include:
  • Bequest under your will
  • Appreciated property and securities
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Charitable life insurance
  • Charitable remainder trust
  • Pooled income fund
  • In memoriam gifts
All donations to the Tomorrow FundTM fully qualify for charitable tax credits provided by the federal and provincial governments.
There are a number of financial benefits of gift giving:
  • Reduction or elimination of capital gains tax on appreciate assets
  • Enhancement of after tax returns on invested capital
  • Retention of the life use of a donated asset while still receiving a current tax credit
  • Reduction of estate costs
Your legal or financial advisor can guide you in choosing the best way to make a gift that fulfills your needs and provides maximum tax benefits.

For more information regarding the Tomorrow FundTM, please contact Andrew Bothamley, Director of Finance and Operations for United Way Windsor-Essex at (519) 258-0000 ext. 1144 or


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