Leave a Legacy For Generations to Come

Make brighter futures for women and girls part of your legacy. Create lasting impact tomorrow by leaving a gift in your Will today.

Why leave a gift in your Will?

A gift in your Will to Cuso is an undeniable commitment to reducing poverty and empowering people. Your generosity will be vital in creating a planet that is equitable and sustainable for each and every person, especially women and girls. This level of impact doesn’t happen in a day. It happens over a lifetime.

This is an unprecedented time in our collective experience, and we know that our donors and the people who care deeply about our mission are intensely impacted by the global pandemic, as are our volunteers, our staff, our partners and the people we serve around the world. Donors have been reaching out to discuss their own personal values as expressed through a future gift in their Will and we are so thankful for this expression of generosity and action.

Something in you changes

Nancy grew up in Montreal. Images of the Vietnam War that she saw on the television as a teen left a deep impression on her. This imagery stayed with her and as a result, she developed a strong sense of inequity and injustice.

It wasn’t surprising then, that Nancy became very interested in Cuso and their work while she was at University. However, at that time, Cuso required nurses to have two years of post-graduate clinical experience before they could be placed overseas. So, although Nancy was ready to sign up, she wasn’t qualified just yet. That chance came four years later after she’d worked as a pediatric nurse in Vancouver, had taught nursing in Australia and had practiced as a Public Health Nurse in rural Newfoundland.

Finally, Nancy’s time for a Cuso placement came, with so much to offer, she applied and was accepted. She was placed in Sierra Leone where she stayed for three years before coming back to Canada to complete a Master’s degree. A year later, she went back to Sierra Leone for evaluation and research work.

When Nancy reflects back on her experience, she’s profound in her thoughts. “Something in you changes,” she says. “You go over as a citizen of the globe. You become a global citizen while you’re there. And, when you come back, you’re a global ambassador.” Nancy is currently writing about her Cuso experiences in a memoir.

“When it came time to update my Will a number of years ago, leaving a gift to Cuso was an obvious choice. That’s because Cuso’s been such a big part of my life and my heart. Not only have I been a volunteer for over 40 years, I am also a donor. Cuso is almost part of my family!”

Nora is committed to ending poverty

As a psychiatric social worker, Nora Wilson spent several years as a young woman working in Kenya conducting home visits and assessing children and adults in mental health clinics. She remembers the day a monsoon hit while she met with families living in poverty. Almost all the homes, made of cardboard and plastic, were washed away. "That experience deeply affected me and reaffirmed my commitment to Cuso and ending poverty. I've been giving to Cuso for 30 years, and by adding a gift in my Will I'm ensuring future generations can benefit from Cuso's good work."

Ways to leave a legacy

A residual gift fulfills all other commitments of your estate (such as gifts to loved ones) first. Then, the remainder is given to Cuso.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International one hundred per cent (100%) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate for its general purposes.”

This allows you to divide your estate into equal portions, with a specific portion as a charitable gift. This way, Cuso can be treated like an additional family member in your estate plans.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International ___ per cent of the value of my estate to be used for its general purposes.”

A fixed amount allows you to give a specific dollar amount. This is a good option for those who feel confident in their estate’s ability to meet all their priorities and commitments.

If you wish to amend an existing Will to include Cuso International, here is sample codicil language you can consider in consultation with your financial planner: “I give to Cuso International the sum of $____ to be used for its general purposes.”

Life insurance is an asset you may not think of donating until you hear how simple and powerful it can be for both the people we support and for your estate. A gift of life insurance is an affordable way to make a real difference.

Ways to donate life insurance:

  • Transfer ownership of a paid-up policy with Cuso International named as beneficiary. You can receive a current charitable tax receipt for fair market value of the policy or defer the tax receipt to your estate.
  • Transfer ownership of a partially paid-up policy with Cuso International named as beneficiary. You will receive a charitable tax receipt for fair market value of the policy and an annual tax receipt for your on-going premium payments.
  • Take out a new policy with Cuso International as owner and beneficiary, and receive an annual charitable tax receipt for on-going premium payments.
  • Assign Cuso International as the beneficiary of your individual or workplace policy. Your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Sample language and charitable number

I deliver, pay or transfer the sum of $_____ (___% share of the estate) to Cuso International currently located at 44 Eccles Street, Suite 200, Ottawa, ON K1R 6S4, for its general purposes. The receipt of an appropriate officer of Cuso International shall be a sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

Charitable number #81111 6813 RR0001

We are here to support you every step of the way

If a legacy of strong communities, healthy families and stable livelihoods is something that speaks to you, connect with us today. Please contact Laurie Buske toll-free at 1.888.434.2876 ext. 263 or by email at laurie.buske@cusointernational.org.

Legal Name: Cuso International
Charitable Registration Number (CAN): 81111 6813 RR0001
Charitable Registration Number (USA): EIN 30-0545486