Epic Opportunities makes a difference by seeing the value of every person, regardless of ability. We believe that everyone has a purpose to fulfill and the right to unconditional acceptance in a community setting.
The Epic Opportunities Foundation, established in 2011, serves as the primary fundraising body for Epic Opportunities. The Foundation’s main goals are to develop an endowment fund to provide stable and long-term support to Epic Opportunities, and to promote community awareness about the necessary and valuable work that Epic Opportunities does. Learn more about the Foundation.
How You Can Help
Donations are used to enhance Epic Opportunities’ services beyond those funded by the government.
You can support the Epic Opportunities Foundation in a number of ways:
- Seed capital
- Contributions in memoriam of people we have supported
- Life insurance
- Transfers from trusts
- Real estate
- Special events
Epic Opportunities Foundation is grateful for any donations by cash, cheque, credit card, gifts-in-kind and online.
Epic Opportunities Foundation is a registered charitable organization and receipts for income tax are issued for all donations over $20. Epic Opportunities also provides recognition for businesses and individuals who provide support.
For more information on the Epic Opportunities Foundation’s activities or on how to become involved in the Foundation contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204.982.4673.
Planned giving, also known as gift planning, is defined as a charitable donation which can be arranged during your lifetime but is not usually available until a future date. It provides future income for non-profits and charities and can include gifts such as cash, equity, property, life insurance or real estate.
The following are some of the planned gifts which enable the Epic Opportunities Foundation to assist individuals with intellectual disabilities to live independently in the community:
A bequest is the act of giving cash or property through the provisions of a will or estate plan and can be made to an individual, institution or charity. A bequest entitles your estate to a tax credit for the final income tax return thereby helping to reduce estate tax liability.
There are two primary types of bequests: unrestricted and restricted.
An unrestricted bequest allows the Epic Opportunities Foundation to use your gift where it is needed most.
A restricted bequest allows you to determine where and how your gift should be used. The three most common types of restricted bequests are general, residual or contingent:
- As part of a general bequest, Epic Opportunities Foundation receives a specified amount of a gift, usually in the form of a cash donation
- As part of a residual bequest, Epic Opportunities Foundation receives all or a percentage of your remaining estate after other specific mandates have been fulfilled (e.g., 25 per cent of the remaining assets)
- As part of a contingent bequest, Epic Opportunities Foundation receives all of or a portion of your estate, only in the event of the prior death of other specified beneficiaries
The donation of stocks, bonds or mutual funds which have appreciated in value is a tax effective way of partnering with Epic Opportunities Foundation. Eligible securities include listed or publically-traded securities, including:
- Stocks and bonds
- Treasury bills
- Warrants and futures traded on approved stock exchanges
- Mutual funds offered by Canadian mutual fund management companies
Gifting a public security to Epic Opportunities Foundation will help to reduce the tax on your capital gain (the difference between what you paid for a security and its current value). By donating a security you receive a charitable tax receipt for its value the same as you would for donating an equal amount in cash.
By providing the gift of a life insurance policy to Epic Opportunities Foundation you will be helping us to address the future needs of the people we support in the community.
By naming the Foundation as owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you will receive a charitable receipt for your premium payments. If the policy has been paid in full, you will receive a charitable receipt for the policy’s current cash surrender value, minus any outstanding loans against it. If money is still owed on your policy, you will receive a charitable receipt for the current value of the policy as well as for subsequent payments.