Ways to give
Since 2008, Empowerment Squared has turned community support, partnerships, donor gifts and thousands of volunteer hours into life-changing programs. Through innovation in education, sports, and the development of social skills we have empowered over 3,000 newcomer and racialized youth, families, and communities in Canada and across the world. Through the power of learning and mentorship, we continue to help thousands more to recognize their abilities and realize their dreams.
Empowerment Squared is a responsive, community-based organization that is agile and adaptable to emerging community needs and innovations. As such, we rely heavily on donations to facilitate improvements to program design, development and expansion. We are committed to accountability and have provided audited financial statements since our inception as a charity, and also widely distribute an annual report to inform and engage our stakeholders and hold ourselves responsible for performance.
Ways to give
Donating online is a simple, direct, and secure way to give. For one-time donations made online, your tax receipt will be sent by email immediately following the completion of your transaction. If you would like to discuss a gift with a member of our team, please contact Lisa-Marie Smith at 289.214.1036.
When you give a monthly gift, you’re choosing to stand alongside us to show children and communities who need our help that you’ll never stop caring. This ongoing support means we can forecast our support and continue to provide and expand programs and services. Each month (on the date of your choosing), we’ll withdraw your donation directly from your debit or credit card and put it straight to work. You can change or cancel your support at any time.
Plan a Legacy Gift
Including Empowerment Squared in your will is a way to make a lasting difference to a cause that matters to you. It’s a way to ensure that Empowerment Squared is able to continue its important work, and will provide a way to ease the tax implications that come with the transfer of your estate to surviving relatives.
When planning your will, it’s important to decide your personal goals and the needs of your beneficiaries. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will specifying what gifts are to be made to family members, friends or Empowerment Squared as part of your estate plan.
A bequest in a will to Empowerment Squared can provide a tax credit against up to 100% of the donor’s income in the year of the donor’s death and may be applied to prior and/or future returns. If you would like to learn more about making a lasting gift to Empowerment Squared, click here. If you have already made a gift and would like to let us know, click here.
Other ways to give
Host a fundraising activity
No matter how big or small, your fundraising can make a difference for children and families who depend on Empowerment Squared. Individual, groups, and corporate supporters can host events, initiatives, or other types of independent fundraising activities. To help us understand how we can support you in your fundraising endeavours, please complete the Third Party Fundraising Agreement, or reach out to a team member.
Empowering youth through education is a wise investment! There are many ways you can align your brand with Empowerment Squared. These include supporting a program, sponsoring an event, hosting your own fundraising event, donating auction items and more! Reach out to our team to discuss getting your company involved.
Donating appreciated stocks or mutual funds is the most tax-effective way to make an outright gift during your lifetime or as part of a legacy gift. Transferring your appreciated securities to Empowerment Squared is easy. Contact Lisa-Marie Smith at (289) 214-1036 if you need assistance or have any questions about this process.
Benefits of making a gift of securities to Empowerment Squared:
- A charitable tax receipt will be issued for the fair market value of the securities
- No capital gains tax owing if gifted to a public charity
- Satisfaction of seeing your donation put to good use
- A not-needed asset is removed from your portfolio and converted to a charitable gift
Note: The information on this page can help facilitate discussions between you and your advisor. It is not intended as legal or financial advice. We encourage you to consult a qualified professional.