You can designate your gift in your will to a specific YMCA program or service. As program names and types of services vary over time. YMCA staff would be happy to help you craft the wording for your bequest to take this into consideration.

Endowment Funds

With a gift of $25,000 or greater, you may establish a named endowment in honour of a loved one or in honour of your family.Arrangements can be made with YMCA staff for both current or deferred gifts. Named endowments allow friends and family members to make tribute gifts, in memoriam gifts, and special occasion gifts as well (birthdays and anniversaries).


You can designate the YMCA of Greater Vancouver as the beneficiary of your Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF).

Gifts of Property

You can donate real estate and other large capital items to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver. Prior to doing so it is advisable to contact the YMCA to discuss.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

People  who wish to give to charity by will but also want to ensure that there are enough funds to sustain family and friends for their lifetimes can consider a charitable remainder trust. A trust provides an immediate charitable tax credit.


You can can purchase a charitable annuity that will eventually make a contribution to the YMCA, and in turn receive guaranteed payments for life. The amount of the payments depends on your age and the size of the contribution. Annuities are guaranteed.

Gifts of Securities

You may donate Gifts of Securities to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Foundation. Gifts of Securities are any publicly listed securities such as stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and employee stock options. When you donate Gifts of Securities to our foundation, you pay no capital gains tax on your investments. You will also receive a tax receipt for the entire amount of the gift. To make a donation, please fill out the Security Transfer Form and follow the instructions outlined.

If you’d like to give to the YMCA of Greater Vancouver Foundation, please email giving@gv.ymca.ca or call 604 622 4958.