Together we can save lives
The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie receives partial funding from the Ontario Government. However, this funding does not cover all of our operating costs and can vary with a change of government. Therefore, we rely on the generosity of members of the community who donate money, household or food items, leave bequests, or plan a third party fundraising event on behalf of the shelter.
There are a variety of ways that our donors can support the shelter and the women and children who we serve. If you are interested in donating to the shelter, contact us!
Other ways to Give
Charitable giving can combine a sense of personal satisfaction with significant financial benefits through tax credits, tax deductions, or for businesses. Through planned giving you can support the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Your gift will leave an enduring legacy that will improve the lives of women and children in the community.
Your tax deductible donation can be made on a monthly or annual basis, and will help us continue to provide quality service to women and children in our community. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie by cash, credit card or cheque, you may either make an appointment to drop off the donation directly at the shelter at 705-792-2188 or email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary Donations & Gift Cards
A gift of cash is one of the most common ways to make a charitable gift. We always welcome donations of cash, whether big or small. Some employers may match charitable gifts made by current and retired employees, an effective way to increase the impact of your donation.
The women who come to our door come with a variety of complex needs. The shelter supports each woman individually meeting each need 100% despite cost or complexity. Gift cards are an essential piece to the shelter’s budget as it allows us to purchase what we need, when we need it.
We can meet multiple dietary needs, purchase cold medication during flu season, make those immediate personal care purchases, and in doing so give each woman back her power. Gift cards are not a hand out. They are a means to support and empower women in shelter as they work rebuild their lives.
Become a Monthly Donor – Support our Shelter Me Campaign
Your tax-deductible donation can be made on a monthly basis and will help us continue to provide quality service to women and children in our community. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Women and Children’s Shelter you may donate online Here
Due to health and safety regulations, we are only able to accept donations of new items directly at the shelter.
- Full sized toiletries: razors, shampoo, conditioner, body wash deodorants, toilet paper, tampons, baby wash etc.
- Food items: canned goods, dry food, milk, cheese, yogurt, meats, lunch items, school safe snacks, produce, pre-made dinner donations, baked goods
- Everyday items: new single and double sized bedding, pillows, towels, small household appliances, cleaning supplies, art supplies, etc.
A charitable bequest is a gift in your Will that the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie receives after your death. Remembering someone in your will is a very personal and meaningful gift. Consult with Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie before establishing your bequest to ensure your wishes can be carried out as directed in your Will.
RRSP or RRIF
Insurance is one of the most flexible planned giving options available. You can make the Women & Children’s Shelter a beneficiary of your insurance policy or retirement fund. All or a portion of an RRSP and RRIF can be designated directly to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie for payment following your death. Assets can be transferred directly to the agency, providing savings on probate and other estate fees. It is also possible to make the RRIF or RRSP payable to your estate and to gift all or a portion to Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie as a bequest.
By using life insurance, you can make a significant gift to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie with a minimal outlay of current savings or income. There are many ways that life insurance can be used to structure charitable gifts, but here are the two most popular:
You can donate a new or existing policy by transferring ownership to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Upon transfer, the agency will issue a charitable tax receipt for the cash surrender value. In addition, you will receive a charitable tax receipt for any premium payments you make following the transfer if the policy is not yet fully paid for. This gift is irrevocable and creates tax benefits for you during your lifetime. Therefore, your estate will not receive a charitable tax receipt when the policy proceeds are paid to the Women & Children’s Shelter after your death.
Alternatively, you can designate the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie as the beneficiary of a policy without transferring ownership of the policy. On your death, the agency will receive the policy proceeds and your estate will receive a charitable tax receipt. In this situation, your premium payments are not eligible for a charitable tax receipt. The policy proceeds will go directly to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie and will not be subject to probate and other estate fees. The beneficiary designation is revocable and can be changed at any time.
Stocks or Securities
Gifts of public shares or mutual funds are a tax effective way of giving if the securities have a capital gain and they are transferred directly to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie. Donating your stocks or securities can decrease your annual taxable income. The donor receives a charitable tax receipt for the full market value of the gifted securities, but for tax purposes none of the capital gain is included in the donor’s income.
Tribute or Memorial
When we lose someone we love we often want to honour their lives and their importance to us through a tribute or memorial in their name. Make a gift to the Women & Children’s Shelter in memory of a loved one or friend.
Gifts of Tangible Personal Property
Donors can make contributions to the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie through gifts of personal property. An independent appraisal by a qualified appraiser is required for gifts valued over $1,000. These gifts may be subject to special rules under the Income Tax Act. It is important to consult with the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie as well as your legal and tax advisors to assist you in making an appropriate gift.
Other Special Gifts
There are other types of gifts, such as real estate and private company shares and debt, all of which have special legal and tax considerations. It is important to consult with the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie as well as your legal and tax advisors to assist you in making an appropriate gift. Through the Support a Family Program, your gift provides food, shelter, counselling, social activities, and many other supports to meet the needs of a woman and her children while they are in the shelter. Or you can sponsor a child or youth who has witnessed or experienced violence in their home.