Leave a gift in your will
Consider a gift in a will to support our future humanitarian responses. A legacy gift is a powerful way to ensure medical care continues where the need is greatest, for generations to follow.
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Being ready to act during a crisis takes preparation. That’s why we’re asking you to consider joining us and other supporters in preparing for the future by including MSF in your will.
“When it came time to make our will, we wanted to support an organization that would be around in the future and would concretely impact people’s lives. For us it was easy to put MSF at the top of our list.”
Judy and Steve
“Considering my family background and growing up in a relatively privileged position, the question is why would I not donate? It would feel really wrong not to act.”
“For me, this legacy gift is my contribution so MSF can keep bringing a little bit of light and hope in the world.”
Many of our supporters are surprised to know they can leave a larger gift through their estate than they could during their lifetime. To measure the impact of your future gift, use our impact calculator below.
Legacy impact calculator
Fill out a future amount you might consider leaving MSF, and then select one of the ways leaving that gift might be possible. Click “MY IMPACT” to see how your legacy could help MSF respond to emergencies in more than 70 countries worldwide.
How to leave a legacy to MSF
Leaving a gift in your will to Doctors Without Borders is simple. It can be included in your will by naming Doctors Without Borders as a beneficiary. Your gift can be residual, a percentage of the remainder of your estate after all your other provisions have been made, or specific, a fixed amount or percentage of cash, securities, or property.
When preparing your Will, please note that our legal name is: Doctors Without Borders Canada/Médecins Sans Frontières Canada 551 Adelaide Street West Toronto, ON M5V 0N8 Charitable Registration No: 13527 5857 RR0001
Download our free brochure to learn more about leaving a legacy of medical humanitarian care for people around the world.
Wills and codicils
Find further information about legal wording for your wills and codicils, including sample bequest wording.
Benefits of a charitable bequest
Leaving a gift in your will can provide tax benefits that will be passed on to your heirs. When you donate to Doctors Without Borders through your will, the gift can be claimed against 100% of net income on the final two lifetime tax returns. In some instances, making a charitable donation can offset taxes, ensuring that gifts to family and friends are worth more.
Adding MSF to an existing will
If you already have a will, it is easy to include MSF by adding a codicil. A codicil is an additional legal document that lets you amend your will without needing to re-write it. Please ask your lawyer for more information on using a codicil to include MSF in your estate planning.
Write your will today
MSF has partnered with Willfora, a free digital will be writing resource to help make create or update a will easier than ever. Willfora allows you to create a legal will online in 20-minutes or less, at no cost to you. Start here.
Contact us: we are here to help
Making decisions about your estate can be emotional or sometimes confusing – but we want you to know that MSF is here to help. Whether you are an executor, a legal or financial advisor, a supporter looking to make a gift in your will, or simply want to learn more about MSF’s work, we would be delighted to help answer any questions you might have. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly or submit your questions using the link to the form below.
“As a donor relations specialist, I see first-hand how the solidarity of our supporters helps MSF teams deliver critical medical care. I can help you determine the best way to make a far-reaching impact with your legacy.”
Donor Engagement Officer Planned Giving
“It has been my pleasure helping family and friends realize philanthropic legacies of their loved ones. If you are an estate trustee, a lawyer, or an executor, please reach out and I would be pleased to support you during the estate administration process.”
Phone: 1-800-982-7903 ext. 3488
“Making people feel recognized and showing gratitude for their gift is the least we can do for such a special kind of giving. It is my pleasure to help you with any gift-related questions or concerns.”
Planned Gift Coordinator
“I believe deeply in the collective strength of support, that each one of us has the power together to help reach greater health equity globally. I work with philanthropists across Canada to help maximize their generosity by giving through their investments.”
Planned Giving Manager
Phone: +1 416-642-3473
Prepare to leave your legacy
The Legacy Giving information on this website is provided for general information purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice and assistance from your lawyer, financial advisor, or tax consultant. We recommend that you discuss your plans with your lawyer and/or financial advisor before proceeding with a legacy gift .