Archive for the ‘Philanthropy/Charitable Giving’ Category

Gifts of RRSPs/RRIFs by Direct Designation

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Directly designating a charity as the beneficiary of a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP) or registered retirement income fund (RRIF) has a number of advantages, but also a risk. A direct designation gift is arranged by naming one or more charities on the RRSP/RRIF plan documents. After ...

Gifts from RRIFs in Life

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

I get a steady flow of inquiries about donating funds from registered retirement income funds or RRIFs. The value of RRIFs has grown through careful saving and market gains, and occasionally these funds represent surplus wealth. Some RRIF holders resent the requirement to take steadily increasing annual withdrawals ...

A different kind of trust, a different set of rules

Monday, July 28th, 2014

In 21 x 3, I wrote about three, sometimes tricky, trust rules:  the 21-year deemed dispositon rule; the rule against accumulations; and, the rule against perpetuities.  Following the post, I realized I had not been specific enough when a reader - esteemed charitable foundation advisor and former colleague, David Windeyer - ...