Making a Donation
Thank-you for supporting the work of the Central Okanagan Land Trust. Your donation helps our on-going conservation work to secure the region’s unique biodiversity. All eligible donations will receive a charitable tax receipt, issued in your name, and you will receive your tax receipt by mail unless you request an electronic receipt.
Gifts of Cash
A gift of cash can be made simply and easily by writing a cheque payable to:
Central Okanagan Land Trust
#225 – 1889 Springfield Road,
Kelowna, B. C. V1Y 5V5
A gift of cash can also be made by viewing our page on www.Canadahelps.org
Credit Card donations (VISA or Master Card) can be made by printing and completing our Donation Form and sending it to the Central Okanagan Land Trust.
To donate online, please visit our page on the www.canadahelps.org website. This link will take you directly to our profile page, and an electronic tax receipt will be issued by CanadaHelps on our behalf.
Cheque by Mail
If you would prefer to donate by cheque, please make it payable to the Central Okanagan Land Trust and mail it to:
Central Okanagan Land Trust
#225 – 1889 Springfield Road,
Kelowna, B. C. V1Y 5V5.
Monthly Giving Promotion
You can also set up a monthly donation to the Central Okanagan Land Trust through our page at the www.canadahelps.org website. Monthly donations are a flexible and effective way to support the Land Trust, and they also allow you to break up your donation into increments with a single tax receipt issued to you at the end of the calendar year. Monthly donations can be cancelled at any time.
If you would prefer to have us contact you directly to make donation arrangements, please complete the form below.
Gifts of Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
A gift of publicly-listed securities makes an excellent gift to the Central Okanagan Land Trust. Such donations to charitable organizations receive the charitable donations tax credit and, in addition to this, they are 100% exempt from capital gains. Please contact the Central Okanagan Land Trust for information on how to make a gift of publicly listed securities.
Gifts of Real Estate
The Central Okanagan Land Trust is pleased to receive your gift of real estate – either undeveloped land or homes. Unless these properties have environmental value, generally these assets will be sold at current market value to provide funds for conservation as you direct.
A charitable bequest is a gift to a charity made in your will. A gift through your will to the Central Okanagan Land Trust (legal name) is an effective way to support your lifetime interest in land conservation in this important region of British Columbia.
You may give all or part of your Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) or Registered Retirement Income Fund (RRIF) to charity upon death. This may be done by direct designation outside your estate or through the estate via your will. A tax receipt is issued.
The gift of a new or existing life insurance policy can provide a significant and affordable lifetime contribution to the conservation work of the Central Okanagan Land Trust (as owner and beneficiary). As the donor, you receive a charitable tax receipt for the cash surrender value (if any) and further receipts on payment of subsequent premiums to be paid. Proceeds of a life insurance gift are immediately payable in cash upon death.
A charitable gift annuity is an arrangement in which a donor pays a lump sum to a charity in return for a fixed annual payment – the annuity. As the donor, you will earn a charitable donation tax credit if the amount of the lump sum gift is greater than the market price of the annuity. A portion of the fixed annual payments may be taxable.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A Charitable Remainder Trust is a planned gift in which assets are transferred into an irrevocable trust and you appoint a trustee to manage the assets. Under the terms of such a trust, the Central Okanagan Land Trust would receive the remaining assets. You receive an immediate tax credit with a donation receipt issued on the set-up of the trust. The donation receipt represents the current value of the Central Okanagan Land Trust’s interest in the trust to be received at a future time.
Residual Interest Gift
A residual interest gift is an arrangement where you irrevocably give real estate or personal property to a charity while retaining the right to use the property for life, or for a specified number of years.
Land Donation – Donation of ‘Ecogifts’
Under Environment Canada’s Ecogift Program, Canadian landowners may donate ecologically sensitive land (or easements and covenants on such land) to approved conservation organizations such as the Central Okanagan Land Trust. Ecogifts are 100% tax exempt from capital gains tax.
As part of the Ecogift process, Environment Canada certifies that the land in question is ecologically sensitive and an expert panel certifies the value of the donation. For more information, please contact our Office or visit Environment Canada’s website at http://www.ec.gc.ca
Land Donation – Donation of Conservation Land
From time to time, donations of land for conservation may not qualify as Ecogifts. Nevertheless, such land donations can be valuable additions in support of the Central Okanagan’s unique biodiversity, and they will continue to benefit from a 50% exemption from capital gains tax.
Land Donation – Conservation Covenant
The Central Okanagan Land Trust works with landowners to establish conservation ‘covenants’ which are legally binding agreements that protect the uses of specific portion of land that are deemed ecologically significant. These voluntary agreements may result in reduced property taxes or other favourable tax considerations by appropriate government authorities.