May 2019

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others".
 Mahatma Gandhi

 I started with this quote, as I've found that often doing things for others is far more satisfying than doing things for ourselves.  When I think back of those things that I have done that seemed to have the largest impact, it was usually when I was supporting those I love, helping various causes or those less fortunate, or giving back to the community to help us all have a better tomorrow.  It was not always planned.  There was just a need, and somebody had to help.  So I did.  Just like many of you.  

In April, I was privileged to join a panel of speakers at the Canadian Association of Gift Planners conference in Montreal to share ideas about creating partnerships to support philanthropy, and provide support so families can create the legacy they want in terms of charity.  It was truly a pleasure to meet hundreds of people who make this their everyday life: helping support the many charities across Canada; helping so many Canadians philanthropic dreams come alive.  

So, this month, I want to send a special shout out to all of you who give back, both in small ways and big. These charitable acts, whether it be through kindness, donation, time assisting others, all help to make our community better than it was yesterday.  Thanks for all you do.

The most rewarding way to support your community is to give your time, your resources, and the most rewarding way to save tax is to donate to a charity you care about.  I send a special thank you to all of you who take 1 extra step to support a charity, to help provide research for a disease, to help others find a leg up.  Thanks for each of you taking that small step that can provide a big leap for others.  

Here are a few ideas of how you can make an impact.

Charitable and Philanthropic Planning Options with Janine Purves 
Charitable and Philanthropic Plannng Options with Janine Purves

Janine on the panel of Partnerships to Support Charitable Giving at the National Conference, Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Montreal Canada. 

Financial Tip of The Month.
Donating Stocks, or Mutual funds directly to a charity, provide a generous tax credit, but also allow you to waive the gains on the investment.  This win-win can ensure you keep your precious cashflow, charities get the support they need, and CRA gets less tax.  (OK CRA doesn't win, but the rest of us do!)

Want to discuss more ideas, just reach out.

My next effort to give back is donating to The Heart and Stroke Foundation and participating in Richmond Hill Big Bike Event. If you are interested in participating or cheering us on or donating here is the link for more details

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The premiums in a Health and Dental plan may be eligible for a tax benefit. Health Plans premiums  can be deducted as a healthcare expense.  Therefore, in many cases, seniors can deduct these, and when added additional healthcare costs, they can generate a larger tax savings.  
Make sure to keep a summary of the premiums paid, benefit claims and health expenses paid to receive the full tax credit.  
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