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Planned Giving

When you include United Way in your legacy plan, you are making a lasting change in the lives of future generations.

A gift through planned giving is a wonderful way to leave behind a legacy of caring that helps not only children and seniors but supports the families and communities that surround them now and in the future.

Legal name: United Way of St. Catharines & District

Charitable Registration Number #: BN13053 2443 RR0001

Address: 63 Church Street, Suite LC1, St. Catharines, ON L2R 7G1

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a gifting option, please contact us by calling our office at (905) 688-5050.

We are happy to work with you, your family and your advisors on a confidential basis to ensure all your objectives are met based on your personal priorities.

Gifting options to the Forever Fund include:

  • A bequest in your will
  • A gift of life insurance
  • Cash or savings gifts
  • RRSPs, RRIFs, TFSAs and retirement plans
  • Personal property
  • Charitable Remainder Trust

Gifts of Securities

Making a gift of publicly traded securities is one of the most tax-effective ways to donate because it removes the taxation of capital gains. You will receive a tax receipt for the market value of your donations. For more information, contact us at (905) 688-5050. You can also download a Gift of Securities Transfer form here.

Named Funds

Named Funds allow you to provide a steady and dependable source of income to United Way. We will work with you to establish the parameters in one or more of our impact areas to tailor your Named Fund to meet your philanthropic needs. You and others can add to the fund during your lifetime and beyond to leave your community a sustaining legacy.

Below is a listing of the current Named Funds with United Way:

Education Opportunity Fund

The family of Chuck Burke has established a fund called "The Education Opportunity Fund" in honour of his 75th birthday. Family and friends are welcome to make a tribute gift on Chuck's behalf. To contribute, click here.

Maddie Hood Fund

Donations to The Maddie Hood Fund go to support youth in St. Catharines. To make a contribution, clickhere. In the comments, please note the name of the fund.

Orazio (Ernie) DePetris Fund

Donations to The Orazio DePetris Fund will go to support youth in Merritton. To make a contribution, click here. In the comments, please note the name of the fund.

Our Special Friends

Mike and Jane Trojan have opened a fund called "Our Special Friends" through United Way to support sports and recreation programs for people with special needs. To make a contribution, click here.

For additional information or to discuss setting up a Named Fund, please contact us at (905) 688-5050.

Sponsorships

United Way of St. Catharines & District is a leader in partnering with local businesses, helping them achieve their philanthropic goals. We welcome the opportunity to discuss sponsorships with you. Sponsorship packages can be tailored to meet your organization's goals and objectives. To learn more please contact us at (905) 688-5050.

Matching Opportunities

Leadership Match

The Leadership Match is a gift of $130,000 or more that helps leverage Leadership gifts for the campaign. For donors giving at the leadership level for the first time ($1,000 or more) or increase their current leadership donation by more than 10%, the Leadership Match will provide up to the specified amount in matching funds to United Way.

2016 Leadership Match Sponsor

This year, when you donate to United Way for the first time at the leadership level ($1,000 or more) or increase your current leadership donation by more than 10%, The Wineries of Niagara + Leadership Challenge will provide up to $130,000 in matching funds to United Way. 

The Wineries of Niagara - Leadership Challenge Participating Wineries:

  • Ziraldo Estate Winery
  • Vineland Estates Winery
  • Two Sisters Vineyards
  • Stratus Vineyards
  • Southbrook Vineyards
  • Riverview Cellars Winery
  • Reif Estates Winery
  • Ravine Vineyard
  • PondView Estate Winery
  • Pillitteri Estates Winery
  • Peller Estates Winery
  • Niagara Star Winery
  • Megalomaniac Wines
  • Malivoire Wine Company
  • Lakeview Wine Company
  • Lakeview Equipment
  • Konzelmann Estate Winery
  • Jackson Triggs
  • Inniskillin Wines
  • Henry of Pelham
  • Coyote’s Run Estate Winery
  • Constellation Brands Inc.
  • Château des Charmes
  • Cave Spring Cellars
  • Big Head Wines
  • Angels Gate Winery
  • 13th Street Winery

How It Works:

New Leadership Donors: 

  • If you are making a first-time donation of $1,000 or more to United Way, The Wineries of Niagara+ Leadership Challenge will match your gift, dollar for dollar. So, when you donate $1,000, United Way receives $2,000.

Renewing Leadership Donors:

  • If you are increasing the amount of your leadership gift by more than 10%, The Wineries of Niagara+ Leadership Challenge will match the increase in your donation.

For more information, please contact Eric Lamothe, Director of Resource Development | Telephone: (905) 688-5050 ext 107 | E-mail: elamothe@stcatharines.unitedway.ca

United Way Leadership Challenge Grant donors in the past have included:

  • 2015: Pharmasave
  • 2014: Beatties Basics 
  • 2013: Verge Insurance Group
  • 2012: Milan & Julieann Plentai
  • 2010: The Burgoyne Family, in Memory of Dorothy Doolittle
  • 2009: George Darte Funeral Chapel Inc.
  • 2008: Gales Gas Bars Limited
  • 2007: The Niagara Partners of Deloitte
  • 2006: The Port Dalhousie Pier Marina

We salute the leadership of these special individuals who made these gifts.

New Donor Match

In an effort to attract new donors, The New Donor Match will match any new gifts to United Way. The matching dollars will support United Way of St. Catharines & District’s community fund. Designations to specific charities, through United Way, do not qualify for the matching grants.

2016 New Donor Match Sponsor

This year, in an effort to attract new donors, the New Donor Match sponsored by Beatties will match all new donations to a maximum of $25,000.

Beatties

The New Donor Match will match gifts to United Way. The matching dollars will support United Way of St. Catharines & District’s community fund. Designations to specific charities, through United Way, do not qualify for the matching grants.

For complete details please contact Eric Lamothe, Director of Resource Development | Telephone: (905) 688-5050 ext 107 | E-mail: elamothe@stcatharines.unitedway.ca

Birthday parties, retirement parties and more

Contact Tracy Haley | Telephone: (905) 688-5050 ext 111 | E-mail: thaley@stcatharines.unitedway.ca

 

Workplace Campaigns

Sponsor a Loaned Representative

United Way’s Loaned Representative Program offers a challenging, energizing experience to employees looking to develop both personally and professionally in a team-oriented environment. The program offers employers an opportunity to invest in their employees and helps people from all sectors come together to work towards the common goal of making our community a better place to live.

Loaned Representatives are individuals who are loaned by their employers for a mutually agreed upon time period, usually 15 weeks during the annual United Way fall campaign. During that period, the employer continues to pay the employee’s salary and benefits, while United Way provides the employee with training, experience, networking opportunities with key community leaders, and a renewed sense of enthusiasm, which they then take back to their workplace.

Performance Development

Loaned Representatives participate in an intensive training program featuring:

  • United Way orientation
  • Public speaking training
  • Presentation skills
  • Sales promotion
  • Communication skills
  • Fundraising Techniques

Return on your investment

The Loaned Representative returns to his/her workplace with new skills, business contacts, and an enhanced knowledge of their community. Your full participation in the Loaned Representative Program will enhance your corporate image as a caring community leader. You can take pride in the fact that you have helped make our community a better place to live and do business.

Characteristics of a good candidate include:

  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Senior managerial or supervisory potential
  • Commitment to the community
  • Human Relations Skills
  • Team Oriented
 

Days of Caring

Days of Caring engage the community by inviting participants to provide a day of service for charitable organizations. These projects raise awareness of community needs and services amongst volunteers while providing agencies with much needed support.