When you leave a legacy gift to Crossroads, you ensure the continuity of your Kingdom investment in our growing media mission to reach younger generations with the Good News.

What shall I return to the Lord for all his bounty to me?
Psalm 116:12

Crossroads’ CEO, Kevin Shepherd, shares about leaving a legacy through Crossroads.

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NOVEMBER

Will Planning for New Canadians

Presented by Bold Kere

November 29th, 2022 at 8pm ET

Navigating Wills and Estates can be challenging for everyone. It can be especially difficult if you are new to Canada and are less familiar with the terminology and the requirements. You are invited to join us for a webinar hosted by Advisors with Purpose that will help you better understand and plan for your Will with special consideration to those who are first generation Canadians.

JANUARY

If you are reading this, you are likely not too young

Presented by Abraham Somovarapha

January 24th, 2023 at 7pm ET

You may think you are too young for a Will or estate planning but that’s most likely not true. If you have a bank account, have RRSP’s, own some stocks or bitcoin, own a home, have children or are married or common-law then you probably should think about getting something in place. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Our partners at Advisors with Purpose are hosting a webinar that will speak specifically about why a Will is important and the consequences of not having one, taxation of the various investments and strategies to avoid them, guardianship of children, the choice of executors and the steps you can take to get it done.

JANUARY

Your Will as a Love Letter

Presented by Lorne Jackson

January 26th, 2023 at 7pm ET

Creating a Will can be like writing a love letter. Thinking through your options, making good choices and considering those you love can say more to them than you may think. Having your things in order is one way to let your family and heirs know that you love them enough to not burden them with making decisions on their own during their time of grief. What will your love letter say? Will it share your hopes and dreams for those you love? Will it speak of your faith and values? Will it share your heart for generosity? Our partners at Advisors with Purpose are hosting a webinar that will discuss the importance of choosing the right executor, powers of attorney and having a living will/personal directive. He will be providing explanations on trusts, on how to speak with your family members and on some of the best ways to share with your family and heirs.

FEBRUARY

Money & Your Discipleship Journey

Presented by Ray Borg

February 28, 2023 at 8pm ET

Many of us struggle with money and feel like we never get ahead. We find it difficult to balance between our wants, our needs and our desire to do well. Yet, Jesus called us to live counter-culturally. He calls His people out of the world’s systems and narrative to have a Godly perspective. Jesus wants us to walk in freedom and lays out the guidelines to do so. Join Advisors with Purpose as we explore together what the Bible has to say about Jesus’ teaching on finances and how our perspective and use of money can affect our walk with the Lord.

MARCH

Setting your House in Order – Estate Planning for Senior Adults

Presented by Lorne Jackson

March 30, 2023 at 3pm ET

More than 60% of families have done little to no planning but it’s not too late to set up a plan. You may or may not have a Will but is it up to date and complete? Have you chosen a good executor and are they prepared for the job? Have you considered options for how to transfer your assets to your children or heirs in a way that is best for both of you? Have you considered the tax implications of registered assets and planned for those? Have you considered leaving charitable gifts in your Will? Have you spoken to your family about your choices, and do they know your wishes? Our partners at Advisors with Purpose are hosting this webinar for people over 70 that will help you answer these questions and more. You can join online or by phone. Register by clicking the link or by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 1-866-336-3315

APRIL

Not just your principal residence – planning well for investment properties

Presented by Chantel Gibbs

April 27th, 2023 at 8:30pm ET

Planning for your principal residence may be simple but perhaps you own a vacation property, a foreign property, a rental unit, undeveloped land, or other investment properties. How do you plan well for those in your Will? Our partners at Advisors with Purpose are hosting a webinar that will examine the tax implications and challenges of property and how they can be best handled in your Will and Estate plan.

MAY

The joy of generosity – the what, why and how of planned giving

Presented by Lorne Jackson and Abraham Somovarapha

June 20th, 2023 at 8:30pm ET

Blending families and finances can become complex but good planning can help ensure that your Will reflects your new situation while ensuring that every person, situation, and asset is considered. You are invited to join us for a webinar hosted by Advisors with Purpose that will present solutions and ideas that need to be addressed.

Make a Bequest in Your Will

Bequests are the giving vehicle of choice because they are easy to arrange. A bequest is communicated through your last Will and Testament. This can be done by giving a particular amount or a percentage of your estate.  Your lawyer should assist you with this.

Benefits of a bequest gift:

  • It’s simple: Leaving a gift in your Will is easy to arrange
  • It’s flexible: A gift in your Will can be made no matter how old you are or how much you have to give
  • It has tax advantages: A gift in your Will is a highly effective way to reduce taxes on your estate.  This means you can pay less tax to the government and more to ministry
  • It has a lasting impact: Leaving a charitable gift in your Will gives you the satisfaction that the areas you felt strongly about in your lifetime will continue to receive support, even after you’re gone
  • It’s personalized: You can make a general gift, or choose to designate it to a specific Crossroads program, the 24/7 Prayer Lines or other

Invest in a Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity is an investment that provides you with an above average guaranteed income for life, the remainder of which is donated to Crossroads ministries when the Lord calls you home.

Benefits of an annuity:

  • Safe secure stream of income that can be entirely tax-free
  • Better rate of return than is currently possible through a GIC, Bond or TFSA
  • You will receive a one-time charitable tax receipt for 20% or more of your invested amount that can be applied for tax savings for up to an additional five years
  • No reduction of your Old Age Security (OAS)
  • Ability to meet your ministry goals during and after your lifetime
  • Are not part of an estate and therefore not subject to probate fees and cannot be contested

Donate a Gift-in-Kind

Gifts-in-kind donations are made in the form of an asset or property that has real value and is not a gift of cash. The most common gifts-in-kind are securities such as stock, bonds, mutual funds or donations of real estate.

Benefits of a gift-in-kind:

  • Significant tax savings
  • Avoid capital gains tax on securities
  • Receive a charitable tax receipt for fair market value to use for the current taxation year or to be carried over for a maximum of five years
  • Excellent tax planning strategy when considering downsizing, retirement or at estate time
  • Have the satisfaction of seeing your gift at work today

“Leaving a legacy to Crossroads gave my parents the peace of mind that their mission of sharing the light of Christ would continue to impact generations to come.”

“In my life and over half a century of ministry, there is no question in my mind the hope that is in God for those who believe…and that’s why for David and me, Crossroads media mission was always part of our legacy giving, to ensure the next generation knows God’s love.”

A caring Partner Representative from our Crossroads’ team is available to confidentially answer your questions by phone or in person. They can help facilitate your legacy gift should you choose to make one. There is no obligation to have a conversation. No one will visit you unless you request it.

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THE SHAW LEGACY: GRANDCHILDREN

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DORIS SHAW
A TRAILBLAZER
FOR CHRIST

BY GIOVANNA BLESCIA

With her legacy enduring to this day – through the impact of her generosity toward Crossroads programming and prayer lines – Doris Shaw is still fresh in the mind of Crossroads’ Former CEO Lorna Dueck, who carries fond memories of their unique relationship and the undeniable impact that Doris had in the lives of many.

Doris and Jim Shaw believed that everything they were doing was about giving daily and giving wholeheartedly. They modelled generosity, dedicating their lives to blessing others and supporting missions. By educating people in faith (giving away over 200,000 books and Bibles in their lifetime), their mission had far-reaching effects that touched the lives of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people locally, nationally and around the world.

DORIS AND JIM SHAW

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Recently, in a candid conversation with their son, Tim Shaw, CEO of Shaw Almex Industries, about growing up with missionary parents, he shared, “I can remember at any given moment there’d be a parade of people from Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, or Japan coming through our house from various missions they were supporting.” But Shaw admits that life as a missionary kid can offer some complexities that are perhaps unique to ministry: “As a teenager, I didn’t understand why they gave so freely to strangers yet gave so sparingly to themselves and their children. One Christmas, having discerned my pent-up frustration for hosting thirty Asian students, and widows, over Christmas break, [my mom] turned to me quoting Galatians 6:9, “Let us not grow weary while doing good,” — Tim, you are blessed beyond comprehension.” 

 Every day, Doris devoted hours to praying for her children, grandchildren, Christian missions, and Lorna Dueck. Lorna recalls being early in her work at Crossroads when Doris called her up out of the blue and introduced herself: “Lorna, you do not have enough prayer support, I can feel it.” But Doris was a woman of action, and for the next twenty years, it was completely normal for Lorna to get prayer calls, notes, books on prayer, and coaching from Doris.

Recalling her fondest memory of Doris, Lorna stated, “I loved how she cared for me and mentored into me a dependence on prayer. I have no doubt her prayers, and her teaching in prayer have deeply shaped who I am.” When asked how he felt about his parents’ legacy gift to Crossroads, Tim said: “Having spent considerable time with David Mainse and Lorna Dueck, and knowing Crossroads Ministry as well as they did, it was perfectly evident to the entire Shaw family why my parents chose to leave a lasting legacy to Crossroads. Leaving a legacy gift to Crossroads gave my parents the peace of mind that their mission of sharing the light of Christ would continue to impact generations to come.”

When asked how he felt about his parents’ legacy gift to Crossroads, Tim said: “Having spent considerable time with David Mainse and Lorna Dueck, and knowing Crossroads Ministry as well as they did, it was perfectly evident to the entire Shaw family why my parents chose to leave a lasting legacy to Crossroads. Leaving a legacy gift to Crossroads gave my parents the peace of mind that their mission of sharing the light of Christ would continue to impact generations to come.”

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