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There are many ways you can make a donation. 

There are many ways you can make a gift to the YMCA in order to ensure that individuals and families have access to the programs, services and support they need to improve their outcomes and help them succeed.


Win BIG in the Harvest 50/50

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Share the harvest. Spread the love! Proceeds support the YMCA Men's Residence.

Ways to Give

When you become a monthly giving donor, you help sustain program delivery to those who need it most, with less disruption.

Why give monthly?

  • Many donors who give monthly, feel that it is an easier way to support the causes they care about.
  • You can spread your donation out over the year.
  • Your monthly gift provides stability in funds needed and sustains program delivery over a period of time.
  • You will receive one tax receipt each year for your monthly donations.
  • You can cancel your monthly gift any time.

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A gift of any amount is appreciated.

Whether you would like to donate $20 or $200,000, every gift makes a difference for someone in your community. Your one-time gift can be made online through our donation page, by phone, mailed cheque or in-person.

We are here to help, answer questions, and respect your wishes to support the impact you would like to make in your community.

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Our vision is to help every person achieve their full potential. If you share that vision with us, you can leave a gift to the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford in your will.

This is an opportunity to plan for making a difference for many children, families, adults and seniors, by leaving a lasting legacy.

A gift in a will is also known as a bequest or legacy. There are a number of ways you can leave a gift in your will. Bequests can be in the form of cash, real estate, securities, tangible personal property or other assets.

Making a gift in your will can be as simple as including a sentence or two when you write your will, or adding a codicil to your existing will. 

Types of Bequests

  • Specific bequest: A specified dollar amount, or a specific item of property, which is left to a named beneficiary in the will.
  • Residual bequest: A percentage (or) share (or) all of the remainder of your estate after other gifts and liabilities have been paid out.
  • Contingent bequest: A percentage or share of your estate paid only in the event that other named beneficiaries have predeceased you.

Tax Benefits

With a gift in your will, your estate receives a donation receipt for the amount given and a tax credit to be used in your final return. It can be used against 100% of income in the year of death and any excess not used may be carried back one year and used against up to 100% of income in the year before death.

If you are planning on leaving a gift in your will, speak with your family about your wishes and with your lawyer for advice.

Estate gifts received by the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford are invested in the association's Endowment Fund, which is managed the YMCA Board of Directors.

If you have already left a gift in your will for the YMCA or are considering doing so, please contact us.

Learn More

Paul Haddad
Vice President, Philanthropy
P: 905-977-1791


The YMCA accepts gifts of securities, which is a tax-effective way of making a donation.

Gifts of securities include publicly traded securities: stocks, bonds, mutual fund units.

To make a gift of securities to the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford, speak with your broker (investment advisor) and inform us. Gifts of security will be electronically received by RBC Dominion Securities on behalf of the YMCA. 

You receive greater tax benefit through donating a gift of securities "in-kind" than you would if you sold the securities and donated the cash proceeds. You will receive a tax receipt for fair market value of the gift based on the closing price of the shares on the day the shares are received by the YMCA.

For more information or to inform us of your intentions to make a gift of securities, please contact us.

Paul Haddad
Vice President, Philanthropy
P: 905-977-1791

Designate your gift through the United Way.

If your place of employment participates in United Way giving campaigns, you may be able to designate your United Way gift to the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford. 

To do so, simply complete your United Way donation form and include the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford in the Gift Designation area.

Please use our Charitable Registration Number to ensure your directed gifts reach the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford.

Charitable Registration #10808 3825 RR0001

Support the YMCA directly from your workplace.

Through your workplace, you can directly support the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford, by participating in a workplace giving program and designating your gift to the YMCA. Be sure to check if your organization has a matching giving program, whereby your donations will be matched up to a specified amount.

Please use our Charitable Registration Number to ensure your directed gifts reach the YMCA of Hamilton|Burlington|Brantford.

Charitable Registration #10808 3825 RR0001

Commemorate life's moments with gifts to the YMCA.

Throughout our lives there are many occasions that deserve to be commemorated or shared with others. 

Donors, members and friends of the YMCA may choose to make gift to commemorate a special moment, achievement, or the life of a loved one by making a gift In Memory or In Honour.

The YMCA will work with you or your family to ensure these tributes leave a lasting impact and the appropriate people are notified of your gift.