Legacy Giving and In Memoriam

“Leaving a legacy is like planting trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Imagine transforming lives and bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor for years after you pass away. That’s what can happen when you chose to leave a lasting legacy.


A bequest can allow you to make a charitable gift which may not be possible in your lifetime. A bequest can ensure that the work of Mercy Ships will continue when you leave a legacy gift in your name, that of your family or anyone you wish to honour. By remembering Mercy Ships in your will, you can help future generations to see, walk or smile for the first time – transforming individuals…save lives! A bequest can be as simple as a sentence or two naming Mercy Ships Canada Society in your will or adding a codicil to your existing will. You can designate a specific dollar amount, a particular asset or a fixed percentage of your estate to Mercy Ships Canada. You can also request that the principal of your charitable bequest be held in endowment. The designated amount can be donated to Mercy Ships Canada’s most urgent needs or you can direct your bequest towards a particular purpose or program.

When you leave a bequest to Mercy Ships Canada, we will issue an tax receipt for the full value of the bequest which can then be used to reduce the tax payable on your final return.

Your gift is flexible and revocable at any time should your financial situation change.


Donating shares, stocks and securities to Mercy Ships is a cost-effective way to help transform the lives of the forgotten poor in West Africa. When you sell an appreciated stock in Canada, you must pay tax on 50% of your capital earnings. However, you can now donate these securities to public charities, such as Mercy Ships Canada, without incurring any capital gains tax transforming the futures of those we serve in Africa. A tax receipt will be issued for the market price value of the securities on the date of the donation.


You can set up a charitable donation through life insurance by purchasing a policy and assigning it to Mercy Ships Canada Society as owner and beneficiary. The premiums you pay for the policy each year will qualify as a tax-deductible donation on your annual income tax return – giving you the advantage of immediate tax savings.

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Around the world millions are in urgent need of basic medical care. Mercy Ships has delivered free surgeries to over 2.5 million people in need since 1978. We serve the world’s poorest nations identified by the United Nation Human Development Index. Each year Mercy Ships has 1,200 amazing volunteers who serve on board from more than 40 nations. These amazing people donate their time, finances and skills to this remarkable effort.

Our ship, the Africa Mercy, is the world’s largest private hospital ship. We will be providing Cataract surgeries; Cleft Lip & Palate repairs; Orthopaedic surgeries; Plastic surgeries (burn reconstruction) and General surgeries such as hernia repairs. We also focus on training local health professionals in surgical techniques, patient care and sterilizing methods…so the work can continue long after the ship is gone.

With your In Memoriam donation, sight will be restored, the disabled will walk again, and those with disfigurements will become an active part of society once more. What a wonderful lasting tribute to honour a family member or loved one.

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