SHS Legacy Donations

Dona­tions once gave life to Swe­den House Soci­ety (SHS). With­out fund­ing from kind, giv­ing mem­bers of the Swedish com­mu­ni­ty, the SHS board would not have been able to car­ry out its mis­sions through the many years it has exist­ed. Upkeep of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre and schol­ar­ships in the Scan­di­na­vian com­mu­ni­ty in BC would not be Swedish to the wide extent they are now.

SHS is a part own­er of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre in Burn­aby. It is our respon­si­bil­i­ty to provide a sta­ble finan­cial plat­form to main­tain the Cen­tre and keep it alive. Despite main­tain cur­rent activ­i­ties, the SHS board works hard on devel­op­ing a future vision, which include sev­er­al new excit­ing projects with fund­ing require­ments. Among the­se are a num­ber of poten­tial future sce­nar­ios, includ­ing a sport­ing facil­i­ty, a school build­ing, a new play­ground, and an over­all strat­e­gy to max­i­mize the use of the large piece of land the Cen­tre is sit­u­at­ed on.

All future plans are designed to include more young peo­ple and fam­i­lies in the Cen­tre activ­i­ties, while at the same time pro­tect the iden­ti­ty of the Cen­tre as a social place for our senior mem­bers. We want every per­son in the Low­er Main­land with a Swedish con­nec­tion to have anoth­er home away from home.

Why me? I can only donate a small sum?

Bequests are arranged by liv­ing peo­ple who are mak­ing a pow­er­ful state­ment today about their Swedish iden­ti­ty and inter­est. A bequest to SHS through your will may be the most impor­tant gift you will ever cre­ate and give you a great feel­ing of sat­is­fac­tion.

Bequests are not just for wealthy peo­ple. May­be you think that your small dona­tion will not make a dif­fer­ence, but it will. Dona­tions come in all sizes, and they all mat­ter. Over the years, a bequest of a few hun­dred or a few thou­sand dol­lars is going to have a large impact. A few per­cent of an estate may not sound like a lot, but if that donor has a house, a car and some retire­ment sav­ings, the bequest that the donor felt was too small to mat­ter could be quite sig­nif­i­cant.

What will my mon­ey be used for?

Dona­tions are made through wills and revo­ca­ble trusts can be direct­ed to our per­ma­nent endow­ment fund, admin­is­tered by the Van­cou­ver Foun­da­tion. The endow­ment is a par­tic­u­lar­ly effec­tive way to leave a last­ing lega­cy, since the earn­ings accrued on your dona­tion will sup­port Swe­den House Soci­ety and the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre in per­pe­tu­ity. Our endow­ment is cur­rent­ly used for schol­ar­ships sup­port­ing stu­dents under­go­ing post-sec­ondary edu­ca­tion, but this could change with more dona­tions.

You may make your gift in your own name, or you may memo­ri­al­ize a loved one with your con­tri­bu­tion. Your bequest may be unre­strict­ed — to be used at the dis­cre­tion of the board of Swe­den House Soci­ety — or you may des­ig­nate your bequest to sup­port a speci­fic schol­ar­ship or to the build­ing itself.

Exam­ples of projects that you may want to direct your dona­tion towards:

  • Main­te­nance and ren­o­va­tions of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre.
  • New sport hall of the Scan­di­na­vian Cen­tre.
  • SHS post-sec­ondary schol­ar­ships, through the SHS Endow­ment Fund.
  • Activ­i­ties of one of the estab­lished mem­ber organ­i­sa­tions.
  • The SWEA Van­cou­ver-UBC Schol­ar­ship.

How does it work? 

If you con­sid­er donat­ing a sum of mon­ey to SHS, please fol­low the­se instruc­tions. Please add a page to your will with instruc­tions of how large sum you intend to donate and what the sum is meant to be used for. A gen­er­al exam­ple of text fol­lows below:

“I give the sum of $___________ to Swe­den House Soci­ety.”

You can also make a so called “Resid­u­al Bequest” by the fol­low­ing word­ing:

“I give this per­cent­age __________ % of the residue and reminder of my estate to Swe­den House Soci­ety.”

We rec­om­mend that you con­sult with your lawyer, when prepar­ing your will. If you, your lawyer, and/or your finan­cial advis­er have any ques­tions about this infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the Pres­i­dent of the Swe­den House Soci­ety: swedenhousechair@nullgmail.com, who can guide you through the process.

Swe­den House is a reg­is­tered char­i­ty, and as such wel­come dona­tions at any time. We send out tax receipts fol­low­ing dona­tions, since dona­tions to a char­i­ty are tax deductible

If you would like to donate one time, please send in a cheque to Swe­den House Soci­ety, 6540 Thomas Street, Burn­aby, BC V5B 4P9. You can also vis­it our web­site at the Van­cou­ver foun­da­tion, where you can donate either one time or set up a reg­u­lar pay­ment, using a cred­it card.