Thank you to our donors!
December is an amazing time of year! Please are filled with kindness and warmth this season, and we love to carry out that spirit in the work we do. In the winter, we have many opportunities for Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation members to give and get involved.
Thanks to the STF Staff Association for designating the McDowell Foundation as their charity of choice for the months of April to June 2019. Your generosity allows teachers and students to continue to benefit from abundant opportunities to learn, grow and excel.
The McDowell Foundation creates opportunities for conversation about timely topics in education to occur in their communities in which the research takes place. Each year we have hundreds of teachers, students and donors like you that change the life of our students,” Ellen Whiteman, manager, McDowell Foundation, stated. “It always amazes me, the impact these projects have not only on those directly involved, but also on the communities in which the research happens. This past year we had to turn down over 15 valuable research proposals as we did not have the funds to support these projects.
“We are inspired by the dedication and generosity of the McDowell Foundation’s donors who answer the call to give to support worthy projects. We encourage you to continue to be our students heros by renewing your commitment to the McDowell Foundation’s endowment.”
Thank you to our donors!
The McDowell Foundation is a registered charity (#133638734 RR0001). Our legal name is Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation For Research Into Teaching Inc. The Foundation accepts gifts of many different kinds, and these are listed below. For gifts of a more complex nature, we highly recommend always having conversations with your family, lawyer, financial advisor, or accountant. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Colleen Ostoforoff, Fundraising Administrator or 306-373-1660.
We welcome one-time, monthly, or memorial donations by cash, cheque, or credit card.
To donate in person or to send by mail, our office is located in the STF Building at 2317 Arlington Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7J 2H8.
For more information, please contact Colleen Ostoforoff, Fundraising Administrator or 306-373-1660.
If you prefer donating online, CanadaHelps enables you to give:
Transferring securities from your brokerage account to Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc. eliminates your capital gains tax. This generates greater tax savings than if you sold the securities and then donated the cash proceeds.
Before you make a donation of securities in the form of shares or mutual funds, we recommend that you seek professional advice from your tax or financial advisor. Topics to discuss include Canadian regulations that enable down market capital losses to be carried back three years and to forward indefinitely to offset capital gains.
For more information on transfer of securities, please contact the Foundation.
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation 2017-2019 Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement provides the authority to deduct voluntary contributions to the McDowell Foundation from any school division employee who is under contract with a school division and receiving salary payments on a regular basis. Payroll deduction forms are available at all school board offices or can be requested from the Foundation.
The Foundation gratefully accepts gifts in honour of a loved one. If you would like to designate the Foundation as a charity of choice in honour of a loved one, please contact us. Memorial envelopes are available upon request or to give a memorial gift online, go to:
You can make a donation to recognize or celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirements, or other career milestones.
To give a tribute gift online, go to: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/dr-stirling-mcdowell-foundation-for-research-into-teaching-i/
The Foundation recognizes the importance of ongoing sustainability and invites donors to consider contributing to the growth of the endowment fund through an endowed gift. The Foundation will retain this capital contribution for 10 years.
Please contact the Foundation for more information.
The Foundation also gratefully accept gifts provided to support areas of research within the mandate of the Foundation. In the past gifts have been directed to literacy, visual art education, or middle years education. If you would like to offer a directed gift, please contact the Foundation, and we can support you in ensuring your gift is used according to your wishes.
By far the most common form of giving a legacy gift is through a gift in your will. With prior planning, your will can provide for your loved ones as well as ensure that the work of the McDowell Foundation continues to benefit Saskatchewan students far into the future.
To ensure your wishes are fulfilled, we advise you seek professional advice from your lawyer, financial planner, and/or estate planner related to options for your gift and clear will language. Talking to your loved ones and us about your plans is also beneficial to all involved.
Options for a gift in a will (bequest) include leaving a particular sum of money, a specific asset such as property, or a certain percentage of your estate.
Your estate will receive a charitable receipt for the gift that reduces the taxes owed.
Download the McDowell Foundation PDF for more information and clarity on will language to use when leaving a gift.
Donors who decide to leave a gift in their estate are invited to join as Founding Members of the McDowell Foundation Legacy For Learning Society. To find out more, please contact the Foundation.
People usually buy life insurance to protect their loved ones, and sometimes this is no longer required. Those with an interest in enhancing the quality of learning for Saskatchewan students, may name the McDowell Foundation as a beneficiary.
To gift life insurance, your options include:
We recommend you discuss the life insurance options with your family and your professional advisors.
Your estate is entitled to a charitable donation receipt when you name Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc. (our legal name) as the direct beneficiary of a RRSP, RRIF, or TFSA.
This option avoids probate taxes and minimizes the risk of creditor claims against the estate.
Setting up such a donation is as simple as asking your financial advisor or financial institution to change the beneficiary to Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching Inc.
Depending on your holdings, it is possible to donate property, buildings, land, or a residence that you own.
Your options for gifts of real estate are:
To learn more about donating real estate along with what we can and cannot accept, please contact Ellen Whiteman at email@example.com or 1 800 667-7762 or 306 373-1660 in Saskatoon.
The work of the McDowell Foundation is made possible by the generosity of many people. We thank all of our donors and funders and encourage you to join us in supporting this research.