Estonians are a resilient people. The existence of an Estonian community in Canada proves that. The organizations and institutions created more than 60 years ago continue to evolve and adapt. But even as our community changes, the pride and passion we share for our Estonian heritage continues to unite us.
Supporting the Estonian community across Canada is the mission of the Estonian Foundation of Canada (EFC). As a registered charity, we do this by providing financial and strategic support for organizations and initiatives across Canada, who are themselves focused on keeping our community vibrant and relevant. For many organizations, the Foundation’s support can be more than 30% of their operational budgets. EFC is also a major supporter of almost every Estonian initiative, celebration and festival in Canada.
EFC has built a financial foundation for our community thanks to the generous support of our donors – thousands of friends committed to helping the community and making a difference. Donors give to the Foundation in various ways. Many give to annual appeals, become monthly donors, and some donors chose to make larger one-time gifts, for example, donating securities, or adding EFC as a beneficiary in their Will. These donors have chosen to make their legacy to supporting the Estonian community they love.
What is your legacy?
A legacy is a meaningful and energizing contribution to a greater good, to ensure that it will have a life beyond you. For us, it is the Estonian community.
The decisions we make today will have a significant impact on ensuring that our Estonian culture and heritage live on. A gift to EFC in your Will is a gift to Estonians in Canada and has the power to keep our community vibrant and strong for years to come. It is important to understand that your gift doesn’t have to take away from what you plan to leave for your loved ones. Your gift can be structured to achieve all your objectives – preserving and supporting our community and taking care of your family and loved ones.
May is Leave a Legacy month. It is the perfect reminder to take a moment to think about YOUR legacy and how your support will help to shape our Estonian Community. Let’s share our resilience and determination to keep our culture strong, and to keep it going for another 50 years.