“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
– Pericles

At YSM, we remain focused on serving the Toronto community while also working to secure and advance our programs and their impact for the decades ahead. As such we must continue to strengthen our present and future financial footing.

Legacy gifts, especially bequests made in our kind donors’ Wills, are a key way for us to do so, together.                                                                                                                                                                   ______________________________________________________________

Becoming a Legacy Bridge Builder:

By leaving a gift in your Will to The Grace and Goodness Trust – a permanent endowment created in honour of our former long-serving CEO, Rick Tobias – you are invited to become a founding member of Legacy Bridge Builders, our recognition society for YSM’s forward-thinking donors who support us with a legacy gift.

Should you choose to support us via your legacy plans, know your generosity will help YSM continue to change lives, build communities and transform Toronto by providing us with stable funding to allow us to plan for the future while also supporting our priority ongoing annual needs.


Questions or Needs for Additional Information:

You can contact Angela Solomos, our Vice-President of Philanthropy, via email at asolomos@ysm.ca, or phone at (647) 244-6002. We encourage you to consult your financial and / or legal advisor(s) before committing to any legacy plan.

Additionally, you can contact YSM’s legacy partner Advisors with Purpose (www.advisorswithpurpose.ca) for professional, free estate planning advice or to attend a no-obligation educational webinar. Angela can connect you to them.).   


Four Ways to Support The Grace and Goodness Trust:

  1. Include a simple clause in your Will specifying either a residual portion or a percentage of your estate, or a specified cash gift amount as a bequest to YSM.
  2. Make a gift of securities, either today or as a deferred gift in your Will.
  3. Designate Registered Retirement Funds which name The Yonge Street Mission as the beneficiary.
  4. Donate a life insurance policy in which The Yonge Street Mission is named as the beneficiary.


We are grateful to all who consider or confirm including YSM in their planned giving and estate plans. By making such an important investment in the future of YSM know it will strengthen our continued health and stability as an organization.

In choosing to support YSM through your legacy plans, you can also choose whether or not you wish to be recognized as a member of our Legacy Bridge Builders recognition society or remain anonymous. We honour all gifts with the level of confidentiality, anonymity or recognition requested by the donor. Thank you.

Stock photo of the landmark Confederation Bridge leading toward Prince Edward Island, Canada