Legacy “lifts all boats”

Bequest from Jane Elizabeth Campbell supports Indigenous Ministries across Canada

Jane Elizabeth Campbell was an avid traveler, music lover, and faithful Anglican who, in 2021, left generous bequests to her parish church, Holy Trinity, Thornhill, to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, and to the Anglican Foundation of Canada (AFC).

“The impact of Jane Campbell’s bequest continues to resonate across the church,” says Dr. Scott Brubacher, Executive Director, AFC. “The Campbell bequest enabled AFC to fund the 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Indigenous Ministries. The Board had originally authorized $100,000 for disbursement. However, during the grant review process last November, the scope and impact of the projects prompted the Board to unanimously approve additional funding from the Campbell bequest, up to $132,000.” More recently, AFC’s 2023 3rd-quarter grant cycle provided a grant of $15,000 to the Diocese of Toronto’s Urban Native Ministry, also from the Campbell bequest.

According to Brubacher it is not uncommon for AFC to receive enduring gifts, like the one from Jane Campbell, where multiple beneficiaries are named. “I have seen many of the wills of AFC benefactors during my time at the Foundation, and we are never the only beneficiary. Virtually all the people who have left bequests to AFC are also taking care of their family members, and much-loved charities in their community—from hospitals to universities to animal shelters, Canadian Anglicans are putting a great deal of care, compassion, and consideration into how they put their wills to work.”

Brubacher adds that AFC is also rarely the sole faith-related beneficiary. “Jane Campbell’s bequest is an excellent example of how a legacy gift can lift all boats and support the church at various levels—locally, nationally, and internationally. We are always grateful for these gifts, and the impact we know their generosity will have for our applicants. But it is also heartening to see the benefit to the local parish and for PWRDF in this case.”

Projects funded by the Jane Elizabeth Campbell bequest include:

2022 RFP Grants

  • St. Paul’s Anglican Church–Mississippi Mills All My Relations, Almonte, ON, (Diocese of Ottawa), Seven Grandfather Teachings Art Installation: $15,000
  • St. James’ Anglican Church, Gravenhurst, ON (Diocese of Algoma), Bringing the Heartbeat and Ceremony Alive: $5,000
  • Diocese of the Arctic, Yellowknife, NT, Preserving Oral History as Inspiration for the Future: $7,000
  • Diocese of Brandon–Anglican Memorial Camp, Brandon, MB, Reconciliation and Suicide-Prevention Weekend for Youth: $9,850
  • Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh, Kingfisher Lake, ON, Oji-Cree Bible Translation–The Gospel of St. John: $15,000
  • Territory of the People, Kamloops, BC, Pastoral Elders Spiritual Retreat: $5,000
  • Diocese of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Blackfoot Translation Project: $7,100
  • St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Ottawa, ON (Diocese of Ottawa), Inuit Congregation Sunday Community Meal: $5,000
  • Vancouver School of Theology, Vancouver, BC (Diocese of New Westminster), Adult & Youth Events for Indigenous Communities: $15,000
  • St. Matthew’s House, Hamilton, ON (Diocese of Niagara), Neighbours Together: Housing supports for Indigenous Seniors: $15,000
  • St. Columba Anglican United Church, Port Hardy, BC (Diocese of British Columbia), Everyday Sanctuary and Sunday Meal: $5,000
  • Diocese of Saskatchewan, Prince Albert, SK, Indigenous Youth Ministry Transportation: $5,000
  • Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Winnipeg, MB, “Civilized” Play in Rupert’s Land : $2,500
  • Diocese of British Columbia (Islands and Islets), Victoria, BC, Ministry of healing and repentance for St. Michael’s Residential School: $12,000
  • Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert’s Land, Saskatoon, SK, Starlink Community Hubs for Northern Manitoba Area Mission: $8,500

2023 Grants (To date)

  • Diocese of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Toronto Urban Native Ministry: $15,000

For more information on how you can put your will to work for the Anglican Church of Canada locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, please contact Michelle Hauser, AFC’s Development & Communications Officer at [email protected].