What is it?
In keeping with MTL’s original Isaiah 1:17 mandate, the MTL Widows and Orphans Foundation is a charitable foundation created to assist widows and orphans by supporting charities who are doing widow and orphan work.
Why was it started?
When MTL was started in 1917, working to protect widows and orphans was focused in the social welfare areas of food, shelter, and protecting the rights of the destitute.
With the government now fulfilling many of those needs, our role today is more in helping widows and orphans navigate the complex areas of legal and financial issues.
Yet, both here at home and around the world, needs for such basics as food, shelter, and civil rights remain an urgent need for many people, and among those in need few are more urgent than the orphan and the widow.
This is why MTL has created the Widows and Orphans Foundation – to help those most at need.
How does it grow?
MTL has committed to supporting and growing this foundation as we are able to. Individuals can also donate to this foundation, either during their lifetime or as part of their estate plan, and an MTL estate planning expert could talk to you in detail about making that a part of your plan.
How is the money distributed?
MTL’s board of directors annually decides on the amount of funds to distribute to charities that are doing work benefiting widows and orphans. Some examples of past distributions:
- A foodbank
- An organization assisting the less fortunate through literacy improvment
- A shelter for abused women and children
- A homeless shelter
- A church helping a refugee
How can I be a part of this cause?
MTL’s clients are encouraged to donate to the foundation both during their lifetime as well as considering including the Widows and Orphans Foundation as a part of their estate plan. Talk to one of MTL’s qualified estate planners to learn more.
Our friends at Abundance Canada are the foundation experts and they’re handling the administration of this foundation for us. If you’d like to make a donation right now, click here “Donate Now” and just note “MTL Widows and Orphans Foundation” in the box directing Abundance Canada on how to distribute the funds.