Goodwill Extends Beyond the Pocketbook as Canadian Boomers Head into Retirement

    According to BMO survey, almost 9 out of 10 boomers plan to spend time
    doing non-profit community or charitable work in retirement

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - After years of working and raising their
families, Canadian boomers are now turning their efforts to helping others.
November 15th marks National Philanthropy Day and BMO Financial Group's
ongoing research on charitable giving and volunteering confirms that Canadians
are becoming more charitable with age.
    When BMO started looking into what boomers were planning to do in
retirement in October 2005(1), it found that 16 per cent were expecting to
spend "a great deal of time" in retirement doing non-profit and charitable
work and 72 per cent said they expected to spend "some time" doing it. And the
likelihood of spending "a great deal of time" doing charitable work increased
with age:

    -   15 per cent of those aged 45-54 were either already spending a great
        deal of time on this or planned to when they retire;
    -   16 per cent of 55-64 year olds; and
    -   23 per cent of 65-70 year olds.

    When boomers were asked in a December 2006(2) survey to rank a list of
activities that would most appeal to them at age 62, almost half (49%) of
respondents ranked volunteering as a first or second choice.
    BMO's most recent research(3) indicates that, currently, a third (34%) of
Canadians aged 45 to 60 volunteer and a further 38 per cent of boomers who do
not volunteer intend to do so when they retire.
    Community-based charities are the largest beneficiary of boomer goodwill,
with seven out of 10 of these volunteers dedicating their time to local
organizations. Health and Wellness (27%) and Social Services (30%) were
identified as the most common areas of commitment.
    BMO's Kris Vikmanis, Head of Retirement Market and Marvi Ricker, Vice
President and Managing Director, Philanthropic Services are available to

    -   Regional similarities and differences related to charitable giving
        and volunteering
    -   Why boomers are becoming more charitable with age
    -   Things boomers should consider before becoming a volunteer
    -   Tips on how to get started and the options available
    -   The positive impact of recent legislative changes in taxation on
    -   Year-end tax planning and the December 31st donation deadline
    -   "Creative giving" options, such as securities and art, or through
        Donor Advised Funds and Private Foundations

    BMO Financial Group and the New Retirement

    Recognizing that retirement is changing for most Canadians, BMO Financial
Group is committed to helping clients understand the new issues and challenges
they face heading into retirement, while providing flexible and personalized
options for mitigating them. BMO's Retirement Your Way web site, found at:, provides an overview of the new realities to
consider in the retirement planning process, supplemented with podcasts, case
studies and external resources that are updated on an ongoing basis.

    (1) Based on an online survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid October 21 to
        October 27, 2005, among a randomly selected sample of 5,325 financial
        decision-makers age 45 or over with at least $25,000 in financial

    (2) Based on an online survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid, November 30 to
        December 4, 2006, among a randomly selected sample of 1,411 Canadians
        aged 45-60.

    (3) Based on an online survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid, October 2 to
        October 10, 2007, among a randomly selected sample of 3,576 Canadians
        aged 45-60.

    For further information on any of these studies visit

For further information:

For further information: JoAnne Hayes, Toronto,,
(416) 867-3996; Lucie Gosselin, Montreal,, (514)
877-8224; Internet:,

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