Did you know that more than half of Americans do not have a Will or any other estate plan? In fact, having a will is one of the easiest and most impactful ways for make a gift and can result in significant savings in estate taxes. A Will allows you to make choices regarding the distribution of assets you have accumulated during your lifetime. Including your church parish, school, or favorite ministry in your Will is a great way to ensure your values and beliefs are lived to their fullest.

A bequest allows you the flexibility to use the asset during your lifetime for any unforeseen expenses while also achieving your long-term philanthropic goals. You can bequeath a specific item, a specific amount of money, or a percentage of your estate.

You can make a lasting gift to your church, school, or ministry through The Catholic Foundation by simply adding a few sentences to your will:

I give and bequeath the sum of $________ (or percentage of….. or residual of my estate) to The Catholic Foundation of South Louisiana for its general purposes. For a specific use for the funds, simply add: The funds shall be used to support ____________ (parish, school, ministry, or other organization)