By Sofia Larkin
Major Gifts Officer
You’ve been meaning to get around to working on a trust or you’ve had a life event that requires that you make changes to your will. Whatever it is, don’t wait another day to ensure that you’ve taken care of your Catholic estate planning. Thinking about our own mortality and leaving loved ones behind is difficult, but ultimately, making our intentions known with a will is one of the greatest gifts we can give to our families. The process can also provide wonderful opportunities to organize, reflect, be more prayerful about your end-of-life decisions, and to consider your legacy—what gifts am I leaving my family, my community and the Church?
A Gift In Your Will: Getting Started
Simplicity. Just a few sentences in your will or trust are all that is needed.
Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to us.
Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift may be used as a charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.
If you don’t have a will and need help getting started, the Foundation for the Diocese can help. Contact Major Gifts Officer Sofía Larkin at 915.872.8412 or email@example.com and together you can review all of your gift planning options. And while you’re thinking about writing or revising your will, consider a bequest to the Foundation to support a charity, parish, school, or other Catholic organization in the future. A bequest made through your will is one of the easiest and most effective ways to make a planned gift while still providing for the security and well-being of your loved ones.
You can reach Major Gifts Officer Sofía Larkin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 915.872.8412. The Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso is located at 499 St. Matthews Street, Building G, and office hours are Monday – Friday, 9-12, 1-5, and by appointment.