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Fall Fundraising Forums: Forming a Catholic Legacy Society chapter in your parish

November 19, 2009

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Did your parish get its share of the more than $3 million in bequests that have come to parishes this year? Through the end of October, 62 parishes have shared over $3 million in bequests.  The Planned Giving Fall Fundraising Forum was developed to address two points: why we think planned giving is so important […]

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The Catholic Foundation Announces New Legacy Society

September 18, 2009

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The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce the formation of The Catholic Legacy Society – a new name and identity for what has been called “The 1808 Heritage Society.”

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Why Parishes Should Promote Bequest Gifts

September 18, 2009

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Is promoting bequests to your parish worth the effort it requires? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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8 Ways to Encourage Bequests

September 18, 2009

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How can you best encourage parishioners to consider making a bequest to your parish? Here are eight ideas. Implementing just one of them will increase the probability that your parish will be included in your parishioners’ wills.

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Bequests are Furthering our Church’s Mission

September 18, 2009

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By Richard Ely If you are on a parish finance council, development committee or stewardship council, or serve on the parish’s administrative staff, you have probably thought about promoting charitable bequests among your parishioners.  But you have also probably wondered if it is really worth the effort.  Based on recent research in the Archdiocese of […]

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Fall Fundraising Forums: Promoting Planned Gifts in the Parish

October 23, 2008

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On Thursday, October 23, TCF’s Richard Ely introduced a new Parish Approach and Manual for Planned Giving, a turnkey method for parishes to educate and motivate their parishioners to create estate plans that include their parish as a beneficiary. The manual includes all the tools a parish needs—bulletin messages, sample letters to parishioners, brochures, outlines […]

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Gifts of Appreciated Securities

September 19, 2008

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Many people say, “I would like to give my parish something to help them out financially, but is there some ‘trick’ that will help me when it comes time to do my income taxes?” The answer is YES!

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The Importance of Writing a Will

September 19, 2008

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One of the simplest ways to make a gift to your parish and an important opportunity to be a good Catholic steward is through your Will or your Living Trust.

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Leave a Legacy of Faith

October 12, 2007

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Most of us want to make a difference in the lives of our loved ones now and when we are no longer here. We take steps to make sure they will be cared for. But what if you want to make a difference in the Church for years to come? Many Catholics, recognizing that their gifts come ultimately from God and desiring to return them to God with increase, choose to leave a spiritual legacy to their families and the Church through their will or estate plan.

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