As Christian stewards, we share the responsibilities of providing for the needs of the Church. Through our gifts, the Church proclaims the good news of the incarnation of Christ Jesus, celebrates sacraments, and provides formation and education, ministries and charities.
Planned giving affords creative opportunities to support the work of your parish, Catholic school, or other Catholic organization, and help secure the future of our faith, while helping you meet your charitable giving goals. There are many ways you can provide for the needs of the Church in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, helping the Church remain strong for generations to come.
The most popular planned gift is a bequest left in your will. The specific asset varies from person to person. You can leave the church anything of value such as land, home, collectibles, or stock. Typically donors will leave a specific amount of cash as the last step of stewardship. It is also possible to leave a percentage, or the remainder, of your assets. Of course, there are tax benefits as well as the peace of mind of knowing that you have supported your parish, school, or even the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Click here for an informative brochure, "Planning Your Will". You can find sample language for leaving a bequest to your parish, school or other organization by clicking here.
You can find here a listing of all current parish or K-8 school endowments in alphabetical order by parish name.
You can find here a listing of all current high school endowments in alphabetical order by school name.
For a listing of all current endowments in alphabetical order by City, click here .
For a listing of all current endowments in alphabetical order by County, click here .
For additional information, download any of the following PDF files:
A Guide to Catholic Health Care Directives (Indiana Catholic Conference, 2007)
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2009)
Welcome to the Planned Giving Shared Resources site! Located here will be samples of parish, school, and other organization's materials used to promote or market their current endowments. We'll also include some best practices, links to websites containing ideas or samples, and perhaps even good examples found from outside the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. For questions regarding these resources, or to get your materials uploaded for sharing with other parishes or schools, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org call us at 574-258-6571.