Make a Will, Make a Difference
Life’s journey is an opportunity to create meaning and leave a positive impact on the world.
As we navigate through its stages, we reflect on what truly matters and how we can protect and cherish it for future generations. It’s important to take time to engage in thoughtful estate planning to secure your legacy. By honoring God’s goodness through purposeful giving, your moments on Earth will continue to matter long after you’re gone.
A Will Helps Protect the People and Causes You Love
With life slowing down a bit during August, people have more time to reflect and work on important personal and financial documents — like a will — that are often put off “for another time.” While you are walking along the beach, sitting by the lake or hiking in the mountains, the Catholic Foundation encourages to think about what’s meaningful in your life. This includes your family and the Catholic organizations that are closest to your heart. Making a will as part of your estate plan protects and honors what matters most in your life. It is important that your plan:
- Protects your loved ones.
- Empowers you to control important decision making.
- Builds a legacy of meaning and impact.
A will is one of the best ways to protect the people and causes you love. However, a Caring.com survey found that more than 67% of American adults don’t have an up-to-date will in place. Without a will, the government and courts will decide where your assets will end up. During National Make a Will month, we encourage you to create or update your plans. Take control to protect your family. And further your commitment to your favorite Catholic cause by including a legacy gift in your estate plan.
Legacy Gifts Live on Forever
Donors have told us they like leaving a legacy gift to an endowment fund because their gift lives on forever. A Forever Gift takes planned giving to the next level. It’s like your weekly parish envelope or your annual fund gift to a Catholic school or Catholic ministry continues for generations to come.
Please make an appointment with an estate planning attorney for any questions about creating or updating your will and estate plan. Please contact the Catholic Foundation with any questions or to learn more how endowment funds are impacting the future of your favorite Catholic causes.
We hope you are inspired to act. The Catholic Foundation wants you to have a say in protecting and honoring all that matters in your life.