Wills & Bequests
If you have not yet written your Will or Trust, now is the time. You will have peace of mind because you have made your wishes known and have made all the necessary arrangements for your wishes to be carried out. Without a Will, others will decide where your assets go. With a little planning, you can make a gift that helps us care for our sisters and brothers, especially those on the margins of society who are often forgotten.
Did you know that your IRA offers you a great opportunity to help support the Franciscan Missions while also enjoying some tax benefits? By making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA you can support our work with the poor and enjoy a tax advantage by doing so.
A living trust is a special kind of trust (a legal entity) that you create during your lifetime to hold your property, money, or other assets for your own benefit. After you have created your living trust, you then change the ownership of your property, assets, bank, and other financial accounts from you as an individual to your living trust. The trustee—probably you—manages your financial affairs, so you retain control over your trust as long as you choose.
A successor trustee is named, who can step in to manage the trust when you are no longer willing or able. Then, at the end of your lifetime, your successor trustee can quickly and efficiently distribute your money and property, avoiding the potential delay and expense of a court supervised probate.
One of the simplest ways to make a gift to Franciscan Missions is the Beneﬁciary Designation. You may also remember Franciscan Missions by naming us as a beneﬁciary of various assets. This supports the life-giving work of Franciscan missionaries without changing your will or parting with any assets now. It is as easy as filling out a form. You can name Franciscan Missions as the sole beneﬁciary of your assets or as one of several beneﬁciaries, which include your loved ones.
When you give, you become part of our Legacy of Hope
When you remember Franciscan Missions in your estate plan, you become a perpetual member of the Legacy of Hope. Your dedication to delivering hope becomes your legacy of hope. Your legacy gift is a symbol of your helping hands. You will continue to deliver hope to people in need for years to come.
We will inscribe your name in our Legacy Book as a member of the Legacy of Hope. You will receive these spiritual benefits:
- Remembrance in the daily prayers and Masses of Franciscan missionaries around the world
- Perpetual remembrance in a daily Mass at the Franciscan sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in Poland
- Remembrance in the Mass at Franciscan Missions Chapel, Waterford, Wisconsin, on June 13, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua