for the DIOCESE of Helena
Planned Giving Opportunities
There are a variety of ways to live out Christian stewardship during your lifetime and beyond. You will find these plans help maximize the benefits of the gift both to you and to the Church.
Bequests (or gifts through your will) are one of the easiest ways to give to the Church and charity. Not only are gifts through a will simple, they can be beneficial to your estate as they are deductible against any tax. As the cornerstone of most estate plans, a will is a tremendously important document and professional advice from an estate planning attorney is strongly recommended. The planning and care that go into making a gift through your will make a wonderful statement about the values you have held throughout your life. [How to Word a Bequest to the Church]...
Outright gifts are among the simplest and most immediate means of exercising stewardship. Though most outright gifts are made in cash, it may be better for the management of your assets to use a different type of property to make a gift including, but not limited to:
Charitable Gift Annuity
Through a charitable gift annuity you can make a gift to the Church and receive income for life. With the transfer of cash or marketable securities, you then enjoy regular payments for the rest of your life; and with a two-life arrangement, for the life of a second beneficiary. Upon the death of the last beneficiary, the remainder of your annuity would go to your parish, the Foundation, the Diocese of Helena, or a charity of your choice.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust allows you to make a generous gift to the Church while retaining a life income from the trust for one or more beneficiaries. At the death of the last beneficiary, the Church receives the “remainder” of the trust. Besides relieving you of the management of the assets, this trust also provides income tax, capital gains tax and estate tax benefits.
Life Estate Contract
A personal residence or farm can be deeded to the Church while you retain a life estate; this is the right to live on the property for as long as you and, if you are married, your spouse live. With this agreement, the donor receives an immediate income tax deduction for the gift and avoids some probate expenses.
Life insurance is an ideal means for a charitable gift. By designating the Church as owner or beneficiary of a new or existing life insurance policy, you will be able to make a meaningful gift. You will also receive tax advantages. A gift through life insurance is a wonderful opportunity for you to provide a living memorial for you, your family or someone you love.
If there are assets remaining in your retirement plan (IRA, 401(k), Keogh, etc.) at the time of your death, your heirs may have to pay up to 75% of those assets in estate, income and excess accumulation taxes. Naming the Foundation, the diocese, or your parish as the final beneficiary of a retirement plan avoids these taxes and enables you to make a significant and memorable contribution to the Church.