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Planned Giving

Legacy of Hope Society

The Legacy of Hope Society recognizes individuals who have planned to support Catholic Charities in the future by including us in an estate plan.

Members receive an invitation to the annual Legacy of Hope Mass and luncheon with Rev. Monsignor Michael M. Boland, the President of Catholic Charities; a subscription to Spirit magazine with program updates; and invitations to other donor recognition events.

To become a member, simply notify us of your planned gift. You may share as many or as few details as you wish. Contact Margaret Hughes, Director of Individual & Planned Giving, at (312) 655-7012 or

Beneficiary Designations

To make us a full or partial beneficiary of your IRA, 401(K), annuity or life insurance policy, simply request a beneficiary designation form from your plan administrator. Our legal name is Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our tax identification number is 36-2170821.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions

If you are 70½ or older, you may give up to $100,000 per year directly from your traditional or Roth IRA to 501(c)(3) charities. The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so you still benefit even if you do not itemize deductions. It can satisfy all or part of your required minimum distribution. Married couples may each give up to $100,000 from their own IRA accounts.

We have a sample letter you may send to your plan provider to initiate a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA. Download the "IRA Transfer Form" document on this page or request it from Margaret Hughes at (312) 655-7012 or

Charitable Gift Annuities

Making a donation to Catholic Charities through a charitable gift annuity provides you with secure, stable income for life.The annuity rate is based on your age at the time that you make your gift. Minimum age is 55.

With our high payout rates, you may receive more income than you are currently earning from your investments. You will receive an immediate tax deduction for part of your gift. A portion of the annuity payments are tax-free.

The minimum donation is $10,000 in cash or securities.

A gift annuity is easy to set up. Contact us for more information without obligation: Margaret Hughes, Director of Individual & Planned Giving, at (312) 655-7012 or

Bequest Gifts - Sample Language for Wills and Trusts

"I give to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago all (or a specific percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate (or the sum of $___) to be expended by it in furtherance of its general purposes (or to be used exclusively for a specific program. If such program is not in existence at the time of my death or at any time thereafter, Catholic Charities may designate another program that is continuing the goals of such program.)"

Legal name: Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Address: 721 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60654