“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received, but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage”St. Francis of Assisi
To leave a legacy is to reveal our hearts, for our legacy is a final testament of who we are, what we value, and whom we love. Legacy gifts are planned gifts you make to impact what is most meaningful to you. They create extraordinary opportunities to sustain our Church for generations.
Legacy gifts can include a bequest in your estate plans or even gifts that pay YOU income:
A Bequest can be made in several ways:
- You can gift a specific dollar amount or asset such as real estate or vacation homes.
- You can gift a percentage of your estate.
- You can gift from the balance or remainder of your estate.
- You can make a beneficiary designation of certain assets such as an IRA, 401(k), insurance policy or bank account.
Gift that pay YOU income can include:
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Trusts
In order to make a bequest, we recommend speaking with your attorney. Your attorney can help you leave a legacy in a way that is most beneficial in your personal situation. Below is a sample of bequest language should you choose to include the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe in your estate plans:
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to John Noonan, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Orlando Florida, a corporation sole, and to his successors and assigns, the following: ($__________ , description of property or ___% of my estate/remainder of my estate) for the benefit of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe to use where most needed.
Our tax ID number is 59-2328306.
If notified, Legacy gifts are recognized during your lifetime with membership in the Vivos Christi Society. To notify us of your plans or if you would like additional information on how you can leave a legacy with an Endowment, Charitable Gift Annuity or other giving vehicle, please contact Madelyn Weed or (407) 246-7188.