Planned Giving

Bequest Language

When making a gift for The Catholic Bishop of Chicago in your will or living trust, we recommend that you use the following terminology to ensure your gift is applied according to your wishes:

Clause for a gift to parishes, schools, or ministries of the Archdiocese of Chicago
“I give (amount/percentage/asset/item) to The Catholic Bishop of Chicago, Tax ID #36-2170826, located in Chicago, Illinois for [**].

Parish
the use and benefit of [insert name of Parish] located in [insert city] Illinois.  However, if this Parish ceases to exist in its current form, then to the new parish or parishes erected in its stead.

Archdiocese
the general charitable, religious and educational purposes of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Catholic School
the use and benefit of [insert name of school] located in [city] Illinois.  However, if this school is suppressed and ceases to exist in its current form, then to the closest Catholic school in its stead.

Ministry
the use and benefit of [insert name of ministry/program] located in [ city] Illinois.  However, if this ministry/program is suppressed and ceases to exist in its current form, then to another ministry/program of the Church.

Gifts in Wills may also be made to benefit the independent Catholic Education Scholarship Trust.
“I give (amount/percentage/asset/item) to the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust, Tax ID #36-7632823, located in Chicago, Illinois for [**].

General Scholarship Endowment
the general charitable purposes of the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust.

Specific Named Fund
the use and benefit of (insert name of designated fund) in the Catholic Education Scholarship Trust.

Please consult an attorney when preparing legal documents.
For more information about leaving a ministry of the Church in your Will, please contact
Elin R. Schriver
312.534.5396
eschriver@archchicago.org.

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results.