Planned giving, or legacy giving, is a way for donors to support the Good Works of the Catholic Church in a way that is much more impactful than making a gift from ordinary income.  Some planned gifts use estate and tax planning to maximize the benefits to the donor, their estate, their heirs and the charity they wish to support.  Other planned gifts can provide guaranteed lifetime income to the donor or their loved ones.

Thus, by definition, a planned gift is any major gift that comes from a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning and includes:

  • Outright gifts of appreciated assets, cash or retirement income
  • Gifts that return income to the donor
  • Gifts payable to the charity upon the donor’s death

*The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida does not provide legal, tax or financial advice.  When considering gifting options, seek the advice of your own legal, tax and/or financial professionals.

Gifts of Appreciated Assets

Instead of selling appreciated assets like securities or real estate to make a gift, donors can donate the appreciated asset directly to the Foundation and receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the asset and pay no capital gains tax on the transfer.


A bequest is one of the easiest gifts you can make.  With the help of an adviser, you can include language in your will or trust specifying the gift you would like to make as part of your estate plan.  A bequest can be made in several ways including:

  • A specific dollar amount or asset
  • A percentage of the total estate
  • The balance or residue of the estate

Charitable Gift Annuities

Are you looking for a secure source of fixed income for the rest of your life while also making a significant impact on your Parish, school, program or ministry you care most about?  Are you tired of living at the mercy of fluctuating stock and real estate markets?  If so, you may want to consider a charitable gift annuity with the Catholic Community Foundation.

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Donating From Your IRA

If you are of the age that you have to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA, you can transfer up to $100,000 each year directly to a qualified charity like the Catholic Community Foundation, your Catholic Parish, School or other Catholic Program or Ministry.  If your spouse has a separate IRA, he or she can also make a gift directly from their IRA of up to $100,000 each year.  By rolling over your IRA distribution directly to a qualified charity, it qualifies as your RMD and you avoid having to include the distribution as taxable income.  Prior to 2020, individuals were required to take RMDs beginning in the year in which they turned 70½.  Beginning in 2020, however, the new age at which RMDs must start is 72.  Despite the delay in the starting age for RMDs, individuals can still make Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from their IRAs as early as 70½.

For more information on various planned giving options, please contact the Catholic Community Foundation at 941-441-1124

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