Your Legacy Can Bless the World’s Poor

Imagine giving a gift from heaven. Imagine impoverished children and families being blessed by your compassion years after you have gone to be with the Lord.

Becoming a member of the St. Isidore Legacy Society can create this powerful and lasting legacy.

Catholic estate planning, whether it’s planning your will or giving a gift of stocks and bonds, can leave our world a better place and continue to transform the lives of the poor for years to come. Your membership in the St. Isidore Legacy Society will make your planned giving intentions clear — to remain true to what Jesus taught in Matthew 25 by feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless and much more.

Create a Will Free of Charge

You can leave a legacy for your loved ones and for those most vulnerable without spending a penny today. Our partnership with My Catholic Will enables you to create a will — free of charge — in as little as 15 minutes. It’s confidential and you can update it anytime.  Click here to get started.

Use our Estate Planning Guide as an additional resource to complete your will.

For more than 20 years, support from friends like you has enabled us to provide material and spiritual blessings to those in need around the world. See the wonderful impact your compassion makes — and learn how you can continue to bless needy families through the Corporal Works of Mercy.

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St. Isidore Legacy Society

The St. Isidore Legacy Society is an exclusive club of believers who commit to include Cross Catholic Outreach in their estate plans. Members can join the angels and saints who will continue to plow the fields and change the lives of the poor for many years to come. Learn More.

Wills and Trusts

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make. With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift be made to Cross Catholic Outreach as part of your estate plan. Learn More.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity benefits you and our organization. You transfer your cash or property to us and we make fixed payments to you for life at a rate based on your age. Learn More.

Stocks and Bonds

Appreciated securities, including stocks and bonds, offer several potential benefits. You can avoid paying capital gains tax and receive a charitable income tax deduction while furthering our mission. Learn More.

Qualified Charitable Distribution

A qualified charitable distribution allows people aged 70 1/2 and older to reduce their taxable income by making a gift directly from their IRA. Learn More.

The Story of St. Isidore

Isidore was an 11th-century farmworker in Spain. His fellow farmers began to complain that Isidore stopped working for an hour every morning to pray in the village church. The landowner was about to confront Isidore when he saw an angel plowing alongside Isidore. The foreman confirmed that Isidore actually accomplished far more work than any other farmer. Sometimes an angel would even plow his field while Isidore was away praying.

By joining the St. Isidore Legacy Society, you can “plow the fields” alongside the world’s poor, ensuring Cross Catholic Outreach will continue to bless those most in need with food, water, safe homes, Catholic education and much more.

Read more about St. Isidore here.

Answer Christ's Call. Request More Information or Join the St. Isidore Legacy Society.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Boca Raton, FL 33427-3908

Enter your information on this online form to notify Cross Catholic Outreach staff of your estate plan.

Yes. Click here to learn about this giving option and the potential benefits.

Yes. Congress has enacted a permanent qualified charitable distribution. As a result, you can make an IRA rollover gift this year and in future years. Click here to learn more.

A will is a legal document that provides instructions on how to distribute property to beneficiaries after death. A trust is a more complex legal arrangement managed by a third party that allows you to transfer property ownership at any time.

Bequests of real estate, personal property, business interests and cash are typically made by way of a will, revocable trust or even a simple codicil to your current estate plan. Your estate-planning attorney can assist you in preparing the necessary papers for you to complete the bequest. Click here to learn more.

A revocable trust — also known as a revocable living trust — is written in a way that allows you to revoke or amend it at any time you wish to do so. These trusts help avoid probate, but they do not help you avoid estate tax.

Click here to watch a video about this topic from Maria L. Capritto, an attorney and certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

There are no time limitations to close a trust. By the terms of the trust, it can continue for years. At some point, all the assets do need to be distributed. And if the trustee is unnecessarily delaying or withholding distribution, that’s when you can resort to the court and either force a trustee to be removed or replace them with someone who’s actually going to administer the trust.

Click here to watch a video about this topic from Maria L. Capritto, an attorney and certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

For federal purposes, there are no estate taxes for assets less than the $12,920,000 threshold. But if you inherit an IRA or an annuity, those assets have deferred income, so they are distributed out of that vehicle. The deferred income is taxable income to the beneficiary. States differ in whether they levy inheritance or estate taxes upon the death of the benefactor.

Click here to watch a video about this topic from Maria L. Capritto, an attorney and certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

Your attorney can help you include a bequest to Cross Catholic Outreach in your estate plan. Click here for some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

We recommend using either an in-home fireproof safe or a safety deposit box. Make sure that the successor trustees also have a copy of the will and the trust documents. Be sure to tell them where you keep your estate planning documents. Put it somewhere safe, but don’t forget where it is!

Click here to watch a video about this topic from Maria L. Capritto, an attorney and certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

To contact Cross Catholic Outreach’s planned giving team, fill out our online form. You can also call us at 800-914-2420.

What Is Your Legacy Mission?

When you include Cross Catholic Outreach as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement account or life insurance policy, you will make a difference for poor communities by meeting both material and spiritual needs for generations to come. Create Your Legacy!