You may make your contribution outright in a single amount at the time of your pledge or on a date that you specify.
You may spread your contributions up to five years. You have the opportunity to specify the frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually) and the start date for your pledge.
Gifts of Stock
You may make contributions to the campaign by transferring stock. You will receive the full current market value of your stock on the date of transfer toward your pledge. No capital gains will be paid by you and the full market value can be counted as a charitable gift for income tax purposes. Please consult counsel to confirm your eligibility based on personal circumstances.
Gifts of Real Estate
You may make contributions to the campaign by transferring real estate. You will receive the full current market value of your real estate on the date of transfer toward your pledge, less transaction expenses. No capital gains will be paid by you and the full market value can be counted as a charitable gift for income tax purposes. Please consult counsel to confirm your eligibility based on personal circumstances. All gifts of real estate are subject to review and approval in accordance with Diocesan Gift Acceptance Policies.
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Make a Legacy Gift
The Immaculate Conception Society honors those individuals and families who contribute a legacy gift for the benefit of our parishes, schools and/or diocesan ministries and programs. With their partnership, they help write the next chapter of the history of our diocese by joining the leaders of past generations that have grown the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Lansing.
You could make a legacy gift through one of the following ways:
- Bequests – A donor designates a gift of cash, securities, real estate or personal property through their will. Bequests are the simplest form of planned gifts and are the largest source of deferred gifts.
- Life Insurance – A donor names the diocese, a parish and/or school as owner and irrevocable beneficiary of a paid-up life insurance policy. The donor receives an immediate income tax deduction.
- Charitable Gift Annuity – A donor transfers cash or securities as an irrevocable gift to the diocese, a parish and/or school. In exchange, the funds are professionally managed and the donor is paid a fixed dollar amount for the rest of their life. The gift provides a tax benefit for the donor now that can be used for up to five years. These payments back to the donor also have tax advantages up to the donor’s point of life expectancy.
- Charitable Reminder Trust – This irrevocable trust makes payments, either a fixed amount or a percentage of trust principal, to whomever the donor chooses to receive income (themselves or a loved one, for example). The donor may claim a charitable income tax deduction and may not have to pay any capital gains tax if the gift is of appreciated property. At the end of the donor’s lifetime, the diocese, parish and/or school receives the remaining amount left in the trust.
- Charitable Lead Trust – This trust makes payments, either a fixed amount or a percentage of trust principal, to the diocese, parish and/or school during an irrevocable term. At the end of the trust term, the principal can either go back to the donor or to heirs named by the donor.
Find out more by downloading this brochure about Legacy Gifts.