The center of our faith communities emanates from our parishes.  They are the front lines of evangelization and sharing our faith with others.

We realize that many people spend more time with their parish family than their own family at times.  Giving through offertory ensures the ongoing support and operational funding needed to minister to the people in your surrounding communities.  Supporting the Annual Pastoral Appeal helps us all to support the combined efforts of all throughout our Diocese, making it more cost-effective for our parishes to provide the many resources it does to the local community.

The Catholic Foundation looks to partner with you and your parish to ensure the long-term financial viability through a variety of tools.  The easiest is a simple bequest through your Will or Trust or to make us the beneficiary of your IRA or other bank accounts.  Some examples are below, yet we invite you to contact us by phone or e-mail to discuss your personal goals for giving to your parish.


Will, Trust, or other Beneficiary Designation

Consider leaving 5-10% of your estate to your parish.

As we strive to tithe to the church while we are alive, you can easily tithe to the church through your estate.  It is one of the easiest ways to benefit your parish without having to give any assets now.  Below is the sample language we encourage you to use in your Will, trust, or beneficiary to name your parish as the beneficiary.

I hereby give, devise and bequeath ____ percent (___%) of my total estate, determined as of the date of my death, to Emmaus Foundation, Inc. d/b/a the Catholic Foundation, Diocese of St. Petersburg, a nonprofit organization located at 6363 9th Ave., N., St. Petersburg, FL, 33710, Federal Tax ID #59-3519543, for the benefit of (Name of Parish), located in (City, ST).

For more examples of bequest language, click on the link below.

More Sample Bequest Language


Endowments are a great way to develop a legacy at your parish.

By making an investment of at least $25,000 (payable over 5 years, if necessary), you create a gift that continues to give in perpetuity for the purpose you designate. Whatever is invested becomes the principal for the endowment. The Foundation invests these funds and make annual distributions to your parish for the purpose you intended (i.e. general support, maintenance, the choir, religious education, etc.) with the earnings generated from your investment.

Other Gift Planning Options

Every individual is unique and every situation is unique.

These are a couple of options, but there are many more that are possible to help your parish.  To learn more about the varied possibilities available to you, we invite you to visit our gift planning website by clicking on the button below.  Also, you are always more than welcome to contact us to arrange a personal and confidential discussion of how you might want to benefit your loved ones, as well as your parish.

Gift Planning Website