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Planned Giving

God has blessed us with the worldly possessions that serve us during our lifetime. Planned Giving provides us with the tools to turn these blessings into gifts that will benefit our loved ones, as well as the ministries that are important to us, after our earthly days are done. Planned Giving is part of a larger estate planning responsibility we owe our loves ones. Some of the more common planned gifts include:

• A will directing all or a portion of an estate to American Martyrs Church and/or American Martyrs School.
• An insurance policy, IRA or retirement vehicle naming American Martyrs Church and/or American Martyrs School as beneficiary.
• Long-range gifts such as real estate, appreciated property, stocks and bonds or art objects and jewelry.
• Any variety of charitable trusts including charitable remainder trusts, revocable living trusts and life insurance trusts.

American Martyrs Church and School are eternally grateful for the financial support of its parishioners. Your generosity makes it possible for all of our wonderful ministries to operate, our church and school to thrive and our beautiful grounds to be properly maintained and modernized.

Beyond the satisfaction and fulfillment one receives from knowing that they have helped provide financial support for the faith community that has given them so much, planned giving can provide many other benefits. These include:

• Ways to provide financial benefits to the parish and/or school without depleting current resources and income.
• Opportunities to reduce income taxes as well as estate and capital gains taxes.
• Certain arrangements that can actually enhance your current income situation and help provide financial security.

It is not uncommon for someone to have an appreciated asset, such as a home that is quite valuable, but does not provide income to cover cost of living. Through planned giving strategies, it is possible for one to make a gift of the home or other asset to the Church, continue to live in the house for the rest of his or her life and receive a lifetime income stream.

Planned Giving is not reserved for the wealthy. Perhaps the easiest and most common way of making a planned gift is through your will called a bequest. Surprisingly, in spite of how simple and important it is to have a will, some studies show that as many as 70% of us die without one. The most modest of estates can participate in, and benefit from, Planned Giving.

If you are considering American Martyrs as a beneficiary in your will, the full legal name of the beneficiary is:

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles
a corporation Sole,  for the benefit of  
American Martyrs Church *
624 15th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

* You can also designate your gift to:
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles
a corporation Sole,  for the benefit of
American Martyrs School
1701 Laurel Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Consult with your qualified tax and/or legal adviser.  Effective Planned Giving can have a significant impact on current and future resources and is often an integral part of a larger estate planning strategy. The expertise of qualified professionals should be employed to ensure that your plan is properly developed and your loved ones are protected.

American Martyrs Catholic Community is a tax exempt religious organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Consequently, your gifts to American Martyrs are tax-deductible, so long as you received no goods or services, other than intangible religious benefits, in connection with your gifts.  Our federal tax I.D. number is 95-1928640.

If you would like to learn more about how you can use the gifts God has given you to benefit your family and your faith community at American Martyrs through planned giving, please contact:

Bob Hodges,  Parish Business Manager, at 310-545-5651 or
Richard Closson, Director Trusts and Estates, LA Archdiocese, at 800-431-1175 or 213-637-7472