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Your Gifts at Work: How Your Support Makes a Difference Around the Diocese

When you give to the Diocese of Greensburg, you are ensuring the continuation of our work—ministering to thousands of people in communities spread across four counties. Read on to learn more about how your gifts are put to use to grow Christ's Church and minister to those in need.

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities serve all those in need in our community, regardless of religious affiliation. We assist thousands of families and individuals who come to us for help by providing:

  • Emergency financial assistance for basic needs such as food, heat, electricity, water and prescriptions.
  • Counseling services that support families, couples and individuals in their goals to achieve mental and emotional well-being.
  • Adoption and foster care services that provide permanent and loving homes for children.
  • Education to the parishes and developing networks of local leadership that will advocate for the most vulnerable among us.

Last year, 14,308 people in the diocese received emergency financial assistance with food, utility payments, shelter and other basic necessities from Catholic Charities.

Catholic Schools
The Catholic schools of the diocese shape the faith, lives and minds of students, inspiring them to become contributing members and leaders within our community. Diocesan schools:

  • Ensure that students maximize their potential by providing excellent educational environments for the formation of faith and academic achievement.
  • Provide safe and caring environments rooted in the beliefs of the Catholic faith.
  • Promote a spirit of justice and community service with a global perspective, which gives students' lives passion and purpose.

More than 3,100 students attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools in our diocese.

Parishes and Ministries
The Diocese of Greensburg serves more than 154,000 Catholics in 85 parish communities. Along with providing support for the parishes in the form of funding for physical maintenance and renovations, the diocese supports parishioners in many ways, including:

  • Faith formation programs for adults
  • Youth and young adult ministry
  • Sacramental preparation, including marriage preparation and RCIA
  • Vocational discernment
  • Clergy formation and ongoing education
  • Support for retired clergy

More than 9,600 children and youth in grades K–12 are served through parish faith formation and youth ministry programs.

Increase Your Impact
Our diocese feeds the hungry in body and the hungry in soul, and we could not do it without your support. However, we know how hard it can be to balance your desire to help support our schools, parishes and Catholic Charities with your need to ensure your own financial future is secure.

Fortunately, there is a way to support the Church without giving up any assets today: It is called a legacy gift. Unlike money you give for the annual appeal or your weekly offertory, a legacy gift is made through your estate and we do not receive your gift until you have passed away. With a legacy gift, you can ensure that your family is provided for and then leave a percentage to the Church to support our work for years to come.

Learn More
There are a variety of simple and straightforward ways to make a legacy gift to the Church. To discover which gift is the right one for you, contact Joseph DiMario at 724-552-2502 or jdimario@dioceseofgreensburg.org today.

Contact Us:

Joseph DiMario | 724-552-2502 | jdimario@dioceseofgreensburg.org | 723 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601

A charitable bequest is one or two sentences in your will or living trust that leave to The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Greensburg a specific item, an amount of money, a gift contingent upon certain events or a percentage of your estate.

an individual or organization designated to receive benefits or funds under a will or other contract, such as an insurance policy, trust or retirement plan

"I give to The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Greensburg, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 723 East Pittsburgh Street, Greensburg, PA 15601, or its successor thereto, ______________ [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

able to be changed or cancelled

A revocable living trust is set up during your lifetime and can be revoked at any time before death. They allow assets held in the trust to pass directly to beneficiaries without probate court proceedings and can also reduce federal estate taxes.

cannot be changed or cancelled

tax on gifts generally paid by the person making the gift rather than the recipient

the original value of an asset, such as stock, before its appreciation or depreciation

the growth in value of an asset like stock or real estate since the original purchase

the price a willing buyer and willing seller can agree on

The person receiving the gift annuity payments.

the part of an estate left after debts, taxes and specific bequests have been paid

a written and properly witnessed legal change to a will

the person named in a will to manage the estate, collect the property, pay any debt, and distribute property according to the will

A donor advised fund is an account that you set up but which is managed by a nonprofit organization. You contribute to the account, which grows tax-free. You can recommend how much (and how often) you want to distribute money from that fund to the Church or other charities. You cannot direct the gifts.

An endowed gift can create a new endowment or add to an existing endowment. The principal of the endowment is invested and a portion of the principal’s earnings are used each year to support our mission.

Tax on the growth in value of an asset—such as real estate or stock—since its original purchase.

Securities, real estate or any other property having a fair market value greater than its original purchase price.

Real estate can be a personal residence, vacation home, timeshare property, farm, commercial property or undeveloped land.

A charitable remainder trust provides you or other named individuals income each year for life or a period not exceeding 20 years from assets you give to the trust you create.

You give assets to a trust that pays our organization set payments for a number of years, which you choose. The longer the length of time, the better the potential tax savings to you. When the term is up, the remaining trust assets go to you, your family or other beneficiaries you select. This is an excellent way to transfer property to family members at a minimal cost.

You fund this type of trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. You can also make additional gifts; each one also qualifies for a tax deduction. The trust pays you, each year, a variable amount based on a fixed percentage of the fair market value of the trust assets. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Church as a lump sum.

You fund this trust with cash or appreciated assets—and may qualify for a federal income tax charitable deduction when you itemize. Each year the trust pays you or another named individual the same dollar amount you choose at the start. When the trust terminates, the remaining principal goes to the Church as a lump sum.

A beneficiary designation clearly identifies how specific assets will be distributed after your death.

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and the Church where you agree to make a gift to the Church and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

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