Why Should I Make a Contribution?

By making a contribution to the Journey of Hope, 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go to the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, USA Province.

  • Honor or thank someone who has made a difference in your life.
  • Help make a difference in the lives of children and families locally, nationally, and around the world.
  • Help ensure that the Handmaids have the resources to learn, grow and continue serving through their ministries.
  • Leave a lasting legacy in the caring tradition of the Handmaids.
  • Combine your philanthropic goals with your financial and estate plans by considering a planned giving program that ensures favorable tax benefits and may even provide a lifetime income stream. Discover the benefits of a planned gift based on your property and goals.

Choose from several different types of planned gifts as you help create the future of Handmaids.


Planned Giving Instruments

There are number of different types of planned gifts available.  The following list provides basic descriptions of the planned giving instruments.  Potential donors should consult with a qualified financial planner, attorney or tax accountant to determine which instrument is best for them.

Bequest -- A provision made in a donor's will, where a charitable organization receives cash and/or other assets at the time of the donor's death.

Charitable Gift Annuity -- A legal contract between the donor and the charitable organization, where the donor exchanges cash, stock, or other assets for an agreed upon income for life.

Charitable Unitrust -- Used by a donor to transfer assets to a trust, which ultimately are distributed to the charitable organizations after the death of the last income beneficiary. The donor (and/or income beneficiaries) retains a fixed or variable income for life.

Life Estate Contract -- An agreement established by a donor to transfer a deed of real property to a charitable organization while reserving for himself/herself and/or someone else the right to live on or use the property for life. Charitable deductions for life estate contracts are limited to properties that are either personal residences or farms.

Charitable Lead Trust -- Established by a donor to transfer assets to a trust that provides income to a not-for-profit organization for a period of years. At the end of that period, the trust assets revert either to the donor or to someone else the donor designates (such as the donor's heirs or other beneficiaries).

Life Insurance Policy -- Can be two types:

  • Transfer of ownership of an existing policy to the organization.
  • Purchase of life insurance by the donor, which names the organization as the beneficiary.