Planned Giving: Establishing a Philanthropic Legacy

For donor and former volunteer Zanab Zahar, including St. Francis House in her estate planning was a simple decision and an expression of her deep concern for homeless populations. “St. Francis House does wonderful work and it’s important to give to a local organization,” says the Malden resident. Bequests like Zahar’s are an easy type of planned gift to execute and they serve as a critical funding source for St. Francis House’s programs and services. “Not everyone can be a major donor during their lifetime, but many people can make a larger impact through a gift from their estate,” says Senior Development Officer Claudia Haydon. “Planned giving is an excellent opportunity to continue to express your values — what matters to you — after you’re gone and it does lasting good for organizations that you love.” Many donors also consider bequests an eloquent message to their heirs about the importance of philanthropy.
When donors let St. Francis House know that they plan to leave assets to the organization — whether a fixed amount or a percentage of their estate — they become part of the growing John P. McGonagle Legacy Society. “It’s important to us to not only promote planned giving as a way to give, but to acknowledge and celebrate those individuals who have made this profound commitment to our mission,” says Haydon. If you have made a provision for St. Francis House in your estate plans, please let us know so that we may include you in the John P. McGonagle Legacy Society. Or to find out more, please contact Claudia Haydon at 617.457.1060 or chaydon@stfrancishouse.org.