Leaving a Legacy of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy were founded with an estate gift to Catherine McAuley. Catherine used this bequest to foster her personal mission of serving the poor, sick and uneducated. As a result of this generous inheritance and her deep faith, Catherine built the House of Mercy in 1827 to meet the religious, educational and social needs of the women and children of Dublin, Ireland. In 1831, she founded the religious community of the Sisters of Mercy so these works may endure.

Generous benefactors who remember the Sisters of Mercy during their lifetime and in their estate plans continue this legacy, and allow us to commit our resources to serve, advocate, and pray for those in need around the world.

Continuing Your Charitable Giving

You have probably donated to charities throughout your lifetime. You might think that leaving a final gift is complicated, or that only very wealthy individuals make estate gifts. Leaving a final gift to continue the Sisters' good works of Mercy can be very simple, and you may give a gift of any amount. The right information may even mean the difference between losing your estate to probate fees and taxes or leaving an inheritance to your family and the charities that depend on you.  For some of the most common types of planned gifts, please click here.

Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society

The Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society is a special way to recognize individuals who have made provisions for the Sisters in their estate plans. The only requirement for membership is a confirmation of your intent to make an estate gift. Supporting documents are most appreciated, but are not required.

We hope you will let us know if you plan an estate gift to the Sisters of Mercy, so we can thank you properly. Your name will be listed in our publications as a member of the Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society unless you indicate you wish to remain anonymous.

Seeking Advice

With proper planning, you can protect your estate and family, while continuing to support the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. We would be pleased to discuss with you ways to leave a legacy of Mercy. Feel free to contact our development office staff for more information.

When planning your estate and providing for a gift to the Sisters of Mercy, it is advisable to work with your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor. A financial professional can best advise you on the tax implications and legal matters that affect your situation.

Bequest Language

When making a planned gift, it is important to have a will or trust that clearly states your intent. The provision or wording for making the gift depends upon the type of gift you wish to make.

A sample of the proper bequest language for Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community is:  "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community, Inc. [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."

The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community is a charitable 501(c)3 organization. For your reference, our Federal Tax I.D. number is: 26-2400800.

For More Information

Your planned gift to the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community sustains our mission of prayer and service to God's people. If you require more information or assistance, please feel free to contact our Development Office at (402) 393-8225 or at development@mercywmw.org.