Planned Giving

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all you produce; then your barns will be filled with grain, with new wine your vats will overflow. -Proverbs 3:9

Thank You for visiting our planned giving site for Individuals, Parishes and Institutions. Our goal is to provide useful information about the benefits that you might achieve by carefully considering the thoughtful approaches discussed in our site.  Not only can you ensure an orderly future for your family, but you can also thoughtfully assist a parish, school or another ministry of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Planned Giving Brochure

Important Definitions & Phrasing

A “Planned Gift” is any gift of any amount for any purpose–whether for operations, capital expansion, or endowment, given currently or deferred until some later time (often the death of the donor)– that requires the assistance of a professional staff person, qualified volunteer or the donor’s professional legal, financial, tax or another adviser(s) to complete the gift.

An “Endowment” is a fund that is established for a specific stated purpose, usually for the long-term benefit of a charitable organization, in which the earnings, or a specific percentage of the endowed fund’s value, i.e. a “payout rate,” is spent each year. Only this limited amount may be withdrawn from the fund. Donations can be made periodically to increase the principal of the endowment, often through planned gifts, or, in some cases, earnings may be retained to increase the endowment principal.

We invite you to explore your options.  Please check out the various topics shown in the “Quick Links” to the right of this page. We believe that planned giving allows you to help build a faith-filled future for the next generation.
Information and Suggested Terminology for Donations to the Church

The official title of this Missouri Corporation is:
The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph
The Diocesan Federal ID Number is 44-0546494

General Bequest to Diocese
“I give, devise and bequeath to the “Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph,” 20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105, (dollar amount, percent, residue, securities or property as described) for its general use and purposes as directed by its Ordinary.”

Designated Bequest
“I give, devise and bequeath to [‘______________________ Catholic Church’] or Ministry — include street address, city and state’ and dollar amount, percent, residue, securities, or specific property for the specific purposes (if any) of said Church or Ministry, to be determined by its governing authority.”

Official names of specific Parishes (officially referred to as “Catholic Church”) of the Diocese are listed on the State of Missouri’s website by searching at

Type in a specific entity at “Business Name” using “St.”/not “Saint” and “Catholic Church/”not “Parish” to access the record. Select the appropriate Kansas City-St. Joseph Church from among the results. Always consult the Stewardship and Development Office for questions.

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