THE RUN SO AS TO WIN LEGACY CHALLENGE

When you create your legacy with FOCUS by making a gift that costs you nothing now, you can double your impact! Learn more about the Run so as to Win Legacy Challenge and join a team that is striving to save souls for Christ — not just now but for the generations to come. 

Gifts in a will or by beneficiary designation are two easy ways to help college students grow in their Catholic faith for years to come — and they don’t cost anything now.

Gifts in a Will

Making a legacy gift in your will or trust is one of the easiest and most popular ways to make a lasting impact for FOCUS. By simply signing your name, you can create a legacy of inspiring young people to answer their vocational call and live the Gospel in their actions and leadership.

Once you have provided for your loved ones, we hope you will consider making Christ-centered evangelization part of your life story through a legacy gift.

If you have included FOCUS in your plan, please let us know so we can thank you and steward your gift as you intend.

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A gift in your will is one of the easiest ways to create your legacy and offers the following benefits:

NO COST

Costs you nothing now to give in this way.

FLEXIBLE

You can alter your gift or change your mind at any time and for any reason.

LASTING IMPACT

Your gift will create your legacy of New Evangelization

Four simple, “no-cost-now” ways to give in your will

General gift

Leaves a gift of a stated sum of money to FOCUS in your will or living trust. 

Residual gift
Leaves what is left over after all other debts, taxes, and other expenses have been paid.
Specific gift
Leaves a specific dollar amount, percentage, fraction, or specific items (collections, art, books, jewelry, etc.).
Contingent gift
Leaves a stated amount or share only if a spouse, family member or other heir/beneficiary does not live longer than you. In other words, your gift is contingent upon whether or not they survive after you.

You can mix these no-cost ways together. For example, you might consider leaving a specific percentage (such as 50%) of the residual to FOCUS contingent upon the survival of your spouse.

Gifts by Beneficiary Designation

It’s easy to put your bank accounts, retirement funds, savings bonds, and more to use in bringing the truth and beauty of Christ and His Church to young people — and it costs you nothing now.

By naming FOCUS as a beneficiary of these assets, you can power our mission for years to come and establish your personal legacy of changing lives through prayer, friendship and the witness to a virtuous life.

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Potential benefits of gifts by beneficiary designation:

Reduce or eliminate taxes

Reduce or avoid probate fees

No cost to you now to give

Create your legacy with FOCUS

To name FOCUS as a beneficiary of an asset, contact the custodian of that asset to see whether a change of beneficiary form must be completed.

How to Change a Beneficiary Designation

Login to your account or request a Change of Beneficiary Form from your custodian (the business holding your money or assets).

Follow the links to change your beneficiary or fill out the form.

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Be sure to spell the name of our organization properly: Fellowship of Catholic University Students

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Include our tax identification number: 84-1522811

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Save or submit your information online or return your Change of Beneficiary Form.

Types of Gifts

A gift of retirement funds

You can simply name FOCUS as a beneficiary of your retirement plan to inspire and build up students in the faith.

A gift of funds remaining in your bank accounts, brokerage accounts or certificate of deposit (CD)

This is one of the easiest gifts to give and one of the most useful in accomplishing your philanthropic goals. The next time you visit your bank, you can name Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Tax ID: 84-1522811) as the beneficiary of a checking or savings bank account, a certificate of deposit (CD), or a brokerage account. When you do, you’ll take a powerful step toward bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to students around the world for generations to come.

Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) residuals

What remains in a donor-advised fund is governed by the contract you completed when you created your fund. When you name FOCUS as a “successor” of your account or a portion of your account value, you enable FOCUS to win the hearts of college students, build them in the faith and send them to the world.

Savings bonds

If you have bonds that have stopped earning interest and you plan to redeem them, you might owe income tax on the appreciation. That could result in your heirs receiving only a fraction of the value of the bonds in which you invested. Since FOCUS is a tax-exempt institution, naming us as a beneficiary means that 100% of your gift will go toward spreading the good news.

Get Started today with my legacy planner

My Legacy Planner will not only allow you to assess your current will but also provide you with a thoughtful framework as you prepare to meet with your attorney or financial advisor.

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