Join the Karol Wojtyla Society: Orchard Lake Planned Giving
Build a legacy and plan for the future by joining the Karol Wojtyla Society. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (now St. John Paul II), dubbed “the Father of Orchard Lake’’ when he first arrived here in 1969, was a visionary and a planner, laying out and executing long-term plans for the future.
His legacy continues to impact our Orchard Lake family to this day.
Orchard Lake organized Karol Wojtyla’s visits to the United States and Canada in 1969 and 1976, the first time a Polish Cardinal had visited North America. Those visits to North American Polonia began a powerful relationship that continued for the rest of his life. His spirit, his gifts and relics from the 1981 assassination attempt grace our JPII shrine. Our St. John Paul II statue, presented to us by Polish Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, who traveled with him to Orchard Lake as a young priest, graces our Grotto.Law of the Gift. St. John Paul II taught “The Law of the Gift,’’ arguing “Man can fully discover his true self only in sincere giving of himself.’
Members of the Karol Wojtyla Society are similarly planners and givers seeking to “touch the future’’ and create an enduring legacy that will carry on for years or centuries.
How to become a member of the Karol Wojtyla Society: Work with the Advancement team to establish a Planned Gift. A long-term planned investment in Orchard Lake can be as simple as:
- Setting up a predetermined regular monthly gift that can be deducted from your bank account or credit card. Sign up here, set your budget, and gifts can be automatically deducted from your bank account or checking account on a set monthly basis.
- Including Orchard Lake in your will. All sized gifts are welcome.
- Life Insurance. A life insurance policy can often be leveraged to leave a much larger gift. Sometimes a payoff can be quadruple the investment.
- Donating property such as real estate, stock, cars or other assets. Just nine percent of U.S. wealth is in cash and donating property can avoid tax implications while benefiting an important mission involving faith, education or preserving our culture. One of our largest recent gifts? A collector left Orchard Lake coins worth close to $1 million.
- IRA Charitable Rollovers or Profit Sharing Accounts
- Setting up a Charitable Remainder Trust providing your family a regular annuity of income while leaving the remaining balance to our cause.
- Charitable Lead Trusts, the reverse of a Charitable Remainder Trust, allow you to shelter your stocks, business or other assets now, shelter them from taxation and use the proceeds to generate benefits for a charity while leaving the remainder to an heir or for your own retirement.
- Pooled Income Funds. Suppose a class or a family or friends or a parish wanted to go in on something together, sharing the burden of setting up a fund. Like a lottery club, members can each donate to a Pooled Income Fund to invest their money.
- Personal or Family Foundations. We can help you set up an investment vehicle to maximize your earnings and do good annually.