A bequest is the easiest way to provide a future for your favorite charity. To make a gift to The Grotto from your estate, simply create a new will, add a codicil, or draft an amendment to your existing documents.

Through your will, you can permanently secure the ministries of The Grotto with an endowment fund, or create a donor advised fund to be directed by your loved ones. There are many ways to create a charitable legacy.

Your gift may include either a specific amount or a portion of your estate.

Benefits of giving through your will or estate:

  • Secure a legacy that ensure the future ministries of The Grotto.
  • Make a gift while retaining control of your assets during your lifetime.
  • You may modify your bequest at any time.
  • You may create a separate fund named for yourself or in the name of someone you wish to honor.
  • A gift from your estate is entirely free from federal & state taxes.

The Bequest Society

Give a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate. Become a member of the Bequest Society.  If  you’ve already planned a legacy gift to The Grotto, please tell us about your gift by emailing  As a Bequest Society member, you will receive spiritual benefits as well as others.

Types of Bequests

Cash Bequest: Give a specific dollar amount or percentage of your estate.

Gifts of Stocks and Bonds: These options have income tax benefits which have the potential to help you in your financial and tax planning.

Residuary Bequest: The Grotto receives a percentage of the remainder of your estate after the payment of any specific bequests and expenses.

Gifts From Your Retirement Plan: Designate The Grotto as a beneficiary of the remainder of your IRA or qualified pension plan.

Gifts of Life Insurance: Name The Grotto as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy

Sample Bequest Language

“I, (name), of (city, state, zip), give, devise, and bequest the sum of (specific amount or percentage of the estate or description of property) to the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, 8840 NE Skidmore St., Portland, OR 97220, TAX I.D. #93-0386924.”


If you already have a will, draft a codicil to make a change without creating an entirely new document.