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We usually do not think about how we want to be remembered until later in life. What lasting impact will you leave on your children? Your family? Your spiritual family? Your church?
In an effort to help people think about their own legacy in life, the Catholic Foundation is proud to announce the creation of our new website to help individuals answer those questions, while giving them creative ideas about how to decrease taxes and increase the amount of benefit to your family and your chuch and other favorite charity.
We invite you to take a look at our new site at http://planningwithdosp.org and let us know what you think. If you like it, share it with someone else you know.
Our thanks to Saint Leo University for sponsoring our 5th Catholic Foundation Essay Competition. This annual competition asks our 8th graders at our Catholic schools across the Diocese to talk about what a Catholic school education means to them. Every year, we have been amazed and surprised by the answers we hear and the testimonies received by these 8th graders. We expect this year to be no different.
This year, the Catholic Foundation's Bridge Scholarship Program has impacted twice as many students with more than 300 students receiving a Bridge Scholarship this year. Combined with the funding from the Catholic Foundation and the funds from the Step Up For Students Scholarships Program, we have been able to invest more than $2 million into our schools from this program alone.
Now that I have your attention, the question is what have you done to prepare for both. I recently led a Life Planning Seminar at one of our parishes in Pinellas County and in doing so, I asked the group, "How many of you have a Will?" With an average age of 68 and good churchgoing people, I thought for sure that this group would beat the average of 60% having a Will already. In reality, though, only 25% of the attendees raised their hands.