Earlier in his life, Larry went through some troubled times. His marriage ended in divorce and would later be annulled. He sought counseling through Des Moines Diocese Catholic Charities. At the time, he was unable to afford counseling. Larry explained, “…the counseling was wonderful, I was grateful for the service. It was there when I needed it most.”

Fast forward to today, Larry is involved in his church and is enjoying his life. He continues to be impressed by the work done through the Des Moines Diocese Catholic Charities and the many services they provide in our community. To support this program and their services makes Larry proud to donate “as much as he can” to them annually. As he was working on his estate plan, he chose to designate a portion to the Des Moines Diocese Catholic Charities.

“It was fairly simple; I worked with my attorney to include the necessary language for the gift,” he said.

This story started out with a road block in life, and ended with a “simple” task to help others. On behalf of Catholic Charities and the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa, we would like to thank Larry for this generous gift. Larry is similar to a single drop off water that creates a ripple effect, and we are grateful.

Through making this gift, Larry joined the CFSWIA Legacy Society. Simply by naming any Catholic entity within the Diocese of Des Moines in your will, living trust, or beneficiary designation, you become a member of the CFSWIA’s Legacy Society, which honors those who remember our Catholic faith in their estate plans.


If you’d like to make a gift to any of the Catholic parishes, schools, or organizations in the Des Moines Diocese, the following is suggested bequest language you may use in preparation of your will or other documents:

“I/we the undersigned, give (a percentage, specific dollar amount, or the residual) of my/our estate to:

Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa

601 Grand Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309

Tax I.D. #45-5577090

For the benefit of (place the name of the fund or entity here), held at the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa.”



To learn more about creating a planned gift or to complete your induction into the Legacy Society, please notify the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa of your estate plans by calling 515-237-5044.