Helen Ruggle, a CFSWIA donor, has been a member of St. Patrick Parish in Perry since moving there in 1943, at age 7. Helen and her seven siblings all graduated from St. Patrick Catholic School and she has fond memories of their time there.

In late February, we received a call from Helen Ruggle. She was interested in establishing a second Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA); Helen has been a believer in CGAs for quite some time. A CGA allows you to make a gift of cash, stock, or asset to benefit your choice of charity or charities, from that gift you are paid fixed income, quarterly, and after your death, the remainder of the gift is given to a non-profit(s) of your

When asked, “Why a CGA?” Helen explained that she knew the gift would help her income flow now, and make an impact to the charities she has come to love through reading the Catholic Mirror and being involved in her parish.

How It Works

  1. You make an irrevocable gift of cash, securities, or other property to Catholic Foundation.
  2. In exchange, Catholic Foundation pays you a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.
  3. When your gift annuity ends, its remaining principal passes to the Catholic Foundation, and we get the principal to the desired charity or charities.


Over the years, Helen has enjoyed reading about Catholic Charities and seeing them in action. She appreciates the work they do for those in our communities that need help and support. Pictured to the right is Helen, with Brooke Pulliam, and one of her handmade quilts. Helen is donating some of her quilts to Catholic Charities. She is happy to do her part in making anyone a bit more comfortable and making sure they know someone is thinking of them.

Helen has remembered St. Patrick Parish, St. Patrick Catholic School, Catholic Charities, and the Priest Pension Fund as beneficiaries of her CGAs.

Helen shared, “I picked charities that would do the most good for the most people.” As she reflected on her philanthropy, she explained that her uncle was a priest and remembers how important the Priest Pension Fund was to him; she only hopes that we can continue to support our priest community, as they have supported all of us.

At the CFSWIA, we are proud to know and blessed to work with Helen. She has created a beautiful Legacy within our Diocese.