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Time, talent, treasure: How to give to The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago


Our volunteers make a priceless contribution to the quality of life at the Motherhouse in Lemont. Their infectious good cheer, the work they joyfully do, and the time they give to our Franciscan family are important to us. We're blessed to have volunteers working under the leadership of our sisters. Volunteers teach crafts, organize table games, lead exercise activities, write letters, visit the infirmary and do a variety of other good works that enrich our lives. Consider giving us a gift of yourself… your time and your talent. There are volunteer opportunities at all of our convents and facilities.

For Volunteer Information, click here.

Financial Support

Gifts to The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago can be directed to the Development Department. Opportunities include our Unrestricted Fund (directed to wherever the need is greatest), the Retirement Fund, and the Legacy Fund. All gifts for memorials, tributes, and special intentions are sent to the Legacy Fund, our endowment. There, your gift keeps giving in perpetuity, and through your generosity, others will be helped, including our infirm and retired Sisters.

Here are some common ways our donors have provided for the Sisters:

  • Through outright unrestricted gifts of cash — the most common way of giving.
  • Through non-cash gifts such as services and goods which either reduce our expenses or generate income. We are limited through policy and law as to what non-cash gifts we can accept, so be sure to check first.
  • Through bequests -there are several ways to include The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in your will. Please tell us if you've included us in your will so that we can properly thank you.
  • Through gifts of stock, insurance, and other assets.
  • Through gifts of real estate and personal property — but check with us first, please.
  • Through instruments such as an annuity, which will provide for income for the donor until his or her death.
  • Through attendance at fundraising events. Please check our Upcoming events page.
Spiritual Enrollment Card

All gifts are promptly acknowledged and include IRS information. All gifts are also acknowledged in our publications: our Annual Report and "Crossroads", the official, award-winning newsletter of The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Ask for a copy from our Development Office.

For 'Financial Gifts to The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago',
information or assistance, click here.

Additional Opportunities

Remember, our Spiritual Enrollment Cards are also available and provide daily remembrance in the prayers and Masses of The Franciscan Sisters of Chicago for one year. Click here.