St. Lawrence O'Toole Legacy Society

A planned gift to the Church of St. Ignatius leaves a lasting legacy for future generations.  

The majestic church that we know today has the humblest of origins. In 1851 Irish immigrants pooled their resources to build a church uptown. They named this humble wooden structure the Church of St. Lawrence O’Toole in honor of their patron saint. We have named our legacy society to honor our founders and the rich foundation that they provided so many years ago.

Today, we invite you to join the St. Lawrence O’Toole Society by remembering the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in your estate planning.  You will be honored by receiving a commemorative gift and an invitation to two annual events –an autumn lecture and cocktail reception and a private Mass and special breakfast in Wallace Hall each spring.

Membership in the St. Lawrence O’Toole Society is for anyone who has remembered the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in their estate.

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Explore Your Charitable Options

Make a Bequest in Will or Living Trust

A bequest to the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola through your will or living trust is the most common planned giving vehicle. They are easy to arrange, will not affect your current lifestyle, and may be changed depending on your life circumstances.

Click here for more information on types of bequests.

Retirement Plan Assets

You may also name The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits.

To make a charitable gift from your retirement plan, simply enter the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola’s name and TAX ID 13-1623956 on the Change of Beneficiary form, available from your plan administrator.

Insurance Policies

You can make a gift to the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola of a life insurance policy you already own and may not be needed or by purchasing a new policy and naming the church as a beneficiary.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A CGA is a win-win. You make a gift to the parish and in return, you receive a fixed amount of income for the rest of your life. The minimum gift is $25,000; $35,000 for two lives.

This program is administered through the Archdiocese of New York by the Bank of New York.

Helpful Resources

If you are considering a bequest to the Church, here is some suggested wording to take to your attorney:

Sample Bequest Language: 

I/we ________________,  give and bequeath to The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, located in New York, New York [Tax ID#36-2518129], the sum of $__________ (or description of the specific asset, or state a percentage) to be used for its general purposes.”

Legal name and address

The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10028

TAX ID number


For more information, please contact Erin Pick, Director of Development, at [email protected]


This information is for educational purposes only and should not be considered professional financial or legal advice.  An important part of making a planned gift is the consultation with your own legal and financial advisors to help guide you through the process.