CIS depends on your donations to keep all of our programs up and running. There are three ways to donate:

By Check or Money Order in USD:

Checks and Money Orders in US Dollars can be made out to Los Olivos CIS and sent to our U.S. office at:

Los Olivos CIS
PO Box 76
Westmont, IL
60559-0076
USA

 

By Credit Card:

CIS accepts On-Line Credit Card Donations through Paypal. Please click on the button below to make a donation.

*Please note if you making a contribution to the Scholarship Program click here*

Donation Type

 

Planned Giving: Building a Legacy of Justice and Peace for the People of El Salvador

You have accompanied the people of El Salvador with the CIS through many years of your life. But you would like to continue to create an impact far into the future. One way to do this is to include Los Olivos CIS in your will. A will gives assurance that you have made provisions for your family members as well as organizations that have been important to you throughout your life. Your bequest to the CIS will help sustain our work of building solidarity and planting seeds of justice for the long-term, and help us to ensure the longevity of the organization.

With a bequest, you can:

  • Continue to be in control of the funds during your lifetime. A bequest does not become irrevocable until death; you can change the bequest at any time during your lifetime.
  • Reduce estate taxes. Charitable bequests are normally deductible in full for estate tax purposes.
  • Direct the CIS to establish a fund bearing your name that can be designated for a specific program or initiative that is important to you now.
  • Spare family members the burden of paying both estate and income taxes by leaving retirement plan assets to a non-profit organization.
  • Help continue the CIS' ongoing mission. Bequests are not just for the wealthy. Even a small portion of a typical estate can be a very meaningful gift.

If you would like to make a bequest to the CIS, you must state that clearly in your will. It is very important that your will is signed by a lawyer, otherwise it is not valid, and your wishes might not be fulfilled. The following is recommended language that you and your attorney can use to make a gift to benefit the CIS through your will or revocable/living trust.

General Unrestricted Bequest

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Specific Program – but unrestricted as to use

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be distributed by the Board of Directors to the [name of Program] for use where the need is greatest."

The CIS requests financial support for the following programs:

  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Youth Leadership and Scholarship Program

Restricted – to be used only for specific purposes

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, [percentage of residue, sum, or description of property], the principal and income of which shall be distributed by the Board of Directors to the scholarship program of [name of community/municipality]."

** If you are interested in bequesting to another specific project of the CIS, please consult with the CIS Director.

Request of Residue – after all other bequests are made

"All [or a portion] of the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, of every kind and description, wherever situated and whether now owned or hereafter acquired, including any power of appointment, I give, devise, and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Contingent Bequest – if other bequests cannot be completed

"In the case of a failure or lapse of any legacy or device herein such that the property so bequeathed or devised would pass by intestacy, I direct that in lieu thereof such property shall pass to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, to be known as the CIS Solidarity Fund, the principal and income of which shall be used for such purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

OR

"If [none of] the above person[s] survive[s] me, or if there is no one in existence who is a member of the class of persons designated in paragraph [ ], I give, devise and bequeath such property to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota to be known as the CIS Solidarity Fund, the principal and income of which shall be used for such organizational purposes as the Board of Directors may determine."

Pursuant to Memorandum of Agreement

"I give, devise and bequeath to Los Olivos CIS, a Minnesota non-profit corporation in St. Paul, Minnesota 55126, the sum of $___________ [or otherwise describe the gift] and direct this bequest to the [program] to be used pursuant to my Memorandum of Agreement on file with Los Olivos CIS."
This information is not intended as legal or tax advice, but as general information on planned giving. For legal advice, please consult an attorney

CONTACT US

For more information on planned giving to the CIS, or to discuss a specific bequest to the CIS, please contact Mimi Jordan, Board Secretary, at:
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1-708-308-8814
To consult about which community projects (aside from those listed) are most in need of your support, please contact Leslie Schuld, CIS Director, at:
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