Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If a family member or friend has been touched by the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to us in honor of that person. Providing a gift establishes a living tribute that allows you to:

  • Honor a loved one or yourself
  • Support our continuing efforts
  • Receive personal financial benefits from your contribution.

Allowing us to use your name, or the name of a loved one, can inspire philanthropy in others and further the work of the Society.

Giving Now or Later

Consider these two methods of establishing an honorary gift:

A gift today An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs or an upcoming project. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax. 

A gift through your will or living trust You can include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or a percentage of your estate will pass to us at your death in honor of your loved one.

Either method allows you the ability to endow your gift so that it lasts forever. Endowments are structured so that you designate the purpose of your gift. Your gift is invested with and becomes part of our endowment and a distribution is made each year. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will support our mission in perpetuity.

Your Next Step

Making an honorary gift is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone’s vision for the future. Depending on the nature of your gift, there are a variety of ways we can recognize your generosity.

Please contact Terry Hopper at (415)  757 – 6561 or to learn more about ways to recognize your honoree.

Donor Advised Funds

A Donor Advised Fund allows you to access the giving power of a private foundation without the expense or complexity.

This entails setting up an account with an existing public charity where your contribution of cash, securities, and other appreciated assets can be invested toward charitable contributions. You will be eligible to receive tax benefits and can bestow grants when they are needed most.

For more information on the above, please consult with your financial adviser or contact us at (415) 757 – 6561.