Giving Opportunities

Ways to Give

Charitable IRA Rollover

Thanks to legislation enacted in December 2015, the charitable IRA rollover has been made permanent. Direct, tax-free gifts from your IRA to Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus can:

  • be an easy and convenient way to make a gift from one of your major assets,
  • be excluded from your gross income: a tax-free rollover, and
  • count toward your annual required minimum distribution.

For your gifts to qualify under the law:

  • You must be 70-1/2 or older at the time of your gift.
  • The transfer must go directly from your IRA to Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Your total IRA gift(s) cannot exceed $100,000 per year.
  • You may not receive anything in exchange for your gift.
  • Gifts for tax year 2017 must be made by December 31, 2017.

A gift in your will

Each year thousands of individuals leave a portion of their estates to charitable organization like Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In addition to the personal satisfaction of establishing a legacy, gifts through your will may enable you to make a significant charitable contribution that was not possible during your lifetime. A number of types of bequests may be used to memorialize your love of MCS Sisters. The choice depends on your circumstances and your personal and financial objectives.

A specific bequest identifies particular assets or a specific dollar amount. A residual bequest is a gift of a percentage of your estate after taxes, debts, expenses and specific bequests being satisfied. You may also condition a gift on the occurrence of some special event, such as an intended beneficiary predeceasing you.

General Gift

Gifts of all amounts are welcome and support MSC Sisters in fulfilling its mission to be the Heart of Christ in the world—bringing compassion and hope to all so that the Sacred Heart of Jesus may be loved everywhere, now and forever. Make a donation online.

Tribute or Memorial Gifts

A memorial gift in memory of a deceased person or a tribute gift to honor someone on a special occasion is a wonderful way to celebrate the life and friendship of a loved one. Make a tribute online or Send a gift by mail.

Another Tribute or Memorial Gift option is available on our MSC Sisters’ Sacred Heart Tree of Life which adorns the lobby of our Sisters’ chapel in Reading, Pennsylvania. Explore these options online.

More Ways to Give

Planned Giving

A gift made now but given when a death or some future event occurs creates a lasting testimony and leaves your mark on history. Join our Legacy Society.

Monthly Giving

Heart of God Society Members are MSC benefactors who make a monthly gift to help provide for the Sisters and their ministries. You decide on a monthly gift amount that fits your budget and if at anytime you want to change the gift amount or stop the automatic donation, just call. Become a Heart of God Society Member.


By contributing long-term, appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, you can realize significant tax benefits, including a charitable deduction and no capital gains tax.

Insurance and Annuities

You can name Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as a beneficiary on your insurance policy. Or consider naming MSC Sisters as a contingent beneficiary should the beneficiary predecease you.


You may wish to set up a trust with the incoming going to Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, or receive the income yourself during your lifetime and make a charitable donation upon your death.

Gifts in Kind

Share personal items that relate to our religious, educational and charitable works. You can receive a charitable deduction based on the full fair market value of your gifts.

For more information on ways to give, please contact:

Carrie Whitmoyer
Mission Advancement Director
Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
51 Seminary Ave.
Reading, PA 19605

Telephone: (610) 929-2802
E-mail: [email protected]

Our legal title is “Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Inc.”

All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. As required by the Internal Revenue Service, Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus retains full authority over donated assets.