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St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Watertown, WI has established a parish endowment fund. The endowment fund is a permanent investment fund from which interest and dividends are paid annually to support the life and programs of the parish. The contributions to the fund are never spent, and the fund is insulated from any legal claims against the parish or diocese. Donors can be assured that their gifts will be a permanent legacy to support the work of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. All donations made to the St. Bernard Catholic Church Endowment Fund are tax deductible.

How it Works

The assets of the St. Bernard Catholic Church Endowment Fund are managed by a professional investment company. The corpus of donors’ gifts is never eroded or diminished and will continue to grow through wise and prudent investment, providing a source of parish funding for many generations to come. Funds are used for the general support of the parish or the funding of a specific parish program.

How to Contribute

A charitable contribution to the St. Bernard Catholic Church Endowment Fund can take a variety of forms including cash, appreciated securities, real estate, life insurance, gift annuities, or retirement plans. Donors may also contribute to the endowment fund through a bequest – including a gift in their will. If you are interested in making a contribution, please contact Fr. Patrick Wendler or Barb Bartz.


Why should donors consider an endowment rather than an outright gift?

With an endowment, the gift stays permanently invested. An annual distribution from the income generated by the fund supports the life and work of the parish indefinitely.

Can the parish or diocese ever claim funds from the endowment, in all or in part?

No. As a legally established investment contract, the endowment can never be closed or used in any way other than specified at its establishment.

Is there a minimum amount that can be given?

No. Contributions of every size are gratefully accepted.

Should I consult my own lawyer or financial advisor before making a contribution?

It is important for donors to feel completely comfortable in their relationship with the St. Bernard Catholic Church Endowment Fund. Though the fund utilizes the services of top professionals in the legal, accounting, and financial planning fields, donors may certainly use their own lawyer, CPA, certified financial planner or life insurance professional to review arrangements and prepare the appropriate documents.

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