Planned Giving

Remembering Mercy by the Sea in your estate plans allows you to make a difference in the lives of those that follow.  A legacy gift made through your will, stock transfer, trust, retirement accounts or life insurance is a meaningful way to sustain Mercy by the Sea in its efforts to support personal and societal transformation. Beth Chipman of Westbrook, Connecticut, shares her story of why she chose to include Mercy in her estate planning. 

Making a Difference in the Lives That Follow

Beth Chipman

“Mercy by the Sea welcomed me when I arrived on the Connecticut shore in 2003. I had been accepted
into the Spiritual Direction Practicum as a part of some graduate work. Sister Florence Trahan’s heart and
vision were large enough to embrace and carry me during that next chapter of my life.

Now, 15 years later, as I start down the winding drive, my pace slows; I know in some unconscious way
that I am entering hallowed ground. Sister Florence has passed, and many have followed her welcoming
new arrivals each on their own journey of discovery and spiritual growth. 

At a time when many are seeking a place apart for reflection and renewal, Mercy by the Sea remains
a refuge from our chaotic world. Realizing that I want this opportunity to continue for others, I recently
decided to leave a small bequest to Mercy by the Sea as a part of my will. In this way, I can contribute
to keeping the Spirit of Mercy alive.”

You can join Beth, and with her, make a difference in the lives that follow. Planning a bequest now allows you to maintain control of your assets during your lifetime, while giving you peace of mind knowing that you have contributed to the Center’s continued ministry. Should your circumstances change, you can always modify your bequest.  Furthermore, gifts from your estate are exempt from federal taxes.

We hope you will consider one of the planned giving avenues. If you have questions about which of the different giving options are best for you, please consult with a financial planner.

If you are interested in learning more about Mercy by the Sea’s mission and future plans, contact Sr. Eileen Dooling, executive director, at 203.245.0401, ext. 110.

If you wish to name Mercy by the Sea (legal name: Mercy Center, Incorporated) in your will or estate plan, please use the following information: Mercy by the Sea is a tax-exempt organization within the provisions of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). Our federal employer identification number is: 06-1307050. Date of Incorporation:  April 26, 1973